Mini-Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Posted 28 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author 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.
Mini-Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthyYou Make Me by Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Publisher: Self Published on April 17, 2014
Source: Author
Pages: 289
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

Here Are My Thoughts

“There is a danger when you leave the past behind, and reinvent your life, that at some point you’ll look at yourself, and no longer recognize who you see.”

You Make Me was a great NA contemporary. Caitlyn spent a year falling in love with her foster brother who disappeared without a trace. So Caitlyn reinvents herself in college—the right boyfriend, the right friends, the right sorority. Then Heath shows back up and turns her world upside down once again.

 “‘I could take you, but then I would own you because I made it happen. And what I love the most about you is your spirit, your independence. Your will. Taking you would be like trying to grab a wave and hold onto it…it’s impossible. It would wash away.’ He reached out and stroked the back of his hand down my cheek. ‘Do you understand that? I need it to be your choice, for both our sakes, even if holding back kills me.’”

Caitlyn was a character that I liked. She wasn’t the most original but she didn’t let the past hold her down. She reinvented herself and made a name for herself, rising from the ashes of her past. She was a strong character though a bit hurt from past events. I liked reading her. Heath had his own troubles. He had quite the past and was determined to win Caitlyn back. He was brooding and tough but had a softer side with Caitlyn. Their romance was full of chemistry and that made me feel a bit bad for Caitlyn’s current boyfriend but some things are just meant to be.

You Make Me kept me engaged for the majority of the novel. I liked the spin of Caitlyn falling for her foster brother because it gave their romance a forbidden air. I have enjoyed every Erin McCarthy novel that I’ve read and this was no exception.

4 Stars

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