June 2, 2014

Title: You Make Me
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines
Publisher: self-published
Published: April 17, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

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

4 stars A great start to a new series I can’t wait to read more of! I love Erin McCarthy’s True Believers Series so when I heard about a whole new cast of characters I was thrilled to get my hands on this.

This is a story about first love, about “the one that got away”, about that person that never got out from under your skin. It was about two people reconnecting, and finding that they truly were meant to be together, to be one, to be endless. Le sigh. So romantic isn’t it?

I liked Cat, and we got to meet her just as she was truly finding herself. So to do that she had a lot of moments of immaturity. However, that’s what made her so real and I always found myself rooting for her. Her internal dialogue was honest, even though she didn’t always make the right decisions…whether they were impulsive from being angry or too well thought out when she was trying to be practical.

Heath on the other hand was a total straight shooter, and when he was angry he was scary, but in a realllly hot way. He knew what he wanted and was shameless about going for it. There was no game playing. One of the things I loved was when he told Cat he would talk about his time in the military on his own terms and in his own way. It was a really honest way to answer her to help her understand that it wasn’t a secret.

As far as their romance goes, it was pretty awesome. Heath loved Cat’s soul, and she loved his….that is the best way to describe them. They truly were endless and meant to be. Also, sometimes it was pretty steamy if you catch my drift.

As far as secondary characters go, I think so many had lots of potential: Ethan, Aubrey, and Brian. I think they all have major flaws, but none that made me dislike them, in fact the flaws made me want to fix them to make them whole. I am excited to see who is in book 2 and gets their own shot at happiness.

What could have made it better? I think if it had been longer. And I don’t mean longer as in additional scenes, but more fleshing out of the characters and their relationships. So adding in conversations or thoughts to scenes that were already there. I think that sometimes I only felt like we were skimming the surface and I would have liked to gotten to know so many relationships in more detail.

I also don’t know why right away Cat and Heath didn’t hash out why Heath had to leave all those years ago. It came up eventually, kind of, but they should have talked about it in detail much earlier on, then dealt with trust issues as they relearned each other. There was still enough of a story with just their relationship.

Would I rec this? Yes, yes, yes! Ms. McCarthy writes love stories with characters that are so real, with settings that you crave more of…I can’t wait for the next books in this series and will read them all!

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