So Good “Believe” by Erin McCarthy

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The third book in the True series is about Robin (Rory and Jessica’s friend) and Phoenix (Tyler and Riley’s cousin).  If you recall from “Sweet” something happened with Robin at the Shit Shack party where Riley dunked a guy’s head in Beer because of the way he was talking to Jess. 

Robin has been aloof and just not herself since that party and her friends don’t understand.  Phoenix his home from 5 months in jail and is crashing at the Mann house on the couch.  When Robin stops by to paint a portrait of Easton and have dinner, Jessica grills her to find out what is wrong with her while Phoenix “sleeps” on the couch in the same room.  And so it begins.

This was a great story.  Phoenix is hot, hair hanging in the face, slim but muscular and a bit aloof himself.  He is reserved and doesn’t trust a lot of people with his true self but he finds Robin to be easy to be around and he can’t seem to get enough of her.

Robin is pained.  She hates how she behaved at the party and is committed to not let it happen again.  She has distanced herself from her friends, stopped drinking and going to parties.  She wants to find her center and Phoenix is just the man to help her do that. The connection is instant.  They both feel better when in the presence of the other.

Erin McCarthy has done it again.  She has created two characters that have troubled yet very different pasts and sparked a connection with them.  She is such a great writer and I love reading her books. 

I really like this series and can’t wait for the next book, “Shattered”.  Please Please please, Erin hurry!

I give this book 4 stars

The Brilliance of Erin McCarthy – A Review of “Sweet”

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In book two of the “True Believers” series, we learn more about Jessica and Riley.  Let me tell you…they are worth getting to know!

Jess comes off as a spoiled rich kids while Riley is the older – HOT (if I could make this word flash in neon colors I would) -brother of Tyler.  Riley has moved back home after their mother passed away and Jess is struggling to find a place to stay for one week until her sublet apartment is available.  If you recall from book one, Jess and Riley are a lot like oil and water rather than moth and flame.
At first impression of Jessica in “True,” I really thought of her as the spoiled rich kid that was on this high horse and not a single person could measure up.  I also thought she was a bit slutty and mean.  In “Sweet,” we learn more about why Jessica is this way and that I may have misjudged her entirely.

Riley is super hot (tattoos, muscles on top of muscles, no shirt, low hanging jeans….YUM) and seemed like a loaner in the first book.  In this book we get to know Riley as a person and I have to say…be still my beating heart.  He’s HOT, soulful, intense, loyal, HOT, emotional, caring and did I say HOT.  Like really hot.

Erin McCarthy has a way with spinning a story that hooks you from the start.  You have no choice but to read and read until you finish.  I am in awe of her writing ability and the way in which she writes about average everyday people doing average every day things but with such interesting twists that one has no choice but to become immersed in the world that Erin has created.  Her characters have real life problems (no money, no place to live, drug addict mom, controlling parents, young people trying to find their own way in life) and Erin makes it interesting and heart wrenching.  I just love it.

I really liked this book. I liked it because of the twists that she puts on family dynamics.  Jess comes from this super well off family that wants to control every aspect of her life.  Her brother is a vindictive ass-hat and her mother is so self involved she can’t think of a single other person above herself.  Riley is poorer than dirt but the loyalty and love that he exudes is massive.  He would do anything – absolutely anything – for his brothers.  He gave up his dreams so that he could take care of his little brothers.

I also liked how she drives home the adage that opposites attract.  Rich, high styling, spoiled Jessica and penniless, rough, roofer, Riley.  It’s a stretch of the imagination that these two could hook up but Erin makes it believable and good!

I must admit that I am a big Erin McCarthy fan and would read just about anything she writes.  Trying to remove my bias and provided an honest to gosh rating, I would give this book a solid 4 stars.  Most definitely worth the read.

Review of “TRUE” by Erin McCarthy

This was a great book by a fantastic author.  I usually love Erin McCarthy’s books and “True” is no different.  

The book is about Rory, an introvert nerd by nature and circumstance, that is trying to come out of her shell and enter the land of the sexually experienced.  She wants to do “it” for the right reasons and with the right person but she is of the belief that no one wants her or would want to have sex with her.  When she is put into a very precarious situation that quickly gets out of hand and enters extremely dangerous, she is in need of rescue.  Queue in Tyler Mann.  Tyler, who hooks up with Rory’s college roommate, Jessica, from time to time to scratch an itch, is from the lower class trying to save his brothers for a life of poverty and a drug addict mother.  He is tattooed, tough and rugged, gorgeous and muscular with a secret interest in one Rory Macintosh.  When Tyler sees the situation, he comes in to rescue Rory and save the day.  And so it begins.

They begin to see each other but Rory questions Tyler’s motives because clearly there is no logical reason for the gorgeous Tyler to want to be with a homely girl like Rory.  When Rory discovers that her dorm roommates Jessica and Riley offered Tyler money to take Rory’s virginity, she is crushed and feels even more dejected.

After briefly avoiding Tyler and Tyler never giving up, they date more seriously and quickly fall in love.  Trouble still finds this couple though by way of Rory’s father and the cops that I was sure would end them forever.  But love always finds a way.  

This was an easy read.  It had me turning page after page just to know what came next.  I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end and was quite disappointed when it was over.  The love story was truly romantic and had you pulling for this couple from the very beginning.  Erin made the characters come alive on the pages so much so that I was able to picture what they looked like and how they felt.  I admit to crying several times while reading the book and although it wasn’t the ugly cry, it was still emotional.  

Definitely 5 stars!

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

 

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