Review: Heartland – Sarina Bowen

Posted 14 January, 2020 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 7 Comments

*I received a free copy of Heartland from Tuxbury Publishing LLC via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Heartland – Sarina BowenHeartland by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #7
Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on 28 January 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Author
5 Stars

An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.

Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.

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Heartland pulled at my heartstrings – the friends to lovers trope, the slow burn, and the amazing chemistry made my heart both gooey and achy!

Bowen always manages to write stories that bring out all the feels, and Heartland is no exception to that! Chastity was so innocent in many ways – as she had been free from the religious cult she was born into for only two years. In other ways, though, she was both strong and independent. Plus she was definitely motivated to make a good life for herself.

The fact that she was in love with Dylan didn’t just complicate her life though, it also made it better in many ways. Heartland is a story with two strong characters, because that’s how I’d describe Dylan as well. Even if he shows the world a happy go lucky attitude, there is much more to him than what meets the eye.

Heartland also brought together most of the characters who were part of the prior True North stories, and I loved seeing how things were going for them. I became very curious about Rickie – Dylan’s roommate, and I really hope he’ll show up again. I have an inkling he might become important to someone close to Dylan in the future.

I adored how Chastity used her classes to bring an economic business plan to life with Dylan’s help. And I want some organic caramels now, they sounded so very good! Working together, being hot in the kitchen, and also trying to resist each other just made the romance between Dylan and Chastity all better. Plus, it helped both of them bring in some extra money during a tough semester at college.

If you’re a fan of heartfelt stories, strong, multifaceted characters, and friends to lovers, Heartland is the story you should pick up next!





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7 responses to “Review: Heartland – Sarina Bowen

  1. Sophia Rose

    This is a series I want to start soon. They do sound like a great pair of friends even before the complications of trying out love happen.

  2. I cannot wait to start reading this book. Bowen really does such a good job creating characters. I am glad that this one was a winner for your, Linda 🙂

  3. Lorna

    I need to read this one. I still have one more in my tbr. I read them completely out of order so it probably doesn’t matter though. I’m glad we agree about this series. Bowen is a favorite of mine.

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