TRUE by Erin McCarthy
Published: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Goodreads: “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…”
There seems to be a new concept in novels that is becoming really popular: “I’m almost being raped, here comes a really hot guy coming to help me”. In other words, “rape=meet cute guy”. How is this a good thing? Yeah, I wished someone would tell me because I really can’t see a good thing that can come out of this.
About the plot… We have our protagonist, Rory Macintosh, and she is with her friends. Well, not exactly! She is with Grant WAITING for her friends to finish having sex. If that isn’t weird for you, you might actually enjoy this book because that is just wrong in my book. Rory is thinking about how Grant might be good for her when he proves to be a giant asshole by trying to force her to give him a BJ. But she manages to get out of the situation when Tyler Mann comes to her rescue. BTW, Tyler was her friend’s, uh, date. We all know the drill for here on. She falls in love, he’s a bad bad guy who thinks they shouldn’t be together, etc…
The problems with this book for me were many. Firstly, I think the book just started out wrong. Many people will like it, I’m sure, but it wasn’t IT for me. Then, I never believed in Rory and Tyler’s relationship. I don’t really have the words for it. Let’s just say that I didn’t feel anything special for any of them. It’s sad for me when I can’t relate or connect with the characters…
In fact, I don’t have a lot to say about TRUE. It obviously had some good parts. For example, I actually like the little touch where it’s explained the title of the book. TRUE is a word that is really important throughout the book and specially right at the end of it.
And just to be an even worse person for not liking this book, here is a confession: I wished they didn’t stay together. Yup, no shipping Ruty on this side. Ok, that wasn’t new news for anyone but I just wanted to say it one more time!
But why did I read this book then, if I knew how it started? Well, I’m a stubborn girl and wanted to see if TRUE sort of managed to be a better book than what I was waiting for. Boohoo, it wasn’t, it happens! Some books exceed your expectations, others just leave thinking WTF DID I READ. A shame, actually…
*ARC received by the published via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review*