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(True North #7)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  56 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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Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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✰ 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
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
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
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
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
✰ 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
* 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,
Deanna (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 going to start with the one and
✰  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 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
Fans of the True North series have been waiting for Dylan Shipley's story since we have basically watched him mature into a young man. He is in college now and having to split time between helping at the family farm on weekends and living the college party life. At home, he is a hard worker, and at school, he lets loose with alcohol, pot, and lots of women.

Chastity has been his friend for a few years when she ran away from a cult and moved in with neighbors, Isaac and Leah. He has
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
Snarky Swede
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another emotional rollercoaster with all the feels, just like the other True North books are. I bawled a bit at one point. You know that ugly kind of crying involving snot. But luckily, there’s a happily ever after in the very end.

I loved this story. And it had me quite emotional since I was immediately invested in the characters. But then again, pulling readers in is the trademark of talented authors and Bowen is a fantastic storyteller.
Basically, Heartland is the perfect
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
I have no control when it comes to Sarina Bowen, I just end up reading her books in a straight day or two, because I cannot put them down! The latest installment in the True North series was no exception! This time it was focusing on the youngest Shipley man, Dylan. I feel like we don't get to know a lot about Dylan in the other books, so it was fun to see his perspective in this one.

We met Chastity in one of of the other
Leah of Crazy Reader Chicks
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading a series is so much better than reading a standalone book. Its like hearing your grandma tell new stories about your family that you haven’t heard before. Not that Sarina is like my grandma...She’s several decades too young for that. Ok maybe it’s not like grandma stories at all. Maybe its more like family reunion stories-hearing about people you already know and love but in a new context. And that is so much better than starting a new standalone with characters you have absolutely no ...more
Cali Gals
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

𝐔𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭. 𝐈 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐬. 𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 “𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐔𝐓𝐄” 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐇𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞.

So, “Welcome” to another book in the True North Collection. I think this is book eight in this series of stand-alone’s. (Whispers) I have only read three of the stories. Oops! After this one
Stacie R.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dylan Shipley is your typical twenty-year-old guy away at college, he wants to booze it up and hook up. Chastity is trying to learn to live away from the cult she escaped from a few years ago. Dylan is her best friend, and also her algebra tutor. What Dylan doesn’t know is that Chastity has harbored a crush on him for years, but he’s never given her the time of day. One-night Chastity puts herself out there and asks for Dylan to ‘tutor’ her in other ways, and when he agrees she is more than ...more
Debbie Hanson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-review
True North #7
Sarina Bowen

Sweet and raw, this story like the other Trie North stories focuses on the lives and loves of the Shipley Family. Heartland is Dylan Shipley’s story, and what a story it is. Dylan is your typical college boy, it’s all about, girls, parties, booze and sex… lots of sex.

When Chastity ran away from the cult she grew up in, she lived next door to the Shipley’s farm. She’s a deeply disturbed girl left with scars both emotional and real. Thrown into a world of
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 escape 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 a
Amber Rose 🌹
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: January 28 2020
Spoken In: Dual POV
Rating: 5 Stars

Heartland is a novel written by Sarina Bowen and is the seventh book in her True North series. Although it can be read completely as a standalone I would totally recommend reading all books in order because they are so amazing and many previous couples and characters make appearances in this story.

My baby Dylan Shipley is all grown up and away at collage with his best friend Chastity who is still learning life outside of escaping
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars**

This has always been my favorite series by Sarina Bowen and Heartland has continued that with a lovely friends to lovers romance between Dylan and Chastity.

Dylan Shipley doesn't really know what he wants to do in the future and is more focused on the here and now, and long-term relationships really aren't his thing. In fact, he is currently in his very first relationship and it is still somewhat casual.
Chastity escaped a cult when she was seventeen and traveled across the country
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Dylan Shipley, you sure grew up so fine! I love Dylan and Chastity's story so much. Chastity is so sweet, naive and inexperienced on the outside but on the inside there is a tigress waiting to be set free. She wants Dylan to be the one to free her but much to her dismay they seem to be firmly planted in the friend zone while he sows his wild oats. She divulges a plan to get him to spend even more time with her. I love that we get to see her grow and blossom away from that horrible cult. Dylan ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! I was so glad to see that Dylan would get his book. And adding Chastity to it, even better! Dylan Shipley is a playboy who does not settle down, and his best friend is a girl. That girl would be Chastity. A girl who hasn’t experienced much as a normal freshman college student has. Dylan is always looking out for her. Making sure she knows her Algebra and always makes sure she has eaten. He’s a bit protective of her. Thinking she is just a friend when really he was denying ...more
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 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what it was about this book but god it had drawn into the story and i loved being back in Vermont with our favourite farmers.

I loved learning more about Dylan and the heartache that he carried around regarding his father and reading what made him tick he was a fun loving guy who lived one day at a time, but he just needed to grow up that little bit more and of course Chastity was the perfect person.

I loved that Chastity was innocent but not as innocent as you thought she would be,
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
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As always, I was drawn right into a book with Sarina Bowen's name on it. Heartland is book 7 in the True North series, but can easily be read as a standalone. Having only read the first few chapters of the series' first book, Bittersweet, I still fell right into the book seamlessly.

Heartland was a fun read as I took in both Dylan and Chasity finding their way. Dylan's a player on the campus of the college both he and Chasity go to and he's not aware of Chasity's feelings towards him. This plays
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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartland by Sarina Bowen is book seven in her True North Series. Heartland could be read as a stand-alone. Anyway for best reading experience I recommend to read the previous book first. And yes, there are a few cross-overs.
Meet Chastity. She's a 21 year old freshman at college. She grew up very sheltered in a cult and managed to leave and find shelter by friends, her best friend Leah and her husband are the only true people she ever knew. And there's Dylan. He's a neighbor of Leah and he and C
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
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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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True North (7 books)
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