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A New Adult novel from USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy

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 has told Rory that he’s not good enough for her. 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 seem to stay away from her, and even when Rory knows she should push him away, something about him makes it nearly impossible for her to resist—even though her heart is at stake…

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101623152
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: True Believers , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 146,190
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 44 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award, Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana. 

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True 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt pretty let down by this one. I have read many Erin McCarthy books before and this one just felt very juvenile. I know it was geared to a younger audience than her previous books - but the writing even seemed more juvenile. I was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book, but I couldn't get over the fact that Tyler (the hero) was having on and off sex with the heroine's slutty roommate. Ewwww. I felt that was tasteless and unnecessary.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
True is one of those books that I enjoyed reading, but also wanted to punch from time to time. There are some great things going on here and a lot to enjoy. But. What I didn’t enjoy is that the main character, Rory’s, best friends/roommates decide that all she needs to break out of her introverted shell is to have sex. I mean, I understand thinking that or talking about it amongst yourselves, but these girls decide that the thing to do is to pay a guy to have sex with her. THEY ESSENTIALLY BOUGHT HER A HOOKER. As if that isn’t bad enough, what is far more egregious is that on the night that Rory is sexually assaulted (this isn’t a spoiler, promise) THEY DON’T GO BACK TO THE DORM WITH HER. At this point Rory should have been like YOU ARE THE WORST FRIENDS EVER, WE ARE NEVER EVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER. Because JESUS. Okay. Now that that is over with, let’s talk about the good stuff, shall we? The strength of True is the author, Erin McCarthy’s, understanding of socio-economics and the role they play in romantic relationships. Rory is a smart, if sheltered, college student who wants to be a coroner. She comes from an upper-middle class family and lost her mom at an early age, so she was primarily raised by her introverted father. But, Rory is kind and open-minded, so she’s not really one to judge. Now, it turns out that the guy her awful friends hired to sex her up is Tyler, a tattooed and penis pierced (I don’t know why this is a thing. I just. Whatever.) bad boy from an impoverished and unstable family. His mother is addicted to pain medication and he and his brothers come from different fathers. While Tyler has a don’t-mess-with-me exterior, he cares deeply about his brothers and wants to take care of them. Of course, he and Rory get together in all their star-crossed lover glory. Rory loves Tyler’s commitment to his family and she genuinely cares about his brothers. When she learns that they most likely won’t have a Thanksgiving, she invites them to her house. This is where True shines. Rory’s father’s reaction to Tyler and his brothers is incredibly realistic and believable, as is Rory’s reaction to her father’s reaction. It’s the moment of a father recognizing that he can’t dictate his daughter’s life anymore, but desperately wanting to, and a daughter standing up for herself and her decisions, but still trying to respect her father’s wishes. It’s a gorgeous moment that everyone, at some point, goes through growing up and McCarthy does an excellent job navigating those emotions. Overall, True is a quick, emotional read that explores the ups and downs of a passionate, but difficult relationship in a way that is unflinchingly realistic. Though I didn’t love the reason why Rory and Tyler met, I did love getting to know these characters. If you’re looking for something that is romantic and passionate, but also true to life, definitely consider True.
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Lays down
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Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I definitely have a thing for Erin McCarthy's New Adult books.  She has a way with her characters, and the steamy tension between them, that is so fun to read.  Plus she seems to have such a realistic portrayal of college life that I really love.  These characters were definitely more of what I've come to expect from this author, and I enjoyed them, and the story very much. Rory was someone that I did kind of feel sorry for, but at the same time, I identified with her so well.  Not everyone was the most popular girl at school growing up, and even if you weren't an outcast, everyone had moments in their high school life where they felt like they weren't good enough and couldn't get a guy attracted to save their life.  In this, Rory's background was so real.  And to have her friends care enough about her to try and help her, misguided though their idea was, made me really love them.  The dynamic between her and friends was very nice, and I loved their scenes together. Tyler was definitely a great guy.  I loved his character so much.  He might have been asked to get with Rory to take her virginity, but he had other ideas immediately, and I loved that about him.  The fact that this guy could care about someone the way he did her, after all he went through at home, spoke well of him and made me like him so much more.  Her relationship with him and his brothers was one of my favorite parts of this story. The only issue I had with the story at all wasn't really an issue, more like a pet peeve.  But Rory's father had sort of a stereotypical response to Tyler being in her life.  On the one hand, I found it believable, only because father's do care about their daughters and do want them to excel.  But that the same time, I thought it was a little too predictable.  However, that's the only gripe I had about the story. It was warm, emotional, touching, and I loved it.
