Review: True Devotion by Liora Blake


TRUE DEVOTION is a wonderful mix of engaging romance, hot sex and laugh out loud humor.

Devon’s got a lot of baggage so that when a nice, good young man starts showing interest in her, she can’t believe it’s for real. Or that he’d want it with her for the long haul. Would she let her past get in the way of her future?

I like Liora Blake’s voice. It’s a good thing because she writes in the first person point of view, from the heroine’s perspective. So, even if I have issues with the heroine, I’m compelled to go on reading. This happens with the first book in the series, True North. I didn’t much like Kate, because from what I can see, she just takes and takes from Trevor, and holds everything back from him. So truly tempted to throw my Kindle across the room, if not for the fact that I don’t have a replacement for my Kindle yet.

In TRUE DEVOTION, Devon (Trevor’s sister) is a lot better than Kate. I get where she’s coming from, her background, her insecurities, her issues. Still, there was also a point toward the end that I just want to throw up my hands and scream in frustration. True, such thinking could get a person down. Sometimes, it’s easier to wallow in negative thoughts than to choose to fight back or choose to decide what you want and reach for it. But here is Simon–the man who loves her, who’s so good to her. How could she stumble back from that? How could she think it’s the same as her previous relationship, when in fact, she was the one who also pointed out earlier in the book that Simon is good, he’s good to her, and so different from the ex? Also, I wish we can get more of Devon’s thought processes as to why, after drawing back from Simon, she’d go to him? What made her choose to make up with Simon? Is she just missing the sex or something more?

So anyway, let’s get to the good stuff: Liora Blake’s heroes. Sure, Simon’s a hunk and all that (really, the way he eats cereal but he still got a good bod? now I’m sure this is fiction! LOL), but what really gets to me is his character and how much he loves and cares for Devon. In both books, it’s pretty clear from the start that the heroes want the heroines, and that they like them not just for sex, but as the women with whom they want to start something real and permanent. And that’s something refreshing from all the other heroes that just want sex from the heroines from the get-go. And Simon is so sweet and sigh-worthy. If Devon doesn’t want him, can I have him?

Again, we see here in this book where Simon gives and gives. Happily, Devon tried to meet him halfway, or as much as she is able to–once, twice, thrice. It’s hard for her, with her issues, but I’m happy she tries and succeeds, though there were subsequent times when she pulls back.

Simon and Devon have good chemistry. Their sex scenes are hot, hot, hot! Especially the one…um…seriously, I have a hard time choosing. There are a lot! Out of bed, they relate well to each other too, with some humorous moments such as the pancake scene with Simon and when he referenced it later in conversation. Loved a smart guy.

It was good to see a continuation of Trevor and Kate’s story here. (Me, not so much Kate but Trevor.) I like seeing their wedding and some choice scenes from Devon’s perspective. One thing I don’t get is when Trevor caught Devon and Simon together on his couch. Why would this cause a rift between the siblings? Why would Trevor see it as a betrayal? Why didn’t Trevor have it out with Simon? We don’t hear anything like Trevor bashing Simon about it or asking about his intentions toward his sister. No mention, not even from a third party. Which is weird.

Overall, TRUE DEVOTION is still a great read. Series fans wouldn’t want to miss this. And if you’re just starting, pick up book 1, True North, first so you can read the awesomeness that is Trevor Jenkins. You won’t regret it.

Rating: 4 stars

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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…

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