Series: True Believers #3
Published by Intermix on January 01st 2014
Source: Intermix via Netgalley
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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…
I have zero idea why I waited so long after reading Sweet to pick up Believe. I did the same thing between True and Sweet and I JUST DON’T KNOW WHY! This weekend I was in one of the mystifying moods where I had “nothing” to read and was completely clueless where to start. And so I decided to dive back into the True Believers series.
Oh, why did I put you down? I was immediately drawn back into this series that I love, with familiar old characters that I adored from the beginning.
I really liked Robin, a lot in fact. I didn’t really get much of a feel for her in the previous book so I was interested in learning more about her. I thought she was an honest character and very realistic. She felt terrible about what she did to Kylie and made no excuses for her actions, which I appreciated. I also really liked the fact that she knew that she had a problem with alcohol, and that is where her bad decision-making spawned from and chose to let that be a thing of her past. She was definitely flawed, but I enjoyed her tremendously. And then there was Phoenix. Hello! He was so incredibly sexy, and like the other guys in this series, had a ‘bad’ exterior but was all warm inside. I of course also loved that the previous characters were featured so heavily in Believe as well, Jessica, Rory, Riley, Tyler and, of course, the younger Mann brothers. Even the romances are fabulous, the part that keeps me coming back to this series is by far the wonderful characters.
The romance was not my favorite of the bunch, but I still really enjoyed it and loved Robin and Phoenix together. This was definitely instalove, but the thing about it was that they didn’t deny that they fell head over heels for each other so quickly which makes it more realistic to me that they both acknowledge it. There is, of course, some bumps in the road, which is the pattern for this series (and most New Adult romances) but I like the way Erin McCarthy handles these sometimes tough topics with her characters. One point that is definitely noteworthy for me, was the way that Phoenix handled Robin’s “secret”. He cast no judgement upon her and was incredibly kind. I really, really enjoyed how that was handled.
I finished Believe and immediately started on Shatter, which I’m nearly done. That is the way I should have been reading this series, not this lazy pace that I have been because I adore the girls, the sexy boys, the stories, the instalove, the sexy times… ALL OF IT.
I definitely recommend this series, which I’ve said after each book but seriously… if you love New Adult romance, give these books a try!