Title: Believe (True Believers #3)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Source: Net Galley
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 Erin McCarthy's True Believers series. I loved the second book so much, I couldn't wait to read this one. This book revolves around Robin – a friend of the main characters from the first two books. Robin had always been a partier, and one morning she wakes up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend – though she doesn't remember a thing. She had blacked out and vows to never drink again.
Robin seems to go through a deep depression over this. She doesn't want her friends to know what happened, so she avoids them. She changes completely. She no longer drinks or parties, and doesn't even care how she looks. She loses weight and is sad and lonely.
One day, one of Robin's friends drags her out of the house and this is when she meets Phoenix. He is definitely not the type of guy she normally dates – he is covered in tattoos and just got out of prison. They both just sort of connect. They can both tell that the other is lonely, and they form a friendship out of the need for companionship. They fall in love, and their romance is both sweet and hot.
I'm not a drinker myself, so I really liked the message behind this book. Getting yourself wasted can have serious consequences. I love how these books don't have cliffhangers, and they each focus on a different character. The fourth book comes out in September – such a long time to wait!!
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