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I Belong

Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy

BelieveTitle: Believe

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: True Believers (Book 3)

Publication DateJanuary 21, 2014

Format: Ebook, 239 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-0698148710 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Quick & Dirty: Steamy love story with interesting characters and a good story. It hit a few of my major pet peeves that I’m not a fan of, but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: I spent my sophomore year in college partying.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Robin spent most of her college days partying way too hard. She would get drunk and make out with anyone that was willing. But one night things go too far and she does something unforgiveable. She blacks out and wakes up in bed with one of her best friends’ boyfriend. She is completely ridden with guilt, and decides to not tell anyone what happened because she’s afraid it will just cause more harm. She no longer drinks and has started to avoid everyone until she meets Phoenix.

Phoenix just got out of jail 2 days ago and is crashing at his cousin’s house. With no money, no job, and no future, he knows that he’s not good enough for Robin. He can’t help but be attracted to her sweet smile and easy going personality. She doesn’t care about his messed up past, she just looks towards the future and Phoenix would love to be a part of it. But is it naïve to think that their demons from the past won’t catch up with them and possibly destroy what they have?

Robin was a sweet girl that overall, I really liked. She obviously has made some mistakes, but she is doing everything she can to try and prevent them from ever happening again. I admired her strong will and determination. But I did find it really annoying that she didn’t tell her friend what happened. I realize that added drama, but honestly, I thought it was just stupid and completely unnecessary. With that being said, I did like Robin and getting to know her story.

Phoenix has the looks of a bad boy, but really he is a very good guy. His mother was a drug addict and pretty much his whole childhood was moving from one place to another. He has never had a stable consistent life and he has pretty bad anger issues. But he decided to never follow in his mother’s footsteps, so he has never touched any kind of drugs or alcohol in his life. I really respect him for making his life better and staying optimistic. He was an inspiring character that made me realize how lucky I was growing up.

Believe was a great love story filled with steamy romance and drama. The romance was very insta-love, which made me sad because I thought that it could have been better. I mean they only know each other for a couple days and all the sudden they can’t live without each other. It made their romance feel unrealistic and it made it hard for me to really see them as a couple. Individually, I really liked the characters but together they were just ok. Now with that being said, the story actually did keep me interested and in the end, I did really enjoy it. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a steamy new adult read that is easy and quick to get through.

Notable Scene:

Nodding, I shifted closer to her so that our faces were aligned. She was so beautiful, so sweet, so trusting. I ached with want, the need to touch her greater than my self-control. I needed to see her smile, see her willingness to kiss me. Me. Her eyes, still heavy with sleep, darkened as I watched her, running my fingers down her cheek to her lips.

She knew what I was about to do because her mouth drifted open, so that when I kissed her, she kissed me back. And of course, just to torture me, it felt as good as I had imagined. God. Those lips were plump and soft, and nothing had ever felt so simple and good and important. She gave a little sigh that had me pulling her leg up onto my hip so we could be closer, my other hand buried in her thick hair.

Robin was safe, I wasn’t in a cell, and the kiss was perfect, our bodies pressed against each other, my tongue darting in between her lips. She opened for me without hesitation, and her hips started to rock against mine. Her skin, her breath, were warm, and my hands felt big, covering so much territory on her body at once. Our breathing got heavier, and I was inching under her dress, endorphins or whatever the hell they were called shutting down my ability to think rationally.

Which is exactly how we were when her roommate flung open the door and said, “Robin, sweetie,you awake—oh shit, sorry!”

True Believer’s Series:

1. True

2. Sweet

3. Believe

4. Shatter (June 17, 2014)


FTC Advisory: InterMix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Believe. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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