Believe (True Believers #3)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…
by Erin McCarthy
Published: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
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…
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My Thoughts: I have come to thoroughly enjoy this series, and though it is a series, each book can also be read as a standalone. Each of the novels in the True Believer's Series focuses on a different couple, but yet you get to see all the characters from previous books in the mix, which is something I love. I really liked True, and Jessica and Riley in Sweet are my favorite couple. Believe is Robin and Pheonix's story. We met Robin we in the previous novels, but in Believe, we get to meet Pheonix, Riley and Tyler's cousin.
Pheonix one of those badass guys whose silence says more than a thousand words. He has just gotten out of jail, he's tattooed, and gives off that dangerous vibe, though he is really a stand-up guy. Robin has spent the summer in remorse over something she did when she was drunk, something that could destroy her relationship with her best friend. Robin and Pheonix are both artists. Pheonix has had a rough childhood and life in general, which has left him scarred with issues he secretly, and sometimes not so secretly battles. Robin grew up in a good home, but nonetheless, she is plagued my her own demons. As different as the worlds are that these two come from, they just click. They get each other, there is chemistry, and there is acceptance. That said, their relationship is not without its struggles, something they come face-to-face with when the past catches up with them both and turns their world upside down.
Overall, I really enjoyed Believe. The romance was great with just the right amount of steam, and the story itself was very good. Erin McCarthy also addresses some very prevalent social issues that many people deal with in one way or another. I really like McCarthy's writing style, and the book definitely kept my attention from beginning to end. Believe is a great addition to this series.
"It all seemed normal. What you do in college, right? You party. You make superficial friends. You drink. Do stupid things that you laugh about the next day, and take pictures that will prevent you from ever being a senator."
"Oh, God, seriously? Her name was Angel? I threw up a little in my mouth. I couldn't think of a name less suited to a girl who looked like she could beat the shit out of me if I looked at her wrong."
Moving silently, I picked my way carefully through the dark, knowing that if she woke up and saw me watching her in the dark, she was going to think I was a fucking creeper. Maybe I was. Did creepers know they were creepers?
This one is from Jessica, who is one of my favorite characters - her books is the second in the series "Sweet."
........... Jessica was lying on the couch with a handheld mister in her hand directed straight at her face. "Hey," she said, sounding listless.
"Hey. If you're hot whyt don't you go in the bedroom?" I asked. "I thought it has AC."
The look she gave me was one of such pure agony, I was secretly just a little bit amused. "Shit. That sucks." .........Jessica's expression was entertaining, but I felt some sympathy. "I'm here to pay Riley back so maybe he can buy a new window unit."
"He says it is impractical to buy one until next year because it's only going to be hot for a few more weeks. I know he's right, but that doesn't make it suck any less to be sitting her sweating."
"Where are the boys?"
"Easton and Jayden are in the backyard on the slip'n slide. Riley is taking a cold shower because I refuse to have sex when it's this hot. Tyler is working out in the basement because he is insane."
Now I did smile a little. Jessica had a gift for melodrama and she was funny, even I could admit it.
"Thank you for the card." He smiled. "You make me sappy."
"I like sappy."
Erin McCarthy is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award. She lives in Ohio.
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