My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Romance
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Similar to True, the writing was quite good, but the cliched plot devices got in the way for me.
The story brings back the familiar characters from True. While I didn’t read the second in this series, I still remembered Rory and Tyler and it was nice to revisit them in this one. This one was about Phoenix, one of Tyler’s cousins. He was recently released from jail and looking for a fresh start, if only people would overlook his tattoos and the all around bad guy persona. He met Robin when he accidentally overheard a conversation he probably shouldn’t have.
Robin was your typical college party girl, drunk every weekend and random hookups with guys. At least until she blacked out one night and hooked up with the wrong guy — one of her friend’s boyfriends. She was devastated to realize her mistake, and pulls back from her friends and decides to be clean and sober. Her friends keep trying to find out what has brought on her sudden change. She meets Tyler’s cousin, Phoenix and they (of course) have an instant connection.
The story progresses quickly from there, but I will say a few things really bugged me. One major pet peeve of mine is when the main characters fall immediately in love. This one even goes a step further when Phoenix (view spoiler) then does something I think is bat shit crazy. Not only that but he lets his anger get the best of him and it would have put him back into jail quicker than lightning. (view spoiler)
Phoenix also turns into a big ol’ creeper. One that would have put Edward Cullen to shame. Yet Robin never seems to notice things missing from her room.
The end felt a bit rushed compared to the rest of the story and the minor subplot felt a little unnecessary.
Anyhow, like I said, the writing is strong, McCarthy creates interesting characters, and the story does pull you in, even if it’s more like a trainwreck than anything else. I will probably read the next one in this series, hoping for a more original plot device and to see what happens to this rag, tag group.