Thursday, April 25, 2013

ARC Review: True by Erin McCarthy

by: Erin McCarthy
Release Date: May 7th/13.
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin)
Source: e-ARC via Netgalley
True on Goodreads here.
Synopsis courtesy of 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…

Warning!!! This is a New Adult title, and as such will contain some explicit/mature scenes and dialogue. Recommended for those 16+.

My Thoughts:
Strong start, but lost a lot of its steam towards the end.

I really enjoyed the beginning for True, Tyler and Rory had such a strong chemistry and I found Rory easily relatable, but from the middle towards the end, the plot just sort of lost its magic for me. While I appreciated McCarthy for not taking the cliche approaches towards Rory and Tyler's relationship, I still felt like Rory lost a lot of backbone with regards to Tyler and her friends. I really wanted to shake her at times and be like, "this is not ok".

I loved the family bonds in this story though, and truly appreciated how close Tyler and his brothers are. I felt so sad for Tyler with regards to the weight he carries on his shoulders, and while I think what happens to him is probably very realistic, it still made me upset with the injustice of it all.

The ending really left much to be desired for me, it was far to rushed and I was a little confused with the decisions these two made with regards to their relationship. I know that there are a few companion novels planned for this series, and I may read them in the future,  but I'm in no rush to pick them up. 

This was my first book by Erin McCarthy, so if you're familiar wit her work, you may enjoy this New Adult debut, despite the fact that it lost a lot of its steam.

Happy Reading!!!


  1. Thanks for your thoughts! I will keep it in mind. I'm sorry to hear you were a little disappointed. There are so many great New Adult books lately that the standards are high I think.

    1. That's very true! I'm in love with New Adult right now so I guess I am holding these new titles to a certain standard. But I hope you enjoy True if you plan on reading it! Thanks for stopping by Erika! :)

  2. Oh, that's so disappointing how it lost steam through reading it! I hate it when MCs lose backbones, because it makes them very shakeable and slappable :) Great review though!

  3. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with this book! I read it and loved it (it was also my first Eric McCarthy book). I am looking forward to the companion books, and learning more about the other characters.