Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy


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…


“I’m no good for you. And you’re no good for me. But we’re going to do this anyway, aren’t we?”

Robin made a terrible mistake at the beginning of Believe, which resulted in her swearing off drinking and all partying. A girl who was both confident, as well as a party animal, became a recluse to the world around her. That is, until she met Phoenix.

Phoenix has his own problems. He has recently just gotten out of jail and doesn’t even have a penny to his name. Growing up with an addict of a mother, he has never known what love was, much less someone who actually cared.

Both these beautifully broken souls together scream “terrible idea” but along the way, they both learn how to love not only each other, but themselves.

“I’m alive; I’ve got my freedom, a job, two bucks in my pocket, and a beautiful woman who sees something in me.”

Believe is told from a dual pov and is the third book in the True Believer series. I feel like I know these characters as if they are my own family. Being able to see them in all their glory and mishaps has truly been gratifying.

Robin and Phoenix both have etched themselves into my heart like no other. I enjoyed seeing how sweet Phoenix was, not only to Robin, but those around him. He is an honest to goodness amazing man. Robin is just as wonderful as him. She is kind, loyal (despite prior circumstances,) and she sees the good in everyone.

Believe is a sexy yet emotional story about what is means to forgive, love and to be unafraid of what lies ahead. Leave the past in the past, and look forward to the future.

“The future for me was already a thing of the past.” -Phoenix

4 stars

Expected publication date January 21,2014 

*Thank you to Penguin via NetGalley for providing me with a review copy for an honest review

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