Author: Erin McCarthy
Publication Date: April 16, 2014
The guy she wants…
Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word.
Isn’t the guy she needs…
Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend in frat president Ethan.
But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…
And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?
Have you ever read a book so good and hits you so deep that it was extremely difficult to get over? Well, You Make Me wasn’t like that for me; it was the unfortunate follow-up book. So as I read this book, and found myself having quite a few issues with it, I had to wonder if part of it was because I was still on a supreme high from the previous book and this just couldn’t compare. I think that might have played a small part in my feelings for it, but ultimately, I think it was the book. Or me. I actually felt as if I liked it at times, but when I put it all together, the negative outweighs the positive for me.
The premise of You Make Me was definitely interesting and held a lot of promise. You can read the blurb for the book to get the idea, because I don’t even want to rehash it. I was pretty excited to read it because I’ve liked McCarthy’s other books. Unfortunately, this time didn’t work out.
I think part of the problem is things seemed rushed, so it was hard to absorb and really delve into the characters and their emotions. I mostly felt impassive while I read this, except for when the characters annoyed me. I couldn’t get into some of the behaviors of the characters; they felt … I don’t know … forced … disingenuous … hypocritical … oh hell, all the above. They would get too damn dramatic over the stupidest crap. Oh, heaven forbid Caitlyn didn’t tell Ethan or Aubrey about her past or family. Why weren’t THEY a good friend and boyfriend and inquire about them? Or why didn’t Ethan want to talk to her mom before he asked a certain question? They seemed like the crappy friend/boyfriend to me. I mean, I don’t offer everything up about my family to my friends, not even the ones I had for 15+ years. I don’t expect them to inform me of every little thing either. If I found out after all these years that my friend’s absent father was say, in a mental institute, I’m not going to get bent out of shape over her not informing me of this sooner. I respect her decision to keep it to herself and don’t for one second see it as a lie. That is only one small aspect of many that irritated me about the characters.
Also, I wasn’t necessarily feeling Heath. The guy disappears for years without word, but got pissy when he suddenly decides to pop up and discovers Cat is with someone else? Dude, please. What if she had already married someone and had a kid? Was he going to blame her for not waiting for him, even though she didn’t even know where he was or if he was dead or alive? And no way was I buying why he didn’t contact her in all that time, especially since he was Facebook stalking her. There was so much more I could call him out on that rubbed me the wrong way, but I’ll just leave it at that. He’s weird, plain and simple. There were times I did enjoy him and Cat together, but overall, I wasn’t much of a fan.
It’s funny, because I kept feeling irritated while reading You Make Me, but then felt like I did like it when I finished. Then once I started really going over everything, I realized just how much I disliked the characters. This sucks, because I did want to like this book more. I’m not going to let this negative experience prevent me from reading more books by Erin McCarthy, though.
You can get a different perspective from Liz @ Fictional Candy