Title: True (True #1)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
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...True didn't end up becoming quite what I wanted it to be. I expected something complex and heart-wrenching, but what I got was a simple story filled with sweetness, swoon, and a dash of drama. That's not to say it disappointed me because I do enjoy the occasional straightforward love story.
The only thing I hated about the main character, Rory, was how she often whined like "Oh, I'm a twenty-year-old studious virgin and I'm so weird." Please. Strike out studious and we'd be on the same page. Anyway, otherwise she was likable, with her honesty, genuineness, and determination to go after what she wanted. Most of all, she knew how and when to keep a cool head, therefore avoiding a lot of mindless arguments.
Tyler, on the other hand, wasn't your typical bad boy. He was tattooed up and pierced in, um, unconventional places, but then he was a huge reader—he'd actually wanted to be a Lit major but his family's lack of financial resources prevented that. He was prideful but, like Rory, he had a handle on his temper. And when he's with his brothers? Talk about heartwarming and ridiculously hilarious at the same time.
The story was quite slow to take off but it just heightened up my anticipation to see Rory and Tyler together. They were one of those couples that I just couldn't help but root for, especially given their circumstances. With 222 pages, the romance came quite sooner than I'd thought it would—perhaps so the two would still have ample time to deal with the consequences of being together, i.e. their families—and at first it was more about curiosity than attraction that Rory had for Tyler, but honestly, I didn't care too much about those things because by then, I was already shipping these two. Hard. And even though the ending was rushed, squashing every last bit of hope I'd had for complexity, I still loved it.
MY FAVORITE PART was, hmm, probably the preview at the end for the next book. I knew a Jessica/Riley story would happen!