Title: True [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: May 7, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A surprisingly great read that I couldn’t get enough of.
About the Book: 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…
I went into True thinking it was just a simple case of a guy going after a girl for all the wrong reasons and then they end up falling in love. While it is about that, True turned out to be so much more and I really loved it. Rory turned into such a stronger character than I first expected and Tyler is a great male protagonist that I really felt for. The story starts out simple then becomes pretty deep and emotional and I was left really rooting for this “out of place” couple.
I’ll admit, I didn’t connect with Rory much at first. She was a little too naive for my taste, but she quickly grew up after spending some time with Tyler and learning the truth about his family dynamics. I didn’t like how she never stood up for herself and didn’t think she was worth anything. As she spends more time with Tyler, she becomes more open, confident, and you can see her inner strength coming out. I really liked how she stood up for her relationship with Tyler, despite him being a guy no parent would really approve of. Tyler was a bit of a mystery at first, but as you see how crazy his mom is, and how special of a bond he and his brothers have, you slowly understand his character more. He’s one of those guys who portray themselves totally different from who they really are, and when I really got to know him, I definitely fell for him. The poor guy definitely doesn’t have an easy life, but I loved how much he cared for his brothers and he treated Rory with a lot of respect and understanding. I really didn’t like how he went along with the deal of getting Rory to lose her virginity, but luckily he soon realizes the error of his ways, and honestly, that part of the story didn’t play as big a part in the overall scheme of things.
True definitely stands out among all the New Adult titles out today and I would definitely recommend this one to all lovers of the genre, or to readers in general. Trust me, the synopsis doesn’t begin to cover what this story is really about, and you’ll end up loving this one a lot more than you’d expect. The bigger picture seems like something you’ve read before, but its all the little details in this one that makes it stand out and made it a very enjoyable read for me.