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Tru Blue

(The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  8,859 ratings  ·  1,151 reviews
Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, 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 behin
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published November 9th 2016 by World Literary Press
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Lynn Mullan No. This is the first time we meet him. But both Tru and Gemma will feature in future Whiskey books.

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The Sassy Bookworm
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it


Truman Gritt is recently out of prison and just trying to lay low and get his life back on track. Little did he know that a late night phone call from his drug addict brother would change that life forever.

Gemma Wright is just out shopping late for some ice cream when she hears a baby crying. Going to check out why a baby would be out so late, she finds herself face to face with the hottest man she has ever seen. Curious as to why this man has two babies and a cart overflowing with supplies, she
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
***2.5 STARS***

This was my first Melissa Foster book so I didn't know what to expect. I really didn’t dig her writing style. Plus, it was written in the 3rd person – which I’m not a big fan of. This book was cute and had a good foundation for being an amazing read.

I liked Gemma for Truman, she was a good match for him. The way they met at Walmart was really cute! It was easy to see her with the kids considering she could not bear children herself. You could tell that she loved them. She stood by
Leticia (jerseygirl)
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"You know my story. I have nothing else to hide."
Melissa Foster's books get to me. It's pure romance, I can't describe it any other way. It may wreck you a bit emotionally, but there's love, and communication, and family. And yes, I think that's what gets to me the most.

"Truman Gritt was hard, he was tattooed, and he looked like he hadn’t shaved in weeks. He was all the things she never thought she’d want, and in two days he’d shown her that none of those things mattered."
I cannot help but love
Dilek VT
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
Well, this gorgeous cover made me start this book. Both the guy and the baby attracted my attention.
I mean, look at this, isn't it tempting?

And, it could have been a really good book because it had the potential; however, its writing style kills it all!

It is written in the 3rd person singular, which I am not a fan of, but not only that but also the way it is written made it all hard to concentrate!

“Can you show me how to hook him in?”
“Um, yeah. Sure.” Let me just reel in these crazy hormones. S
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
This book was incredibly heartwarming. It was full of feels, especially the warm and fuzzy kind. It dealt with abuse, addiction, family, friends, expectations, despair, hope, dreams, and letting love in to light up your life. Melissa Foster wrote one awesomely hot gem of a book and I recommend that every romance lover out there take the time to read it!

"The heart doesn't care about bloodlines or birth parents. It just seems to know how to love in the same way our lungs know how to breath
A gushy, sexy, hearts and flowers story.
"The heart doesn't care about bloodlines or birth parents. It just seems to know how to love in the same way our lungs know how to breathe."

What would you do if you fell in love with the perfect man and then found out he’s not so perfect after all? Good girl Gemma Wright was born with a silver spoon but she’ll probably never have her own fairytale. Even knowing she can’t have kids of her own hasn’t stopped her from wanting her own knight in shining
Carmen Rae
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I think I fell in love with Truman on the first page and I just fell deeper and deeper as the story progressed. I just couldn’t get enough of him or his story and I hung on every word of this book.

I expected something really dark and I went into this feeling very apprehensive as I just wasn’t in the mood for something dark and devastating. Thank god that wasn’t how this book was written and the amo
**4.25 "Hot guys with babies" Stars**

Well, I pretty much devoured this book. It was one I was particularly looking forward to and it did not disappoint.

Truman was a wonderful hero. Who doesn't love a gruff tattated up hero *sigh*. Ovaries will be exploding all over the place with this one. He took those babies and just decided they were HIS...his children. He had a rough life but he was going to do everything he could to make theirs better.

Gemma was a great heroine. I didn't like her quite as mu
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster will draw you in from the first page.
The writing is well done, the storyline is emotional, sweet, heartwarming and the drama was just enough to keep you reading until the end.

*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 Tru
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Warning: This book may cause pregnancy simply by reading it. You may also experience an unusual ache in your ovaries.

It only took mere minutes for me to completely fall in love with this story. Truman has been keeping his life on the straight and narrow, since he was released from prison six months ago. He is no criminal though. He served time for a crime he didn't commit, protecting someone in his life who he wanted a better life for. Little did he know that in doing so, he imposed a senten
Changed from 3.5 Stars to 3 Stars.

I expected to like Tru Blue more to be honest. It is a go to trope for me. Hot, rugged Daddy with adorable children and although it had all the elements that makes a good romance I still wasn't feeling it.
I can't point my finger on anything specific where I say that I didn't like that or I didn't like that.
Tru is a fantastic Hero, the way he goes in and just takes those kids under his wings? Beautiful, my ovaries exploded more than once during this book.

Well, apparently I'm the only one who hadn't read this book. I can't believe this fantastic story has been on my Kindle all this time.

Truman was damn near perfect. His interactions with Kennedy and Lincoln had me swooning all over the place. He was amazing-top alpha hero amazing.

I ended up liking Gemma a lot, even though there was a brief moment that she made me angry. It didn't last long before I was back in her corner.

-no cheating or ow/om drama whatsoever
-brief period of pushing away by Gem
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it!!! It was such a beautiful love story with plenty of drama and angst and love and sex. Great set of secondary characters.
Shannyn Leah
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Took me a while to get to this one, but LOVED 💜💜💜💜
Mizz Latte

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Gemma): 26yrs old – 3/5
Hero (Truman): 26yrs old? – 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: none needed
Cheating: none
HEA: yes
Triggers: none

Average score: 4/5

Best Line: “They’re my kids, Gemma,” he repeated. “Have been from the day I found them.”

