You Make Me (Blurred Lines, #1)

You Make Me (Blurred Lines, #1)

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by Erin McCarthy

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The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath.  Then he left without a word.  The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy.  But


The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath.  Then he left without a word.  The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy.  But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend.  Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm.  He also gives her the social acceptance she craves. 

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere.  Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her.  Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

The first in the intensely romantic BLURRED LINES series, You Make Me is followed by Live For Me, Let Me In, Meant For Me, and Breathe Me In, all available now!

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Erin McCarthy
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You Make Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
If ever there were a story from classic literature that was just screaming for a modern-day New Adult retelling, surely Wuthering Heights is it. It's always been one of those stories I've loved to hate. Catherine and Heathcliff's love--so overwhelming, so intense, so ultimately destructive to not only themselves but to everyone around them--was always the one redeeming thing about two such selfish and self-absobed characters. WH was always one of those (very few, fortunately--they're emotionally exhausting to read) books that I loved while really not liking the main characters at all. (Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara is the other biggie in this category.) The drama of the original, the angst, the all-encompassing be-all end-all nature of their relationship--really, this storyline is tailor-made for today's New Adult genre. Then to find out Ms. McCarthy moved the setting from the moors of Yorkshire to the coast of Maine, my favorite vacation destination? Icing on the cake. I began to be afriad that it was too perfect, that the novel would end up falling flat. Fortunately my fears were unfounded. Ms. McCarthy did a fantastic job of adapting the original to a modern time and genre, keeping the essence of the story but making it ultimately more palatable to today's reader. It was a constant pleasure to keep discovering all the ways she took Emily Brontë's characters and plot and made them more current. In the original, we never do find out where Heathcliff went for three years. Here, Heath joined the army and spent his time in Afghanistan. If anything these days could change a person quickly, making him or her seem older, more serious, and even haunted, it would be active duty in a war zone--excellent choice. In WH Heathcliff left in the first place because he knew that Catherine was going to marry Linton and overheard (the first half of) a conversation where she said that it would degrade her to marry him though she admitted "he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." In You Make Me, Heath leaves much earlier, before Cat gets a taste of "the good life" in college (ie stays at the Linton's more "normal" home) because his relationship with the younger Cat has been discovered (or perhaps just suspected) and a restraining order has been filed against him with Cat's "signature" on it but without her actual knowledge. The truth doesn't come to light until quite some time after he returns--for much of the novel Cat had no idea why Heath left so suddenly and disappeaed so completely. The reasons McCarthy gives here make perfect sense for our modern times, and the fact that she's finally moving on after four years of pining after a guy who took her virginity and then left mysteriously and disappeared completely makes the modern Cat a lot more relateable than Catherine Earnshaw, who knew Heathcliff was her other half but saw no problem with marrying someone else. In a nutshell--the essence of Brontë's characters and story are here, but all the parts that made my teenage heart cringe (and let's not do the math to figure out how long ago that was, okay? Thanks so much) were made much more palatable here. Ultimately, these were characters that I could actually like because they (thankfully) don't exactly take the same path as their predecessors. My English major heart could rejoice over seeing how McCarthy took the orginal and tweaked it, while at the same time being ever so grateful that she ultimately made it a new story. So...would I have liked this book as much on its own merit, without my love of the original? Probably not, I'll admit. It is more than a little over the top at times, even for a New Adult book. As a remake of a classic tale, though, it is outstanding--I loved seeing what she did with the story and how she was able to hold on to the passion and drama of the original while giving the angst a more modern--and believeable--feel. Heath is brooding and even stalkerish, but he's not the out-and-out borderline psychopath that Heathcliff returns as. Cat goes to college to remake herself--as so many do--leaving the impovrished wild child from the island behind her. She doesn't, however, decide she has to marry a rich guy to become a "great lady" despite her intense, all-consuming feelings for someone else. Most of the more cringe-worthy plot elements of the original are either altered or softened here--but you can still make the connection. A definite win-win. Next up in the series is McCarthy's version of Emily's sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre--Live For Me. I cannot wait to see what she does with it :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
