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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  154 reviews
An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.

Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his
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Published January 28th 2020 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
4 stars

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It was just heat and patience. Those were the only ingredients.

I love Sarina Bowen’s True North series so much, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dylan Shipley’s book. Dylan is the youngest Shipley brother and in college. We meet Chastity, they Shipley’s neighbor who lives with Isaac and Leah. Chastity was introduced in ‘Keepsake’ as a runaway from Paradise Ranch where Zach was from.

Chastity is twenty-one and is still trying to get used to college and life in the real world.
Stacey is Sassy
I admit, I cried a time or two…

I’m in Australia and as you would know; the bushfires are really bad at the moment. People have died, been injured and lost their homes. A LOT of animals have died, and more will lose their lives and their habitat. There is even talk that some animals may become extinct. These are all things that are devastating.


They’re a step away from my reality. At the moment, I’m safely sitting in my house in suburbia with my air-conditioning keeping me cool. I feel guilty
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula, shelly
Gah!! Babes!!!! Dylan Shipley is #EVERYDAMNTHING IN THIS WORLD AND THEN SOME!!! Sarina Bowen legit knocked it out of the park with Heartland as this story was full of butterfly inducing swoons, delicious heart and undeniable heat . Dylan and Chastity were absolutely delicious. Their banter, friendship and fiery chemistry!! I am convinced that Dylan Shipley and his DIRTY mouth were created to ruin me!!

There is nothing I love more than a NA college romance but add that to Bowen's amazing
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰





Dylan Shipley. We all remember him from his siblings' stories!

And Chastity - we remember her too. Two years ago - with only 19 - she escaped the same cult that the Shipley's neighbors Leah & Isaac escaped from some years before.

Now both Dylan and Chastity are away at college.

Chastity has kinda been in love with Dylan forever. But Dylan is not one for relationships. He's twenty and away at college - and he wants to live like that too. Girls, booze, pot.

Chastity is his best friend and his new
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance
Out in the Apple Orchard...
You can be Free and Never Judged...
Dylan has Always Been There...
Happy to Understand Me...
And Accept Me for Who I Am...

What He so Unaware of...
Are My Feelings For Him...

Now We are Both in College Together...
And the Torture is Watching...

Watching Dylan Be this Other Guy...
He Drinks, He's Outgoing...
And Has Sex...

Lots and Lots Of Sex...
And None With Me...

Somehow, and I will Never Know...
How It Happened...
But I Asked for Tutoring...
And It Wasn't in Algebra...

Now I Don't
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Heartland is a friends to lovers, NA novel following college playboy Dylan, and his sheltered neighbor Chastity. Chastity is still exploring life outside of the religious cult she grew up in and she wants to experience all her new life has to offer her. Including learning all there is about sexuality from none other than the biggest playboy on campus, and her friend, Dylan.

I thought Dylan and Chastity had a cute relationship. Dylan could easily come off as a guy with
Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
ARC received thanks to author.

i liked the characters and the romance but i feel like something was missing idk.

review to come.
Claudia Fosca Stahl
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020
The Dylan Effect will melt your Heart

Every time I read one of Sarina Bowen’s books I feel happiness. It doesn’t even matter if it’s for the first or the eleventh time. I find myself rereading them often because her kind of magic can’t be found anywhere else. I love her words so much. They are so beautiful and carry so much weight but seem also light. Her stories are the kind of awesome you want to devour as fast as possible and hope they never end at the same time.

Heartland is the 7th book in
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"I'm in love with my business partner. I can't tell him, because he doesn't date, and he says he doesn't believe in love. Except sometimes I think he does."

True to his birth order, Dylan was the fun-loving, seemingly irresponsible Shipley offspring. He was a commitment-phobic college student, who didn't make promises because he wasn't sure he could keep them (as his past proved). He also worked hard to please everyone. He was a gentle soul. And I loved him!

Chastity was a survivor of the same
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review.

Like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally... yes, yes ,YES we are back in Vermont and the Shipley family.

Little Dylan Shipley is all grown up, and boy oh boy has he grown up!

Chastity is finally living life after escaping the cult, and I loved being along with her as she is finally living her life. And that living includes wanting Dylan - oh, so bad!

I had a love hate relationship with Dylan in this story. I loved how he cared for Chastity, I loved how he looked out
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Not surprising everything Sarina writes is magic.

Stay tuned full review to follow as part of the blog tour.
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Oh man. My heart loved Dylan Shipley and Chastity, their story even made me have a few tears a couple of times too.

Dylan is a lovely character, very warm hearted, sexy and protective of Chastity. Chastity however has been in love with Dylan seconds after meeting him and after two years of friendship, she is finally at college with him and struggling more with her feelings and her Algebra.

I really enjoyed how these
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Heartland. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

Bowen always, always manages to pull at my heartstrings - and the True North series does this even more than her other series! Heartland did that, and a lot more. The story is very well written, and Chastity just made my heart both gooey and achy at the same time.

Escape into a Booksite
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

Oh man, I loved this book! Dylan and Chastity were awesome. For a girl who escaped from a cult and has only been living a normal life for two years, Chastity is independent and strong, and even with the voices in the back of her heard that remind her of what she was taught at the cult, she is learning to overcome those things and speak her mind.

