Review: TRUE by Erin McCarthy
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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…
“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.”
Who says opposites don’t attract? Sometimes the best compliment a person can have is someone who is everything they are not. Rory Macintosh is Pre-Med; super smart, quiet, shy, and doesn’t date (she’s a virgin). It’s not for lack of want to be with someone per-say but with her closed off persona and brutal honesty; people can’t really get close enough.
Tyler Mann is her polar opposite, in pretty much every way. He’s big, tattooed, outgoing and a typical man-whore; but that’s just the surface…he also loves to read. *swoon* When the two first interact you think “oh, he’s just a decent guy sticking up for a girl in need”, well, Rory doesn’t need protecting and Tyler is more than just in the right place at the right time. He really wants to get to know her, he wants more, but how does he get closer…
“Whatever his reasons for saying yes to Jess and Kylie, in a completely insane way, I was grateful. Because I was standing there, and for the first time, really felt like I was of worth, of value, to someone.”
To say this was good…understatement. Erin McCarthy did not disappoint in the least, I am completely smitten with Rory & Tyler…and Jessica, Nathan, Kylie, Jayden (U), Easton, and Riley. I was drawn in from the very beginning with expectations of how things would play out and was continuously surprised at the way the story evolved. I didn’t stop until the very last page and when I read the last sentence, I wanted to start from the beginning and read it all over again—seriously! This book had everything I look for to keep me engaged: back story with flawed but amazing characters (keeps it real), setting has to change (I like to travel all over the place—one of the minds greatest adventures). Dialog that has to be funny, witty and real, I need emotion conveyed through conversation and inner monologue; it needs to evoke some sort of reaction out of me. There has to be a storyline that keeps me guessing. And lastly, a love story (which really should’ve been first—great love, no matter the age is always something to look for and forward to, with or without an HEA). TRUE gave me everything; it was hard and soft, heavy and light, happy and sad, serious and funny. What’s not to love about a girl who falls for a guy and changes his life just by being in it? Rory learns about the true meaning of family and passion while Tyler learns that you don’t have to have much in order to be worthy of love.
“Our movement, our emotions were frantic, urgent, deep and passionate. I knew that no matter what, I had turned a corner and I couldn’t go back. I was deeply, madly, truly in love, so much so that it almost hurt.”
Gosh, I loved this book…If I could have given it more than 5 stars, I would have. Brava Ms. McCarthy, my emotions are here on this page…and I am passionately in love with TRUE.
Please note that this review was done by the amazing Vanessa Morse who mill be helping me out at whirlwindbooks for a little while.
Please take a look at her reviews on goodreads.