My True Love
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Publisher: World Literary Press
Book #2 in the Steeles of Silver Island series
Part of the larger Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages: 330
Source: Pre-ordered through Amazon
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 4/1/21 to 4/3/21
Can a man who resents the hand he’s been dealt and a woman who spends her days grateful for every little thing find true love in each other’s arms—or are their differences stronger than both of them?
Find out in this funny, sexy, heartfelt romance, and fall in love with Grant and Jules on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, and midnight rendezvous. My True Love is a USA Today Bestseller.
Even war heroes need a little help sometimes…
After spending years fighting for his country and too damn long learning to navigate life with a prosthetic leg, Grant Silver returns to Silver Island to figure out a future he couldn’t fathom without fatigues and a gun in his hand. He’d almost forgotten how a man could suffocate from the warmth and caring community in which he’d grown up, and if that weren’t bad enough, his buddies’ beautiful and far-too-chipper younger sister won’t stop flitting into his life, trying to sprinkle happy dust everywhere she goes.
As a cancer survivor, Jules Steele knows better than to count on seeing tomorrow. She doesn’t take a single moment for granted, and she isn’t about to let a man who used to be charming and full of life waste the future he’s been blessed with. She’s determined to get through to him, even if it takes a few steamy kisses…
I knew I was going to love Silver Island when I read the first book in this arm of the Love in Bloom series. We don’t get to know Grant too much in Tempted By Love, but there is a scene at the end of that book that had me knowing I was going to love to watch his story play out with Jules.
I’ll admit, as much as I love Jules I also know that in real life she would probably be a bit much for me. I’d have to take her in small doses. So it didn’t surprise me that she was a bit overwhelming to Grant, for more than one reason. Of course, there were the feelings she caused to stir in him that he was most uncomfortable with. Silly Grant didn’t yet realize that you cannot avoid such amazing chemistry, no matter whose little sister or best friend the person may be.
Although Jules was a bit of a Pollyanna, she also took what Grant said to heart. She didn’t try to brush over what he had been through or what he was still going through. She didn’t try to change his mind about what made him happy, instead she encouraged him to find a way to do the things he loved doing. I understand why his family was so against him doing anything with the military or a military contractor after what he’d already gone through, but nobody but Jules really listened to what he was saying.
Once Grant realizes there is no stopping their chemistry, and that it was hurting them both more staying apart, he was all in. Seriously, this dude did some of the most romantic things for Jules. It’s no wonder she fell head over heels even more than she already was. And while their relationship moved quite quickly, it also seemed to make sense since they have known each other their whole lives.
Other than the romance and family aspect of this book, I appreciated the author bringing some issues regarding prosthetic legs to the forefront. I worked in prosthetics as the person trying to get the authorizations from insurance companies for the amputees. It was a highly stressful job and I don’t think most people would even believe what is required in order for these things paid to be paid for by insurance. I know the author had to take liberties with certain aspects because of story flow and the like, but she was still able to get across the ridiculous nature of insurance companies when it comes to these things without turning the story into an obvious PSA.
I’m still enamored with Silver Island and its inhabitants. I’m looking forward to many more heartwarming, butterfly inducing stories.