Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: True Believers #3
Publication Date: 21st January 2014
Pages: 232
Book Source: Penguin Group & NetGalley

Synopsis: 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…

Karen's Thoughts:
I loved Erin McCarthy’s contemporary Fast Track series and am happy to report that I’m enjoying her foray into New Adult.

I like reading about two people from very different backgrounds or social standings managing to overcome the hurdles and make their relationship work. Phoenix is a bit rough around the edges, but after hearing about his childhood, it's not surprising. He has an absent father and a mother who is a drug addict. Phoenix has basically had to fend for himself his whole life. He has just been released from jail after serving a short sentence for assaulting his mother’s boyfriend. His mother’s boyfriend deserved the beating I can tell you.

There is an instant attraction between Phoenix and Robin and I enjoyed ‘watching’ their interactions with each other. I believed in their chemistry. The storyline moves very quickly, but I still felt the growth of their relationship was believable.

I really liked Phoenix, with everything he’s been through, he’s doing his best to rise above it all and I love reading about someone who overcomes hurdles to make something of themselves.

“I’m alive, I’ve got my freedom, a job, two bucks in my pocket, and a beautiful woman who sees something in me.  What else could I need?”

I feel like this series is getting better and better. I've read mixed reviews for Believe, but I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. I agree with some reader’s comments but I also feel that in this day and age, the events presented were plausible. There were a few little things in this book that I had issue with or would have preferred resolved in a different way but it didn't really affect my enjoyment of the story.

Guest review by Karen

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  1. Haven't read a YA romance in a while. This one sounds like an easy, pleasant book.
    Book Dilettante

    1. Some of the topics aren't all roses and flowers, but I found it an easy read Harvee.

  2. This sounds really good ... going to check this author out!!!!!!

    1. I have read some great books by Erin McCarthy. This series has received mixed reviews but I'm glad I kept going with the series.

  3. I'm tempted now Karen, good to hear the series has just got better and better :)

    1. I'll be interested in your thoughts Teddyree. Happy Birthday btw!!

  4. I do have some kind of freebie around

    1. Freebies are a great way to try a new author or series Blodeuedd

  5. Erin (her adult series) is on my audiobook TBR! :)

  6. Felicia S, I really liked Erin's Fast Track series (phew it was steamy!) and I've got some others on my wish-list.


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