Believe (True Believers #3)
by Erin McCarthy
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…
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
I know that many people hate New Adult, so if it's not a genre you enjoy, then there's nothing I can say to change your mind. I look at it the way I look at any other genre, that there's going to be the good, the bad, and the ugly. My only reading resolution for 2014 is to expand the genres I read. I used to be a book snob, and I look back now and realize how many books I missed out on that were just plain fun, while I was busy trying to work my way through the list of the best books of all time.
Erin McCarthy has created an interesting world with her True Believers series, where we see college-aged characters working through some major life challenges and trying to forge a better path for themselves. The story doesn't really revolve so much around the college experience, though, as it starts in the summer, and Phoenix doesn't attend school at all.
In this third book in the series, there's a bit of a twist in that Robin, the female love interest, is the one who doesn't recognize herself after sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend after a drunken night out. As she pulls away from everyone out of guilt and remorse, she's introduced to Phoenix, one of her friend's cousins who just got out of prison. They're both a little lost, and more than a little lonely, and find solace in each other.
Although I'm not sure a relationship like this would grow quite the way it did in the book, I liked the way it moved forward tentatively, based on a desire by both of them to just be accepted for who they are. These two break the New Adult mold of always drunk partying college kids, and instead introduce the reader to a reformed party girl and a bad-boy who has never touched drugs or alcohol in his life. It's a bit of a breath of fresh air, to be honest.
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
While it's not blazing a new path in the genre, this book puts a twist on the typical New Adult romance by eliminating the typical parties, hook-ups, and hangovers. For that, I give it a good read.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher.