Thursday, June 27, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

True by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group

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… -

I definitely have a thing for Erin McCarthy's New Adult books.  She has a way with her characters, and the steamy tension between them, that is so fun to read.  Plus she seems to have such a realistic portrayal of college life that I really love.  These characters were definitely more of what I've come to expect from this author, and I enjoyed them, and the story very much.

Rory was someone that I did kind of feel sorry for, but at the same time, I identified with her so well.  Not everyone was the most popular girl at school growing up, and even if you weren't an outcast, everyone had moments in their high school life where they felt like they weren't good enough and couldn't get a guy attracted to save their life.  In this, Rory's background was so real.  And to have her friends care enough about her to try and help her, misguided though their idea was, made me really love them.  The dynamic between her and friends was very nice, and I loved their scenes together.

Tyler was definitely a great guy.  I loved his character so much.  He might have been asked to get with Rory to take her virginity, but he had other ideas immediately, and I loved that about him.  The fact that this guy could care about someone the way he did her, after all he went through at home, spoke well of him and made me like him so much more.  Her relationship with him and his brothers was one of my favorite parts of this story.

The only issue I had with the story at all wasn't really an issue, more like a pet peeve.  But Rory's father had sort of a stereotypical response to Tyler being in her life.  On the one hand, I found it believable, only because father's do care about their daughters and do want them to excel.  But that the same time, I thought it was a little too predictable.  However, that's the only gripe I had about the story.

It was warm, emotional, touching, and I loved it.


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