By: Erin McCarthy
Published: January 21, 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
Source: Publisher via Netgalley (Thanks!)
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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…MY REVIEW:
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…
At the end of Sweet, we learn that Robin makes a HUGE mistake but it's not fully confirmed until this book, which alternates POV's between Robin (a friend of Rory and Jessica's) and Phoenix, a new hottie on the scene, a cousin of Tyler and Riley's. Because of this mistake Robin has sworn off any form of partying for ten weeks. She still is carrying around the heavy guilt of what she did - how she could let herself get so wasted that she would ever sleep with one of her best friend's boyfriends. Even if she doesn't remember it because she blacked out from all the alcohol.
Phoenix is out of a 5 month stay in jail with nothing to his name, not even the clothes on his back. And though he is out of the league of someone like Robin, he pursues her because she intrigues him.
It was a bit of fresh air to have the MC's be "clean" - no drinking, no smoking, no drugs, no whoring around. They definitely still have some issues - after all, what NA book have you read where at least one character doesn't have an issue?! For Pheonix it's anger management and for Robin, it becomes what she realizes is alcoholism. But during the course of the book, both are clean.
I hate to harp on this one dislike AGAIN, because I've mentioned it in every book of this series, but the one thing that irritated me was the rush of the ending. Even still, it's an enjoyable fast read.
"Life is like waiting in line at the grocery store. You wait, you slowly move forward, you pay the price, then you exit unsatisfied and broke." ... "I'm not cynical. I'm realistic. And hey, if you choose to be patient, content, then it's all good. You don't mind the line."
Every day was Robin, and Robin was every day.
"'There is no remedy for love, but to love more.'. That's Thoreau,"...
"'The future for me is already a thing of the past. You were my first love and you will be my last.' That's Bob Dylan."
Final Rating - 3.5 stars
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