“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…”
I have been on such a roll with books lately and it is making me a very happy girl. I don’t know if it is pure luck or I am just picking a lot of winners now thanks to all the reviews I read and the book community’s help in crafting my TBR, but I feel like I have been rolling in 5 star winners. I don’t like giving 5 stars out often because I think it should be reserved for the best of the best, and I am actually feeling a lot of doubt over how many I have been giving out, but fuck it - these books are GOOD!
So let’s get to the book at hand, Believe by Erin McCarthy. This is book #3 in the True Believers series. I read True – Book #1 and it had a huge impact on me (read my review here). This series includes drugs, poverty, and a lot of bad home life situations and I can relate to all of that so it holds a special place in my heart.
When the second book, Sweet, came out last year I added it to my TBR and wanted to read it, but life (and other books) got in the way and it never happened. So last week when I got an email from NetGalley saying I was pre-approved for Book#3, I couldn’t help myself. I try desperately to stay away from NetGalley because it is too tempting to sign up to review ALL the books and I don’t want to get in over my head and have my blog become a stressor in my life. But for Erin McCarthy, I broke my rule.
I requested to read Sweet as well since it was still available, but I was denied – something that makes absolutely no sense considering the same publishing house pre-approved me for Book #3, but that is a whole other topic of conversations. Each book in this series can be read separately so I decided to forge ahead with #3 and push reading #2 until later.
Once I picked Believe up, I could not put it down! I was instantly brought back and remembered how much I loved the first book, True, and how awesome Erin McCarthy is. WHY, WHY have I not picked up another of her books sooner?
Believe is about Phoenix and Robin. Phoenix is the cousin of the Mann brothers and Robin is a best friend to one of the brother’s girlfriends… sorry if that is confusing or vague but there are a number of brothers and friends and I don’t want to get into the whole social tree…
Anyway, Phoenix just got out of jail and meets Robin at a time in her life when she is making huge changes because of a terrible mistake she made. Immediately, they are pulled together, but since they are both fighting their own demons, it isn’t easy. It never is.
My absolute favorite thing about this book was the dialogue. Phoenix and Robin have these easy yet still meaningful conversations and I was incredibly impressed by Erin’s ability to write realistic scenes that built the relationship naturally without feeling forced or ever dragging.
This was a romance that made perfect sense!
Even though things moved fast between them, I won’t use the term insta-love because, to me, insta-love is two people that fall in love and you aren’t really sure why or what makes it so special.
Phoenix and Robin?
It wasn’t love at first sight. It wasn’t any of that “she looks innocent and now I am protective and in love” crap that you see so often in this genre. You saw the initial curiosity. You saw the realization of common interests. You saw the humor and the heavy that grew their attraction. You saw the issues they were dealing with and how it brought them together. You saw it all and it was PERFECT!
Go read this series now!
Have any of you read the other books/series by Erin McCarthy? If so, which ones and would you recommend them?