Monday, August 18, 2014

Sweet by Erin McCarthy ~ Review

 By Erin McCarthy


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… 


Sweet is a great New Adult book. The characters are…normal and believable. I liked Jessica and Riley. They played off of each other really well.
To avoid returning Jessica told a lie to her parents. Unfortunately, there was a week lapse between moving out of the dorm and into her new sublet apartment. In desperation, and at the insistence of her best friend Rory, Jessica agrees to stay at the Mann brothers’ house. But when you don’t have any other option, a dump in the not so nice part of town becomes a viable option. Besides, it’s only a week, right? What could possibly happen?

Ummm Riley Mann happens. In short Riley is YUMMY. He’s not rich. He doesn’t own a fancy car. There’s no trust fund to win back. For Riley life is just getting by and trying to keep his brothers together. Growing up with a drug addict for a mother, taught Riley to depend on himself. He works hard and takes care of his brothers. That’s it. He doesn’t hang out in bars. He doesn’t party. He’s a normal guy trying to make ends meet.

The chemistry between Jessica and Riley is sweet. Their relationship is genuine. Watching the two of them flirt with each other, argue with each other, helping each other, and falling for each other is cute. It sounds like it may be bland compared to all of the other books out there trying to top each other, but it works so much better than the billionaire that sees the virgin girl on the first day of college.

As soon as I finished Sweet, I immediately downloaded Believe, which is the next book in the series. I can’t wait for the next book, Shatter. I’m going to read True, the first book in the series, just because I’ve liked it so much.
If you’re looking for a hot, sweet book about people you won’t want to strangle every other page, pick up Sweet and start reading. Even if you aren’t looking for the afore mentioned criteria, you should still pick up this series and start reading now.

Reviewed by Liz.

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