Tru Blue

Tru Blue

by Melissa Foster


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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Love in Bloom series.


TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

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.


SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire, Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play, Promise My Love, Our New Love, Story of Love, Daring Her Love, A Very Braden Christmas

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love, Love at Last

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love, Surrender My Love, River of Love, Crushing on Love, Whisper of Love, Thrill of Love

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) Embracing Her Heart, Anything for Love, Trails of Love – Wild, Crazy Heart, Making You Mine, Searching for Love

THE REMINGTONS: Game of Love, Stroke of Love, Flames of Love, Slope of Love, Read, Write, Love, Touched by Love

SEASIDE SUMMERS: Seaside Dreams, Seaside Hearts, Seaside Sunsets, Seaside Secrets, Seaside Nights, Seaside Embrace, Seaside Lovers, Seaside Whispers

BAYSIDE SUMMERS: Bayside Desires, Bayside Passions, Bayside Heat, Bayside Escape, Coming Soon: Bayside Fantasies and Bayside Romance

THE RYDERS: Seized by Love, Claimed by Love, Chased by Love. Rescued by Love, Swept into Love

TRU BLUE & THE WHISKEYS: Tru Blue, Truly, Madly, Whiskey, Driving Whiskey Wild, Wicked Whiskey Love, Mad about Moon

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS: Catching Cassidy, Discovering Delilah, Tempting Tristan, Coming Soon: Chasing Charley, Breaking Brandon


"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480595
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 11/09/2016
Series: The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor Series , #1
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 229,586
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented--perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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THE STENCH OF urine and human waste filled the dark alley—not only waste as in feces, but waste as in drug dealers, whores, and other deviants. Mud and graffiti streaked cracked and mangled concrete. Somewhere above, shouts rang out. Truman had tunnel vision as he moved swiftly between the tall buildings in the downpour. A dog barked in the distance, followed by the unmistakable yelp of a wounded animal. Truman rolled his broad shoulders forward, his hands fisted by his sides as memories hammered him, but it was the incessant torturous wailing coming from behind the concrete walls that had him breathing harder, readying for a fight. It sounded like someone—or something—was suffering inside the building, and despite his loathing for the woman who had brought him into the world, he wouldn’t wish that on her—or wish the wrath he’d bring down on whoever was doing it on anyone else.

The rusty green metal door brought the sounds of prison bars locking to the forefront of his mind, stopping him cold. He drew in a few deep breaths, pushing them out fast and hard as memories assailed him. The wailing intensified, and he forced himself to plow through the door. The rancid, pungent scents of garbage and drugs filled the smoky room, competing with the terrified cries. In the space of a few heart-pounding seconds, Truman took in the scene. He barely recognized the nearly toothless, rail-thin woman lying lifeless on the concrete floor, staring blankly up at the ceiling. Angry track marks like viper bites covered pin-thin arms. In the corner, a toddler sat on a dirty, torn mattress, wearing filthy clothes and sobbing. Her dark hair was tangled and matted, her skin covered in grit and dirt. Her cheeks were bright red, eyes swollen from crying. Beside her a baby lay on its back, its frail arms extended toward the ceiling, shaking as it cried so hard it went silent between wails. His eyes landed on Quincy, huddled beside the woman on the floor. Tears streaked his unshaven, sunken cheeks. Those big blue eyes Truman remembered were haunted and scared, their once vibrant color now deadened, bloodshot with the sheen of a soul-stealing high. His tattooed arms revealed the demons that had swooped in after Truman was incarcerated for the crime his brother had committed, preying on the one person he had wanted to protect. He hadn’t been able to protect anyone from behind bars.

“She’s…” Quincy’s voice was nearly indiscernible. “Dead,” he choked out.

Truman’s heart slammed against his ribs. His mind reeled back to another stormy night, when he’d walked into his mother’s house and found his brother with a bloody knife in his hands—and a dead man sprawled across their mother’s half-naked body. He swallowed the bile rising in his throat, pain and anger warring for dominance. He crouched and checked for a pulse, first on her wrist, then on her neck. The pit of his stomach lurched. His mind reeled as he looked past his brother to the children on the mattress.

“Those your kids?” he ground out.

Quincy shook his head. “Mom’s.”

Truman stumbled backward, feeling cut open, flayed, and left to bleed. His siblings? Living like this?

“What the hell, Quincy?” He crossed the room and picked up the baby, holding its trembling body as it screamed. With his heart in his throat, he crouched beside the toddler and reached for her, too. She wrapped shaky arms around his neck and clung with all her tiny might. They were both featherlight. He hadn’t held a baby since Quincy was born, when Truman was nine.

“I’ve been out for six months,” he seethed. “You didn’t think to tell me that Mom had more kids? That she was f**king up their lives, too? I could have helped.”

Quincy scoffed. “You told me…” He coughed, wheezing like he was on his last lung. “To f**k off.”

