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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,128 ratings  ·  371 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 doesnt mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesnt know that Ive been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his
Paperback, 329 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
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It was just heat and patience. Those were the only ingredients.

I love Sarina Bowens True North series so much, and I couldnt wait to get my hands on Dylan Shipleys book. Dylan is the youngest Shipley brother and in college. We meet Chastity, they Shipleys 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.
1.75 stars

one of my most hated tropes is when an h is a virgin then pines over her man ho best friend while he dates her roommate knowing that said roommate is a bitch to her.

did i just summarize the first half of this book? yes.

this book just made me feel annoyed with both MCs, i rolled my eyes so many times i lost count.

anyways, did i like it when h was pining over H while being jealous of the OW (this OW was h's roommate btw)?

Honestly, I spend an embarrassing amount of time thinking
Stacey is Sassy
I admit, I cried a time or two

Im 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.


Theyre a step away from my reality. At the moment, Im safely sitting in my house in suburbia with my air-conditioning keeping me cool. I feel guilty
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen
SERIES: True North #7
RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2020
GENRE: New Adult
THEMES & TROPES: Friends to Lovers
RATING: 4 Stars


Visiting with the Shipleys and going back to Sarina Bowen's Vermont  is always a little bit like coming home. Everything feels familiar, cozy, warm.
Life is full of little moments that dont matter a whole lot, peppered by a few moments when everything is on the line.

In HEARTLAND we get to know
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars 🌟
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Let me just get the disclaimer out of the way first. I find SB's writing infinitely readable. She's my go to for a comfort read and I really, I mean REALLY, love this series because of the Shipleys. So it wasn't a surprise that I fell right into this read like a comfy pair of jim jams.

Dylan has always struck me as a carefree playboy breaking hearts all over Vermont so I was pleasantly surprised to find some hidden depth. I'm also a sucker for anyone who loves animals like Dylan does. He may be a
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelly, ratula
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
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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
Claudia Fosca Stahl
The Dylan Effect will melt your Heart

Every time I read one of Sarina Bowens books I feel happiness. It doesnt even matter if its for the first or the eleventh time. I find myself rereading them often because her kind of magic cant 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 The
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, angsty, and engaging!

Heartland is a charming, friends-to-more romance featuring the dependable, creative Chastity whose finding it harder and harder to keep her crush for her neighbour a secret, and the handsome, dependable Dylan who may finally realize the perfect girl for him is the one whom always seems to be right by his side.

The writing is lighthearted and fun. The characters are warm, charismatic, and appealing. And the engaging plot is a delightful blend of friendship, drama,
Dec 19, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance
4 Two Who Are Meant To Be Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I have been a huge fan of the Truth North series from the start. Sarina Bowen has created a strong family, a circle of friends and family that touches the heart and mind. Each entry was a special tale and Heartland was no different.

We have two characters whose actions and past should not make them work...but when it is all said and done, they are perfect. He teaches her with patience and she shows him what a relationship should be and teaches
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as nope-nope-nope  ·  review of another edition
Why does the heroine have to always hear the hero having sex? I hate when authors do that and they do it all the damn time
Geri Reads
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could never resist a good friends-to-lovers story and Heartland has everything I ever wanted out of this trope. It has lots of pining, a dash of denial, and an undeniable chemistry between our two leads equals magic.

Wil Loves Books!
Absolutely loved this one! Im a huge Sarina Bowen fan, huge. And I looove this series. This one was extra special, it totally reminded me of Sarinas Ivy Years series, which more on the college, NA themed, but with the True North farm twists. The Ivy Years books ( if you havent read them, what are you waiting for!) are actually the first books I read by Sarina and the ones that made me fall in love with her writing.

In Heartland, we go back to a Shipley family story (after a few Rossis) and I just
✰ 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
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
I absolutely LOVED this book. Being back in the Shipley world was incredible! It made me want to go back and read the all books that I missed before this one. The family dynamic, the way they love and care and go out of the way for each other... GAH. I. LOVED. IT. Dylan and Chastity's romance is HOT AF, but more than that it's sweet and tender and heartfelt. A true friends-to-lovers that I couldn't put down. SO GOOD.
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Sarina Bowen delivers a sweet and surprisingly emotional friends turned lovers romance in what is probably my favorite book in the True North series. I feel positively giddy after reading Heartland.

Dylan Shipley is the most easygoing member of the Shipley clan. He relishes in his perpetual playboy status and is making the most of his college experience by partying and sleeping around while still maintaining good grades and his duties on the family farm. He has a huge heart, and his fun-loving
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
The Book Bee
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I feel evil every time I notice her curves, or have the urge to taste her smile."

I have loved the True North series since the very first one I picked up. With each one, I've been lucky to fall in love with not only the characters, but the writing as well. Sarina Bowen is definitely an author I enjoy and this series sits high on my recommend list. Chastity and Dylan's story was all sorts of innocence and mistaken communication, learning and fumbling. It was also an exercise
Nadine Bookaholic
This was my first read by Sarina Bowen and I'm sorry I started at the end of the series because I want to know more about all of the couples, guess I'll just have to go back and start from the beginning then. ;)

You can read my full review HERE

Heartland by Sarina Bowen

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** 

You can see this and other Reviews I have written along with various cover reveals, excerpts, and giveaways here Nadine's Obsessed with Books
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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 theyre 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
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.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
it's 2020 and these types of storylines are just sexist at this point.

"He doesnt know that Ive been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his familys orchard....Now that were both in college together, Im seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me."

Susan's Reviews
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartland was an amazing, heartwarming addition to Sarina Bowen's True North series! I love catching up with all of the wonderful characters in that neck of the woods. I enjoy stories about everyday folk that I have more in common with. Aren't we lucky that the circle of friends and lovers in Sarina Bowen's rural Vermont setting just keeps growing!
Dylan and Chastity were good friends, but Chastity wanted more than friendship from Dylan. She is left secretly pining for Dylan, who is too busy
✰  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
3 3/4 Stars!
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

What a great read! I really have enjoyed every Sarina Bowen book that I have read so far so I was pretty eager to read this book. This is the seventh book in the True North series and like the other books in the series, it reads as a stand-alone story. I didn't want to put this book down once I started reading because I was so invested in Dylan and Chastity's story. I really enjoyed the time that I spent with this incredible story.

Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
If there were one fictional family that I would gladly want to be folded into, it would be the Shipley clan.  From the very first time we are introduced to all of them in Bittersweet, I knew that I was going to form a life-long attachment and love for the entire family.  I actually recently went and re-read that first book and I forgot how many little snippets we see of a younger Dylan that are just hilarious.  He still had that larger-than life, easygoing personality (especially compared to ...more
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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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