True Williams was forced to leave behind a great job, loyal
friends, and her entire life after she was betrayed by the
man she loved. After failing to rebuild her life, she
lands in Montana, living next door to a hostile but gorgeous
man. Just when all her attempts at being neighborly fail
and she’s on the point of giving up, Hayward Campbell turns
the tables on her.
Hayward struggles daily with painful memories. He distances
himself, alone and isolated in his house with his work -
until he first sees True. From that point on, he can’t
resist her allure and the challenge of winning her. In
opening his heart to her, he discovers that everything he
thought was lost has always been waiting for him.
Loving True is a sensuous drama that would
work quite well in movie format. There are countless
slice-of-life vignettes involving True and Hayward that
bring them closer together and reveal their innermost
depths. This allowed me to become as emotionally entangled
as they were. I can appreciate Marie Rochelle’s ability to
carefully construct a novel that is contemporary with
elements of early romance. She subtly addresses various
concerns such as intolerance in such a way that I was aware
without the story being overshadowed by the ugliness of it.
Instead, she uses it as a way to demonstrate Hayward’s
connection to the woman he loves and his willingness to
protect her. True reveals her strength and strong sense of
self without anger and self-victimization.
Although Ms. Rochelle describes her work as “erotic”, I
wouldn’t use the term. Her love scenes are steamy, but
after reading Marilyn Lee, I feel that term is too strong
for this author’s work. Labels are limiting, and I feel
that Marie Rochelle has created a strong niche for her
writing in this genre that distinguishes her from everything