Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Review: Sweet by Erin McCarthy
Released: October 15th, 2013
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 is the second book in Erin McCarthy's True Believers series about the Mann brothers. The first book, True, focused on Rory and her relationship with Tyler Mann, and Sweet is all about Jessica and oldest Mann brother Riley.
In True, Jessica was a secondary character I didn't like all that much. She came across as selfish and annoying, and I didn't pay much attention to her. She takes centre stage in Sweet, and a lot of time is taken to ensure that her background and home life is explained. Her parents are very strict and religious, and don't agree with the choices she's making. I liked Jess more after reading this book and learning about her parental struggles - some of her actions became clearer, as did certain personality traits.
Riley again is only briefly featured in True, but Sweet is very much about him as much as it's about Jess. He's the oldest of the family, he has three brothers to look out for and a lot of weight on his shoulders. When Jess is forced to move in with him for a week, they get closer and realise there might be a spark there, much to their surprise. I like Riley and Jess together, though there are one or two scenes that are so cheesy they made me cringe. Their relationship seems a natural progression, though, and they're good for each other, as is proved by how much more I actually liked Jess!
My favourite part of these books is when I get a glimpse into the Mann house and the dynamics between all four brothers. They'd be seen as being from the wrong side of town because of their checkered past, bad temper and tattoos, but really they'r
e a close family unit doing their best to survive by themselves. I like them all, though I have no idea which Mann brother the next book will be centred around.
I enjoy this NA series and am looking forward to reading book three, Believe, when it's published next year. They're easy but engrossing reads published by InterMix, who are fast becoming my go-to publisher when it comes to New Adult. I can't wait to see what they've got planned for 2014!