Book Review, Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Romance, Single Dad, Sports

This Much Is True by Tia Louise



I blame the alcohol.
I lost my restaurant business, was forced to sell my dad’s cherished 1967 Chevy Impala, and I got a little drunk.
Now I’m waking up with the hottest, angriest guy I’ve ever seen, speeding down the highway like a bat out of hell.
Ice-blue eyes hit mine with stomach-clenching force…
And he swerves onto the shoulder, ready to kick me out.
Needless to say, our romance doesn’t start out sweet.


Two years ago, I hugged my little boy goodbye and told him I’d be right back.
Next thing I knew, I was arrested and sent to prison for a crime I didn’t commit.
Until they let me out early…

Now I’m headed home to confront the man who put me away.
A lie put me behind bars, and I’m ready to find the truth.
I don’t have time for a sexy girl with pale blonde hair and bright blue eyes stowed away on the backseat of my new car.
My mission is to get my son back and clear my name.
Love is not on the agenda.
It never is, though, is it?


A man desperate to clear his name. A woman trying to find her way. Will their dreams come true?

Hope is true to her name. Her patience and trust for two strangers are a bit alarming at first, but when she hears the grumpy J.R.’s story her heart goes out to him and she vows to help him in any way possible. The way he looks at the people he loves is worth every minute she spends with him until she has to go back home.

J.R. is in a desperate and heartbreaking nightmare. His determination to clear his name is important, but he needs to see his son first even though he’s risking his freedom by driving across the country. So he didn’t have time to pick up some stray girl sleeping in the back of his car. But despite his better judgment, she’s growing on him and he can’t have that in his life right now.

I always enjoy enemies-to-lovers romances and the author does a great job building Hope and J.R.’s rocky journey to happily ever after. The characters are vulnerable and strong and the plot drew me in from the very beginning. As supporting characters go, J.R.’s brother Scout is so funny and supportive of his brother, and J.R.’s son, Jesse, is adorable. Also, J.R.’s very loving grandma is so important to his reunion with his son. 

I recommend this captivating contemporary romance for people who love long road trips and the slow build of true love.

Thank you to Ms. Louise for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Tia LouiseTia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of sexy-sweet military romance, small-town romance, single parent romance, and romantic suspense novels.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

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