Series: True Believers, Book 2
Also in this series: True, Believe, Shatter
Published by Berkley Books on 15 October 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Also by this author: True, Believe, Shatter, You Make Me
Place(s) traveled to: Cincinnati, Ohio
First Line(s): I couldn’t go home for the summer. I just couldn’t.
As soon as I finished True by Erin McCarthy I wanted to dive into Sweet, its companion/sequel as I wasn’t ready to leave the Mann brothers. I was also excited to learn more about Jessica and Riley, especially since these two did not like each other…at all when they first met. Due to a crazy set of circumstances Jessica ends up spending some time crashing at the Mann house in order to avoid going home for the summer. With Tyler and Rory off doing coupley summertime things there is no real buffer between Jessica and Riley. For a portion of the book it is unclear on if these two will fall madly in love…or kill each other. Just when you think one or the other will happen they go and do something to surprise you.
There is so much chemistry between Jessica and Riley that it just sizzles off the page. This is shown through their actions and their there conversations and not by jumping into bed every other paragraph. Riley and Jessica are both guarded in their emotions and are more likely to trade insults than anything else and as the reader you get to sit back and watch it all unfurl. I loved each and every interaction they had as they might say that they didn’t want to do x but then the very next day the one who said that would be doing whatever that task was with no complaint…or not much of one. What Sweet does well is to show that actions really do speak louder than words especially when it comes to this volatile couple learning how to be a couple.
It was also fun learning more about the younger Mann brothers and even more about Robin, who will be featured in the next book Believe. Although I really did miss having Rory and Tyler around. I think if they had been in the story this would have been a 5 star read for me. But as it was, their absence felt like a gaping hole. Even if it was necessary for them to be away as if Tyler was around then Jessica wouldn’t have had a place to crash and there would not have been a story to tell. Sometimes things happen for a reason even when you don’t like what that reason is.
Overall, I loved how sweet and fun this story was. Riley and Jessica are dealing with some very real and separate issues and they are as different as oil and water. And yet, despite all their difference they mix very well together and they beat all the odds that are stacked against them. I devoured this book and I was so sad when it came to an end. I was not ready to leave this world or this family and though I know that Robin’s story is coming I just don’t think it will be the same as this one. I didn’t really like Robin much, she was ok, but there was nothing about her that made me want to know more. Although I do feel bad for her and am curious to see how she deals with the fallout of what she did.
If you are looking for some fun new adult stories then you should really check out this series. Its all about the romance and not about the sexy times as many new adult reads seem to be these days. Erin McCarthy has a real gift with creating real stories with characters that could be your BFF if they were real. With every story she writes I get lost in her world and feel all the things. I know that this series will probably be one that I revisit from time to time as Jessica, Rory and the Mann family are all dear friends and I don’t think that I will tire of their stories.