Rowena’s review of Believe (True Believers #3) by Erin McCarthy.
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…
Believe is the third book in the True Believer’s series and it features Robin, a friend of both Jessica (from Sweet) and Rory (from True) and Phoenix, Tyler and Riley’s cousin. I’ve been interested in reading this book because the last time we see Robin, she’s done the unforgivable and she knows it. She gets completely wasted and sleeps with her best friend’s boyfriend. She’s disgusted with herself and she’s given up drinking and partying and has pulled away from everyone, including her best friends.
I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to see how Robin handles the whole sleeping with Nathan and then I was mighty curious to see how Kylie finds out. And of course, the whole fall out from that.
There were a lot of things that I liked about this book but there was also some things that I didn’t really care for. I liked getting to know both Phoenix and Robin. I liked that she didn’t care about his past and that she supported Phoenix, however he needed her to. I also liked that Phoenix had Robin’s back when the shit hit the fan but something that didn’t add up to me was the way Robin handles everything when Kylie finds out about her and Nathan. I also didn’t understand how she thought she could get away with not telling Kylie what happened, considering Nathan was still texting her. She didn’t want to hurt her best friend but she also didn’t think her best friend deserved to know that she was with a complete scumbag? How in the world did that make sense? I wish that Robin had handled things with Kylie differently and Tyler’s advice to her about not telling Kylie was stupid. He should have known better than that.
Aside from those things, I liked the book. I liked seeing everyone again and I think of all of the heroines we’ve met so far in this series, Rory is my favorite. I liked the non-judgmental way she was with everyone and I liked how of all of them, she owned up to the boneheaded move of all of them leaving Robin alone.
Overall, this was a good read. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t the book I was hoping it to be but in the end, it was good. I liked that both Robin and Phoenix owned up to their mistakes and worked together in the end to finding that happy ending.
Grade: 3 out of 5
This book is available from InterMix. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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