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.True by Erin McCarthy
on May 7th 2013 by Penguin Group (USA)
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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…
This book is all about labels; Bad Guy, Slut, Nerd, Loser. Sometimes the labels people give us can stand in our way, and we have to fight against them in order to be given a fair chance. But sometimes, we meet that one person who can see past our imposed persona, who can understand and love us for who we are.
I love the intention behind this book! But I can’t help but apply my own labels to the book. “New Adult” is one, “Romance”, “Contemporary”. I didn’t stop there, though. I wish it had been more original, so that I didn’t end up labeling it as being like someone else’s book. Plain nerdy girl meets tattooed bad boy. Chemistry ensues, followed by conflict. Fans of Katie McGarry will definitely eat this up!
While I am as much a fan of contemp romance as anyone, I wasn’t as drawn into this story as I had hoped. The writing is clear and concise, but I couldn’t get into the chemistry between Tyler and Rory. Not that it wasn’t HOT, because it was definitely that! But maybe because it was too easy. Conflict is the most important part of ANY book, and yes, there was plenty of conflicts in this book; drug addiction, poverty and abuse, just to name a few. The romance, however, just seemed to fall into place too perfectly, especially when you consider than Rory’s friends PAID Tyler to sex her up! Instead of leading to an argument, it seemed more like an honest misunderstanding.
Heat. Yes. So much HEAT! I love when an author is able to write a great sex scene, without fading away to black, but also without turning it into porn! (Not that there’s anything wrong with porn, just that there’s a time and a place… ya know? *bow-chicka-wow-wow*) I’ll be tuning in to the sequel for the hot sex if for nothing else!
This is a solid start to a new series, and it will easily find its niche in the market. I can definitely see myself digging into the sequels, possibly with my teeth. *rawr!*