By: Erin McCarthy
Published: May 7, 2013 by Penguin Group
Source: Netgalley ARC, given by publisher (Thanks!)
(Goodreads / Amazon)
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.MY REVIEW:
Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…
Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…
Rory (side bar - I've always loved this name since Gilmore Girl days) is a 20 year old college sophomore. She has never dated and has chalked it up to her slightly awkward social skills. She's brutally honest but learns that she can be passionate too when given the chance. She doesn't understand the desire for the random hookups her friends and roommates get involved in. She's fine being who she is but would like to have a guy find her attractive. Unbeknownst to her, her roommates decide to help speed things up a bit. She is your typical New Adult female, sweet and naive to a fault.
Twenty-Two year old Tyler Mann has a rough home life. He and his older brother Riley help to support their drug addict mother and their 2 younger brothers, one of which has down syndrome. He's also trying to put himself through college as an EMT. He is your typical New Adult male, hot, tattooed, guarded, interested mostly in casual hookups versus relationships. But there's more to him than the physical. He's a little rough around the edges, but his love and loyalty for his family shows a deeper side to him. For instance, he loves literature. The meaningless relations he has had start to lose their appeal when he meets Rory and sees her being taken advantage of and decides she needs his protection.
The beginning is fun with quite a few witty comments that made me laugh out loud, the middle was a tad slow and the ending seemed too rushed. Their relationship is one you really want to keep going just a little bit longer.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The story-line was very similar to that of Abbi Glines' book Just For Now (Sea Breeze #4). If you are a fan of stories like that you'll enjoy this one.
I dribbled the red liquid all down the front of me. Nope. Not a fantasy. Just me, rocking the awk.
Literature wasn't intended to be about perfect people, it was about flaws, very real and very deep human flaws.
Our relationship felt like a Christmas gift that you hadn't asked for and weren't expecting to receive, but the minute you saw it, you knew it was perfect for you.
Final Rating - 4 stars.
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