TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women’s fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.
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 behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.
This is my first book by Melissa and it certainly will not be my last. This was a gritty story, that instantly drew me in and has left me wanting to read more of Melissa’s books in the future
Truman’s childhood was less than perfect, spent trying to protect his younger brother from their mothers choice of lifestyle. Now, having just been released from prison, he is just getting his life back on track when a call from his brother Quincy throws everything in turmoil leaving him in charge of the baby brother and sister that he never even knew existed.
Gemma grew up in a life of privilege but lacked the one thing she craved most, affection and love of her parents. Having left all that behind, she has built her own business, a life of her own but she has her own heartache to bare. When she sees this brute of a man struggling with two small children in the middle of the night in Walmart, something draws her to him.
What starts off as a friendship quickly develops into so much more. Its intense, the chemistry is sizzling at times and Tru is determined to be honest with Gemma from the outset, even if it means losing her for good, something he hopes won’t happen.
This is a perfect second chance story – a second chance for not onlyTruman and Melissa but also Kennedy & Lincoln. There is plenty of heartache and turmoil along the way as we find out more about what Truman had to endure growing up and the reason he ended up in prison but it is also full of hope, hope for a better life, a future for them all.
A quick read for me, i flew through this book, gripped until the last page and for those new to Melissa’s books, this is a great introduction but i’m sure that those who have read previous books are going to love it just as much
“F**k,” he muttered, debating letting the call go to voicemail, but six months of silence from his brother was a long time. Rain pelleted his back as he pressed his palm to the door to steady himself. The ringing stopped, and he blew out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d trapped inside. The phone rang again, and he froze.
He’d just freed himself from the dredges of hell that he’d been thrown into in an effort to save his brother. He didn’t need to get wrapped up in whatever mess the drug-addicted fool had gotten himself into. The call went to voicemail, and Truman eyed the metal box containing his painting supplies. Breathing like he’d been in a fight, he wished he could paint the frustration out of his head. When the phone rang for the third time in as many minutes, the third time since he was released from prison six months ago, he reluctantly answered.
“Quincy.” He hated the way his brother’s name came out sounding like the enemy. Quincy had been just a kid when Truman went to prison. Heavy breathing filled the airwaves. The hairs on Truman’s forearms and neck stood on end. He knew fear when he heard it. He could practically taste it as he ground his teeth together.
“I need you,” his brother’s tortured voice implored.
Need me? Truman had hunted down his brother after he was released from prison, and when he’d finally found him, Quincy was so high on crack he was nearly incoherent—but it didn’t take much for f**k off to come through loud and clear. What Quincy needed was rehab, but Truman knew from his tone that wasn’t the point of the call.
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
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