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



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 “Song of the Fireflies” by J. A. Redmerski

Bray and Elias meet when they are the mere ages of 8 and 9 respectively.  Bray is magnetic to Elias.  He can’t seem to break the trance that she has on him.  They become best friends “forever” and so the journey begins carrying them into adulthood. Elias is this strong, self-controlled yet fun loving young man.  He loves Bray but is afraid to move from friendship to intimacy because they might lose each other.  They begin this journey down the path of soul mates that turns them into a modern day Thelma and Louise for lack of a better analogy.

I liked this book.  I was so excited to be awarded an ARC by Netgalley that I stopped reading the book I had started so that I could read this one.  I read “Song of the Fireflies” in a little over a day.  I love J.A. Redmerski and her story of Andrew and Camryn so I had high hopes for this book too.  I expected to pull my ugly cry out for most of this book and had the kleenex at the ready.  Unfortunately though, I only had a few alligator tears at a singular moment in this book.

While I still liked the book and would still read it, I have to say that I think J.A. was trying too hard with this book.   I think she was trying to duplicate the intensity of her “The Edge of Never” book that it made this book too unbelievable.  There was just too much going on with this couple to believe in the ending that she wrote for them.  The love between Elias and Bray was wholeheartedly believable and I loved these two as a couple.  I still love the eloquence of writing in this book.  Jessica is a great story teller and even though I had a hard time believing in the ending, I switched my eReader off with a smile on my face and a sense of fortune that I spent the morning finishing the book.  I hope you will try “Song of the Fireflies” and like it, as I did.

Also, I loved the cameo appearance of Andrew and Camryn in the book and I have to say I am curious about Tate and Jen, Caleb and Cera, and Grace and Knox.  I hope to read about them in future books.  I also LOVED the title of this book and the Cover of the book…they are perfectly Bray and Elias.



Hopelessly Addicted to Colleen Hoover!

This is a fantastically beautifully written story about a girl, Sky who since a very young age has been sheltered and protected by her mother Karen.  She was home schooled until this year and has no reasons to doubt her existence as she knows it.  She is numb to emotions and intimacy and thinks that this is just how she is.  Many secrets lay in wait for Sky to discover about herself and her past, she just needs a nudge to discover what is in her past that she has suppressed.   It takes a very strange yet, oddly comforting encounter with a boy she has never met but has heard about to begin to unlock the memories that Sky has locked away in her mind.

Holder has been searching for seven years, for forgiveness, for peace and for Hope!  He moves home to live with his mother after losing his sister to suicide a year prior.  He doesn’t know Sky since she never attended school til this year but there is something that draws him to her and he believes he knows what that something is. 

As Holder and Sky get to know each other and become more than just friends the truth slowly comes out causing heartache, pain and eventually some closure to the loss that Sky has had in her life. 

I LOVED THIS BOOK!  It is a solid 5 star (and beyond) book and everyone should read it.  I was enthralled in this story from page one and couldn’t put it down.  I walked around with my e-reader connected to my hand until I completed it and I really wanted to go right back to page one and start all over again.  The feelings conveyed in this book were so profound I felt it in my toes!  My spine literally tingled when Sky encountered demons of her past.  I waited with baited breath for the love to flourish between Holder and Sky. 

Colleen Hoover…YOU are FABULOUS!!!!  I love love love your books!  You are a beautiful storyteller and can’t wait for future books from you.  

Review of “Wicked Beat” by Olivia Cunning

This was the book I had been waiting for in this series and I am soooooo happy to say I was NOT disappointed.  First of all a HUMUNGOUS thank you to Netgalley for affording me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This is the love story of Eric Sticks – the Drummer of Sinners – The hottest band ever with hottest guys ever!  And Eric just happens to be my favorite.

Eric is the watcher up to this point.  He has watched Trey, Jace, Brian and Sed for months.  In their sexual escapade and falling in love.  He is Shy and adorable, fun loving and a goof ball.  AND – Sexy as hell. 

When Rebekah takes over on sound for Dave her older brother as he recovers from the bus accident, she is hell bent to get close to Trey because her huge crush won’t let her see anyone else.  However, the moment that Eric sees her, he is lovestruck and will do anything, including playing second fiddle to Trey to get a piece of Rebekah.  But that doesn’t last forever and he is bound to make Rebekah his and only his.  Eric overcomes his shy shell and takes the woman he wants and loves.

I loved this book and have to say next to Brian and Myrna, Eric and Rebekah is my next favorite romance.  I loved how the author played off of Eric’s shyness and inability to “seal the deal’ to build the strength in the relationship between these two adorable characters.  The voyeurism that Eric needed was perfectly fulfilled by Rebekah and I LOVED the Bunk scene and how it played out. 

I’m giving this a super fantastic 5 stars and highly recommend this book and series to anyone that loves Rock bands and the intense love stories that are conveyed by this wonderful author.  I challenge anyone to not fall in love with Eric Sticks!  Go ahead…I dare you!


Review of “Defying the Odds” by Kele Moon

It’s official…I’m a Kele Moon fan. I kind of approached this series backwards in that I read book two “Star Crossed” first then this book.  I fell in love with book two (and this author) so much that I just had to go back and read Clay and Mel’s story and I was NOT disappointed.

And what a great story it was.  Clay is the ultimate fighter heavy weight champ yet he is so very lonely and doesn’t have a very high opinion of anyone but Wyatt and Jules Conner.  He lives in a small southern town where everyone knows your business and everyone is afraid of his moody self.  Then along comes this petite, broken woman, Melody who has an asshat of an abusive ex-husband and so evidently needs a protector and someone that she can rely on…Clay Powers.  YUM YUM!

Kele is a GREAT writer.  She has edge of your seat suspense,  Angsty, brooding characters, sad histories and steamy hot love scenes in her books and keeps you enthusiastically turning the page.  Within the first couple of pages, I was pulling for these two and just dying for them to be in love.  I was captured on page one and completely satisfied with how the book ended.  There wasnothing unresolved where you think…whatever happened here.  That did not happen in this book or at least I didn’t think so.  I got through the book thinking what a great writer!  I would read anything this girl writes!

Definately 5 stars!