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Runs to monster
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This book is awesomeloved it
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Continue! You are the first writer to make a story like this and I am intrigued
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Thus counts as both a yes and no.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept for this book and I was super excited because this was Erin McCarthy's first new adult book.  I'd read many of Erin's adult romances and was sure I was going to love this book too, and I did for the most part. I liked Rory and Tyler.  I thought they were cute together and great for one another.  I just had a hard time getting over the "ick" factor.  Not only is Tyler getting paid by Rory's friends, but he hooks up regularly with Rory's friend Jessica, and Rory knows it!  It felt slightly incestuous even if it wasn't. Beyond that, the book was fast paced and I read it quickly.  I liked how gentle Tyler was with Rory and how hot the sparks were between them.  I wasn't ecstatic with the way Tyler handled things with Rory, but knew he tried his best, so I forgave him.  I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I'm eager to.  I have a feeling they're going to be fun books to read.
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Dear reader, <br> ____ I would love to give a shoutout to ThornClan at 'ite', KitClan at 'kitten cutte', and the new rp at 'o majr'! I will take shoutout requests at 'to shout'! <p> Thornpaw padded calmly through the forest, following a very unwaanted stench. It was like cats and wood, and... <br> She remembered faintly about what her mother had told her... Wuzcan? WoudCalb? <br> "Curiousity killed the cat!" Yowled a voice from a tree. <br> WoodClan! That was it. <br> The cat pounced on her, toppling her over. "WELL WELL WELL. What do we have here? A rouge?" It hissed in her ear. <br> Suddenly, as if the whole of StarClan determined her future, she was filled with the power of a thousand cats and.... the hum of a thriving Clan. She felt as if she was the key to a hidden treasure... as if... She WAS a Clan. <br> She shook the cat off her and pinned it, a growl in her throat. Cats leapt on her, two, and clawed furriously at her. She spun up and shoved their claws into the first one, making all of them yowl from pain and fury. She felt a swelling feeling overcome her, and the moon, previously covered by clouds, came out. It was a giant, bloodstained, full moon, and its red light was shining upon her and only her. <br> The cats yelped and bowwed, making her want to kill them. But she resisted. She could not do this, she just felt it not right. <br> "Go. You are not permitted here anymore." <br> "This is WoodClan territory!" One protested. <br> "No, it is..." <br> "You don't have a Clan, apprentice to a kittypet." This outraged her. <br> "I do! I just..." she turned away. The cats hissed and laughed, bounding away. <p> Her eyes shown, red and bloodshot like the moon. <p> It is a trait that you find in certain cats present day, the last true blood of ThornClan. <p> She heard whispers and voices in her ears, saying &starf<_>Thornclaw, Thornstar, ThornClan, Thornstar, Thornclaw.&starf<_>, as if StarClan was speaking to her. <br> Without any control, she begin to yowl. "I... am.... Thornclaw!" The words sounded so real, so pure, so... true. As if it was her destiny. <p> Without any control over herself, she began to trek on towards the moonstone. She was now in SufferClan territory, who lived in the shadow of a mountain. This was the safest way up, the clearest path. <br> But she didn't know what she was doing, she just knew it must be done. She just knew that wherever she was going was where she was suppose to be. <p> Soon she was at the clearing before the top, GraceClan's territory if her memory was correct. <br> She was lucky to get up this far without an incounter with SufferClan, and GraceClan are supposedly easy fighters, due to nobody attacking them. <p> _ <p> _ <p> (continued with 10 yesses!)
