Review: Heartland by Sarina Bowen (True North #7)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


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.



I’ve grown distant from New Adult romances lately. More often than not, I find myself struggling to get into them and since I know I’m no longer a huge fan, I try my best to stay away because why would I read something I no longer enjoy, right?! But I really couldn’t stay away when it came to this book. I am a fan of Sarina Bowen. I have loved pretty much every single book I’ve read by her so I didn’t even hesitate when I decided to pick up this book. I thought I would enjoy it just as much as the other ones but damn, that didn’t happen.

I struggled A LOT with this book. I couldn’t really get into it even though I tried my hardest. I even put it down for a while in hopes it was just my mood messing with me but when I picked it up again, it unfortunately didn’t get better.

First, I found it to be incredibly cliché; we have the man-whore and the virgin, the girl who’s in love with her best friend and the best friend who is clueless. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with clichés, I actually enjoy them when they have that bit of extra something that elevates them but this one lacked that something special for me. Or… maybe the “something special” was the character’s backgrounds. In which case, I think the author tried too hard to make it sound unique and refreshing and it just didn’t work. I felt there was too much going on plotwise.

It also has this vibe of immaturity mixed with a whole lot of sexuality that never sits well with me. And to wrap it all up, (to me!!) the relationship between the heroine and the hero felt forced too. I didn’t think the hero was ready for a relationship and the heroine deserved better.

All in all, if you are into the whole friends-to-lovers, angsty, dramatic, college romances thing then I say go for this one. I personally didn’t really enjoy it but that doesn’t mean you won’t so give it a shot if it sounds like something you’d like. I know younger me would be all over this book for sure.


2 / 5 flowers


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