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Summary

Tru Blue is a sexy, dark, standalone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance listeners have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction listeners have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today best-selling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover.

There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family - including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

©2016 Melissa Foster (P)2016 Melissa Foster

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  • Andrea Cleghorn
  • 06-12-16

Just not for me...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am usually pretty easy as a critic, and unfortunately (in this case), I am one to always finish a book, but this book just seemed to drag on, and on, and on, and on... The 2 main characters just seemed to have no flaws, and there wasn't really any ups and downs in the story. I honestly, just wanted more from the story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Just as expected, very predictable ending. And I am not saying that as a bad thing. I don't really mind a predictable ending when it comes to a romance novel. I want a happy ending

What aspect of Paul Woodson’s performance would you have changed?

His performance wasn't all that bad, I just didn't think that his voice fit the story. He actually has a great voice, and I would listen to another story with him as narrator. When you have a story about an ex-con that hangs out with a bunch of bikers, I expect something deeper, more gravely.

Any additional comments?

To me, this story almost felt like something you would read as fanfiction. Writing was good, but the story just seemed so... picturesque at times. I'm not sure if it was the narrator and the fact that I didn't think his voice fit with the story, or the lovey dove unrealistic story line, but this book just didn't do it for me. This was my 1st book by this author, and there are more by her that I would like to read/listen to, hopefully, I will enjoy them more.

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  • Virginia
  • 05-04-18

Heartfelt

What a witty, humorous, sweet story. Tru had been in prison for six years and he loved to paint. His brother called him and needed his help with their mother. When he got there his brother was beside his dead mother, a baby and a toddler. Tru took the kids with him. After cleaning them up, he took them to WalMart to get food and clothes for them. Gems was in there looking at baby clothes, wishing she could have children. She saw Tru with the kids and helped him pick out stuff for them. Then the adventure begins! What a fantastic job Paul Woodson did with the narration of this wonderfully written story!

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  • Em Jay Reads
  • 06-06-18

Great narration. Sweet story.

Well, I try not to judge a book by its cover, but holy exploding ovaries, people! Just look at it!!! It’s sigh worthy. Is it any wonder that Gemma fell for Truman?

The book is an overall light read, something that surprised me given the heavy topics addressed: imprisonment, drug addiction and death. I think the topics were handled sensitively without having the story spiral downwards into a pool of angst.

I found the romance between Truman and Gemma to be quite smooth sailing, with most of the drama coming from external sources. In addition to getting to know one another, they learned to rely on each other; something neither felt comfortable doing with others. Truman was my favourite character. His steadfastness and commitment to his family never wavered.

I have no idea why, but I enjoy romance audiobooks narrated solely by men, and Paul Woodson does a great job in bringing Truman to life. The tone and pacing were spot on and his female voice was pleasant to listen to.

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  • Pamela
  • 24-04-18

Heartfelt Romance

I loved this story so much. It really tugs on your heart strings. Gemma and Truman have similar yet completely opposite pasts. These two have a great chemistry and wonderful supporting characters as well. A definite recommendation. Also loved the narration.

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  • Terri C.
  • 21-04-18

Tattoed guy and a baby--how sweet!

This book dealt with some heavy issues: drug addiction, murder and abandoned children. The hero, Truman, is an ex-convict. He had a really harsh past, but is all about taking care of others. Gemma, on the other hand, had an upbringing with lots of money and all the trappings...everything except the love she craved from her parents. When the two come together, they find the love they both need. It's not always easy. Can they forge a lasting bond, or will the past may come back to tear them apart?
My very favorite part of the book was towards the beginning when Truman has taken over the care of his much, much younger siblings and is trying to figure out what babies and toddlers need in Wal-Mart. Gemma comes to the rescue of the hard core, heavily tatted man in a very amusing scene.
I listened to the audio version of Tru Blue and it was very welcome to have a different narrator, Paul Woodson, for her book after to listening to many by the same narrator. He did a great job and the gruffer voice was appropriate for the story.

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  • SamK
  • 02-05-17

All the FEELS!!!

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A very sweet, feel good story which had me swooning and my ovaries exploding!! This is a great story for when you are after a book that will leave you with happy heart feels and goosebumps!

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  • Bewaji
  • 20-04-17

Stand Out...

What stood out for me in this book was how Truman stood in the gap for his siblings even though he didn't have to. I love how a young single guy put his life on hold to do this. He also found a gem in Gemma (no pun intended). It was also gratifying to listen as well read this moving story. It really made it more enjoyable.

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  • Heather
  • 07-03-17

So so book

This was my first Melissa Foster book and I wasn't impressed. Passed time though.

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  • Ndulgent Bloggrs
  • 30-11-16

Unexpectedly Sweet and Tru Love Story

This was nothing that I expected and everything that I loved... a mix of tender family interactions and sexy new relationship moments. The hero was a tru hero in every sense of the word, and despite the odds stacked against him, the HEA felt right, unrushed and deserving. A beautiful and sweet love story.

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  • Natalie Haigler
  • 29-11-16

Big Brother Hotness

What made the experience of listening to Tru Blue the most enjoyable?

Being able to connect with book

Would you be willing to try another book from Melissa Foster? Why or why not?

This isn't my first Melissa Foster book, although I do have to say this one was hot! Love that you can picture big brother standing in the bathroom with poop running down his arm or standing in aisle at Walmart...This book was a great quick read, but it was missing something!

What about Paul Woodson’s performance did you like?

He knew the book! He didn't hesitate on putting emotions or twist in narriation when book called for it!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Powerful Princess vs Big Brother Hotness