Review: True Devotion by Liora Blake

true northReviewed by Carrie

I was so excited to read this book after loving the first book in the series, True North.  While there were some minor issues, I really enjoyed the book and this author’s writing.

Devon Jenkins has a pretty sweet life right now, courtesy of her rockstar brother, Trevor.  It’s a far cry away from the way they grew up in the ghetto, but she still can’t shake the lessons learned there. In the ghetto, you learn to keep everyone at arm’s length because you never know their agenda or what they want from you.

Simon Cole has been half in love with his best friend and bandmate’s prickly sister since he met her.  Respecting bro code, he’s kept their relationship to an endless supply of half-baked come-ons and snarky banter.  Simon is hopeful to try to finally make things real with Devon after seeing Trevor let down his shields and find happiness in marriage.  Simon knew that trying to prove to Devon he is serious about a real relationship would be difficult, but he never thought she would have to be convinced that she deserved love.

Devon will not be everyone’s cup of tea. She’s surly and emotionally handicapped and does a bang of job of jettisoning herself. I, myself, have a soft spot for those type of women.  Devon has had a rough life, some of it by circumstance and some of it by choices she made. Her scars are very deep. Once you get past the rough exterior, there is such fragile vulnerability you can’t help but want to help and hold the person.

This is exactly what Simon sees in Devon and he is just the perfect match for her. Simon was an absolute joy to read. He’s smart and funny and just a ray of sunshine.  He opens himself fully and immediately to Devon, even knowing she may very well crush him.   Their sexy times are hot and very sexy.

The main issue that tripped me up was Devon’s internal narrative got completely in the way of letting the story play out. I understand she was dealing with heavy emotional baggage but saying the same thing for the 15th time just gets boring.  I also thought the conflict device was out of character and a bit of a cop-out.

Loved seeing Trevor and Kate in the mix of the story and the addition of Stacia and Preston was adorable. It was interesting to see more of Trevor and Kate’s mom and how alike Devon is to her. The next book features Lucy, Kate’s sister, and her past lover – I can’t wait!

Though I didn’t like it as much as True North, this was certainly a solid and enjoyable read.  I recommend this book for those who enjoy snarky sexy contemporary romance with a charming indefatigable hero and his complicated vulnerable heroine.

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

True Devotion
by Liora Blake
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star

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