Title: Believe
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers
Publisher: Penguin
Published: January 21, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: 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…

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence my review**

First Thoughts: 4.5 stars Definitely my favorite of the series so far. The chemistry and storyline were just so real to me.

Plot, Pacing, and Style: Robin and Phoenix’s dual POV story gave me exactly what I wanted: characters with a serious amount of baggage and sadness who found happiness through each other.

Phoenix had just gotten out of jail when he met Robin, and while there were some sparks, it also seemed crazy because the two seemed like they would be a train wreck together. But you know what? They actually worked really really really realllllly well. Robin’s guilt issues and Phoenix’s past made them able to connect and open up to each other, which is essentially what set them free.

Main Characters: Oh Phoenix Sullivan, you very bad smexy boy you.  I’m in love. Let me look at all your ink while I lick you all over. But really, do you want to know why I truly loved both of them? It was because they were just so real. So themselves. So open. Their hearts on their sleeves sold me a million times over.

Romance/Chemistry: Immediate, but really, don’t let that deter you. I am not a fan of insta-love, but this was something else. It started off so sweet and true. Phoenix was attracted to Robin from the moment he watched her paint, and he didn’t play any games. This makes me think to the moment that I fell in love with this book…it was when Phoenix asked Robin if she had a boyfriend, and if not could he have her number? Swoon. I LOVED THAT SCENE.

Title/Cover: Yep, love it. I wanna be Robin. And the title is pretty sweet too. Win on both!

Ending: The ending was the part that totally sealed it for me. So many times I find that a New Adult book takes its time building up the story, and then once it reaches the climax the whole story warps up in only a few pages. Not here. This one left me feeling totally satisfied with my HEA. Thank you, Ms. McCarthy.

Gripes/suggestions: You know what? I think Nathan slipped a roofie into Robin’s drink. I kind of wonder why no one seems to think that happened? Is it really a gripe? Probably not, but maybe Robin wasn’t just drunk, but drugged, and that’s a real issue that I wanted someone to mention. It is scary stuff and really seemed like that was the case here.

Final Thoughts/Rec it? Oh yes. A quick read with a delicious bad boy that will have you falling in love right along side Robin. Loved.

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