Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review & $25 Giveaway - True North: Finding Home by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Series: True North Book #1
Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau
Genre: New Adult Romance (18+ - Contains explicit sex)
Release Date: March 17, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: "When you're lost... True North"

The North brothers were hell on wheels-adrenaline-junky bad boys. You’d think they had a death wish – every one of them – but they didn’t really, they just got off on the thrill of pushing every limit, that gravity or any other force told them they couldn’t conquer. What they weren't prepared for were the women that would steal their hearts...

Livie Morrisey is dreading seeing Jake after his heroic homecoming from Afghanistan. She's been in love with Jake North since she was a little girl, but he's three-and-a-half years older than her and her big brother’s best friend. She was always nothing but the off-limits little sister – until the night before Jake left for the Army, when he'd given her her first kiss. They'd kept in touch for a year, but once Jake was deployed to Afghanistan, he'd cut off contact suddenly and she'd never heard from him again.

For the past three years Livie has kept herself distracted with homework and her university studies, but now Jake's going to be up close and personal. And Livie can’t decide if tonight's finally the night to prove to Jake she’s all grown up or the night she should let him go forever.

Okay, I have to start by saying that this won't be a completely unbiased review and it's not going to be formatted like my typical reviews. Why? I edited this book and love the author to pieces, so it's hard for me to separate that from the book itself. In fact, normally I don't even like to review books I edit, but in this case I'm making an exception. Why? Because I think it's awesome and I want you all to read it!

True North: Finding Home centers on Livie, a nineteen year old girl who has been in love with her older brother's best friend, Jake, for as long as she can remember. When Jake went off to join the military, she was miserable, but her misery turned to broken-heartedness when he completely cut off all contact with her a year after he left. Even though she hasn't spoken to him for three years, Livie hasn't been able to forget Jake or to let her hopes for a relationship with him die. But when Jake returns home from Afghanistan, he comes home different - harder, angrier and somehow haunted. She doesn't know if the Jake she loved exists at all any more, or if he will allow her to even get close enough to him to find out.

The thing that separates this book from the typical NA fare is Jake's PTSD and how it's handled. Mousseau does a fantastic job of portraying the anger and heartbreak that often returns home with a soldier who returns from war. Livie and Jake's family struggle to understand what he's going through and he's too ashamed to tell them everything that's going on. His pain is palpable, and you can't help but ache for him and for Livie as she tries to navigate his complex issues and to help him in whatever ways she can.

True North: Finding Home highlights the resiliency of the human spirit, even in the darkest of circumstances and shows us that love and light can truly lead us home.

If you're a fan of NA romance, then you will LOVE this book!

***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author for editing purposes and compensation was given. All opinions are my own, but I can't claim to be unbiased on this one!***

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About the Author

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.
She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and hot and sexy spice. Always a HEA and stand alone - even in a series.

Her alter-ego:
Alana Jewel Mousseau creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She writes brave but "human" main characters, imaginative plots and complex worlds; from High Octane action to exploring the deepest emotions - you won't want to put down your book!

She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write is outdoors, but when the weather gets too chilly she'll be inside at her desk looking at the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and 85 pound golden retriever, who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes.

With a free spirit, Allie loves to travel and has spent three years sparking her imagination while travelling the U.S. and Canada in an RV with her family. She looks forward in continuing her journey to see the world, while finishing her degree in Literature

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Books by Allie:
True North: Finding Home, Livie and Jake - NA Contemporary
Enemy Lines - A Sci-fi Adult Novella
Without Borders - a sexy Contemporary short story

Books by Alana:
The Scars Saga - A Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy; paranormal romance series:
Scars of the Bifrost Bk 1
Unlocking Brisingamen Bk 2 - Coming Soon!
Ragnarok Bk 3 - Coming Soon!

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