Sweet (True, #2) - Erin McCarthy Title: Sweet

Series: TRUE bk 2

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: New Adult

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…

Thoughts: Erin McCarthy has been a hit and miss author for me. I loved her Vegas Vampire's series, and didn't like her Fast Track series. So when I was sent Sweet I thought what the heck, maybe I will like this story. I couldn't have been more wrong. I didn't like the story I loved the story.

I didn't read True so I was new to this story and the people in it, and that was okay because the couple that were in TRUE were in this story only briefly.

Riley has got to be one of the best heroes I've read. He doesn't have a job saving or protecting people, he never went to college and is on the verge of losing his house. Not your typical hero material. What makes him a hero is that for him family comes first. Everything he does is for his younger brothers.

Jessica is a character that I had to warm up to because of her attitude, but once I did I really liked her. She's at a place in her life where she doesn't know what she wants other than what she currently has. Her course of study was determined by her parents, and they are very different from who she is.

Riley and Jessica shouldn't work because of who they are but they do. She doesn't take his shit, and he gets her. When he screws up, because he's a guy and it's a given he will she owns it and immediately sets out to fix it. There is so much I loved about this book it's probably easier for me to list them.

The don't immediately fall into bed and have sex. In fact this is a point of frustration for Jessica and adds some awesome angst.
Even when Jessica thinks she hates Riley she wants to help him get custody of his youngest brother.
Jessica drives Riley up the wall but when she's in need of place to stay he steps up and gives her a place.
I loved their fights, they were perfect for who they are.
Did I mention I love Riley. He really does it for me and he's nothing like any of the heroes I typically love.

I'm officially hooked on this series and can't wait for the next book to come out. Sweet is on my top NA reads of the year.

Grade A