Book Review: 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…

Release Date: October 15, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

I enjoyed the first book in Erin McCarthy's True Believers series, True.  Read my review of True here.  Riley is another one of the Mann brothers, and Sweet is his story.  Actually, Jessica is the narrator, which allowed me to enjoy the book more, because I love a female perspective.

Jessica struggles with finding a balance between being who she wants to be, and being the "good girl" her parents expect her to be.  Her father is a preacher and her mother is a model preacher's wife, but Jessica doesn't want that life.  She wants to be free to love who she wants, marry who she wants, and live how she wants.  Jessica lies to her parents about her summer plans and tells them she's building homes for Habitat for Humanity, when in actuality she is staying around campus working as a waitress.  Jessica needs a place to stay for a week and Riley offers to let her stay at his house while his brothers are out of town.  

The plot was pretty predictable, but still enjoyable.  I knew what was going to happen before it actually happened, but there were a couple of surprises along the way, which I enjoyed.  There was a good bit of character growth, which is always nice to read about, especially for this genre.

My main complaint about True (True Believers #1) was that the ending felt rushed.  I'm happy to say that Sweet's ending was much better.  It was not as rushed, and while one aspect of it was a little far-fetched for me, it was more realistic than True's ending.  

I do enjoy this series, and I like McCarthy's writing.  These books are reliably good entertainment, and make great escapism fiction.  I look forward to the next book in the series: the teaser included at the end of Sweet really got me hooked for book three.  

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