Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Review for True Devotion by Liora Blake...

Find out if rock sensation Simon can break through tough-girl Devon’s steely exterior—if he can keep his head on straight, that is—in this second sizzling romance in the True series!
Devon Jenkins is a feisty blonde, and Simon Cole is the arrogant, sexy guitarist playing in her brother’s band. When they met for the first time, it went something like this: He hit on her, she shot him down, he made a lewd joke, she told him he was an idiot.
In the two years since then, not much has changed. From the way Simon flirts shamelessly with any set of ovaries within a 100-mile radius, Devon knows the smartest thing she can do is keep an impenetrable wall between them.
But sometimes the smart choice isn’t necessarily the right one…


When it comes to romances it's all about the hero for me, and Ms. Blake has crafted a delicious one in sexy (and surprisingly sentimental) rock star Simon Cole.  From start to finish I found him the quintessential book boyfriend as he looked past the heroine's issues giving her the time to realize she couldn't live without him.  Along the way there's wickedly fun and flirty banter as well as steamy sexual encounters as Simon and Devon morph from friends to lovers in their entertaining journey to HEA.

Simon is seen as the partying ladies man with not a care in the world...at least that's how his best friend's sister sees him.  He's been drawn to Devon from the moment he first laid eyes on her but her emotional walls are too tall for him to breach.  Their relationship was at a standstill marked by unrelenting flirting until the temptation got to be too much for her and their brief fling morphed into the chance for something more if she trusts enough in his heartfelt words and deeds.  Simon was a delightful hero who was immensely charming, sexy, and perfectly balanced his bad boy persona with his geeky side and billionaire status.  He had a talent for dirty talk that's unforgettable and his handling of Devon, never pushing her but making her see herself as he does, made him sweet and sentimental.  He said everything a girl wants to hear and I'm still dreaming of him long after the final page was turned.

Devon had a rough childhood, one of struggle and disappointments, that have all left her untrusting of others and doubtful of herself.  Though she appears strong-willed there's a chink in the armor she projects to the world...and that's Simon.  She enjoys their banter and the sexual tension radiating between them but doubts it can become more.  She thinks their short-term affair will satisfy the hunger she can no longer ignore but the discovery of his hidden layers binds her to him even more and gives her a glimpse of a future she'd love to claim if she were only brave enough.  Devon's immensely likable with her tell it like it is attitude.  She has a tough exterior which might intimidate some but Simon enjoys the challenge.  Though she thinks herself unworthy of the rich, smart, and talented Simon they bring out the best in each other and being with him has her seeing herself in a different light.  Her occasional doubts endeared her to me and made me sympathetic for everything she'd been through.  Though I was frustrated by her flashes of a self-destructive nature and her easy belief in the worst of things, I could understand it as she was left scarred by an abusive boyfriend and a youth spent in a neighborhood on edge.

This was an entertaining story from the first page to the last with its delightful characters, both primary and secondary, and its sensual journey to HEA.  Devon and Simon's connection crackled with interactions full of flirty banter and teeming with sexual tension.  I loved their sensual tug of war and the resulting steamy encounters that put a smile on my face as well as the occasional blush.  I enjoyed seeing characters from the previous book and the sense of family engendered through their realistic interactions of snarky and caring moments.  Though this is the second installment in the True series it can stand quite nicely on its own with the sexy and charming Simon and the emotionally scarred but strong-willed Devon wonderful leads that propel this story to entertaining heights!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from jellybooks for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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