Donna Reads: Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

trublueThe blurb: He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover… There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family–Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

Oh, dear. I didn’t like this one either! First of all, the hero’s name was dumb. Truman Gritt. True grit? Oh, brother. (Eye roll included). And the blurb is interesting, but it’s not accurate. He’s not hard. He’s not dark. He’s not secretive. He’s too freaking good to be true. I thought after serving time in prison, he might be hard or damaged in some way. He’s not.

Truman was obnoxiously good. I don’t care how much he loved his kid brother or wanted to protect him. No one is going to do six years in prison for their brother. I just didn’t find any of it believable.

He also takes in a baby brother and toddler sister that he didn’t even know existed, and even though he knows nothing about children, he’s suddenly the perfect father. It was far-fetched that the babies would have been healthy and would have adjusted so quickly.

The heroine sees him and falls in love immediately. She’s from a wealthy family. When she finds out he’s a murderer, she worries for a couple of pages, and then says, “okay.”

There’s zero angst in this book. Every time I thought some adversity was going to happen, it didn’t. Everything is so simple and so wonderful. Any conflict is resolved within a page or two, and everything and everyone goes on as happy and wonderful as ever.

I think I’ll skip the series that’s coming in the spring featuring Tru’s friends. I’m sure the bikers will be all sunshine and rainbows, too. It’s just not realistic.

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