Series: True Believers #3
Publisher: InterMix on January 21, 2014
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Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend. Now she's faced with being THAT girl, and couldn't be more disgusted with herself. She can't even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that's good and oh, so bad…
Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin's house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he's drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn't care that he's done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.
But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it's a naïve dream to believe that his record won't catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
“My smile grew wider. So the perfect boyfriend became even more perfect. He was sketching me.”
“Which was selfish and stupid, so I shoved that thought aside and focused on her, what she needed, not me, what I needed. That’s what you do when you love someone. You put them first, even when your insides were boiling like lava.”
“Phoenix slouched, the new shoes propped next to his feel, a Rolling Stones T-shirt lying on his chest. He puckered his lips at me, asking for a kiss. He was so damn cute, how could I resist that?”
This novel was relatively great. Although there wasn’t an action-y plot going on, due to the novel being contemporary, it wasn’t boring in the least. This novel brought together very different people and somehow managed to make them work.
“‘I don’t mind you being there. In fact, I would like that very much. In fact, I like you very much.’ It was official. I was falling in love with him. He was just so…intense, in a good way. And after the night before and that morning, it felt so natural to have him touch me. So tingly. So perfect. There was a familiarity, an intimacy with him that I had never experienced with any other guy.”
Our leading lady was Robin, who is suffering from the guilt of sleeping with her friend’s boyfriend. Because of this, she’s withdrawn from her friends and has turned away from alcohol, the main reason that she slept with the guy. Robin was a very complex character. She was hurt and feeling very guilty about what she did, and I loved that. It was sad and touch to read, but at least she regretted what she did. It humanized her, and it allowed her to come to terms with it and the grow and forgive herself.
“He reminded me of the Beast in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. Rough around the edges, a little bit grumpy, but well meaning. Sweet.”
Phoenix was the main male in the novel. He was Tyler’s cousin (weird how they’re all related, right? I wonder what relation the guy in the next novel will have to the Mann brothers). Anyways, Phoenix had just gotten out of prison when he met Robin. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about his character because he was a bit sketchy, and I mean, he had just gotten out of jail! But soon, we saw the real Phoenix, who was kind and sweet and totally didn’t deserve the things that he went through. He really was a great character.
In this novel we see some of Tyler, Rory, Jessica, and Riley. They were just as cute as always, even though there was some awkwardness between Robin and the girls because Robin slept with the fourth friend’s boyfriend.
“Because when it’s real, you feel it in every inch of you, every cell, every vein, every nook and cranny. It moves, it rises with each breath, it’s alive, and the world around you becomes sharper, crisper, in focus. There is no question, only the answer.”
I loved Robin and Phoenix together. They were so different. Phoenix was broody and defensive and tough and Robin was bubbly and exciting, when she wasn’t held down by guilt. Yet they worked so well together. Although they had they had their tough moments, specifically regarding Robin’s love of alcohol, they still brought out the best in each other.
For some reason, I didn’t like this novel as much as the previous ones. It wasn’t bad, by any means, it was actually very well written and quite entertaining. But for some reason, I just couldn’t get as into it as I did with the previous novels.