Posted in New Adult

Sweet (#2) – Erin McCarthy

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Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

My review of TRUE

5 out of 5 STARS!!

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My Review

“Would you be okay with it if I fell in love with you?”

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the series True and you can read my review by clicking the link above. When I found out about Sweet and it being Jessica’s book, I couldn’t wait for it to be out. In True, we see Jessica as a party girl. She likes to go out, have fun and have the attention of guys on her. She was behind the plan to get Tyler to help Rory loose her virginity after Rory accidentally blurts out she has never slept with anyone. We see that Jessica doesn’t associate sex with feelings – as we know she slept with Tyler and doesn’t care that he and Rory are now in love.

I have to say, I absolutely loved this book…more than True. I’m not sure what it was about it but I was besotted with both Riley and Jessica, about them both, especially Jessica’s life as we don’t know about her life back at her parents house. We find out a lot of Jessica and I really liked her; she wasn’t how we know of her in book one and she grows up a lot in Sweet that you cant help but fall in love with her.

Behind her party girl persona, is a girl who hasn’t experienced life like the rest of her friends – especially Tyler and his family. Growing up in a strict religious household has made her do the opposite of everything she has been brought up to do. She drinks, parties, sleeps with guys and if her parents found out, she would be disowned by them. She hates living a lie, but she feels she had no choice in the matter at all. Her parents have dreams of her being a ministers wife, like her mother but she doesn’t want that at all.

She has her own dreams but they seem to be pushed away in favour of her being the spit of her mother and her fathers marriage. Being away from home, she can truly be herself, and that’s why when school is over for the summer, she lies and tells her parents she is going away with a charity, when in fact, she is staying and working all summer before moving into her shared flat….but she has a week of being homeless and with Tyler, his two brothers and Rory going to her fathers for a week, she moves in with Riley….What can happen during that week?

Jessica, as her name states, is actually really sweet. She doesn’t think she is, but the things she does for Riley, to help him out, to make his house a real home. We see her relax, we see her upset, we see her feelings for Riley change and we watch her fall in love. It was so nice to see this side to Jessica, one that makes her real. She can banter like hell with Riley, she can have a laugh and a giggle with him and we can see just how strong that pull is between them, their chemistry sizzling and it was only a matter of time before either of them did anything about it.

Riley is the oldest of his brothers and he will do whatever he can to make sure they are all together. He’s sexy, cocky, gives as good as he gets but behind that persona is someone who works hard to keep a roof over his families head, and he does have a sweet side. He doesn’t like to judge as many have judged his family and although he and Jessica bite at each other, he likes her around. The hard man act makes Riley, Riley, yet when a letter from social services comes through, his walls collapse and he shows his vulnerable and scared side. I liked seeing this from Riley and I liked that he let Jessica in to seeing that too.

The more time they spend together, the more that Riley sees that Jessica is sweet and kind and really thinks of others before herself. Deemed as a party-goer, she truly has a big heart and I think that was one of the reasons that Riley fell for her. She cared about him, about him getting to keep his brother and she was the main core of helping anyway she could if it meant the family stayed together.

The two of them together, when they actually admitted their feelings and ‘the princess and the prick’ gave it a go (Riley’s words) they were super cute. Both had never been in a relationship before so it was new to them both, but they did a pretty damn good job of ‘giving it a go.’ Riley was romantic and you could see how much he loved being with Jessica, how in awe he was of her, of her strength, her courage (with her parents) and determination. Jessica saw through Riley’s big man persona and saw someone who loves hard, who appreciates his family and who loves with everything- the things he would say to Jessica had my heart in a flutter – like the quote above. I CRIED AT THAT PART.

I also understand Jessica’s frustrations with Riley wanting to wait for have sex, as he wanted to win her heart and trust, not wanting a one-night from her as he doesn’t do that. It’s all or nothing. You don’t need the sex for these two to make the book – the little touches and the kissing do it just fine, but it was nice to see them eventually have sex, mind blowing sex which seriously connected them in every way. The wait for them both was worth it!

I love this book and I did smile, laugh, tear up and have my heartstrings pulled a few times throughout the book, but the journey both these characters go through makes them better people. From two people who disliked one another and bantered and bit at each other, you can see that they really are for one another. Everything you thought about Riley and Jessica will be flipped and you will end up completely rooting for them and loving them too.

Here is to waiting for Robin’s book!

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Posted in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet (#2) – Erin McCarthy

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly event that allows all us book bloggers and lovers to talk about what upcoming book we’re most looking forward to reading.

18113253Synopsis

Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

RELEASE DATE: October 9th 2013

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Posted in New Adult, Romance

ARC: True – Erin McCarthy

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When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

4/5 stars

Release Date: 7th May 2013

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My Review

*Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for an instant download of True in return for an honest review*

When Rory accidentally lets out that she hasn’t slept with anyone in her 20 years, her roommates Kylie and Jessica decide to help her out. Behind her back. It’s out of kindness as they want her to experience sex, so they decide to hire tattooed, bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job. Will he go through with it?

Tyler Mann has admired Rory from afar. She’s different from all the other girls but he knows he isn’t good for her. He’s barely scraping by his EMT program so he can get his brothers out of the hell hole of his family home, away from his druggy mother. Rory is too smart for him but he cant resist taking up the offer as it’s a way to know her better.

The more time they spend together, the more they are falling for one another. They open up to one another but what happens when Tyler’s family threatens his future. Will Rory stand by him or cut ties? Tyler had always known his not good enough for Rory, but he loves her. Will he fight for her or let her go?

