Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
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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…
Not that this was bad, but it's definitely not the best in this series. It's (my opinion) an ok romance with decent characters.
There's not much to say about this story that the blurb doesn't already tell you. And Robin and Phoenix don't really have any obstacles in their relationship that aren't fairly easy to overcome with a little bit of communication. They have a tiff at the end over what happens after the truth about Nathan and Robin comes out, but it's not anything that felt insurmountable.
They liked each other.
They fell in love.
They both had baggage.
And they both were fairly understanding of the other person's issues.
Kinda like real life...
I'm a big fan of McCarthy, but this one was lacking the trademark humor that draws me to her books. Without the usual dose of funny, this is just a Plain-Jane romance novel.
Good writing, good story, good cover.
But it's not my favorite.