Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Review: True by Erin McCarthy
Released: May 7th, 2013
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 has told Rory that he’s not good enough for her. 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 seem to stay away from her, and even when Rory knows she should push him away, something about him makes it nearly impossible for her to resist—even though her heart is at stake… 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…
True is another book in the New Adult genre that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers who enjoy their characters to be more on the adult side of teen. It's a true-to-life portrayal of broken families and first loves, and introduces the first couple in Erin McCarthy's True Believers series.
Rory is a twenty-year-old college student used to being ignored by boys throughout her whole life. Her mum died twelve years ago, leaving only Rory and her nerdy dad to pick up the pieces. At college, Rory meets her roommates, Jessica and Kylie, who subsequently introduce her to tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tyler has a difficult home life, with two younger brothers to look after and a mother addicted to prescription drugs. He's the complete opposite to Rory who has has a decent upbringing and has never wanted for anything materialistic. They make a great couple, him being overprotective and her being too logical for her own good, and their relationship is believable and (dare I say it?) true.
I wasn't sure what to expect from True; I'd never read a book by Erin McCarthy and I didn't know if I'd like the whole bad boy thing. I thought it'd be too forced, but it actually isn't. Tyler's appearance is the only aspect of him that could be misconstrued as 'bad', and we all know that people can't be judged on what they look like or how they choose to appear. I would have liked a littl
e less sex talk, though, but that's just me!
Rory is also a good, strong character with morals and family values. She sticks up for herself and makes sure she's in control when it comes to her relationship with Tyler. I like that about her and appreciate her unwavering resolve on certain rites of passage. I also like that she has a clear career path to aspire to, that of a coroner. It's interesting to learn snippets about the profession, though I'm now even more sure it's not something I could do!
True is another worthwhile addition to the growing NA library, and I look forward to book two in the series, Sweet, which focuses on Rory's roommate Jessica and Tyler's brother Riley. I have a feeling there's a whole other dramatic story just waiting to be told!