Paige’s review & blog tour ~ Cruel North by JB Salsbury

Posted November 30, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Paige Turner, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Paige’s review & blog tour ~ Cruel North by JB SalsburyCruel North by JB Salsbury
on November 29, 2022
Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Romance, Second Chance Romance, Surprise baby/child
Pages: 388
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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Cruel North is an angsty second-chance, enemies to lovers romance where the most hated man in the North Brothers world finally gets brought to his knees.

A teenage girl with my eyes and a familiar glare, strolls into my life and she’s calling me Dad.

Vanessa was my high school girlfriend and the smartest person I knew. She had a plan, a future, and she swore nothing would get in the way. Until she became pregnant. I thought we agreed on our plan. I sent her the money. Then she disappeared.

Her parents told me she was in South America for a year. They told me she needed space. I never heard from her again.

Seventeen years later and she’s back. I’m staring into those green eyes that used to tempt and taunt me. But it’s not just about us anymore. We have a daughter.

Wanting to get to know her, I convince them to move in with me for one month. I’m so angry with Vanessa and she seems to be equally upset. Every insult from her smart mouth invites me to engage. The brutal chemistry between us ignites old embers. I wish I could hate her. Instead, I want her.

But too much time has passed, and I fear some hurts run too deep to heal.
At the end of thirty days, I’ll have to let them go.
Unless I figure out a way to keep them.

Cruel North is a great ending to this series! ~ Paige – Simply Love Books


I have enjoyed this series so much. These North men kept me entertained. They were demanding with rough exteriors but once they met their second half, their personalities changed for the better. They were sweet and dare say loveable. Hayes North is no exception!

From reading the previous books in the series, I felt that Hayes was the most emotionally guarded. He built up his emotional walls years ago. He had a definite reason why and I wasn’t sure if he was ever going to let his guard down. Fortunately for us readers he didn’t have choice. Haven, his daughter, showed up and wasn’t leaving until she got to know her dad.

His daughter showing up also brought his teenage love, Vanessa, back. As a teen mom, Vanessa didn’t have it easy. She had to rely on herself but was able to build a stable but caring home life for their daughter. I struggled at times with her character but she did what she had to do in order to survive.

Normally, I’m not a fan of second chance romances but I think they needed the time apart to grow. While I enjoyed their story there was some unnecessary drama at the end of the book that I didn’t think this couple needed. They were able to solve their differences and ended up with a much deserved HEA.


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About JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of The Fighting Series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day lost in a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles as stories claw away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to write her first novel.

Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award.

Posted November 30, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Paige Turner, Reviews / 0 Comments