Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Posted 27 August, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: True by Erin McCarthyTrue by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #1
Publisher: InterMix on May 7, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 240
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…
Favorite Quote(s):

 “For real? This was the guy Jessica had described as so hard-core? Who worked out with weights and came from a bad part of town and had his penis pierced? He wanted to get me a clean shirt.”

“‘You plan on making out with someone later?’ ‘That depends on you.’ ‘Oh, yeah?’ He raised an eyebrow. ‘Yeah. If you behave yourself.’ ‘Wow. Getting sassy, aren’t you?’ ‘I am, aren’t I?’ I asked in amazement. ‘I didn’t know I knew how to do that.’ Tyler snorted. ‘You’re cute, you know that?’”

“He shook his head with a smile. ‘You’re a little punk sometimes. How come I’m the only one who sees that?’ Because no one else ever bothered to look.”

“‘I don’t ever want to be with anyone but you,’ he murmured into my hair, kissing my temple. I could feel my smile in the dark. ‘Are we Facebook Official then?’ ‘We’re more than that. We’re the real deal.’ ‘True,’ I said, sliding my foot over his. ‘We are.’”

Favorite Character: Rory!
First Line:

“Getting drunk was not in my plans for Friday night.”

My Musings: So I got this novel a while ago on Netgalley, and it’s been sitting in my kindle app for a bit. I have seen great reviews of this novel, but I really wasn’t up to reading any more New Adult contemporaries the past few weeks. However, I decided to give it a try last night, and I’m so glad that I did.

“While I may not have dated, I certainly had crushed on plenty of guys, both fictional and living, and they tended to be the underdogs, with soulful eyes and a moodiness driven by insecurity.”

Rory is a shy, intellectual girl. A twenty year old virgin. So when her slightly whorish friends find out, they set up an arrangement with bad boy Tyler Mann to devirginize their best friend. But the more time that Tyler and Rory spend together, the more they fall for each other. But the ball drops when Tyler’s sucky family life catches up with their relationship, putting both of their futures in danger.

If I’m going to be completely honest, this novel reminded me of Beautiful Disaster. You have the good girl and the bad boy with the rough family life. However, Tyler wasn’t as…rough around the edges as Travis. But the parallels were still there. So it’s no surprise to me that I loved this novel just as much as I loved Beautiful Disaster.

I think that I’ve connected more to Rory than any other character that I’ve ever read. She was shy and studious, and had never been in a relationship. Although she had social friends, she tended to keep to herself. She had a habit for self deprecation. She reminded me so much of myself. It was so easy to relate to her narration because we have such similar personalities. This novel and the way that she grew over the course of it gives me hope for myself. She was a sweet character who was selfless. She was a caring girl, and she really filled the role of mother to Tyler’s brothers. She was a fantastic character to read, and I’m sad to have seen the book end.

“I wasn’t used to having someone take care of me, and the fact that it was a hot guy who was having sex with my roommate was just creepy. I did take the pack, though, and tore open the plastic so I could nibble on a corner of the cracker. It tasted like shredded cardboard, and I gagged a little. Tyler was right there with the drink again, and having a bad boy as a nursemaid made me start to wonder if I was actually hallucinating. Maybe this was some sort of elaborate roofie-inspired fantasy.”

Tyler was a catch. He was tough on the outside, with tattoos and a smoking habit. He had a rough family life, with a druggie mother, and had to struggle to take care of his brothers. Some crappy stuff happened to him in this novel that he didn’t deserve at all. It’s sad that bad things happen to good people. And although I was apprehensive of him at first, I learned to love him. He was sweet and caring, and we saw a side of him in this novel that you would have never imagined. His love for his brothers was another thing that made him so great. Struggling to take care of his brothers Jayden (who had Down syndrome) and Easton, Tyler took it in stride. He still loved his mother, even though she was ruining his life. He loved without conditions, and it was lovely to read.

I had my reserves about Rory’s best friends and roommates Jessica and Kiley. They were sluts, to be honest. They were ditsy and they paid Tyler to sleep with Rory. At first, I thought it was horrible. But the more I read about them, the more I realized that their hearts were in the right place. They really loved Rory, and they just wanted to see her happy. I loved seeing the interactions between the three. They were the definition of best friend love, and it actually made me slightly jealous. McCarthy has a talent for making real, personable characters. These characters could have been real college students going through these things. Every aspect of this novel was unbelievably believable.

True was definitely a remarkable New Adult contemporary that absolutely melted my heart. With a romance that can give any girl hope for a romantic future, this novel is one that you definitely can’t pass up.

5 Stars
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