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Steadfast (True North #2)

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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's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anyw
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Published July 12th 2016
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Steadfast wrecked me. It ripped me apart. It felt personal. Too personal. It's probably one of the hardest books I've read. I cried a lot--a-fucking-lot. My heart was beaten and bruised. Jude's a character I admire and adore. I want so many good things for him. His demons are dark and Sarina doesn't gloss over them.

This story was REAL.
It felt HONEST.
It felt EYE OPENING.

Addiction is something most of us have some experience with. Whether it's
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Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
4.5 Stars!!

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'Steadfast' was one of the best books I’ve read by this author and also one of the best second chance romance I’ve read in a long time. What was different here from other second chance romances I’ve read in the past was the fact the romance between the two main characters was a forbidden romance which I really loved. Needless to say it was a very nice change. At least for me. The story was very addictive even if the premise is nothing new. 'Steadfast' is the second installment in 'Tru
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Jennifer Kyle
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 ~ 5 STARS

”All we ever had were stolen moments”

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I sadly DNF the first book of this series at 56% mark and felt just awful that it didn’t work out for me. I am a fan of the author and gladly tried this second book and I'm happy to report that it was terrific read!

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Those who have read the first book of this series may remember Jude the ex-con out who after three years of prison is hired to pick apples. Jude Nickel’s work at the Shipley farm is now over as the winter season is approaching. Jude
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

When I was seventeen, I thought Jude was sent to me from heaven. When I was eighteen, I let him take me there. When I was nineteen, he broke both my heart and my family.


From the very second that Jude was introduced in Bittersweet, I knew that I needed his book. There's just something about the broken and tortured heroes, and it doesn't get more tortured than the man who let his addiction take away not only his freedom but the love of his life. Three years ago, Jude made a mistake th
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Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


I lived for Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pathetic as that was, a weekly glimpse of Sophie (along with some quality time with the Shipleys) kept me sane.



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STEADFAST is the second installment in the True North series and I will say that I enjoyed this one a little more than I did BITTERSWEET. It definitely was very slow moving for about the first 25% of the story, which for me is entirely too long but I did end up getting into it once the pace pic
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

"My name is Jude Nickel, and I am an addict. Also, I'm a big fucking idiot."

Drug addict Jude lost everything when he crashed his car while high and killed his girlfriend's brother in the process. Now, three years later, he's out of prison for manslaughter and he's clean. After working six months at the Shipley Farm in Vermont, he returns to his hometown to live with his dad. Working in his family's mechanic shop, Jude is just trying to make it through the day without relapsing.

Soph
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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Sarina Bowen so far. But this, THIS BOOK, might be my favorite out of all she's written.

Steadfast is an emotionally heart-wrenching tale of love, addiction, and redemption. All wrapped in Sarina's exquisite authorial voice. I was floored by how emotionally on point this book was.

Addiction in romance is not a new thing. Unfortunately, a lot of what I've read in the past made me weary of this particular trope in romance. They either undermine the issues that
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Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

5 Stolen Moments Stars

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When this one was released Sarina Bowen was attacked for writing a romance novel with the hero being a drug addict. I didn't get why, we read about anti-heroes every day, so what was the problem here?

One reckless decision changed the life of a lot of people. When Jude wrecked his car more than three years ago he also wrecked his life and his girlfriend's and her family's. After three years in prison and a summer spent working for the Shiple
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Title: Steadfast
Series: True North #2
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release date: July 12, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)



One minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time, I kept going.

Steadfast was such an emotion packed read, filled with tender angst and an incredible forbidden second chance love story. I was not prepared for how much this book would take me over and keep me so completely riveted right from the start. I've seen some glowing status updates and early re
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FMABookReviews
A heart pounding, tension-filled, emotional ride!

This book! I finished a couple of days ago and I am still thinking about it. The tension was palpable, the feels, omg, the feels! 'Steadfast' slayed me!

I knew I was in for a book that would hit me where I "live" when I read this:

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I knew it could go either way, especially as I continued reading and found out our heroine was studying to be a social worker. Getting personal here, my degree is in Social Work and I am a certified alcohol and drug couns
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KAS
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

A SECOND CHANCE CHARMER!

This was my very first Sarina Bowen read and I was a happy camper from start to finish!