Dylan carries around a lot underneath that happy go lucky exterior, and he is just such
I've read every one of the books in this series. From Grumpy Griff, to Dylan's book.
Such a change in heroes. From eldest in the family, to the youngest. Dylan is a college student, coming home to work on the Shipley farm on the weekends. I found myself getting irritated with Dylan's immaturity and man-whoring ways. Of course he falls for the most conniving of young women-nope, not Chastity. Dylan has to get his head out of his ass first. I had to keep telling myself- he's young. I also realize

My favorite of all the True North books! Dylan and Chastity completely stole my heart.
Close friends since Chastity arrived in Vermont, their relationship really picks up steam (and when I say steam, I mean steam-y!) while they’re away at college. Their blossoming relationship was so heartfelt and I just loved seeing it progress to something really special.

Despite being a bit of a manwhore and just a touch clueless, Dylan is one of those young men you cannot help but love, (no matter your
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as no-thank-you
it's 2020 and these types of storylines are just sexist at this point.

"He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard....Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me."

Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc

#new-adult #dual-pov #standalone-in-a-series

This is the seventh novel in the True North series but can read as a standalone, although it would be a crime to miss out on all those great previous stories. Why you may ask. Because each book is so well-written and realistic. Every one of them delivers an emotional and smoking hot romance. Plus the characters are likable and unique just like their road to happiness.
"Life is full of little moments that don't matter a whole lot, peppered by a few
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

From the moment I opened Heartland, I felt like I was back where I needed to be. Reading a True North novel is like coming home. Well, all of Sarina Bowen's books feel like coming home to me, but especially this series. There's just something about small farm town Vermont that makes me feel all warm and gooey inside.

I normally start out a review with what I love about a book, but with Heartland I'm
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this friends to lovers storyline. I adore Dylan, so sweet, sexy and misunderstood. I love Dylan and Chasity’s friendship and how it develops into more. I was drawn in from the beginning and hooked until the end. A definite must read in this series!
* A review copy was provided by the author *

~ 4 Heat and Patience Stars ~

This is my first Sarina Bowen novel and I truly enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more of this series and her other books out there.

I love a good friends to lovers story and this one was a truly entertaining one.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this story, was that it reminded me why I am not a huge fan of the New Adult set in a college setting book. There were some behaviors by some of the characters
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Sometimes I finish a book and when I go to review I stare at the blank screen for hours if not days. It's hard to express all the emotions that book stirs up into something resembling a coherent statement. This is one of those books for me. I want to say more than just "Wow" but as I'm not an author of Bowen's caliber, all I can say is ... Wow.

The author's writing is always something I look forward to, and has been consistently good over the years. In this book we return to the Shipley family,
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
There’s readers who rate almost everything they like 5 stars. I’m not that gal. There’s very few authors that are a sure bet for me as a reader. Where I don’t need to read the book blurb, just the author’s name on the cover is enough enticement for me to read the book. Sarina Bowen is one of those few authors for me! It doesn’t matter if it’s hockey players, college age gay romance, or hot farmers, this chick is an auto buy. Heartland did not fail me either. Sometimes college age characters turn ...more
Cyndi Becker
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The True North series is, hands-down, amongst my top favorites. Now seven books in and after having glimpses of his life, I'm very happy to now have Dylan Shipley's story. Since we first met Dylan at seventeen, a lot has changed for the family and especially Dylan. Now included in his life in Burlington is his college roommate Rickie, his best friend Chastity.

Dylan is the typical horn-dog young adult boy. Life changes at college when coed Kaitlyn decides to make him her boyfriend, a role he
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read in this series and surprisingly I jumped into a book #7 which I never do. I didn't feel lost or intimidated by feeling like I didn't know what was going on or who was who. The story flowed with the newest characters on tap. I liked it. My reason for not loving it was Dylan didn't jump off the pages for me. His blah-zay way of thinking of girls and treating them didn't capture me from the get-go. He seemed like he was half in at all times. I did grow to like him ...more
Heather andrews
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dylan tends to be a little bubbly, “nice! You’re done already. Now we can eat pizza and watch stupid **it on YouTube.” The man can be transparent, “well, sure. Because I’m twenty years old, and you have perfect breasts.” Dylan's moves could use some work, “also? You look really touchable in that sweater. Just saying.” This was an okay read there were times I really wanted Chassity to just speak up more and show a little backbone, and Dylan just needed to clue the eff in at times instead of ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute romance. I adored Dylan and Chass. Goodness, I love this series!
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally we get to read Dylan Shipley‘s story to read! And as to be expected - he’s not as shallow - I-don’t-give-a-damn type of gal he maybe makes you think he is!! We get to know the real him, the boy, only Chastity really gets and vice versa.
Chastity, escaped from the same cult as the Shipley’s neighbor’s, is now at college with Dylan, and is trying to get her life sorted. Head over heels in love with Dylan, she must watch her college roommate being his latest girlfriend. Will there ever be a
5 stars!

Oh, what a story! A beautifully heartfelt friends-to-lovers romance that is sweet and sexy with lots of feels, this book absolutely owned my heart and I loved it so much!

This is the seventh book in the True North series, and is the story of Dylan Shipley. Dylan is the youngest son of the Shipley farming family that make up the heart of this series, and while I loved the opportunity to be back in this world, you could also read this as a standalone.

Dylan is now 20 years old and a college
Anne Wright
I discovered Sarina Bowen's books years ago with The Ivy Years series, then moved on to the Brooklyn Bruisers series because I discovered Sarina writes awesome hockey romance. I moved on to the True North series, and was thrilled to discover that Sarina just writes wonderful romance novels, regardless of the setting.

I've been waiting for Dylan's story, and was very happy with this book. Dylan was the youngest brother, who grew up loving the farm, but was considered wild and unreliable. This
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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30+ books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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