Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
Published July 12th 2016
She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
I recommend this series just because everyone should know Jude. He’s so beautiful and so easy to fall in love with. He was easily my favorite character in the first book and after reading Steadfast, I don’t know if I can go on with my life. He’s honestly one of the best characters I’ve ever read about.
But, same as book one, I wish this book would focus more on a more meaningful relationship rather than just sex. But this book did a lot better of that than book one.
But overall, if you’re looking for a really fun NA series, I’d definitely recommend the True North series. But I’d mostly recommend it just because of Jude. He’s such a beautiful character.