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It's the ever popular bad boy meets good girl scenario in True, the newest novel from Erin McCarthy.

When Rory gets herself in a tight spot...Tyler the bad boy hero saves her. The tipsy Rory blurts out to the room at large about her virginal status. Oh, the awkward silence... her friends privately offer Tyler money to alleviate her of that problem. It was fairly obvious, at least to me, that Tyler was intrigued by Rory and that he wasn't in it for the money at all. The friendship grows, and so do their romantic feelings. Then comes that inevitable moment when Rory finds out about the bribe. She jumps to the all the wrong ideas for a few pages, and then the party really gets started. They work out that sticky little mess fairly quickly... because they're in love.

Rory finds out that Tyler has hidden depths and he's not just a tattooed bad boy looking for the next party. He's got some big responsibility on his shoulders, and Rory is shocked at how bad it is. They face some insurmountable problems head on. The pair are deeply involved in a really sweet romantic relationship when trouble finds Tyler. The fallout brings heartache to both of them when Tyler makes a bad call and ends everything.

My thoughts: I loved Tyler, and my heart broke for him and his brothers, and even his crack head mom. I got a real sense of family loyalty, and I loved that. Here's the hot as he was...he is still a guy...and they can do some dumb ass shit. Tyler certainly did. But considering the kind of man he was...I got that was his way of protecting his girl.

I liked Rory, for her dry sense of humor, and that's what hooked me at the beginning. Some of her musings and funny little asides really cracked me up. Made me want to get to know this character with the wicked sense of humor. I liked how she stood up for herself and for Tyler and the boys. She even took on her own dad to defend her man. I even liked how she stood up to Tyler and didn't let him walk all over her. I like a girl who can stand up for herself.

The story was awash in interesting secondary characters. McCarthy did a great job with setting up the new series. Letting the reader get acquainted with the circle of friends that this series will feature. Giving fleeting glimpses into their personalities and hinting at their problems. It's looking like the next story will be Riley and Jessica, and I'm anticipating some fireworks for this explosive couple.

McCarthy's modus operandi is her witty dialogue, and it's here for sure. She brandished a subtle sense of humor to lighten a story that could very well have been overpowered by the character's pain. I cried some tears, yet the story wasn't depressing... it was uplifting.

True kicks off a promising new series for McCarthy. It's a very heartwarming tale that broke my heart and tempted me to tears throughout the book. It enthralled me with the wonderful characters, they showed a lot of personal determination and perseverance to overcome some of the obstacles they faced. Even's about friendship, family and loyalty. That I got a wonderfully romantic love story was all good too.

I highly recommend this book, and can't wait for the next one.

Book Blurb for True

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…

Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.50