Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: True by Erin McCarthy

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.
Publisher: Intermix
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Kat's Review
This is the first book I've read by Erin McCarthy, so I can't compare this to her other works.  It shares some of the same predictable new adult tropes: virginal girl who has never been noticed by boys before, and popular bad boy who wins her heart.  There is a bit of a twist in this book though.   Without telling Rory, her roommates pay the resident bad boy to sleep with Rory and give her the confidence she needs to get out and date.  I was worried that the book would be about him sleeping with her, and then her finding out, and then spending the last half of the book trying to convince her that it wasn't all a joke. 
Fortunately, the book is about more than that.  Rory finds out what her roommates have done before she sleeps with Tyler, who has been taking things slow with her.  What makes this book interesting is Tyler's family life.  While the book is marketed as a plot to help Rory lose her virginity, the real plot is about Tyler's dysfunctional home life.  Tyler's image on campus is one of the popular bad boy, but at home he's responsible for keeping his brothers safe from the neglect and abuse of their mother.  Tyler and Rory have to learn to trust each other and build a strong foundation for their relationship despite the forces working against them.
The writing in this book is strong and the language is authentic.  The scenes with Tyler and his mother are stark and brutal.  Rory's reaction to her father's opposition to her relationship also rang true to life.  What I didn't buy was Rory's reaction to her roommates when she learned they had arranged the deal with Tyler.  She wasn't nearly as hurt or angry as I think most girls would be, and she didn't confront anyone about it, not even Tyler. 
Rating: Worth a Look
I had some misgivings about this book, namely the arrangement her roommates brokered with Tyler, but it turned out to be almost a subplot in the book.  The book was more about overcoming obstacles, shouldering adult responsibility, and learning to trust.  It wasn't the best new adult book I've read, but I liked it.  The writing was strong and the story kept me interested until the end. 
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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