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Believe, TRUE BELIEVERS Book #3
by Erin McCarthy
Release Date 1/21/14
Synopsis:Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…
Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.
But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
*eARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls
Third instalment of the True Believers series by this established author and a different type of book from her. Like many readers I am used to her sports romances and have also enjoyed Ms Mccarthy's paranormal offerings but this is very definitely a young adult book with all the trials and angst that can happen when starting out in the world.
Robin is a young woman away from home at college and still learning all about herself. The one thing she's sure about is that she doesn't want to be just a good time girl but staying strong is hurting both her and even her friends. Having spent a drunken night in the arms of her best friends boyfriend Robin is determined to cleanup her act as she hates herself for what she's done. Only problem is no one else knows about her shame and she's trying to keep it that way.
Phoenix is the sort of guy who deserves his bad reputation. Recently released from prison for a violent assault he would be the first to admit that he's not exactly the answer to a maidens prayers but when he meets Robin at his cousins house there's something about her that just calls out to him. Used to hard faced women this strangely haunted young woman just looks so sad and Phoenix never could resist a sad woman. After all she's probably sad because she's a loyal sort and that's an attractive quality in the eyes of Phoenix. What's even better is the fact that she talks to him and doesn't seem to judge him in any way.
What starts out as a mild curiosity quickly grows into something all consuming as Phoenix and Robin begin to connect on so many levels. A friendship isn't enough and finding someone who just accepts Phoenix the way Robin does just blows his mind! Robin can't resist this tattooed loner but she doesn't trust anyone with her dirty secret. Phoenix isn't stupid though and he realises that something dramatic has happened to Robin . He most certainly is not going to rest until he's found out what or who has hurt her! What they have together is powerful but they both carry baggage from their past that could rip their new found happiness apart!
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book as I hadn't read the previous books in this particular series but I can honestly say that I stayed up and finished it in one go! I found it impossible to put down as the characters just called out to me. The writing resonates with emotion and Robins sense of guilt felt so heartfelt. As for Phoenix well I just wanted someone to love him as he's a character to capture your heart. If anyone deserves a happy ending then it's definitely this troubled guy.
So if you are looking for a book with strong characters and a storyline that drags you in then this could well fit the bill. What starts out as a tragedy of sorts rushes to a well deserved happy conclusion. Nobody said love was easy but these two characters truly fight for theirs.