True Divideby Liora Blake
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star on October 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What do you do when the one boy you were never quite able to forget lands on your doorstep?
Lacey Mosely feels stuck: in her rural town of Crowell, Montana, at her job as manager of The Beauty Barn, and in her lackluster love life. Enter Jake Holt, one-time misfit and Lacey’s secret high school love. Ten years later, Jake is a private pilot whose travels take him all over the world, and once he shows up in Lacey’s life again—at the most unexpected time—he can’t seem to stay away. Now it’s up to Lacey to decide if she’s ready to let go of the past…and take a leap of faith for love.
I picked up True Divide by Liora Blake completely on a whim. I hadn’t heard of Ms. Blake’s writing yet. But I was intrigued by the dichotomy between the title of the book and the cover. The cover screams HOT romance but the title tells me that these two are worlds apart on something. Do I have you wondering? I was and if you know anything about me, you know I need closure in ALL things. So IN I dove!
First you’ll notice that this book is the third in the True series. I had absolutely no problems jumping right in to Ms. Blake’s world. Lacey’s story actually begins with a major life event in her sister Kate’s life. Since Kate had her happily ever after in the first True story, True North, we are quickly introduced to all the characters from all the previous books. We immediately see where Lacey fits in, or actually doesn’t.
Lacey never left her small town. Right after high school, she stayed in town continuing to work at a beauty supply store. She tried college but found it just wasn’t for her. She dated but no one ever lived up to her secret high school love, Jake Holt.
But Jake bolted from town as soon as the graduation ceremony was done. He never said goodbye or looked back. And he broke Lacey’s heart.
When Jake shows up at the most inopportune time, Lacey isn’t sure what to do. Her body says, “Hello hot stuff” but her head and heart put up their shields.
True Divide is different than any other second chance story I’ve read before in that Lacey and Jake both loved each other in high school but neither told the other back then. He was the class misfit and she was the head cheerleader, destined to be paired off with the quarterback of the football team. But Lacey and Jake really clicked; totally “got” one another back then. And then he goes and breaks her heart! You know Lacey is gonna be pissed!
And oh boy, ten years later Lacey is mad at Jake. He’s in the mood to catch up on old times (silly, simple, dumb boy) and she’s all about getting the last word and saving whatever shreds of her heart she has left. But Jake is nothing if not persistent. And so completely honest. Swoony, heart-stopping honest. Jake is not perfect by any means but he’s an honest man.
Lacey, for her part, is a woman you can’t help but root for. She’s a heroine you have very little doubt that is worthy of the awesome hero 😉
Page after page, I enjoyed watching these two fall in love all over again. I loved their “correspondence” back and forth! You could almost go as far as to say that this story could be classified as a mystery because the question is how the story will end! How will our couple end up together? Will they or won’t they?
I will say this, I took off a smidge of a star because the ending was entirely too short. I wanted more. No, wait, that’s incorrect. I needed more!!! ∗shakes fist at Ms. Blake∗