Thursday, 23 May 2013

True by Erin McCarthy True by Erin McCarthy

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, InterMix and Netgalley.
Blurb (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…

True by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

True(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, InterMix and Netgalley.)
20-year-old Rory is a virgin. She doesn’t have sex with just anybody like her college room-mates do, and she isn’t prepared to give up her virginity on a whim.

22year-old Tyler is different though, and Rory could see herself falling for him, if only he hadn’t already slept with her house mate, and if her house mates hadn’t paid him to divest her of her virginity.

There’s more to Tyler than Rory knows though, and once she begins to see his soft and sweet side, she’s knows she’s a goner. Tyler isn’t exactly what her father expected though, and the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly.
Can Tyler and Rory really make it as a couple? Will she ever forgive her room-mates for paying him to sleep with her? And what does Tyler’s ‘TRUE’ tattoo stand for?

This was a sweet and funny contemporary romance, and it actually reminded me quite a bit of ‘Beautiful Disaster’, only Tyler wasn’t quite as messed up as Travis!

Tyler and Rory made a really sweet couple, and the passion between them was hot and sweet. I loved the way they flirted and teased each other, and I loved that Rory didn’t allow herself to be tempted or manipulated by her friend’s actions. The romance part of the story was really good, and it was nice to watch as Rory and Tyler fell in love. There was some sex in this book, but it wasn’t erotic, and it was handled maturely.

Rory was an interesting character, who wasn’t ready to be promiscuous the way her friends were, she didn’t believe in just giving herself away indiscriminately, but she wasn’t hung up on waiting ‘til she was married either. She just wanted it to mean something when she finally had sex.
Tyler had problems, but they were more to do with him trying to help his family than anything he was doing himself. It showed real compassion and support the way he wanted to help his younger brothers though, and made Tyler all the more loveable.

I liked the storyline in this book, even if some things were a bit cliché (like Rory being a virgin). The book it reminded me of the most though was ‘Beautiful Disaster’, although I have to say that I think I liked this book better, it wasn’t so long, and there weren’t so many arguments and misunderstandings!

What I liked most about this book though was how much it made me laugh! Even with all the serious stuff that was going on, some moments were just so funny I couldn’t help but laugh!

Here are some of my favourite funny moments:

(said by one of Tyler’s younger brothers) “Why else would she like you? It's not like you've got a big dick or anything!”

(said by Rory) “I'd never seen a penis in person and I was curious.”

(step-mom talking about Rory’s dad, Rory’s observation) 'I'm sure once he recovers from the muscle tone and tattoos he'll be fine.' Good thing he didn't know about the penis piercing. Or the fact that I had seen the penis piercing.

Overall; a sweet NA contemporary romance, with a touch of humour.
7.5 out of 10.


  1. Tyler and rory sound great, their passion and chemistry!

  2. This sounds really good, I would probably enjoy it. Thanks for the review.

  3. Oooh, Like Beautiful Disaster?? I am so there. I have this one too, so I am very excited.