I couldn’t put this book down. That’s saying a lot as I cringed, cried and cheered through this gripping story. Growing up is never easy and making mistakes is normal but Robin and Phoenix take you into their thoughts, feelings and struggles as they figure out how to move on and how to make a relationship when in the normal course of events they probably would have never met. There are some lines within a friendship that you never cross but Robin did in a drunken moment. Someone is going to get hurt if this secret gets out. Phoenix has anger issues and just got out of jail. Yet, for some reason he feels drawn to Robin, a Robin who is fighting herself and is in the mist of change. This story takes such a realistic look at life that it sometimes hurts to the point you don’t want to read on but you also can’t put this book down. Mesmerizing. Chapters alternate between Robin and Phoenix’s points of view.
I’ve been reading this series since the first book and while each story can be read on its own, together they become their own world. They take 4 young women’s college experiences and make them real. This isn’t a simple let’s party but a complex and complicated world with good guys who have bad things happen and young women who must make life changing choices. Peer pressures, family expectations, social norms and so much more all play a part in each book. Awesome doesn’t even cover it. These should be a must read for high school/college students. Better still, everyone should read these books to see a slice of life that most don’t know.
Robin never thought she’d be one of those people until she woke up in the bed of one of her friend’s boyfriends. How could she do that to Kylie? Worse still, how could Nathan not see how wrong it is! Robin doesn’t remember any of this night due to over drinking and swears that is the last time she’ll be drinking. But, how is she going to keep this a secret? Stressing all summer doesn’t help and when mutual friend starts pushing, Robin knows something has to change. However, she doesn’t expect that change to include Phoenix, a man she’d never met before and who has only been out of jail for 2 days. Phoenix knows that Robin is way out of his league but he doesn’t mind hanging out with her. He figures she’ll kick him to the curb soon. When that doesn’t happen, neither are sure where this unexpected relationship will go.
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