Jude pure stole my heart and has yet to give it back. He just oozed manly sex appeal, but yet is so darn sweet. I do believe I need to find another gorgeous bottle to place Jude inside and adorn my "book boyfriend" shelf ;) His story is heartbreaking. Only six months clean, Jude is an opiate addict, and his unrelenting need to use is unbearable. The addiction ruined his life on
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Wendy'sThoughts
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance
4.5 Insight Only Bowen Could Do Stars
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Leave it to Bowen to take a current topic which touches so many and make it understandable and give hope. But then why would that be a surprise...for she has created a career of showing readers through amazing storytelling how to open their minds to so many challenges; Disabilities, Survival of Sexual and Physical Abuse, Depression.... I could go on and on. Bowen has never shied away from any topic which intrigued her and with this story, I think sh
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S.M. West
4 STEADFAST STARS

This was an emotional, heartrending read. From the very mention of Jude Nickel, in the first book, I wanted his story. Jude's an ex-con and ex-junkie who had been incarcerated for manslaughter. He's just over six months released from jail, spending those months working on the Shipley farm. Now he must go home, back to the scene of the crime so to speak. He regrets it all, well almost everything. He doesn't regret Sophie although he feels he's wrecked her life too and she's bette
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Stacey is Sassy
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What does an evil person and a good person look like?

I thought I was an open-minded person until I read Steadfast. Unfortunately, before I’d even started reading, I’d become judge and juror and slapped a “he’s no good” sticker on Jude’s forehead. Look, I know from reading Bittersweet that he wasn’t all bad. It’s just that I kind of found it hard to start, knowing that the hero was imperfect. Harsh I know, but I couldn’t help but question whether I’d be able to fall in love with him. Would he be
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Claire Robinson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Not all the things we want are good for us..." Stars!

Its LIVE!
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Steadfast-True...
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steadfast-Tr...
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stead...

Being the first full book I have read by this author I have to say I was mightily impressed with Jude and Sophie’s story.



You are introduced to Jude in Bittersweet, the first book of this series, one which sadly I didn’t actually manage to finish. But all the good things I
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Anniebananie
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne

Den halben Stern Abzug gibt es nur weil es mir alles in allem ein bisschen viel Drama war, dennoch gut erzähltes emotionales Drama. Fand den zweiten Band glaube ich sogar einen Hauch besser als den ersten, da mir das Thema "Sucht" um das es hier ging sehr gut gefallen hat und ich hierzu noch kein Buch in diesem Genre gelesen habe. Lobend hervorzuheben finde ich hierbei auch wie unser Protagonist mit seiner Sucht umgeht, vor allem, dass er sich von verschiedensten Stellen Hilfe sucht, d
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Dee Montoya
4 Hopeful Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by Author)
(BR with Mel)



This was a beautiful novel about the healing powers of love and about believing in second chances. The main character Jude is a drug addict trying to re-build his life after a terrible tragedy. The subject matter of this book is very sensitive, one that if not done right can turn a story into something very dark and heavy. I feel like this author did a lot of research about it, and handled it delicately, adding depth and beauty to
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MELISSA
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee)

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Jude Nickel is a guy from a small town called Colebury, Vermont. He lost everything because of drugs & went to prison after an accident he was involved in took a life. After prison he spent some time in rehab & then worked picking apples at Shipley Farms with a loving family that treated him like one of their own. With no more farm work till the spring, and little money, Jude has no other option but to return home to the town that reminded
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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Sarina Bowen’s True North series is a breath of fresh air. There are no millionaires, superstar athletes, models, or rock stars. You won’t find people returning from the dead, love triangles, or emotional roller coasters. It’s simply an enjoyable series with down-to-earth, working class characters that warm your heart. Steadfast moves into heavier territory with a believable story about drug addiction and second chances.

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This is Jude’s story. He’s a recovering drug addict who has just served thre
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
5 Freaking AWESOME Stars!

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Wow! I abso-fucking-lutely loved this forbidden love, turned second-chance romance! It hit the spot in my plight for an angsty-emotional, heartfelt read! We'd met Jude Nickel in Bittersweet but all we knew of him was that he was recently released from prison and fresh out of drug rehab. A hard worker, Jude tended to keep to himself while working on the Shipley Farm. Once the apple season was complete, he was laid off and finds himself back where it all began (and ended
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Nicola
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

There are second chance romances and there are second chance romances and Jude Nickel and Sophie Haines very much fall into the latter. Steadfast is one of the best I've read and, with the perfect balance of angst and passion, this story broke my heart, put it back together again, and in a completely realistic, believable way.

