Series: True Believers bk 3
Author: Erin McCarthy
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
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.
Thoughts: I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I read the excerpt at the end of Sweet. There was just something about Phoenix that intrigued me.
Of all the NA heroes I’ve read Phoenix is one of those heroes that I want to walk out of my book and be my friend. He was a young man who had a crappy life growing up and managed to not end up completely messed up. Yes he went to jail but once you know the back story of that situation you will be cheering him on.
Robin has a problem, one that unfortunately a lot of college age kids fall into. Alcohol. Because of this she did something she would never have done if it wasn’t for the alcohol. As a result she retreats from everyone and everything. When she has to go to Jessica’s house to fulfill a promise she meets Phoenix, who turns out to be the best thing to ever happen to her.
I have serious mad love for this couple. The showed a maturity that is beyond most college kids their age in the face of the dice life has thrown them. They are working to move past it and begin a new life. And they decide to do this together. Against everyone’s advice. They never try and change each other, they simply accept each other for who they are and love them.
I’m typically not a fan of Erin’s books, but this series, this series I will read and own every single book in it.
You don’t have to have read the previous books in the series to read this one as it holds it’s own as a stand-alone.