Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

June 30, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 1

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthyYou Make Me by Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: the author
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The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves. 

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

I’m still on the fence with how I feel about this book, and I imagine I’ll stay there for quite some time. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the passion and tension that existed between the characters. On the other, I’m not sure I entirely bought into it.

This book falls very clearly into the romance genre. There will be a solid fan-base for Heath, no doubt. He’s rugged and sexy, and while he has an alpha male personality, he also has a tenderness when it comes to Cat. That tenderness was pretty much his only endearing quality. He is, quite frankly, an asshat. He emulates Travis Maddox to a certain extent, so I would definitely recommend it to fans of Beautiful Disaster. Cat is also a little bit like Abby Abernathy, in that she loves with her whole soul, complete with volatility. The main difference between them is that Cat sees how Heath changes her. I absolutely respected that she could tell the difference between a healthy relationship and obsession. I have no idea about how stable her future is, but at least it was realistic.

And now for the believability factor. I know some people will be upset about the dual relationship issue. Caitlyn is in love with two men, and this will inevitably rub some readers the wrong way. It is a battle between her heart and her head. BUT… I wasn’t entirely sold on the conflict. Once the decisions were made, she didn’t struggle with her choice. There was no doubt in her mind about whether or not she was making the right decision.

There is some serious heat between these pages! WOOO! There is very mild language, but I’m mostly putting a warning on it because of the sex. Lots of sex. Not in excessive detail or anything, but enough to be classified as mature. There are some serious themes behind the main story, and I really wanted to hear more about Cat’s past. Overall, not as dark as I was expecting.

I’m really curious about the direction of this series. I would be very interested to see if Cat and Heath have a cameo in the next one, giving me a peek at how their lives turn out. Book 2, Live For Me, is Tiffany’s story, which is absolutely perfect because I felt like her character didn’t have enough stage time.

PLUS… at the time of this post, You Make Me is FREE on Amazon! How can you possibly go wrong?!

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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  • I’ve been wondering about this one. It’s free right now for Kindle, but I’ve been on the fence about it because another reader had pretty much the same issues when it came out. But hey, it’s free, right? I guess I can’t go wrong there. lol.