You Make Me is my first Erin McCarthy book and I loved it. A story of whether that invisible emotional connection to your first love is really as strong as we remember and whether it can potentially destroy the current relationship you are in if you meet your first love again years later. Cat is settled at college, in love with a steady boyfriend with the next few years of their life together already planned out when it all comes crashing down when her first love, Heath reappears out of the blue. Cat is full of questions as to where he has been after disappearing so suddenly when she was seventeen after declaring the three little words any teenager is eager to hear in return. His reappearance causes her usually composed boyfriend to reveal a jealous streak and although Cat feels loyal to her new boyfriend she is burning with curiosity to seek Heath out again and find out what happened. She is upfront with Ethan from the start when she tells him that she is meeting up with Heath, but his jealousy and her confusion of her long forgotten feeling for Heath sparking back into life with vigor causes untold problems in her relationship with Ethan. She moves back and forth between the two men trying to make sense of what she wants and the best man perhaps does win in the end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nacole More than 1 year ago
Too many loose ends. Her relationship with her mom, will she graduate college since she went this far, it all just seemed jumbled together.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book come up as a review opportunity, I was very intrigued by the premise alone. I am a sucker for a good love triangle, so this definitely piqued my interest. However, I almost don't even consider this a love triangle. I didn't feel there was any doubt as to who the main character would choose, so I felt a bit gypped on that push and pull I like in a love triangle. After reading You Make Me, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. I felt like it had the potential to really make this premise work, but it just fell short for me. What Worked: I really liked the prologue. It's short, but it gives you a brief insight as to how heartbroken this girl is from losing her first love. I think it's haunting and it gives just the right amount of hook to bring you into the story. I also liked the duplicity of Cat's character. Having grown up the way she did- with a mentally ill mother, a disabled father, and a brother,who she now has no association with, Caitlyn has known what it's like to go without. At school, she has transformed herself into someone else: her boyfriend and best friend have no idea about the life she once lived. She is the vice president of her sorority and no longer goes without. One look at her and you would never know she was once a scraggly little girl from the island. Heath knows her as the simple, uninhibited girl she once was and Ethan knows her as the perfectly coiffed, in control girl she is now. Caitlyn has to decide: does she want to be Cat or does she want to continue to be Caitlyn? What Didn't: I wasn't emotionally invested in this story. I feel it was just presented to me and I was told about Caitlyn's life, where I would have rather SEEN it. I would have preferred more in-depth flashbacks as to what Cat's life was like before. I wanted to see more of how her and Heath's relationship developed and I would have even liked to see how her and Ethan got together. This was my biggest issue with the book: the lack of development. When I first read the blurb, I imagined I would be emotionally torn in half trying to decide between the two love interests. I wasn't at all. In fact, I had a hard time liking both of them. Ethan is built up as this great guy who really loves her and wants to spend his life with her, but maybe it's because I didn't get to see their relationship develop and get to where it currently was, I just didn't see that. He becomes extremely jealous over Heath's return and does some things that I would kick a guy's ass for doing. Heath, on the other hand, has a bit of a bad boy persona- more mysterious, gruff- we don't know why he left without any explanation, but now he's back and wants to be with Cat. Having just got out of the Marines, Heath has certainly been affected by what happened over there, which he won't discuss and we never find out about. His anger really bothered me and I was left wondering what Caitlyn saw in either guy because it didn't seem either of them were the right choice. I also didn't like the way Heath handled several things towards the end of the novel: it made him seem deceptive and secretive and I was left wondering if he had an ulterior motive. Caitlyn's character irritated me to no end though. She claims she's made her choice, but after the way she was treated, I don't understand WHY that was her choice. Was it just to continue living the life she was? She also made me doubt her because of how fast she seemed to move on afterwards. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I will leave it at that. I don't think she knew what she wanted and she was torn between what she should want and what she really did. I also felt there was an instance towards the end where I seriously wondered if Cat was going to end up being bipolar. Her jealousy throughout the book was bad enough, but the scene to which I'm referring, I feel she seriously went off the deep end. Final Thoughts: This just wasn't for me. Having read tons of New Adult and love triangles done extremely well, this one just missed the mark. I am such a character driven reader and I need to feel emotionally invested in my characters for the book to truly leave a lasting impression. I felt more irritation than anything with this set of characters and I do believe that had there been more development, I may have enjoyed this one a bit more than I did.
mommmyerin More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I couldn't put it down.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
