By: Erin McCarthy
Published By: Berkley
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Page Count: 257
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
New Adult - Contemporary Romance
Sweet is the second book in the True Believers series by Erin McCarthy. It had been some time since I read the first book, True, but I didn't find this a barrier to enjoying or following the story of Jessica and Riley.
Riley is the older brother of Tyler (True's male lead) and Jessica is a friend of his girlfriend, Rory. Riley and Jessica know each other, loosely, and typically like to trade insults. However, when Jessica needs a place to spend the summer, while hiding from her seriously strict family, she ends up Riley's room mate. What follows is a reasonably predictable back and forth that leads to flirting and a deeper understanding of each other. I really enjoyed their relationship developing, and in particular I liked how Jessica helped Riley to make the house a nice place to be for his little brothers and to help Riley get custody. I think what sets this series apart from other similar stories is the camaraderie of the brothers; left without a parent to guide them, they have formed a tight knit unit that struggles through somehow.
Sweet also developed the romance side of the story in a tantalising way. Jessica is a confident character, perhaps even bossy, and she is not used to someone like Riley challenging her and also making her pine for him. He enjoys making her fume and teaching her that sometimes, all good things come to those who wait. It makes for a rather delicious love story. Readers should also be aware that this story fits into the New Adult genre, and as such has some quite steamy details within!
Sweet was a very readable story and it really drew me back when I had to put it down. I don't think it is the sort of book that will change you, but it was a great read and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally free her from her parents’ constant judgments, but if anything, it’s 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 and cocky, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working in construction all day. He seems like the completely wrong guy for Jessica, but Riley hides a sensitive side and a family burden behind his self-assured grin. As Jessica helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.
But when it comes down to showing Riley how she truly feels, Jessica’s fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…