Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook
Awkward girl meets scorching-hot boy… 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 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… 

I had no idea this book was in the New Adult genre when I started reading it. In fact, I didn't even know the genre existed until...well, until I went to write this review a few minutes ago and had to look it up. Evidently, New Adult is for those kids who are just starting out in life. 
I use the term kids, because I'm old past the age of , ahem, being a kid. 
Out of high school, starting college, or just on their own for the first time. They're new at being adults, get it? Catchy, no? And pretty self-explanatory, now that I think about it. So I probably could have skipped this first paragraph entirely.
Aw, hell with it. Typing is hard. I'm keeping it.

Ok, on to the good stuff. 
Rory is adorable if a bit clueless about the way people interact. I liked that about her, actually. I know this will surprise you, but occasionally I have verbal diarrhea when I'm plunked down in unfamiliar social territory. Just FYI, honesty is never the best policy with strangers. Ever.
The story opens with a pretty heavy scene that might upset some people. Not the fact that it happens, just the aftermath. Rory is drinking with some friends, and gets left alone in the living room with a guy she's kind of crushing on. She's convinced that he's a wounded soul that she might possibly be able to make a connection with. Unfortunately, he's not wounded. He's broken and disgusting. He lets her know he's interested in her roommate, then tries to force his dick in her mouth. Yum. Nothing compares to an unwanted penis poking you in the face. *shudder* Thankfully, Tyler comes out of one of the bedrooms and puts a stop to it. I kept waiting for something awful to happen to Grant (the owner of the gross penis), and nothing ever did. Nothing. At first I was like, What?!, but then I realized that it was actually what would have probably happened in real life. Sad, but true.
And that's how Tyler and Rory first start to get to know each other.

Tyler is your standard Bad-Boy-With-A-Heart. He's been handed a crummy lot in life, but he still manages to do the right thing. His mother is a drug addict, so he still lives at home in order to take care of his two younger brothers, one of whom has Downs Syndrome. After you see how awesome he is with both of those kids you can't help but fall for him a little bit.
Oh my God, I wanted to wrap him up and stick him in my purse! 
At first, Rory is intimidated by his tattoos and piercings, but it turns out that he is just as intimidated by her brains and sense of honesty. He thinks she's too good for him, and she doesn't think a guy as cool as he is, would ever really consider dating an inexperienced plain-looking girl like her.
Of course he likes you, girl! Otherwise, you wouldn't be the star of a New Adult Romance novel!

Naturally, something has to happen to tear them apart. Boo! But I loved the way Rory didn't stop living even though she was totally heartbroken. She still went out with friends, worked hard at school, and even worked on her relationship with her father.
And THAT'S how it's supposed to be, ladies!
However, this is a romance. And I'm not giving out 4 stars to a book that doesn't have a Happily Ever After, dammit! And I did give it 4 stars. Soooo. Yeah, the ending is sweet and filled with caramel nougat.

There's a slow burn to this romance that I really liked. Couple that with the fact that Rory isn't an idiot, and you have a really good book to snuggle up with on a rainy day.
It's mentioned in the blurb that her roommates offer him money to deflower her, but how that all plays out is not for me to spoil.
Read it for yourself...


Ning said...

I usually avoid the NA genre like the plague because they all sound like the same. innocent girl + bad boy + angst. But I'm tempted, so tempted, to give this a try!! Great review!!


Well, this is my first time dipping my toes into the NA genre, and I'm a fan of McCarthy's other stuff...if you normally hate this kind of thing, I don't want to lead you astray! lol!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Ning on this one, lol but I have another buddy who read this and she loved it too, so yeah I'm looking at this one more closely ;) Great review Anne !

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