Book Review : Believe by Erin McCarthy

February 3, 2014 Book review 9 ★★★★½

Believe has reminded me why I love Erin McCarthy’s writing and this book has nudged this series in to my one of my favourite New Adult  series.   I love the characters, the way the dialogue sparkles, the STEAM and basically just everything about it!

Book Review : Believe by Erin McCarthyBelieve by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #3
Published by Penguin on 21 Jan 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 232
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A New Adult novel from Erin McCarthy, the USA Today bestselling author of Sweet. Robin used to be a party girl... until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend.   Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad...

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist. But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point.

Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present...

First Line of Believe:

“I spent my sophomore year of college partying.”

My Thoughts on Believe:

I’ll be honest here I read an arc of True and loved it.  But I wasn’t sure if I liked the sound of the next book in the series ‘Sweet’ so I never bought it.  I did request an arc but got turned down and then never saw any reviews from blogger friends for Sweet and I kind of forgot all about this series.  Big mistake!  Huge!  So when I was auto approved for Believe it was a bit of pleasant surprise.

Within a few pages I was hooked.  I remembered just what I loved about True.  The characters are believable; they are flawed and far from perfect.  I love reality in characters and this is the strong point of this series.  On paper I didn’t expect to like Robin; she is a party girl and has hooked up with her best friend’s boyfriend.  That right there was why I wanted to hate her.

But within a few pages, she had me on her side.  She knows she drinks too much and makes a decision to just cut it from her life.  Wracked with guilt and emotionally lost, she throws off the party girl clothes and allows her inner hippy to shine.  Then she meets Phoenix who is homeless, just out of jail and jobless.  It doesn’t exactly seem to be a match made in heaven but when we get to know both a little more, you know first impressions are deceiving.  And they are definitely a match made in the bedroom!  Hello steam!

I loved that Robin was the party girl and Phoenix despite his criminal record was totally clean living.  I feel like it turned some stereotypes on their heads and gave a fresh angle to this story.  Another highlight for me was the gang of friends (including Rory and Tyler from True).  I loved them together, I loved the dialogue and the group dynamic they have going.  Especially the family atmosphere that they have created, it just gave me feels.  And the character development is spot on, we get to see why exactly the characters are the way they are and it adds a feel of authenticity to their actions.

Overall this book is fun and had me gripped from first page to last page.  The first thing I did when I was finished was I reread True as I wanted to remember what exactly happened there.  And as soon as I lift my book ban, Sweet is the very first book I’m going to buy.  Seriously, I love this series, check it out!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Who should read Believe?

If you like New Adult books, you NEED to read this series.  Fans of romances and sparky, feisty characters should also check this one out.  Note – there are some explicit scenes and strong language so it is recommended for over 18s only.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkely for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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9 Responses to “Book Review : Believe by Erin McCarthy”

    • trish

      This series is so good CeCe, I’m glad we both love it! I’m really looking forward to Sweet now. And no, I haven’t read any of Erin’s other books but I’m going to make it my business to do so! When she can create such great characters, I don’t care what genre they are in 🙂

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Oh yay! You and Cece both loved this so I am definitely interested! I was a little unhappy with True, which is why I was hesitant to read Sweet and Believe (of course that didn’t stop me from requesting). So I have both of them to read and now I’m really excited especially for Believe! I also love when the stereotypical tables are turned! Its fun seeing the guy as the good, clean one for once! LOL
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  2. Lindy@A Bookish Escape

    Excellent Review Trish! I loved this one as well! Sweet was really good, and I hope you end up reading it. I agree with what you’ve said 100% I loved the realistic characters, how stereotypes were turned on their head, and how even though I didn’t want to like Robin, I just couldn’t help it! I’m so excited to see what comes next in this series 🙂
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    • trish

      Yay, great to know you loved Sweet as well. I have it ready and waiting on my kindle for me and I’m SO looking forward to it. Such a fun but still realistic series. Love! And I’m excited for book 4 too, the sneak peek was excellent!

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