ARC Review: True Blue by Melissa Foster

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ARC Review: True Blue by Melissa Foster
Tru Blue

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 9 2016

“Regardless of whether the books are light or dark, [Foster] always has some amazing heroes to fall in love with and Tru is no exception.”
~ Under the Covers

In this standalone novel by Melissa Foster, she takes a much darker route with Truman Gritt’s story. Fresh out of jail, Tru is surprised to discover that he has two young siblings when his mother dies unexpectedly. With no one to turn, Tru struggles to give these two children the happy childhood that they deserve. His past isn’t a good one so there’s quite a lot of obstacles he must face, but at the same time, it’s very clear that Tru isn’t a terrible man.

Gemma, our heroine, immediately picks up on that. I liked Gemma. She’s very sweet and loving, but I did think she was an usual girl. I say this because once she catches sight of Tru in a Walmart, struggling to buy diapers, food and the like for his siblings, she goes over and helps him. This is nice and all but I would never expect that to happen in real life. Gemma is very much a kid-lover but even then, it does seem a little bit far-fetched for her to go out of her way to do that for a total stranger.

However, I understand that if this wasn’t the case, there wouldn’t be a story or a romance here. That being said, I did think there was a bit of instalove and quite of a lot of glossing over things that I think a lot of other people would have an problem with or find odd about Tru’s character and the situation he is in. But once you get over that, it’s a very fast read. That’s how I feel about all of Melissa Foster’s books. They can easily be read within an hour and I definitely devoured this one quickly.

As you can probably guess, this book is far more darker in tone than Foster’s other books. I think it works for the storyline, but overall, I still prefer the light and fluffy ones because I feel like that’s what Foster does best. However, regardless of whether the books are light or dark, she always has some amazing heroes to fall in love with and Tru is no exception.




About Melissa Foster

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately...I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.


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sharon martin

I really enjoyed the darker tone to the story, it brought out so many different emotions, I could read it all over again lol x

Amy R

Sounds good, adding to my wishlist.


Hmmm even though it’s a bit dark I would still like to try it

Darynda Jones

Aw this sounds pretty great!


Thanks for the review Annie

Melissa Foster

Annie, I’m glad you devoured the book so quickly! Thank you for your honest opinion–hope to visit you again soon!! XOXO