Series: True Believers #2
Published by Penguin on 2013-10-15
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Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.
Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.
Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…
I loved True which was the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this one. What can I say? I love the Mann brothers. This book was a really fast read for me. It sucked me in and didn’t let go until the very end. I loved the characters and the storyline. I enjoyed watching Riley and Jessica’s relationship grow from the beginning. I did get a little bit frustrated with Jessica at times.
The hero: Is Riley Mann. He’s the oldest Mann brother. He’s the glue that holds his family together. He works hard to put a roof over his brothers’ heads and food on the table. I really admired that about him. He seemed to have a good head on his shoulders.
The heroine: Is Jessica Sweet. She is the daughter of a preacher. I would describe her as a bit wild maybe. She drinks, parties, and has sex. Lot’s of meaningless sex. At first I didn’t care for her. There was just something about her.
Together: These two made an interesting couple. I think with Riley not wanting to jump into a sexual relationship with Jessica made the story that much more interesting. Jessica was forced to really get to know Riley as a person and I think that made their bond so much stronger.
Smexy Times: There really weren’t many scenes in this one. The tension though between these two is strong. It was more of a priority for Jessica then it was for Riley. Which is not the norm. It made things interesting. The scenes are comparable to adult mainstream.
Overall: I enjoyed this one. While it was enjoyable I don’t think it was as good as the first book. Up next is Believe which is the third book in this series. It’s Robin’s story and I can’t wait to get started reading it.