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Jude was a superbly portrayed character; very quiet and unassuming, he owns the fact that he's a recovering addict, owns his past mistakes and refuses to let
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Wil Loves Books!
5 Big, Fat “You make me feel so lucky” STARS!!!

Brilliant! It’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think about Steadfast. It’s just brilliant. I loved every second of it. And just like with Bittersweet it has become an insta-favorite of mine. I guarantee those farm boys will steal your heart.

“When Jude and I were alone together, the rest of the world didn’t exist.”

I’m definitely a Sarina fan, and so far pretty much every Sarina book I’ve read has been amazing. She’s such a smart writer
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Jen
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so busy right now, that I just don't have much time to write a review. I do feel this book deserves one, and I hope that I will come back to write one. I loved Jude and Sophie, and I felt the Jude's addiction issues were dealt with and talked about very realistically. This is a topic that I don't usually like to read about as it hits very close to home for me; but Sarina Bowen did a beautiful job of not glamorizing it; but giving us readers a front row seat to the guilt, sorrow, and heart a ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Redemption and Second Chances stars

I’ve recently started to read Sarina Bowen’s reads. Almost every book I’ve read from her has been an instant hit for me, including this series. Steadfast is a standalone and is part of the True North series. This is Jude’s story!

I will admit and say I wasn’t overly excited for Jude’s story. Remember, he’s the one that came on the farm and he just got out of prison. I’m not a fan of drug addicts but to my surprise, I REALLY REALLY REALLY liked how Sarina Bowen
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A new trope is taking over the romance novels… Haven’t you noticed?
Billionaires seem to have been relinquished to the back shelves and more down to earth, next door neighbors kind of heroes own the front row…

Blue collar type of heroes over arrogant business men… I for one, can definitely see the appeal. While I’m not completely over the idea of a man in suit, I’m more naturally attracted to heroes I feel I’d be attracted to in real life. Romance novels and me… A success of a great read for me is
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★



I absolutely loved this one, with a broken hero and a determined and caring heroine, it had all the elements of an emotional and gripping second chance romance.

Jude is not long out of prison for manslaughter and is back in his hometown, working at his dad's auto shop. All he wants to do is save enough money to get the hell out of there and start his life over, but he struggles on a daily basis to fight his drug addiction, and of course his other addiction to his first love Sophi
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Jeannine Allison
Addiction is hard. It's really freaking hard, and I commend authors who write about it. Right before I finished this I got an email from Sarina Bowen's mailing list. The subject was "this is the book they told me not to write," and it was a reference to Steadfast. When I opened it, I found that the reason was because someone felt Jude lacked heroism due to his addiction. And I'm sorry in advance because I try really hard to be diplomatic, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty damn pissed about this. ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

‘…there was an ache inside me that I longed to soothe. And I moved through each day a little lost, trying to fill an empty spot in my soul. But it never went away…It was never, ever going to stop. There was no cure. You just lived with it. The end.’

>b>Oh we’d prepared ourselves for an emotional gut-wrenching story with our Jude and we were not wrong. After meeting him in Bittersweet - Book One in the True North Series - as the ex-drug addict convict, we knew this was one hard-
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Bex | TotallyBex.com
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-july
I just got word that this is headed to my Kindle tonight!

Aww, yeah!





Michelle
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the True North series brings us the story of Jude and Sophie. We met Jude as the ex-con and recovering addict who was helping out the Shipley clan in Bittersweet. But now that harvest season is over and he’s got a bit of sobriety under his belt, it’s time to head home – to face his past and all of his demons.

Sophie lost pretty much everything in a single night. Her mother is a shell of her former self, her father can barely stand to look at her, brother dead and the love of her life
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“Whatever you call it, there was an ache inside me that I longed to soothe. And I moved through each day a little lost, trying to fill an empty spot in my soul. But it never went away. Five months out of rehab, I still felt it all the time. It showed up when I was stressed or bored. It showed up when I was tired or underfed. Sometimes it showed up even when everything was going well. It was never, ever going to stop. There was no cure. You just lived with it. The end.” 2 likes
“So many things I thought I knew about my life were wrong. But that happened sometimes. All we can do is listen harder, hug harder and hope for the best.” 1 likes
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