Review/Giveaway ~ True North: Finding Home by Allie Juliette Mousseau

True North: Finding HomeTitle: True North: Finding Home
Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau
Series: Finding Home #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: March 31st 2014

"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.
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This is a bit of a moving journey for the characters in this book. Livie (Olivia) and Jake have had an attraction for years and because of the age difference they didn’t have an opportunity to explore it. I liked seeing the small glimpses into how they spent some secret time together before Jake made the decision to join the Army. Now that Jake is home, you can see that war has affected him. He is a little jumpy and his mood swings are out of character. The town is holding a welcome back party for Jake, and Livie is nervous about seeing him again. She has always kept him close to her heart, even though they haven’t had contact in some time.

I liked both the characters… Livie is a smart girl and is also very sweet. She sees the good in everyone and it was funny to see her sort her feelings out in her head only for the opposite words to come out. I think she wants to make a stand in some instances, but the opposite occurs! Jake has had it tough and is finding it hard to deal with everything that he has been through, but he knows it is a little easier with Livie around.

It was interesting to see the story unfold. It wasn’t easy for them to rekindle their relationship as it appeared Jake was giving mixed signals, but I soon came to realise he was struggling with fitting back into a normal life. I liked how Livie stepped up and helped him through the difficult times and was his back bone. But what I loved most was how Jake used music to express his feelings and I would’ve loved more of that!

There were also some great secondary characters introduced into this story. Jake’s brothers and his sister - Jules, in particular is Livie’s best friend and pushes Livie to put herself out there. Livie’s brother - Nate is great too and has always been there for Livie. These characters gave greater depth to the story and you can see how close they all are, like an extended family.

I liked how the author touched on a serious issue that effects people who serve their countries all over the world. It is astonishing to know what soldiers go through, only to be let down by their country in the end. I think she did a great job telling Jake and Livie’s story and I am keen to read more by her. Next on the plate is Nate and Jules book and I’m excited to see these two get together!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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

Books by Allie:
“True North” Bk 1 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
“Ragnarok.” Bk 3

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  1. Great review!

    I do love books that give some strong and wonderful characters. I also like the aspect of the book. As a Marine wife (my husband's first deployment was to Afghanistan) I really love reading books that touch on this subject. I can easily related to them. :)

  2. I bet you can... It would be a difficult thing for anyone to deal with. My cousin did a few deployments herself, and I think she was really affected by it. But like this book does, I think it is the higher ups that let the soldiers down. Thanks Magen!

  3. Was my pleasure! I really enjoyed it!

  4. Sounds good Naomi! Those are so hard to read sometimes--soldiers coming back from war and dealing with regular life. Always gets to me. Have you read Jessica Scott? Gah. Always has me sobbing. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  5. I have read one of Jessica's books..... Until There was You. I really did enjoy it! She is a great author!

  6. Awesome Review Naomi!!! I love it when stories touch on important real life issues! Livvie and Jake sound like great characters. Im glad you enjoyed this story! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  7. so adding this to my goodreads pile! looks so good.

  8. This sounds like a great read, Naomi! I love a good emotional read and I also love a story with great side characters. *thump* That was me adding this atop Mt. TBR. ;)

  9. Anytime girl! I really liked these characters and Jake's heartbreaking story.

  10. It is really good! I hope you get to it soon *wink*

  11. Haha! I saw that you added it!! You will enjoy this one for sure!

  12. Thanks for joining us on the tour today, Naomi!!


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