Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sweet by Erin McCarthy

By: Erin McCarthy
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is a New Adult book
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"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…" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, True, and was looking forward to reading the next book. I admit I was somewhat hesitant though because I wasn't sure I would like Jessica or Riley, especially after the way they were in True. So I never expected that I would end up loving Sweet even more than True.

Jessica doesn't want to go home during summer break because of her controlling parents. She knows that she can never live up to their expectations and wants freedom. She needs a place to stay though and ends up staying at Riley's house. I actually really liked both Riley and Jessica a lot. They are extremely sarcastic and angry a lot of the time. They just came across as realistic. Riley and Jessica had so much in common, but also had some differences too. Both of them were developed strongly. I thought that the chemistry between them was clearly evident too. I did have a few problems with the way their relationship developed though.

This book hooked me in right away with the first chapter. The story was paced well too. I found it difficult to put this book down for long. I love the theme of family in this series. I just love the Mann family and how these brothers all stick together. I also enjoyed getting to see some of Rory and Tyler again. I loved getting to see more of Jessica and Tyler's friendship as well. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Sweet even more than True. I definitely recommend this book to fans of New Adult.       

My Rating:


  1. I am almost done with this book and I've loved it. I didn't read True first, but I am going to read it as soon as I am done. Wonderful review.

  2. I am just peeking at your rating since I'm reading this soon--so glad to see your 4 stars, though! The first book was a really nice surprise, since I don't often find NA that I enjoy. Looking forward to this one!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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