Worst Line: “He killed a man” – stop being so judgmental girl!

Personal Review:
This was a great romance between a loyal and strong alpha male who would do anything for his family and a woman fro
Loved this book! I don't think there is anything sexier than a man who is good with kids and Truman was amazing. The amount of love he had right away for Kennedy and Lincoln - it was so sweet! ❤️️ Gemma was a fantastic heroine and she was so loving with Tru and the kids. I really liked the supporting characters as well and hope some of them get their own stories! ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Oh my stars!! This story....the feels, man!!! Truman is fresh out of prison and wants nothing to do with his brother or mother. Seriously, Tru is one of those perfect book boyfriends. He has this dark past, but as you learn more about it and him, you only love him more! For anyone wondering, the kids are Tru's siblings, not his own children. So, no OW drama.

The part of the story I struggled with was the relationship between him and Gemma. Its like meet straight to love. There isn't much developm
Lisa Filipe
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sexy and Heartbreaking....I simply adored this beautifully written romance by Foster. This was the first by Foster that was a bit different, a bit darker, with characters, such as Truman Gritt, that had been through some major life changes. Just out of prison for a murder he didn't commit, Truman is ready to get back to his NORMAL existence, even a little BORING might be nice, but one fateful night he receives a phone call that will change his life forever.

Tru Blue is a journey of strength, fai
I Loved Loved LOVED this book! Tru is my new Book Boyfriend! <3
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic, steamy
4 stars!

This was such a gorgeous book! Sweet and sexy with a lot of heart, and super-functional for the win!

Truman Gritt’s life was always hard – growing up in near poverty with a neglectful, drug-addicted mother – but it completely fell apart when he stepped in to protect his family and ended up going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. After spending 6 years locked away, he is out now and trying to get his life back on track, that includes working hard and trying to help his troubled youn
Isha Coleman
I am not ashamed to say that I cried quite a bit while reading Tru Blue. Ms. Foster, went for the gut with Truman and Gemma. Tru was complicated. Just when I thought I had a read on him, he threw me off course again. From family man to convicted felon, to sensitive soul, there were many sides to this warrior. He had the heart of a lover but the soul of a fighter. His need to protect those he loved, forced him to make some tough decisions. In trying to do the right thing, he changed the course of ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super duper sweet story. Kids were really cute. Truman was perfect.

But here are my issues. Tru had no hesitation about taking on the kids. No "buyers remorse" not even when they are peeing and pooping on him. That was just not believable to me. But hey - it is romantic FICTION

My biggest complaint was the insta something. I love insta...but I swear I missed it here. They met, she helped him out, he helped her out and all of a sudden she is the bees knees. I swear I was listening to this on audio
Lynn Mullan
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh. My. God... This book... *sigh*
It is such a powerful, gritty, emotional, heart-wrenching, soul searching read.
I ran through a gamut of emotions: laughter, tears, heart palpitations, extreme sadness, heartache, love and affection...but most of all, hope.
Hope for redemption, hope for change, and hope for a future.
The storyline and characters are so strong, and it drew me in deep from the first chapter, no...the first paragraph. I could tell this book was going to be different from Melissa's ot
Jul 09, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 sugar cookie stars

Tru Blue pulled me in pretty quick due to the multiple boxes this book checked early on:

Romance novel ✔
Hot, tattooed bad-boy ✔
Heroine who was not a teacher, baker, artist or ballerina ✔
(though, minus half a check because bad boy tattoo guy was an artist)
Under 250 pages ✔
FREE via Amazon ✔

I am not ashamed in the slightest that page length and price speak so strongly to me. If you read romance (which I do), you cannot possibly afford the time or $$$ to burn through all the rom

In this standalone novel by Melissa Foster, she takes a much darker route with Truman Gritt’s story. Fresh out of jail, Tru is surprised to discover that he has two young siblings when his mother dies unexpectedly. With no one to turn, Tru struggles to give these two children the happy childhood that they deserve. His past isn’t a good one so there’s quite a lot of obstacles he must face, but at the same time, it’s very clear that Tru isn’t a terrible man.

Gemma, our heroine, immediately pick
I received this novel in a book club giveaway and this is a first-time read/listen by Melissa Foster for this reader. Tru Blue (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor #1) tugs at your heart and you can’t help but love the story. It grips and draws you in right away and it is hard to turn it off once you get into the story...finishing in a day and half.

Truman Gritt, known as Tru is loyal to his family and not to mention a handsome man who every woman would love to have in their dreams and
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WITH A UNIQUELY endearing and emotional voice that instantly pulled me in, Melissa Foster’s Tru Blue is a tender and bittersweet contemporary romance that entwines the heart of a man who stands to lose everything and a woman with everything to give.

Truman Gritt, or Tru, is hard, seductive, and selfless. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his family—even going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. By contrast, Gemma Wright has been raised on
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a true love story full of warmth and emotion
Oh my gosh! Why haven’t any of my friends told me about this author?! If her other books are as wonderful as this one don’t bother calling for a while, I’ll be much too busy working on her back list.

This was an incredible story! Filled with so much warmth and love. There was plenty of heartbreak but not that awful in your gut angsty kind. But even if it were, it would be overshadowed by the charm of Tru’s siblings that he has taken responsibility for. How one man can live through so much emotio
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
3 stars - I enjoyed parts of the book and parts made me cringe just a bit. However, the parts I enjoyed outweighed the cringy bits.

To be honest, it was the hero who got me. He was my favourite part of this book. We’ll, him and his siblings actually. I was so invested in their relationship and loved watching his relationship with them unfold.

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