Saturday, April 20, 2013

Book Review: True by Erin McCarthy

While browsing Twitter the other day, I came across a tweet saying Goodreads had a free download of Erin McCarthy's new adult book novel, True, available for a short time. I decided to try it out. It was my first new adult title and while it took me a bit to get used to the more mature nature of the story, I ended up really liking it. Usually when you read young adult books the sex that's in them is very subtly described and not something that happens often. That doesn't seem to be the case with these new adult books. The sex is very descriptive and in the case of True, the main focus of the story. Here's my summary:

Rory is a twenty year old college student on her way to becoming a doctor. She's a bit socially awkward, an introvert, honest, and oh yeah, she's also a virgin. But not by choice or principal. She just hasn't had anyone interested in her that way. When her roommates hear this, they decide to help Rory out. Unbeknownst to her, they enlist bad boy Tyler to sleep with Rory. But Tyler isn't quite the bad boy he seems. He knows he's no good for Rory. He comes from a broken home and a druggie mother and all he wants is to finish the EMT program and take his younger brothers out of the hell their mother puts them in. But the offer to get to know Rory better is too tempting. Tyler has been interested in Rory for quite some time. They start spending time together and pretty soon they both realize they are falling in love. When Tyler's home life threatens to destroy everything will they do the smart thing and stay away from each other or will they let their passion and love rule out?

**This book started out as a bit of a shocker to me. Casual sex is being had around our twenty year old college girl main character. I had to stop for a second and go, ok, twenty isn't that young and casual sex is very common. Not in young adult books but in new adult books and definitely in college. Once I got past this, I started to get into the story. It had great pacing in the beginning. We learned about our characters and Rory's dilemma and started to get to know her love interest. But after a little while, during the time Rory and Tyler were getting to know each other, the story started to drag a little. Sometimes I was like, "Just have sex already!" I really liked Rory and her friends and Tyler turned out to be much more than originally thought. All in all, for a free read, this story was great. The sex described was tasteful and the problems the couple faced realistic. New adult is a genre I could get used to and one I hope to read more of.

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