by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Can the proverbial bad boy and the classic shy virgin really connect, find friendship and love when their worlds are so different? True by Erin McCarthy takes an unlikely college-age couple and gives us a warm, yet troubling story about love against the odds. Rory Macintosh is the logical and studious middle-class virgin in college. Tyler Mann is the outwardly rough, quiet, tattooed guy with a particular body piercing the girls rave about. When Tyler comes to Rory's rescue one night, it sets off a chain of events that brings these two together, slowly building a relationship that exposes who they really are, trusting each other with their most private secrets. Their backgrounds and lives and expectations out of life couldn't be more polar opposite, like magnets they are drawn together and a relationship blooms that goes far beyond the physical. Are they strong enough to stand together believing in their love no matter what life throws at them?
Is the storyline original? Nope, but the telling of the story is. Rory sees herself as the wallflower, but there is a streak in her that is fiercely loyal and outspoken. Things in her past have crippled her ability to really feel and participate in life until Tyler comes along. She discovers how sheltered her life has actually been, as well as how judgmental she can be with people in her life. Tyler hides his true depth, because exposing it would reveal the hell his life is, exposing his vulnerability. Erin McCarthy has brought each of these characters to life, digging deeper as she allows their love to unfold. Her supporting characters round out the story, with realistic personalities, believable choices, actions and reactions! The emotional ups and downs pulled me along, hankie in hand, lost in the moment!
Thank you, Erin McCarthy, for helping me to really understand what the term "New Adult" means, I'm thinking some "Old Adults" might learn something! And the meaning of the title, True? For me, that was a two hankie definition!
This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and InterMix in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: May 7, 2013.