Friday, October 4, 2013

ARC Review: Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: InterMix

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…

I want to start off by saying that I like Erin McCarthy's writing. True was my first time reading any of her work and I enjoyed it. I went into Sweet with the same expectations: not to be blown away, but to like it. Which I did, well, for the most part.
What I liked:
Riley: His character was very genuine and real. I understood his actions and why he acted the way that he did. This was a man in his twenties who was handed a pretty shitty card in life to begin with, then to have the responsibility of caring for his brother thrust upon him unexpectedly. He was a smart ass, a hard worker, and a loving brother with a playful side and an ugly jealous streak. he wasn't perfect, he was real.
The Brothers Dynamic: I felt this way about the first one as well. The relationship between all four brothers is one of the best things about this series. Their love for each other radiates off of the page and despite their shitty upbringing, they're all relatively well-adjusted.
Riley/Jessica Relationship: I liked their friendship and how they played around with each other. Towards the end, I enjoyed the sweet little moments that they shared.
What I didn't like:
Jessica: For almost all of the book, she was extremely self-centered, only concerned about her looks, a whiner who did nothing to change her position just whined, and only thought about sex. Why doesn't he want to have sex with me? When are we going to have sex? Oh, he's cleaning the kitchen but I want to have sex. Ugh. Aside from how she wanted to help Riley, I found nothing about her I liked.
Duplicate Plot: Aside from a few characteristics of the main characters, the plot was exactly the same as True. Both girls are from well-off families who fall in love with boys from the wrong side of the tracks. Both have parents who disapprove. Both defy parents. Both get their HEA. While it's understandable that parts would be similiar -this is a series about falling in love - the whole parent disapproval was exactly the same and slightly ridiculous. There are other ways to tell a story with challenges than blaming the parents.
Overall, a good story. Had I not read True, I would have probably rated it higher.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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