You Make Me is a amazing romance read. I thought the storytelling was amazing. I was drawn in by the three main characters of Catilyn, Ethan, and Heath. There is also some other amazing suporting characters in the book that stories were great too. The crazy love triangles and the amazing twist and turns that the character go thru made me keep turning the pages.  In the beginning of story we learn a little bit about Catilyn and her past and why she is trying to escape it. First we meet Ethan the university boy who Catliyn has finally grown close to after a long time and she finally letting down some of her barriers after a terrible heartbreak. Heath is Catilyn's foster brother who Catilyn grows extremely close too and then he all of sudden leaves her with out anything else being said.  As you continue to read this story you are drawn through the many steps of there love triangle and watching Cat try to make decisons that are best for her self when both of the guys she cares and loves are pulling for her love and attention. You will have to read the book to find how which ways she goes and if you agree or disagree. I was cheering them both on at different times.  Loved this book , Cant wait for the next one in the series. I recieived this book as ARC from the Author for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear sweet baby jesus, this book is awful. Do not waste your money. Its all over the place, has NO flow at all. I wanted to punch this girl repeatedly, not only that but its so unrealistic. Not a fan at all.
Anonymous 1 days ago
This story has too much going on, it rambles on and on! I lost interest!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Such a romantic, lovely, emotional read! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had great potential but it did not shine. Cat was immature for being her age and in college. She should have known not to mess around with 2 other guys feelings they way she did. Health was hopeless in love with her. Ethan was just the right image for her. It was an OK story line, but I got sick of Cat's choices.
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Little confused with the way some new characters were suddenly dropped in & the was annoyed by the female lead...she was so up & down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are very immature, and there are elements of the plot that are far-fetched even for a romance. A TOTAL waste of time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved soooooooooooooooo much great sex if that is what you like my boyfriend loves to read books with me and he wanted to read this again and again maybe because we know someone who married their foster bother and they r maddly in love any way i say this is a must read
kellyrae99 More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed Erin McCarthy books before, but I won't read anymore of this series. I think it's been put in the New College genre, but I would have put it in a younger genre except for the sex. That said, even at 14, the main character Cat would have annoyed me.
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Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Nook New Adult Romance, Alpha Man, Part of A Series You Make Me Is A Well Told, Touching Romance. Cat Grew Up Poor, With Her Parents Taking In Foster Children, She Falls In Love With Heath When She Was A Teenager. He Is Forced To Leave And It Breaks Her Heart. Four Years Later, She Has Bettered Herself, Goes To College And Is Engaged To Ethan. Her Past And Present Collides, Her True Self Comes Out That She Has Shut Away And Now She Must Decide Which Man From Which Decade Will Make Her Happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I love the push and pull in the relationships.  Caitlyn thought she had it all figured out until everything changed. Cat is that annoying girl that can't make up her mind. I liked her because she wanted everyone to be happy and would sacrifice her own happiness to do that.  Ethan was a cool guy but he made me mad at times too. I liked that he was sweet on Cat and treated her well.  Heath, well he's my favorite. I'm sure he will be yours too. I loved him because he was so intense and loving. He would do anything for Cat and did. His main goal in life is to be with her and make her happy.  Erin did a great job with this book. She pulls you in so many directions in this book and I look forward to reading more of her work. Not suitable for anyone under 17. Five stars have been granted :) Review by Natalie of Behind The White Picket Fence and INDIEpendent book babes
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Confession time: I've never read Wuthering Heights. I keep meaning to get around to reading all the classics I never had to read in high school, but shiny new books keep distracting me. But, from what I know about Wuthering Heights, I believe this is a retelling of sorts. Since I never read the original, I can't really make a comparison and I think some of the nuances were lost on me, but all in all, I found this book mostly enjoyable. I really enjoy Erin McCarthy's writing style, but the characters in this book were a little lacking for me. Caitlyn was a little too selfish and Heath was too much of a moody jerk. I'm a total sucker for second chance romances, particularly when the characters had a strong connection when they were younger, as was the case with these two. They didn't make it easy to root for them, honestly. I know they had a complicated history and they'd both experienced a lot of things since they were last together, but there was a little too much angst (paired with too little true emotion), jealousy and controlling behavior for me to become fully invested in their story. I know this review might sound negative, but I want to be clear that I liked the book. The story was well-written and interesting. It held my attention, but I was missing the connection with the characters and the emotions that would have pushed the book to a four star read for me. Overall, I think this was a solid start to a new series and I will be interested in picking up the next book.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.