Book Review ✭ True North (True #1) by Liora Blake

Title: True North
Author: Liora Blake
Series: The True Series, #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish date: April 6, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 286
Format: eBook
What happens when a bad-boy celebrity rocker meets a small-town bestselling novelist? Find out in this first book in the sizzling new True series by Liora Blake!

While most novelists would consider jetting off to Hollywood for a TV interview rather exciting, small-town Montana writer Kate Mosely finds it all a bit exhausting. After losing her husband in a car accident where she was behind the wheel, Kate has finally found her bearings in the world again, rebuilding a simple but stable life. And even if that means a lot of lonely nights watching old movies and quiet days writing obituaries for her hometown newspaper, Kate’s not sure she’s ready for her life to change—again.

Until she shares the stage—and a whole heap of carnal gazes—with rock star Trevor “Trax” Jenkins. Despite his intimidating on-stage bravado, underneath it Kate discovers a man with a Rilke poem tattooed on his arm, an appreciation for cronuts, and a snarky wit that matches her own.

As she and Trevor explore their heated chemistry, the scarred parts of Kate’s heart begin to heal, making room for a love so passionate it makes her want long-forgotten things equal parts naughty, heart-swelling, and joyful. But when a searing exposé in a trashy gossip magazine sends Kate running, will it threaten their chances at forever?

Kate, a small town writer from Montana has had amazing success from her contemporary novel inspired by a love that she lost a few years back. Still riding the promo train, she finds herself in an LA green room awaiting her spotlighting interview on a late show. Trevor, a.k.a Trax, is a high profile rapper/rock star from California who happens to be performing on said late show.

The two strike up an instant physical connection on camera and behind the scenes. Trevor’s determination to learn more about this dazzling woman leads him to asking her out and beginning a relationship that will change both of their lives forever. 


I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t much of a fan of Trax. I just didn’t understand the rap/rock/punk whatever genre he was described as singing. Trax was essentially a facade that was put in place for Trevor as an emotional outlet. Luckily, I did love Trevor. He was kind, honest, and an all around laid-back guy. He was surprisingly anti-rockstar/celebrity. What I thought was going to start off as a strictly sexual relationship was intended to be more right off the bat. His intention was never to seduce Kate in hopes of getting his kicks, but rather to form a meaningful and romantic relationship with a female for the first time in his life. It was nice to see the stigma of manwhore get tossed into the garbage. 
Though not similar to Kate, Trevor also had a rough past, but instead of letting his destructive lifestyle get to a breaking point, he chose to rise above it and live a more stable and level-headed life.

Kate was a lovely character with both sass and brains. It was nice to see the challenge she imposed upon Trevor. At times she seemed a lot more mature than him, but never in a negative way. I think a lot of that maturity came from the tragic loss she’d been living through. There were some moments of humor mixed in to lighten the more dramatic and sorrowful thoughts from Kate. There was a lot of hesitation on her part in fear of losing yet another important person in her life. On top of that, adjusting to Trevor’s celebrity world was tough to maneuver. I completely understood her reservations about her relationship and couldn’t find it in myself to judge her actions for any reason. Nothing ever felt questionable or too extreme. She handled herself really well given her cataclysmic past. 

The development these characters went through was done well at just the right pace. Kate had a lot of internal emotions that had been locked away and needed dealing with. The strength and security she found within herself and on her own merit was a lovely journey to witness. I really enjoyed having the story told entirely from Kate’s point of view as I felt a stronger interest in her past and way of thinking because of it.

The secondary characters added a good welcoming into the True world and I’m already invested in the Devon (Trevor’s sister) and Simon (Trevor’s bandmate) relationship that will take the lead in the second book in the series. 

True North was a sexy and sweet package in this contemporary romance from Liora Blake. This is very much a story that contains substance without having a huge and loud dramatic scene. The terrific writing and simplicity of the characters made for a beautiful story. It shows us that despite a dreadful event turning our world upside down, it does get better, happiness is still possible, and it’s okay to enjoy life after loss. What an amazing debut novel and a promising start to the True series!
For a bonus scene in Trevor's POV, go here:

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.
When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

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