Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

 Title: True
Author: Erin McCarthy
Source: Received from publisher through NetGalley


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…


True is a New Adult contemporary romance by Erin McCarthy. It's about a socially awkward college student named Rory. She's very different from her roommates. While they want to go drinking and partying – she prefers staying home and studying. One night when Rory accidentally admits to her roommates that she is a virgin, they go behind her back and hire someone to have sex with Rory. In their minds, they think this will help boost Rory's self confidence.

The guy they hire is a bad boy named Tyler – an off and on lover of Rory's roommate Jessica. That fact weirded me out. I mean, Rory has been in the same apartment with Jessica and Tyler while they've gone into the bedroom and had sex. It was pretty obvious what they were doing. So, when Tyler starts showing an interest in Rory, I'm surprised that she ever gives him a chance – even though Jessica insists that there is no longer anything going on between her and Tyler.

Both Rory and Tyler are very likable characters. I felt that, for the most part, I was able to relate to Rory really well. I was really glad that she wasn't like her roommates. They were your stereotypical popular types. Rory stayed true to herself. Tyler was actually a great guy. He takes care of his little brothers, one of which has Down's Syndrome, because his mother is a useless drug addict. Tyler has so much going on in his life, but he doesn't let it show. He fell for Rory even though she's not the typical girl he is used to dating. He loved the way she was and didn't try to change her. Their love was sweet and passionate.

The ending seemed pretty abrupt. There were some issues not resolved at the end that I was curious about. There is sex involved, but it's not very descriptive. It was a good story and pretty realistic. I'll be checking out more books by this author. 

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