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kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
On first glance True seems a generic NA romance, however by reading further into the novel and learning more about the characters the reader sees that Erin McCarthy has written a NA story far deeper and emotional than the ordinary. It is the average storyline of 'bad boy' (Tyler) meets 'good girl' (Rory) that could make True fail, but then the reader meets Tyler's younger brother's and I felt everything else was insignificant. Not only did this situation reveal another side to Tyler's personality but the reader was able to see a more carefree Rory. Also the most heart-wrenching lines of the book, for me, were when Tyler's brother Jayden was explaining his nickname 'U' . . .&quot;my mom always calls me 'Hey,you' so we shortened it to U.&quot; Yet as Tyler goes on to explain as 'U' he fits their 'TRUE' family tattoo. Erin McCarthy places her characters in very real and emotive situations, in which we as the reader are invited to judge. She encourages us to feel a range of emotions from anger and disgust to sympathy and a need to protect. This book is beautiful for its portrayal of love in its different forms and although the reader has to experience pain along with the characters to get to the end, the journey is worth it. I hope that fans of NA romance will add True to their TBR pile. I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
As a long-time fan of Erin McCarthy, but not yet a fully committed New Adult reader, I was nonetheless very happy to find True on the new release bookstore shelf. I'm a fan, too, of gritty, tormented characters, with tough lives and backgrounds that require strength and courage to overcome. I love the quirkier characters, too, who have broken out of the average Joe and Josephine molds (because love, after all, isn't just for the most beautiful and perfect among us, is it?). Rory Macintosh is a brilliant college student and - sigh - a virgin. Her besties are all party girls, and far more experienced in the hook-up with hotties department but she loves them all. Convinced she's not attractive to guys, she is not prepared for the intensity that is Tyler Mann. In more ways than one. Her comfortable upbringing is a far cry from his fractured family, which includes a drug addict mother, and three brothers - one of whom is Down Syndrome, the other - well, they don't know quite who Easton's father was. Just clearly not their dad. Who is out of the picture as well. Tyler's studying to become an EMT. Rory's going to be a coroner. But she's surprised when he assists her with her literature, which doesn't come as naturally as science does to this geek, and that's just the beginning. She's never been in love. Tyler's played around (including with one of Rory's gal pals). But that's all in the past once Rory enters his life and the two have to navigate their familial differences, and their own expectations when a disaster throws Tyler's world into chaos. And throws Rory into a parental confrontation that may do the same to her life. The sensuality was marvelous. The relationship was edgy and intense and replete with the elevated emotions of young adults navigating the unfamiliar waters of love, lust, responsibility and dashed hopes and expectations. But above all, love and loyalty will be the strength that binds this marvelously rendered couple together - if they can overcome the obstacles fate has thrown in their way. Great 20-something world is brought to life by McCarthy. I absolutely adored the Mann family brothers - different, engaging, each with needs and bound together by the protective Tyler and his older brother Riley. It is a grim, hardscrabble world for these men, but they're going to stick together. And now they have Rory on their side as well. Fantastic romance, lots of conflict, highs, lows, and gritty realism that had me holding on for dear life, and loving every minute of the tempestuous ride. A must read, and my highest accolade &quot;one sitting read&quot;.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her book and this one was no different. Love the bad boy falls for the nerd.
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13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
New series by this author geared to a younger reader, college students? It is about a group of girlfriends who eventually get a guy. This is the first book, I accidentally read it out of order. It is a stand alone book but the other books are connected. This story has a smart girl Rory and her virginity issue. I did not like the idea that her friends and her felt that it was time to lose it. The bad boy guy, Tyler, is offered money to help her lose it. The only reasons he is considered a &quot;bad&quot; guy is because he has tattoos, has a drug addict Mom, is poor, and likes casual sex. He is not mean or abusive and in the end goes to jail for something he did not do. I don't like all the smoking, or the senseless party drinking. I do like that the author gives you insight into the minds of the main characters. I like the emphasis on friendship, family and love conquers all.