True – ARC review

by Abigail Strom
Release Date:  June 5, 2021
Publisher: self-published
Source:  NetGalley
Contemporary Romance
Ages 17 and up
Read 7/22/21

All Trudy wants is to be good at her job. She’s new at NASA, and the last thing she needs is to get involved with an astronaut… no matter how sexy he is.

All Liam wants is to go back into space. This mission will always come first, and he won’t let anything hold him back… including NASA’s gorgeous new public affairs officer.

The last thing either of them wants is a relationship. But can they hold out against an attraction that’s out of this world?

I haven’t read an Abigail Strom book in a bit, but I always love her stories. This one is no exception. Trudy and Liam stole my heart.

I’m not a fan of one main character keeping a secret from the other. I have to admit, in this story the secret Liam keeps makes sense at first. Even later, I totally understood why he kept the information to himself. Trudy was adamant that they keep thing professional, that she doesn’t date coworkers, that she has no desire to even be more friendly than work/professional friends. Of course, with the connection these two have, things don’t stay that way. By the time Liam realizes he has to come clean, it’s too late for Liam to get a jump on things.

The premise the author used in this story is quite interesting. While the author didn’t do a deep dive on astronauts and NASA, she peppered little factoids throughout that kept things fun. The history of both Trudy and Liam really added a lot to this story. They both have their own demons and family issues to deal with. They’ve always dealt with such things on their own. Neither really confide in others, preferring to deal with things themselves. That makes it hard to open up to each other and accept that they can lean on the other.

Once Liam and Trudy start to better understand themselves, they can better admit what they really want and need in their lives. There is a lot happening with them both toward the end of this story. Things they both needed to do in order to have their eyes opened. Once they stop lying to themselves, it’s a beautiful thing.

4 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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