This book is a great addition to this wonderful series. Erin McCarthy did an outstanding job on this one. I can honestly say that Believe is my favorite book in this series, the story was an emotional one to read. As usual, McCarthy had the characters struggle with very real issues in their lives. The problems they faced were many, at times seemingly unsurmountable. McCarthy showed great depth for the main couple, gave them real emotions, problems and fears to conquer. They grew frustrated as they stumbled along the way. All of this the reader was allowed to see as if played out right in front of me. A truly talented author does this with their story. So I was easily swept into the drama, and enjoyed every page.
Readers have met Robin before. As Jessica's friend and fellow party girl, she played an integral part in the last book. She made a big mistake that was barely hinted at, but it came back to haunt her in a big way. The guilt of her betrayal has driven her to the point of desolation. Believe me, the author depicted her feelings realistically. This is where one of the most emotional point of the story is portrayed. She is making some big changes in her life when she crosses paths with Phoenix. Phoenix is a new addition to the circle, as Tyler and Riley's jailbird cousin. He has issues of his own to overcome. His demons are dark, and McCarthy exposes them to their fullest. Like Tyler in the first book, Phoenix needs some help with his self-esteem. The problems that he was facing made my heart go out to this character. He's fighting every day for his survival, and again, the reader gets to see all that angst.
Phoenix and Robin have this amazing connection right away. The more time spent together the deeper their feelings grow. Robin have Phoenix a place to land. And then he kept her from flying too close to the sun. There was no deception in their relationship, as they were completely truthful with each other. He knows about her secret, and never judges her on it. Instead he sticks up for her when the truth inevitably comes out.
This plot had some real meat to it, and that's what I enjoy reading the most. It's not all fairy tales and roses for the people who are portrayed in this story. They stumble and they fall. They make mistakes along the way. Their demons and guilt are never far from the surface. Not everyone is nice. Sometimes they say hurtful things that cut deep. The author did an excellent job in creating characters that captured my heart. She gave the plot plenty of drama to keep the story moving toward that perfect ending, even while making me wonder if Robin and Phoenix would overcome it all.
Believe is such a wonderful story that I loved. I loved it because not everything was perfect for Robin and Phoenix. They had to fight for it, yet in the end they had a love that was steadfast. Erin McCarthy gave me a love story that was memorable. This book is one that I will be reading more than once. So with all of that to recommend it, I am giving it five stars for being such an awesome story.
A New Adult novel from Erin McCarthy, the USA Today bestselling author of Sweet.
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…
Praise for Erin McCarthy
“McCarthy’s entry in the burgeoning new adult subgenre is a page-turning, gut-wrenching success.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“McCarthy has written a new adult love story that takes us on a journey filled with love, laughter, growth, and a bit of angst.”—Smexybooks
“Not everything in life is wrapped up nicely with a pretty ribbon on top and this book shows that…If you are a fan of NA, this one is a must-read.”—Between the Lines