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    This book kept me up till 3AM! Loved this book!

    Ever since I read Bittersweet, I wanted to know more about Jude. He was a character that kept to himself and had a lot of mystery around him. We finally get to dive into his mind in this one and I LOVED it! There are so many emotions playing throughout this book, and it really plays into the theme of second chances, whether it be in life or in love. When Jude was younger he fell in love with Sophie. She was the “good girl” falling in love with the “bad guy from the wrong side of the tracks.” Her father was the police chief and didn’t approve of their relationship, but it didn’t matter, because nothing could keep Sophie away from Jude. A few years later, Jude gets into an accident with Sophie’s brother in the car and her brother is killed. It turns out Jude had been addicted to pain killers and now he ended up in jail because of it. Jude had kept his addiction well hidden from Sophie, and when she found out after the accident it shattered her. When Jude got out of jail he ended up at the Shipley farm working with them for the apple picking season, but when it’s over, he has to go home and face his demons head on. He’s terrified to see Sophie, because he knows he still loves her but doesn’t think he deserves her love after what he did to her brother. When he runs into her at the church he goes to for AA meetings, his world gets turned upside down by her. Is love strong enough to conquer the demons? Can Jude find a second chance in love and life even though he feels he isn’t deserving? Read Steadfast to find out. This book was AMAZING!!!!! Sarina Bowen brought so much emotion into her characters. The way she handled Jude’s addiction in the book really let you into his mind and you wanted Jude to overcome his demons. You could feel how hard it was for him at certain points throughout the book and you just wanted him to be happy and see that he is deserving of love even when he thinks he’s not. The book was set in a small town in Vermont, which is different from Bittersweet, which is set at the farm, but we still get to see Griff, Audry, and the rest of the Shipley clan (including Zach). Which made me really happy, because I LOVE the Shipley family! I don’t want to give anything away, but I absolutely loved the ending of the book. I think Jude and Sophie just topped Griff and Audry for me. Jude really has become my favorite Sarina Bowen character. We will have to see if I change my mine when Keepsake (Zach’s book) comes out
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    10,000 STARS!!! Read this book.

    gah! 10,000 Stars! Sarina Bowen gave me all the feels. What I love most about Sarina Bowen is that she isn't afraid to tackle ugly subjects. She takes things you don't like to think about, brings them to the forefront of your mind and says - THINK ABOUT THIS. Don't be a jerk. Really think and see how you feel when you process something instead of just giving a reflex reaction. All while making it fun, too. Her Ivy Years series has touched my heart in such a way that I won't ever be the same again. And she does the same thing with Steadfast. Steadfast is about Jude and Sophie. It's about second chances. Jude is a recovering drug addict. He was arrested for manslaughter when one night of getting high resulted in Sophie's brother's death. He is out of prison, out of rehab and trying to keep his head on straight. Now. I never thought I would fall in love with an ex-con, ex-drug addict. I never thought I would like reading about an ex-con, ex-drug addict. I totally did. Jude is a tortured soul. He and Sophie were high school sweethearts. He was the bad boy, she was the good girl daughter of the town sheriff. He got into doing drugs after a doctor prescribed pain medication and his friends showed him how to snort it. He lied to Sophie. He stole things to pay for his habit. He never meant to hurt anyone, but ended up hurting the only one that truly loved him. And now, even though so much time has passed since he has seen Sophie, he loves her still. But he thinks he isn't any good for her. He doesn't want Sophie to have to deal with his cravings, with his scarred reputation, with his inability to find a good job due to his record. He just wants to work, save up money to move out of the horrible town he grew up in and move away. He wants to stay out of trouble. So he goes to NA meetings. Which happen to be in a church. Then he finds himself volunteering for a church dinner and face to face with Sophie. Sophie has been broken hearted ever since that fateful night three and a half years ago. No one explained what happened to her. Her father is controlling. Her mother mentally checked out. She gave up her dreams of becoming a singer and decided to go into social work and live at home instead. And she finds herself lonely and confused. Seeing Jude shakes up her life and she finds a spark. No one wants them to be together. But they can't fight the pull. Man, do they have chemistry. Things I love about this book: ~ The writing. Sarina Bowen is so talented. I forget I'm reading. She transports me to the world I'm reading about and I just can't stop turning the pages. ~ Jude. Heeeyyyy Jude!!! I loved being in his head. I loved how he loved Sophie. And I wanted to jump into the book and hug him when he was struggling with his cravings. ~ Sophie. What a great heroine. She was strong. She was brave. She wasn't afraid to ask questions. She wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. ~ I love that we see the Shepley's from book 1- such a great family!! ~ The feels. Man. Did I feel everything in this book. Regret, suspense, angst, love, lust...I laughed and I cried. ~ I loved watching Jude and Sophie pick up the pieces and put each other back together in a way that fits better than before. Bottom line: 10,000 stars!!! READ THIS BOOK. Highly recommend. ONE CLICK NOW
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    Rare intelligent romance

    This novel was a breath of fresh air in that it was well written and intelligent. The main characters were very believable. Also, the author did not go with the usual romance formula where the main characters break up and get together near the end. I loved Jude. He really makes this novel pop. My only issue is with how quickly things were wrapped up at the end. Still couldnt give it less than 5 stars. Excellent. I will definitely read it again.
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    Emotional and sexy second chance romance

    Steadfast is an emotional and sexy second chance romance that deals with themes of drug addiction and recovery, and forgiveness. Jude has been clean for 8 months after a 3 year stint in prison for manslaughter. Coming back to his home town puts him face to face with the sister of the man he killed - his one time girlfriend Sophie. Things have changed for both of them, but their love for each other still lies under the surface. With a thought provoking storyline, some twists and turns, and the chance for redemption, Steadfast will keep you reading long into the night.
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    Steadfast

    I just love Jude and Sophie's story. I could smell a rat and so it was even if it was predictable. It's a great love story.
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