Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #1
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: May 7. 2013
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’ve been on a romance kick lately, in all forms. I couldn’t resist True when I read the synopsis. The whole friends paying someone to devirginize their other friend scenario could either turn out to be really dramatic or humorous. I was hoping I’d get nice balance of both, and that’s what I got. It wasn’t true love with me and the book, but I did like it quite a bit.
When Rory’s friends find out she’s a virgin, but doesn’t want to be, they secretly hire Tyler to help her out with that. Sounds shady, doesn’t it? It was in a way, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Rory and Tyler grow closer, but of course, there has to be bumps in the road that threaten their happily ever after. Thankfully the conflicts didn’t drag out too much and they were resolved without too much drama, so I definitely appreciated that.
Rory is a twenty-year-old pre-med student. Does she want to treat little kids or go into family practice? No, she wants to be a coroner. That’s right, dead people are her thing. That alone bumped her up a whole lot of points in my book. Plus, she’s just so damn adorkable! She’s a bit socially awkward, always so logical and straight-forward. I adore characters like her. It’s funny sometimes how she tries to work her feelings out logically, and I really like that she applied rationalization when it came to the people and their behavior around her.
Tyler is twenty-two and plans to become an EMT, but he’s had a rough life. I really liked him, but don’t know if I consider him a true bad boy. Just because he’s had a shitty home-life, likes to drink and party sometimes and has a penis piercing *wags eyebrows* doesn’t mean he automatically falls in that category. There’s a lot more to the guy, and it was fun and sweet watching Rory discover that. They were so cute together! And I loved all of the references to A Streetcar Named Desire. Steellllaaaaa!!! Ahem … sorry.
The secondary characters were a lot of fun. Jessica and Kylie are Rory’s best friends and roommates, but they are her complete opposites. Plus, they’re the ones who hired Tyler, but their hearts were in the right place. I loved Jessica the most, though. I knew I was going to love her as soon as I saw her reaction to an incident that involved a douchey creep who deserved an ass kicking. Plus, she’s a tall blond who is free with her sexuality, so of course she’s my favorite. Tyler’s younger brothers also play a pivotal role in the story, and I found them entertaining despite the messed up situation they were in. Their relationship was sweet … well, sweet in the way that brothers give each other crap because they love each other.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about the ending. I liked it, but it seemed so abrupt. It would’ve been nice to at least have a small epilogue or something. Also, there is an incident that involves a few criminal justice terms, but the author didn’t seem to understand the difference between them. She constantly used jail and prison, and probation and parole interchangeably. It was super annoying. I understand not everyone understands the differences, but I would expect an author to do a little research, ya know?
Despite a couple of irritants, I really did enjoy True. I’m eager to read the rest of the series, which features each friend that was in this book. I’m especially excited for the second book, Sweet, because it is Jessica’s story.