She's the only one who ever loved him - and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there is no way he can ever right that wrong. He would forever steer clear of Colebury, Vermont, if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can't find a job just anywhere.
Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three-year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It's hard not to stare at how much he has changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn't have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he would never volunteer in the church kitchen.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's father, the police chief. But it's a small town - and forbidden love is a law unto itself.
©2016 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I loved Jude in book 1. I love him even more now I've read his story, and what a story! We follow Jude as he moves back to his hometown of Colebury and starts working back at his father's garage. Jude thinks his childhood sweetheart, Sophie will be long gone, surprisingly though she's still in town, living in her family home. Neither of them have seen each other since he was sent to prison over 3 years previously. It would seem though that some things haven't changed, firstly their desire for each other, and secondly their need to keep any contact they have with each other a secret. Sophie's dad, the police chief, hates Jude and blames him for the death of his son (Sophie's brother). Sophie still wants answers from Jude about the night her brother died, but Jude can't give her them. No one will answer her questions so she starts her own investigation. So many twists and turns in this excellent story which has some fantastic characters with strong hearts and lots of passion. I was hooked from the beginning and I can't wait to see what Ms Bowen produces next. Whatever it is I'm first in line.
Sarina Bowen has done it again. Jude is one of the most beautifully written characters that I have ever encountered and the narrators knocked it out of the park. I didn't think that I could love this novel any more than I did after I read it... outstanding work.
"5 Stars for this Audiobook, Writer, and Narrators"
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I loved this audiobook as a continuation in a series or a standalone. I had previously purchased the ebook and audio upgrade for the first book in the series, but hadn't gotten around to listening to it yet. I went ahead and listened to it first when I was given this second installment. I was unsure how I would like them since this is my first experience with the author and the narrators. However, the author and narrator, Jeffrey Kafer are praised and highly recommended in my facebook group Aural Fixation, so I thought I should give them a try. I FLoved them!!! The writing is excellent with the characters and their world, and the narrators did an excellent job of bringing them to life. I fell in love with Jeffrey Kafer's sexy, gruff and growly voice. I am now looking up other titles of his work to listen to. I can't wait for the third installment of this series to be released so I can emerge myself back into this world. Highly recommended.
couldn't believe there would be a happy ending anywhere in this book!! what a twist at the end. Have loved all this authors books!! Read them all and now am listening to them. You won't be sorry to buy any idea hers.
I usually stay away from books about high school and teenage angst, but this coming of age story, overcoming addiction, overcoming heartbreak, and finding truth is more than worth the listen. I read the book and listened to the story. I loved the portrayal of the characters by Seraphine Valentine and Jeffrey Kafer, both new narrators to me. I thought they did a great job. It is the first book by this author for me as well. As I said, I usually avoid these types of stories, but this one caught me and kept me interested and rooting for the characters to find their way. More than worth your time and the listen.
"TRUEly A Beautiful Romance"
This is the story of a young couple who overcomes terrible tragedy to find one another again. It's an honest story that does not minimize the struggles of everyday life. At first, I was concerned it would be all about the hero's addiction but it wasn't. And despite the odds, neither can fight the connection they still share. And there's the chemistry... which is deliciously hot!
Again in the series, the secondary characters are charming and integral to the plot. I was so happy we got to visit with them again in this book. The author also draws a beautiful picture of rural Vermont which makes readers feel as if we are actually there. Add in the high quality audio production, that both narrators were perfect, and this is true entertainment.
Read the series in order.
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm appalled at the thought prisoners can become addicted to heroin in prison and then released with no viable option for treatment
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