Ms. McCarthy brings you through both Jessica and Riley’s lives … writing them so that you understand their feelings, feel what they are going through and root for each of them as they find their way to each other. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.
Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.
Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…
“Sweet”, True Believers 2, brings us Jessica Sweet and Riley Mann, Tyler’s older brother. Two people who are so opposite each other that it’s hard to believe that they will find a way to make things work never mind fall in love and have a happily ever after. And, again I was drawn in right from the beginning knowing that Erin McCarthy was going to bring us through some hard times, fun times and loving times.
Jessica is the daughter of a preacher and an overbearing, judgmental mother with a brother who is a real prick! She can’t do anything to make them proud or to gain their approval. Refusing to go home over the summer, she keeps her job and sub-lets an apartment while telling her parents that she is in West Virginia doing volunteer work … the first of many lies that she’ll tell. But, she needs a place to stay until her apartment is open. Knowing he, Rory and the boys will be away with only Riley staying in the house, Tyler offers her a room there. And the summer begins!
Riley Mann is trying his hardest to keep custody of his youngest brother. He will do anything that he has to do to keep him out of the system. Working long hours, trying to make sure everything is ready, he in no way wants to put up with the snobby, sarcastic, overbearing Princess for a week. But, how does he say no … his brother offered, he’s not going to use all 3 bedrooms, and she’s sexy as hell!
Jessica surprises Riley with all that she is willing to do to help him keep Easton. Paint the kitchen, clean up the living room, hanging family pictures. But, most of all, making him believe that he hasn’t failed his brothers in any way. A true friendship is forming with respect and a lot of attraction. Jessica thinks that Riley looks at her as his little sister or a mother …. Riley has no confidence that his PITA could ever feel for him what he is feeling for her. When their true feelings do come out and they try dating, all hell breaks loose. Riley finds out that Jessica slept with Tyler before he was with Rory, Jessica feels like a slut. Riley finds out what the real feeling of jealousy is, Jessica is hurt. Riley says things that he really doesn’t mean, Jessica goes out and parties. To HELL with him!
And again, Ms. McCarthy brings us through the life of two people who have to overcome their pasts and decide if they want a future together. Jessica has to face her parents and Riley has to face the social worker and the judge. And, yes, there is a happy ending. But, what we see in “Sweet” is the will-power shown by Riley, his sweetness mixed with his sourness, his willingness to go to the ends of the earth to keep both Easton and Jessica in his life. We also see Jessica’s frustration … she wants Riley but he won’t touch her, even though they are sleeping in the same bed. It was wonderful to see a man refusing to give in to his needs and just want to get to know a girl, learn her likes and dislikes, wait until the time is right …. when you know that there is going to be a forever. What was even more wonderful was the way Ms. McCarthy brings you through both of these lives … writing them so that you understand their feelings, feel what they are going through and root for each of them as they find their way to each other.