Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ARC REVIEW: True by Erin McCarthy

Title/Series: True
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Expected Publication: May 7th 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 238
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
★★★ (3/5) Stars!

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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…

Ugh, why does every book I read lately make me cry? I need to start buying picture books! Okay, in all seriousness I'm very torn about this book. I'll be honest. I came extremely close to DNFing this book just under 10% in. I was disgusted and just felt very wronged. I closed it and went on to Goodreads, my curiosity taking hold, I knew that many others had downloaded this book as well. I was certain there would be so many others like me who weren't going to read it. Instead I'm shocked...baffled. All I'm seeing are the occasional 3 stars but mostly 4s and 5s. Did these people read the same thing I just did? Then I started to doubt my judgement. Maybe I'm not giving it enough of a chance. So I opened it up again and continued on.

While eventually I came to enjoy it, for the most part. I still had quite a few problems with it. The only character I truly came to care for and even understand in any way was Tyler Mann. Actually Tyler and his brothers as well; Riley, Jayden and Easton. The four of them really made the book for me and their story was beyond touching.

Besides the incident within the first chapter of the book which just irritated me beyond all reason, I mean seriously it was a pointless situation and we could have gotten to the whole virginal plot situation some other way, but anyway what I couldn't get over was how everyone including Rory couldn't get over the fact that she was a virgin. The fact that she found it to be embarrassingly shameful makes me sick. I mean she was mortified by it. What the hell kind of message does that send out? And her friends? Don't even get me started on them. They acted like she had some kind of disease and she was going to die at any moment and the only cure was getting her laid! Are you serious with this? I mean every time they'd give her pity and start acting all slutified it was just disgusting. 

Okay seriously I realize the whole premise of the storyline was them hiring Tyler to "devirginize" her but it could have been done with a lot more class and in a more humorous way without making her two BFFs a couple of blonds who sleep around sending out the message that virginity is some shameful affliction that should be cured by hopping into bed with the first tattooed bad boy that can be bought off.

That being all off my chest...The rest of the story, that didn't revolve around lost virginity really was moving and enjoyable. I was serious about it even making me cry, a little bit, Tyler's family has an amazing story and I felt it deeply. I had high hopes for this book and feel like something really great could have been done with the plot. This just wasn't it for me. It wasn't executed to it's highest potential.


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