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.
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…
This is the first novel by Erin McCarthy that I have read, but I will certainly change that after reading this book.
Life isn't always a bed of roses for a lot of us. That is just reality. Many of us are dealt cards that we must learn to deal with, because of others life choices. Tyler is a fictional example of someone that has erected walls in order to hide the tumultuous havoc he deals with at home because of his mother's drug habits, and his dedication to keeping his siblings safe and his family together for their sake. For some reason, I have enjoyed this type of YA and NA male. Maybe because there are levels of depth to all of us, despite what we want our appearances to be to the outside world. And I enjoy getting through each layer in these characters, getting to know them intimately and actually do feel glad inside when they also come to the realization that they are worthy of happiness like everyone else.
Rory was an interesting female character. She was slightly insecure but didn't fall into the category of 'Drama Queen'. She was refreshingly clinical and literal. What you saw was what you got. She was amazingly honest, even when she knew it would complicate her life. She stood up for herself and her feelings when it mattered most, and she followed through it to the end, because she believed in not backing down from what was important to her. I really liked that about her.
This was a really fast, easy read with two characters that are, at a glance, very unlikely for each other. But you know what they say about opposites attracting. And that seems to be a reoccurring theme in YA and NA, from what I have read. It sure seems to work though, because I found this story very endearing and likeable.
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.
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