ARC Review: Heartland by Sarina Bowen

HeartlandHeartland by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on January 28, 2020

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 329 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.

Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.


Sarina Bowen is back with another installment in the True North series and I just cannot get enough of her writing. Heartland tackles the friendship and attraction brewing between Dylan Shipley and Chastity both at college and back at the farm. There’s accidental kisses, late-night cuddle sessions, caramel making, and so much more that makes this story sing to my soul.

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Dylan is a quintessential college guy, partying and sleeping around, but he’s also an excellent friend and family member always looking out for Chastity and going back to the farm on weekends to help out. Chastity is still learning so much years after leaving the cult that she grew up in. She might be a little awkward but her heart is in the right place and she cares deeply about the people around her like Dylan and Isaac and Leah.

It was wonderful exploring these two on their own and together. From Dylan’s convos with his goats to long caramel cooking sessions and lots of needed patience, there’s plenty of romance and family dynamics at play. Plus a little inner turmoil along the way. I also loved all the interactions with Dylan’s roommates especially Rickie and I hope we get to learn more about him in the future.

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Overall Heartland was another exceptional True North story from Sarina Bowen and I just adore the world and characters she creates. Dylan and Chastity’s story is the perfect takes on friends to lovers and the two of them make quite the endearing couple once they work everything out. I absolutely recommend picking up all of Sarina’s work but Heartland is a great place to start.

Have you read any of Sarina Bowen’s books? Do you have a favorite?

Let me know in the comments below!

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