Sunday, October 18, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ SO TRUE by Serena Bell


So True

Tierney Bay #2

by Serena Bell

A passionate first love. A deep betrayal. One last chance to make it right.

Jax Walker left Chiara Campbell behind without a word, but he’s never forgotten how it felt to love that fiercely. Not that it matters—he can never go back to Tierney Bay, because the secret he’s keeping would tear them both apart.

Chiara has written Jax out of her life and her memory—until he shows up at the shop where she works. All the hurt she thought she’d buried is still there, and so is her fiery attraction to him. The more Chiara and Jax work together to save the shop, the more she wants things she can’t have.

She knows she’s going to get her heart broken again. She knows it’s going to hurt like hell.

And she’s pretty sure that when he kisses her, she’ll kiss him right back.

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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

This second book in the Tierney Bay series brings us a second chance romance for Chiara Campbell and her high school sweetheart, Jax Walker. So True takes a more serious tone than So Close, book 1 in the series, but Serena Bell still works in some of the wit and humor I expect from her, especially during character dialogue. It doesn't hurt that she has the not so small Campbell family in the small town of Tierney Bay to work with, and siblings often do make for witty dialogue. The romance is a bit of a slow burn, especially for a second time around, but it works for this couple. I really like that Chiara doesn't fall all over Jax and get all weak in the knees at first sight - okay, maybe she does get a little weak in the knees (it wouldn't make much of a second chance romance if she didn't), but she's a strong character who isn't going to be walked on no matter how much she still cares. She does what I wish so many women in romance would do; she makes him work for it. She also has a really good support system in her family even though it takes her a bit to remember that. And I'll stop there before I give spoilers. The story does have a bit of suspense with the romance, concerning Jax's reason for leaving and not reaching out, which is where the earlier mentioned serious tone comes in. All in all, this is a solid addition to the series, and I can't wait to see which Campbell sibling gets bitten by the lovebug next. 

USA Today bestselling author and RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big-hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them.

A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and she adores hiding in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also her enormous collection of constantly changing and passionately embraced hobbies, ranging from needlepoint to paddle boarding to meditation.

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