Series: True Believers

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Posted October 8, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: True by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Holly
True by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #1
Also in this series: Shatter
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genres: Fiction, New Adult
Pages: 320
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Series Rating: four-stars

A New Adult novel from USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy
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 has told Rory that he’s not good enough for her. 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 seem to stay away from her, and even when Rory knows she should push him away, something about him makes it nearly impossible for her to resist—even though her heart is at stake…
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…

Since Rowena and Tracy both reviewed this book already, I’m just going to jump right into what I liked and what I didn’t.

I really liked Rory and Tyler. They were both caregivers in their own way and took care of each other. Rory was such a cute little nerd. I loved how logical she was. Growing up with just her scientist father really stifled her, I think. She was funny and irreverent but only around those she was truly comfortable, like her two roommates, Jessica and Riley. They saw how she really was and wanted to see her gain some confidence, which is why they hired Tyler to take her virginity after she confesses she still has it. 

Tyler, it turns out, has been eyeing Rory since he met her. He thinks she’s funny and quirky and wants to get to know her better. Because she’s shy and always acted reserved around him, he never pursued it. Now that he took her home and spent some time with her, he really steps up his game. He’s had a pretty rotten upbringing with an alcoholic, drug addict mother. He’s trying to pull himself out of the mire and take care of his younger brothers – with the help of his older brothers – but it’s hard. He doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a relationship, but Rory makes things better for him. He was pretty great, honestly. He did his best to be responsible and take care of his mom and brothers. He made some mistakes along the way, but he was kind and respectful and I really liked him.

The problem with the book is the roommates.  A) they paid someone to have sex with her. Hello. And b) they did this after she was almost raped. The first is a problem, but the second nearly killed the book for me.

Rory was at a party waiting for her roommates to finish banging their guys in the bedrooms when the guy she’s waiting with – and kind of fantasizing about – starts in about how much he wants Jessica and then starts kissing Rory. She tries to pull away but he doesn’t realize it and essentially forces her into almost giving him a blowjob. Like, his dick was out of his pants and he was shoving her face toward it while she was struggling to get him to stop. At that point, one of the guys, Tyler, comes out of the bedroom, sees what’s happening and puts a stop to it.

Rory is understandably upset. She almost just had her face raped. Her roommates come out and are like, “OMG! That’s horrible! OMG! Are you okay!?! OMG!” as they should. Except then Rory says she wants to go home and they’re like, “Oh. Okay. It’s too cold to go outside but I’m sure Tyler will drive you home. Buh-bye.” Y’all, I’m not even playing. They flat told her it was too cold to go outside and she should catch a ride with a stranger she knew nothing about, alone. After she was almost raped.

When she gets home she’s pretty drunk and ends up passing out. When she wakes up, the same random guy is sitting on her bed watching her sleep. He was just, you know,making sure she was okay. When she questions him about her roommates he says they went to get breakfast, no big deal. Hey, she was almost just raped. Let’s leave her alone with a random guy, right? The same random guy who was screwing one of the roommates the night before and who, unbeknownst to Rory, they’ve now hired to deflower her.

My head almost exploded. I’m not even kidding.

I kept reading because it’s revealed shortly thereafter (they think Rory is asleep and talk about the situation while she’s in the room) that they paid Tyler to sleep with her. I wanted to see how Rory would react and what would happen. While I’m glad I continued on with the story since Rory and Tyler turned out to be great characters together, I don’t know that I want to continue on with the series. Neither Jessica nor Riley earned feelings of goodwill from me and I don’t know that I can stomach reading their books. I’m reserving judgement for the time being.

The other thing I disliked was how abruptly the story ended. I actually expected the next book to be a continuation of this one, based on the way it ended. I would have liked to see a bit more of their relationship after they reconciled. A novella about them wouldn’t be remiss.

While the actions of the secondary characters really marred my enjoyment, I can’t deny I liked both Rory and Tyler, and the way their relationship progressed. It was kind of sad, emotionally charged, sweet and entertaining, all at once.  

3.5 out of 5 

(I probably would have rated this 4.25 without the roommates)


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Guest Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy (+ a Giveaway!)

Posted September 16, 2014 by Tracy in Giveaways, Reviews | 5 Comments

Reviewer: Tracy
Shatter by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #4
Also in this series: True

Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Genres: New Adult
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Series Rating: four-stars

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…


Tracy’s review of Shatter (True Believers #4) by Erin McCarthy

Kylie is not really an incredibly impulsive person but when the chance to sleep with her tutor, Jonathan, comes up, she takes it. She’s emotionally unavailable as she is still distraught over finding her best friend and boyfriend had slept together. She doubts her choices now as she thought she was in love with Nathan and he turned out to be an ass. What does that say about her?

Jonathan knows it’s wrong to sleep with Kylie as he’s her tutor but he can’t seem to help himself. He’s intrigued by her from the first minute he sees her and can’t get her out of his mind – even when they don’t see each other again.

Cut to a couple months later and Jonathan is in the coffee shop where he and Kylie studied only he is now shell-shocked.  Kylie has told him that she’s pregnant and he’s dumbfounded. He doesn’t handle things well and Kylie walks out. Jonathan starts to rethink his education choices – stop at Masters or go for the Doctorate? – as he knows he now has to provide for his child. He wants to be in the baby’s life and as he spends more time with Kylie he knows that he wants to be with her as well – permanently.

Life has a way of throwing curve balls at people, however, and Kylie’s not sure, when it comes right down to it, if Jonathan is with her because of her or because of the baby. She pushes him away in an attempt to save her heart but she’s already fallen for him.

This was another great book in the series. I really loved Kylie and Jonathan together. He was the hot nerd guy that I always love to read about (and look at). An amazing brain, glasses and tattoos – what’s not to love? On top of that he was a really fantastic guy. Yes, he had his issues – don’t all men? – but he worked through them and I think it made their relationship, in the end, that much stronger.

Kylie was wishy-washy at times but I had to give her kudos for all the emotional (and physical) crap she went through in the space of a year. If that didn’t show her strength, I don’t know what does. I could completely understand her doubts about Jonathan – not because he deserved it but I think I would have been doubting my judgment as well after what she went through.

I really like books where at least one of the characters is “normal”. Let me explain. Kylie came from a good home. She had 2 parents who loved her – siblings and they weren’t poor. She didn’t have a whole lot of angst in her life from her childhood and was really a pretty optimistic person. I know a lot of people don’t care for people who are dark and riddled with issues but when I read a book with a character like Kylie I just love it that much more. There are a crap-ton of people in the world like Kylie who still can get hurt and bounce back, who can still have boy/girlfriend issues and still be an interesting person – with an interesting story! I think in this case Jonathan had enough of the parental issues for both of them.

Overall I found this to be a really great read. It kind of sounded like this was the last book in the series as things seemed to be wrapped up with the couples, but I’m not sure. If it was up to me I think I’d have the author keep going as it’s just so good. 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

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