Book Review – True


I’ve decided I ought to get back to reviewing more, especially since I’ve found Net Galley and picked up a bunch of ARCs from BEA. While I typically review still on Goodreads and Amazon, I’ve gotten away from it here on the blog a bit. I think it’s time to bring it back and share with you folks. I always *ALWAYS* love to hear what others are reading and I love to share my recommendations too.  If you’re new to the blog and haven’t seen my ‘reviews’ before, know that they are more reactions than reviews. I like to let readers discover what happens in the story on their own (boo spoilers!) so I try to be careful with the information I give.

Title: True

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: New Adult

Source: Net Galley

Goodreads rating: 3.69 stars

My Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


I’m always a sucker for a good romance, but admittedly, it seems as if I’ve read this story before.

I felt like Rory, the main character, was a bit of a contradiction. She was this super smart girl who was very logical and mature in many aspects of her life (studying, checking on partying friends, trying to help out Tyler’s family, etc.) but her inner dialog makes her comes off as a naive,self-loathing, somewhat immature teen. As the book progresses she does loose some of that and I grew to like her better.

The story was fairly predictable but there were occasional surprises thrown in that kept me reading. I enjoyed the family dynamic of the brothers although I’m left wondering what was going on with the youngest and school, something touched upon but never really explained/explored.

Even though the story wasn’t a new one, it hooked me enough to have me finishing the book in one sitting. It got me invested enough that I’d pick up the sequel about the roommate as well.

All in all, a quick, easy read perfect for a day at the beach or lounging around the pool.


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