Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Received for review.
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: InterMix- Penguin Group
Pages: 238
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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…
This is another book where I find the summary to really not do the book justice at all. The whole 'virginity for hire' thing wasn't really in the book that much, which I was very happy about. (And by 'not in the book much' I mean it was mentioned maybe twice and only mentioned.) Honestly I don't think I could have liked the guy if he did that, he would have been a total tool in my mind! Thanks to that and McCarthy's awesome skills at writing a college-age romance the book turned out to be amazing!

The main character, Rory, never really let herself get close to anyone after her mother died when she was young. Once her friends discover this they try setting up Rory with Tyler, the resident 'bad boy' at their school. I know, it may not sound that original, but for some reason it felt really unique and I enjoyed the story while reading it.

There's, of course, a romance, but there's definitely some funny parts! I love Rory and Tyler's sense of humor! Another part I enjoyed was how easily I was able to relate to Rory during parts of the story. She'd feel not good enough to on top of the world back to feeling just all around lost. I loved that throughout the book Rory learned a lot, but she still stayed true to herself. 

The characters grew throughout the book, both together and individually as people. True wasn't just solely focused a relationship, it also looked at two people's separate lives and showed us a different world for each character. The best part, in my opinion, was that despite their extreme differences the two really did complement each other well, which made the book that much more awesome to read.

Awesome Quote:
"She had murmured to me that the world had stopped for a moment and gone dark, but tomorrow, the sun would rise all over again. It would do that everyday, until one day we were okay." 

I just had to put this one in, Rory and I have the same opinion of Tom Cruise, haha!
"I've never liked Tom Cruise. he Always reminded me of someone's creepy cousin, who smiles too big before he touches your butt and whispers something gross in your ear with hot whiskey on his breath."

 I know what you're probably thinking: 'Just another opposites attract, boy from the wrong side of the tracks type of book', well that's totally wrong! True discusses the struggles young adults face in college and definitely doesn't sugar coat a relationship. It's real, it's honest (and as cheesy as this may sound) it's true. 


  1. I just pre-order this one yesterday! Can't wait to read it :) Thanks for the review!

    1. SO happy to hear you ordered it! I really think you'll love it :)
      You definitely need to let me know what you think of it!

  2. Ha ha ha I've never liked Tom Cruise either although I've been warned that that not might be the case if I were to watch Top Gun. We'll see, though.

    So I think it's great that the whole virginity-for-hire thing wasn't the main focus of the story and that there was more to it than just sex. I like reading books where the main character has to really work for making a relationship works. And this one sounds like there was a lot of work required.

    Great review, Katie! =D

    1. Finally! Someone who also doesn't like Tom Cruise, haha! ;)

      Thanks Sana!

  3. love your post!! And love the "HUGS" below! classic hugs!!

  4. I don't usually go for books that are pure romance (even though I know you pointed out ways in which this book branched out, I would still peg it there for me) but this actually looks really good! I hopped over from Twitter--looks like you have a great review blog going here!


  5. I liked this one too. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    1. Happy to hear you liked this one as well! I'll definitely be looking forward to her next New Adult!

  6. I liked this book a lot. I've not read a lot on the NA category, but I gave this one a shot on a whim. Erin McCarthy has well thought out characters that are for the most part easily likable, I was not a fan of Rory's friends hiring someone to take her v card. Also that Rory never confronted her friends really irritated me.
    Aside from that, the story was awesome. Tyler's family story was heartbreaking, and it made me fall in love with him more. Seeing Rory come into her own more, and start being more sure of herself was awesome too. All and all, this was a great read, and I would totally recommend it.