I wrote this on Twitter when I was only a few pages in. I had a slight premise of what True was about, I had just forgotten who the guy was. So when I started reading about Rory’s roommate Jessica sleeping with Tyler, I was like “Hang on” and went back to read the synopsis. Now this is probably a spoiler, although you would have found out a few pages in anyway and been like “Hold up” but, in my opinion, I would NEVER want to sleep with a guy my friend had been getting with. Wouldn’t that just be completely weird?

But once I got over the whole issue of that, it didn’t actually bother me a whole lot throughout the book then. At the start Rory was a bit funny about it and about liking Tyler but it didn’t bother Jessica, seeing as her and her other roommate Kylie hired Tyler to help Rory lose her virginity and it didn’t bother me either.

This is the first book I have read of Erin McCarthy’s and when I saw it on goodreads and read the synopsis, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it. So when NetGalley emailed me saying it was a free download for a day, I jumped at the chance to download it. Seriously guys, you will not be disappointed in True at all. I devoured it, I fell in love with the characters, I smiled, cried, gasped, threw my kindle down. All the usual acts I do with a great book. Although it sounds like a book that has been rehashed many times over, it certainly isn’t like that at all. The book is completely different to every good girl/bad boy college love out there and you would be a fool not to read this.

As mentioned, Tyler is hired to help Rory lose her virginity, unbeknown to her. Tyler used to sleep with Rory’s roommate Jessica and so Rory is hesitant to get to know him, because she does like him but she finds it a bit weird to like him when he is sleeping with Jessica.

But when Jessica tells her that it’s fine, they weren’t together, Rory decides that maybe it’s okay to hang out with him. They both get along and are both helping each other out with their courses. The more time they spend together, they more they are liking one another but when Rory finds out about Tyler being hired to sleep with her, she’s so angry and upset that she lies to her roommates and tell them that she slept with him. She doesn’t want to lose her friends even though they set it up so she keeps quiet about knowing.

After a week of ignoring Tyler, they go back to being friends. One night there is a family emergency at Tyler’s and he takes Rory with him. No one has ever been to his family house, Rory being the first. This is the part where they truly begin their relationship.

But with every relationship comes family drama and although Rory and Tyler seem strong, something happens that tears them apart. It breaks Rory but what can she do? She doesn’t want to talk about it, she tries not to think about it but it’s all she thinks about. When a tragedy occurs on Tyler’s side, she goes to pay her wishes. She still loves him but she knows she can at least live without him, even if it hurts, but when they both talk and Rory walks off, Tyler can let her leave once again. Will she take Tyler back or let him go?

I really, really adored Tyler. From first glances, you would totally say he was a tattooed bad boy, but underneath his exterior he is a caring soul. He’s smart, he’s on the EMT programme and he is definitely family orientated, trying to power through college so he can pull his two brothers from the hell that is their druggy mother. He will do whatever to make sure they are okay and protected, coming to their every need. I truly admired him for this. For loving and protecting his brothers so fiercely that he would do whatever he could for them. He and his older brother both have a tattoo that reads “TRUE”. It is after the four bothers names and that proves that their bond is so strong that nothing will ever break them apart. They will fight together and for one another. I think this part of him is what made me want to be with him and be Rory. To be there for him when things got tough, to befriend his brothers, to be there for him and them. That is exactly what Rory did and you could really see the love Tyler had for Rory, to show her this side of him that no one has ever seen.

I really liked Rory too. Shes not like many young adults we read about in NA. Since her mother’s death at a young age, she’s had insecurities. Her father didn’t know what to do when her mother died and in turn, that meant all the parties she used to get invited to slowly decline until it was just her and her father for company. This is why she is so socially awkward. She’s a virgin and shes socially awkward but her roommates try to get her out of her shell, giving her hugs which is something she is not used to, trying to get her to open up and in turn, she craves the connections now, understanding that she actually likes being hugged or kissed or touched. Shes grown up not having this and now shes got it, she feels loved.

She’s a logical and honest girl, not like most heroines we read about who are so angst-ridden (even though I love those kinds of books) and it was kind of a breath of fresh air to read about Rory and see her grow into herself. Learn to understand that there are guys out there who like her – such a Tyler – who want to spend time with her, who find her interesting. Tyler lets her into his world and she lets him into hers. I think this helped her open up, to show her feelings, to fall in love, to actually talk to her dad about their feelings instead of bypassing them like they always did. She definitely got stronger throughout the book and I really liked that.

It was nice to see their friends and family take a big part in the book too. From both their friends being included a lot, you got to see their story and their personality throughout the book as well as both Tyler and Rory’s families. You got to see into their family background and why they are the way they are. Rory being the socially awkward girl and Tyler being the family orientated guy. It was lovely not to just focus on their relationship, but to add in the family and friends too, making True a wholesome book.

Rory and Tyler both go through a journey. A journey of acceptance, of learning to love, of growing up, but they do it together and alone. I truly enjoyed reading True and Erin McCarthy did an amazing job writing it that I hope you will all pick up your copy when it is out. If you are like me and don’t like the fact that you are going out with the guy your friend was a Fuck Buddy with, then don’t worry, you will completely bypass and forget that part when you see how utterly great Rory and Tyler are together. They bring out the best in each other and share sides that no one else has seen in them. It was pretty awesome to witness this.

So yes, please do read True. You will fall in love with Tyler and his brothers and just want to cuddle them all. I certainly did. Amazing book and I cannot wait to see more of Rory and Tyler in the book instalment which will be Jessica’s book.

Definitely recommend True to all you lovely readers.