Book Review & Interview: Sweet by Erin McCarthy

SWEET (True Believers, #2) by Erin McCarthy: Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

Lori's thoughts: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I immediately connected with the voice. I loved how feisty Jessica was. I admire her strength and her courage and her determination to get things done and make her living quarters a better place. Not just because she thought they were unacceptable but, she knew it would benefit Riley's case for getting custody of his two younger siblings.

Riley was amazing. The banter between these two was a lot of fun. There were several times I laughed out loud at either something Jessica said or some conversation between the two of them. There are a lot of thoughts about double standards in the story. Like how many guys is it "okay" for a girl to sleep with before she finds "the one," as opposed to how many girls a guy sleeps with. How many is too many? :) This book had it all, in my opinion. The chemistry between Riley and Jessica was awesome and I love how much of a gentleman he was. Not sure many guys like this still exist, but that's why we read fiction! :)

All in all, a great read!

She Reads New Adult Interview with Erin McCarthy

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for your fans!

SRNA: I loved True and am really looking forward to reading Sweet! Sweet is the second book in the True Believers series. How many books are you planning for this series?

Erin: I’m so glad you enjoyed TRUE! There are four books total in the series, all written already and all the heroines are characters you met in TRUE.

SRNA: Is Sweet a sequel to True, or is it completely standalone?

Erin: It is a stand alone because I do give the reader the backstory, but I think it is probably more fun if you read TRUE first, so that you can enjoy catching up with previous characters.

SRNA: After Sweet, what's up next in the True Believers series?

Erin: Out in January 2014 is BELIEVE, which is Robin’s story. You get a hint of what is to come in SWEET, and there is a blurb about BELIEVE in the back of SWEET. A Mann cousin, Phoenix, is the hero.

SRNA: You've written numerous books! About how long does it take you to write a full-length novel?

Erin: It depends on the genre. New Adult is fast for me, less than two months. For my contemporary romances, usually about three months, sometimes less, depending on my travel and promo schedule.

SRNA: How long have you been writing?

Erin: I sold my first book in 2002 and I had been actively pursuing publication about two years prior to that. But I always wanted to be a writer. I won a contest in first grade for young authors and I was hooked. Make stuff up and get paid! Yeah, I’m in. ;)

SRNA: Any advice for wannabe authors?

Erin: Join a writer’s group like Romance Writer’s of America and learn about the industry in addition to your craft.

SRNA: Your profile says that you have a weakness for tattoos. Do you have any of your own?

Erin: Yes, I have two and a third in progress. My forearm has the Latin script, “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” It means “I’ll either find a way or make one.” It’s my visible strength reminder every day. Then on my foot and ankle I have morning glories in memory of my father, who used to call me that when I was a kid. And I’m getting old school roses around my stomach and up my ribcage with a sugar skull.

SRNA: Anything else you'd like to share with your fans?

Erin: If SWEET or BELIEVE make the NY Times, I’m going to get a tattoo that represents something in the book. I found an adorable little bird that is spelling out BELIEVE with string that I would to put on my pinky finger, but it’s no go if I don’t make the lists, so help me out here readers! :)
Thanks again!

**Note from Lori @ SRNA** Get prepared for that next tattoo. :) I saw a really awesome tattoo for the word "Believe" this weekend. The 'B' was in red and shaped like a sideways heart. I loved it!

Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult genres. The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award. She lives with her family in Ohio.


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