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 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…
When I saw the synopsis I thought it was another good girl bad boy romance, following the lines of Beautiful Disaster. I was so wrong. And I’m so glad I was.
First let me start with a thank you note:
Thank you Erin McCarthy for let us know that is possible to have a sweet and angsty love story with all the intensity of a college romance without any stalker behavior, abusive relationship or co-dependence almost at the need-therapy levels.
That been said,
Rory’s reaction to the bet really ticked me off. OK, so she’s a thinker, she rationalizes till the point she sounds an automaton, but I was expecting at least she throw a fit first and think later.
I loved how the subjects of the various “first” were approached: first hangover, first time, first love, and first fight with the parents about a boy.
I also loved Tyler’s dysfunctional family. Their mother was so well depicted that even her actions were making me angry because of the outcome I could totally visualize how she saw the world, and what meant for her what she was doing.
I just wished Rory and Tyler’s relationship had more “juice”. They confide and understand each other in a balanced way, but it was way too much “I’m too good for your future” and too little fire.
I liked the book a lot and I’m definitely read the next one depicting Rory’s roommate and Tyler’s brother. The excerpt has a lot of promise.
“I’m sure once he recovers from the muscle tone and tattoos he’ll be fine.’
Good thing he didn’t know about the penis piercing. That would give him a heart attack. Or the fact that I had seen the penis piercing.”
― Erin McCarthy, True
ARC given by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review