I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Believe by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #3
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-21
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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 book three in the True Believers series by Author Erin McCarthy. I enjoyed this one. There were a few things about it that were unrealistic to me, but for the most part I loved it.
The hero: Phoenix. The poor guy has had it rough in life. The Mann brothers are his cousins. He just got out of jail after doing a 6 months. New to this series, Phoenix, is a take no shit sort of guy. I found that I liked him.
The heroine: Robin. She has been in previous books in this series as a secondary character. I liked her character for the most part. She’s made some mistakes. In fact she made a very bad mistake that has her changing her ways. She’s no longer the party girl she once was. She doesn’t wear revealing clothes anymore or makeup. She’s just chill and trying to blend in. I liked her character. She eaten up by a lot of guilt.
Together: These two make for an odd couple. Even though the attraction is strong there was just something not quite right about these two together. The relationship between the two seemed rushed. I thought a few things that Robin did to be unrealistic to me. Overall though I think they made an okay couple.
Smexy Times: The sexual content is comparable to adult mainstream. The scenes not explicit in nature, but are well written.
Overall: I liked this one. The plot was intriguing and this book held my attention. I didn’t find myself skimming at all. It was a very fast read for me. I think Believe is a great addition to the True Believers series.Sweet by Erin McCarthy
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.