Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review: True

Title: True
Author: Erin McCarthy
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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…

“Because we both see beyond what other people see about us. We both know that sometimes the best things are below the surface.”

If you’re expecting a NA book with something different compared to what you’ve read before, I probably should warn you. This is just like any other NAs I’ve read so far—a lady’s man + an innocent girl kind of chemistry that we often see in books. But sometimes, we need a bit of cliché. True was a typical love story between two people from different side of the tracks, but the way McCarthy wrote her characters made it feel more real and alive. 

It’s actually refreshing to read a female MC that prefers facts and using logical reasoning in almost everything. She also has an awesome father, who is just like her and I really enjoy her conversations with him. Even though he didn’t like Tyler at first, I found his reaction to be normal. I also like Rory’s voice all throughout the story although her self-pity and insecure sort of annoyed me at some part. Her relationship with her friends didn’t seem deep to me although it’s obvious that they do care for each other. But what they did in order for Rory to lose her virginity was a big no. It was like they did it for fun and for the heck of it without considering their friend’s feelings. Good thing it didn’t become an issue in the story. 

Tyler Mann... Man, this guy is the latest in my boyfriend queue. One of the best things about him was his relationship with his brothers and his devotion to them. And that he loves reading and reads Harry Potter to his brothers. He was actually not that bad boy to me. He’s just pretty tough due to his life experiences and because he wasn’t involved in a serious relationship before Rory. What sort of irked me was that he was once involved with one of Rory’s friends. (Who’ll be in the companion novel and seems to be hitting off with Tyler’s older brother.) See the awkwardness? 

The connection with Tyler and Rory was just awesome. The progress of their relationship was well-paced and the drama made me root for them more. I just hoped there was an epilogue or a longer chapter for that ending. It seems a bit rushed and I was actually surprised when I realised that it was already the end. 

McCarthy made me like True enough to read Jessica’s story. I’m expecting a lot of laughs from her banters with Riley.

This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.