ARC Review – True by Erin McCarthy

I have been a fan of Ms. McCarthys for a long. She is a captivating story teller that has the ability to keep you turning pages. ~ Rhayne, Guilty Pleasures

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…


The New Adult genre is without a doubt one of the hottest things in the literary world right now. It’s not surprising that even popular established romance authors are hopping on the bandwagon. With that being said, I bring you True by Erin McCarthy, which is her debut novel into this world.

This book focuses on a group of college kids and mainly centers on Rory and Tyler. Rory is portrayed as a geeky scholar who always has her nose in a book studying. Tyler is the typical bad boy who stems from a shitty home life. She did a great job writing their back stories. She really lets you connect and understand her characters.
Rory has always thought Tyler was gorgeous, but they are as opposite as night and day. He is also her best friends screw buddy. So it left me shaking my head a bit when her friends hire him to relieve Rory of her virginity. I honestly wasn’t a big fan of that particular situation. I do understand that it worked well for the storyline, the dislike was my own personal issue.

The more time Rory spend around Tyler, she really comes to understand who he is and what he has had to deal with growing up. His mom is a drugged out abusive waste and Tyler and his older brother are doing everything in their power to take care of their younger brothers. I thought she did a great job describing his home life. The first scene where he takes Rory to his house was heartbreaking. She really captured the moment and allowed her readers to feel the bleak home life he is subjected to.

The relationship between these two is plagued with issues. He comes from a horrible abusive home, he is poor, he has overwhelming responsibilities with his siblings, and he really has nothing to offer her. She comes from a strong family filled with unconditional love and high expectations for her future. So how can these two toil through this and make it work for them? Well, that’s a question that was never really answered. They agree they love each other and everything else they need to work through magically disappears. It was a very abrupt and unfinished ending. The whole book works around conflict and then in a matter of two paragraphs it was all fixed. If there weren’t so many issues they had to resolve, maybe it would have been okay, in my opinion it was like an entire chapter of explanation was left out. I’m not talking about resolve between the couple as much as how they are going to fix the issues that separated them to begin with.

I have been a fan of Ms. McCarthys for a long. She is a captivating story teller that has the ability to keep you turning pages. Yes, I have some mixed feelings about parts of the storyline, but it’s still a good book and I’m glad I got the chance to read. Her ability to pull detail into a scene is impeccable. She has a beautiful ability to bring her characters to life and she allows you to feel their emotion.


3.75 Stars

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