Truman glared at his brother, sure he was breathing fire. “I pulled you out of a f**king crack house the week I got out of prison and tried to get you help. I destroyed my life trying to protect you, you idiot. You told me to f*ck off and then went underground. You never mentioned that I have a sister and—” He looked at the baby, having no idea if it was a boy or a girl. A thin spray of reddish hair covered its tiny head.

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Tru Blue (A stand-alone contemporary romance) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it was longer. Very emotional and sexy. I loved all of the supporting characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! I would Love to find more books like this. It had ups and downs twists and turns , but the story never got lost. Loved the strong "family" .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conviction, jail for a very long time, diapers and a unexpected stranger offering help. A path leading to forever love and protecting his siblings. An emotional story that you will not want to stop reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Melissa delivers. This book had so many twists and turns as both Truman and Gemma fought against their personal demons, as they discovered what true love was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is byfar my favorite boook by this author. This book takes you through so many different emotions. Great read
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love Truman and what a wonderful man he became despite his past. Gemma was great for Truman. The secondary charactors really added and look forward to their own stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story!!! This is the first book I've read by this author and I just loved it!! This is a must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful heartfelt love story! Tru and Gemma’s Story is so beautifully told by Melissa Foster! My heart just exploded with love for Tru! Hot, sexy, always trying to do the right thing! And Gemma his soul mate who fell head over heels in love with him! This has got to be one of my absolute favorite books by Melissa Foster! I also listened to the audible and fell in Love all over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story. I enjoy stand alone books that don't drag out in series. I have looked up other books by author. Recommend reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book; big brother of the family tries to save them all - Mom doesn't want anything to do with being saved. Tragedy strikes and big brother goes to jail - you'll have to read why and how this could happen, the story that Melissa weaves is truly lovely - heartbreaking - full of love and redemption - growing and feeling worthy. Finding something you didn't no you were missing or even wanted, until it falls in your lap and you'll do anything to hang on for dear life. Tru and Gemma have a fun start at Walmart; she isn't shy by any means but she knows her place, but she just can't let it or him go. She helps him when he is desperately in need of assistance; over days they see each other, a relationship grows, Tru doesn't think he is worthy - but they fall in love and the family that's left comes together - minus Mom!!!
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Jennifer_e911 More than 1 year ago
Truman Gritt is a man that grew up in the worst imaginable situation.  He did everything he could to protect his younger brother from the life they were being brought up in.  When his mother dies and he finds out that he has a very young brother and sister he knew nothing about, he steps up and takes care of them.   Gemma had a privileged upbringing, but was never shown love.  As an adult, she makes it her mission in life to bring happiness to the lives of children, one party at a time.  Truman and Gemma both grew up in less than happy homes, but they have hearts that are limitless in their capacity to love.  Their optimism and acceptance of those around them are beautiful.  This book focuses on the concept that family is what you make it, not those you are born to.    This truly was an exceptional book, well written, with great characters.  I enjoyed every bit of it, and can't wait to see what happens next in the Whiskey world!
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The hits just kept coming for the poor characters of Tru Blue by Melissa Foster. There was so much going on in this story. You never knew when danger or trouble or another secret was going to pop up. It really kept the flow of the book going, and I finished reading it in no time. The ARC of Tru Blue by Melissa Foster was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Tru Blue by Melissa Foster.....This is a beautifully written that will pull on your heartstrings. I was so glued to this book, I could not put it down until the last word. I absolutely loved Truman, this poor guy had a terrible childhood, but turned out to be a fantastic man. Gemma is a beautiful woman that grew up with money, but also had a terrible childhood. These two are looking for love and being able to trust other people again. This is a must read for an romance reader. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book by publisher.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
I love the style and the stories of Melissa Foster, I've never read one of her stand alone and I was very curious. Another great story by this amazing author. The cover is really sweet. After spending six years in prison innocently, Truman is free again and his only thought is to take care of his family. He works as a mechanic and has the classic look of hard man but under the armor has a very good heart. One evening receives the call from his drog addict brother, their mother has died and has left alone her two children who were born while he was in prison, of which he knew nothing. Immediately he decides to take care of them even if he doesn't have any idea how to do. When Gemma saw him in difficulty intervenes to help him and will remain by his side to teach him to raise these children. Tru is a great character, he quickly becomes my older brother ideal. He's a great warrior, willing to do anything to help his family. Gemma is a generous person, always willing to help others. Together they are perfect, they manage to bring out the best in each other. It was a really enjoyable read, at times moving. The love story is very intriguing and romantic Highly recommended.
Woodsy23 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story dealing with very delicate and painful issues of addiction. The characters are so well thought out and the level of emotion that emanates from them is deeply touching. Fantastic all the way around and I look forward to reading more books with the other characters that were a part of this story.
Cowgirl2Fireman More than 1 year ago
Emotional. Heart wrenching. Powerful. Heartwarming. Melissa Foster has written a book that kept my emotions on a roll from the beginning to the end. It definitely draws on your heart strings while at the same time will twists your emotions all over the place. I was drawn into this book from the very start and could not put it down. It captivated me in a way that no other book has before. In the end you will have your heart strings tugged on, have tears in your eyes along with laughter and smiles. So many emotions put together in one book that causing an emotional overload. This is a magnificent story told in a spectacular way that you will not forget. This book is so addicting with the twists and turns with a mixture of romance thrown right in the middle of it. There were some twists that I did not see coming at all and then had to smack my head for not realizing it sooner. You will finish this book with faith and hope in love along with a sense of loyalty and compassion for people that give up everything for family and love. This was a book that captivated from the beginning to the end; each page I turned and wondered what was going to happen next. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters in the book; some even more than others once you learn their history and what has made them the way that they are. This is by far one of my favorite reads this year.
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
Tru Blue had me intrigued after I read the blurb that promised a raw, emotional story with plenty of suspense and I wasn't disappointed. This is a story that tugged at my heart, had me feeling emotional reading about the tough lives of the protagonists and proud of them for facing all their unhappy problems with a brave face. I enjoy Melissa Foster's books and am a fan of her talent for writing a variety of books. She can write sweet romances with as much ease as soul searching intense romances. In this book, she shines with her frank, almost brutal portrayal of life. She shows that life is messy, heart breaking and cruel but still there is a hope for a better future. The world building is lovely and the scenes strike chord. I was left feeling a myriad of emotions after reading this book that will stay with you for a long time after. Truman is a man who went to prison for his family and still failed to help the one person he did all this for. Now free, his love and loyalty is again put to test when he finds about the existence of his too young siblings. With a dark past haunting him, I could not help but fall in love with him. He is everything a woman desires- protective, loyal, loving, independent and with a heart of gold. Gemma is again a strong character with a difficult past and I loved her sassy, nosy and strong self. The romance between her and Truman is both intense and heartfelt and makes for a very interesting read. The plot kept me glued to my seat throughout and had me eagerly turning pages. It is real, emotional, heartfelt and stands apart from the many romances in the market. All in all, I loved reading Tru Blue by Melissa Foster and give it 4.5 out of 5. Highly recommended to all adult romance lovers, this book will have you laughing, crying and then feeling motivated to conquer the bad in your life and grab the bright future just beyond. I look forward to reading more from Melissa in the future and hope to read the story of the Whiskey family who have had me intrigued ever since I met them the first time in River of Love.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I am impressed! I thought I had found my favorite Melissa Foster book but I am not changing my mind. This has to be my favorite! Melissa writes books that are filled with emotion and I really connect to the characters. Truman aka Tru and Gemma are characters that I liked right away. I really like that the book is a stand alone and I did not feel lost. Their relationship moves pretty quickly. They both have pasts and secrets but Tru has a secret he has not shared with Gemma. Will it tear them apart or bring them closer together? The two of them are trying to make a happy family and this secret could ruin that. I really loved the book like I do all of Melissa's work. I can't wait for more from her!
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Melissa Foster fan. With every book of hers I read, I grow into a bigger fan. Tru Blue is another fabulous read! in this book Tru is very easy to fall in love with. Especially since underneath those blue tattoos is a warm and caring man. I also really like the combination of Tru and Gemma. I gent like it was love at first sight for them. Just like every couple they have their ups and downs. Which makes these characters even more believable. Like I said before, This is a great read. It's one that you don't wantto miss!
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I am a avid romance book reader lately. I read 2-4 books a week. I think I may have a little problem and be addicted to these amazing stories but I can't help myself when these amazing writers keep writing these enticing awesome stories. I just can't get enough hehe. This time I got to read Melissa Foster's newest book Tru Blue. My opinion and synopsis: Truman and Gemma's love story was one to be remembered. They had the love for each other that we all dream of having one day. They completed each other in all the good ways. Truman is sexy and thoughtful. He had a rough life but he always puts the people he loves before himself. What is there not to like about him? He is sexy, caring, and amazing with kids. Nothing is sexier than watching a man dote over his kids! His strong tattooed arms cradling such a tiny fragile baby is such a turn on! Gemma is the sweetest thing. She is thoughtful and cares about others. She wants kids to enjoy life and be free and happy. Though she didn't have the best mother, she is the best mother for those adorable kids, Lincoln and Kennedy. She has revolved her life around making children happy and their dreams come true. Such a great story and I was drawn in from the first page. I felt all the emotions they went through and the trials they faced. So glad they both got the sexy romantic ending they deserved. They made such a adorable loving family. This story shows anyone can have a happy ending and life no matter how your life has been it can always be what you dreamed of. Melissa Foster did it again with this book. It was amazing and I definitely recommend you get this book! You will love it!