Sexy Sundays: Erin McCarthy Edition - True (and) Sweet

Sexy Sundays is a weekly feature on Nawanda Files where our romance expert will provide mini-reviews for the hottest New Adult and crossover titles in the genre.

by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #1
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Release Date:  May 7th, 2013
Source: Publisher/Netgalley
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 knows he’s not good enough for Rory. 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 resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

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…


Edgy, remarkable, New Adult Romance where the main character in college is a virgin! And her roommates decide she needs a little help so they pay the local bad boy to “fix” the situation. With roommates like that who needs enemies right?  Rory is the 20-year-old virgin, premed major, who has not found any guy worth “it.”

Rory’s mom died when she was very young, and she was raised by her Father who lacked all social skills. He was a college professor and extremely introverted after his wife passed. Rory and her father are close and Skype weekly while she's at college. They discuss her classes and extracurricular activities because he wants her to socialize more and meet more people…Must be because he is in a relationship and realizes how inadequate he was at helping her at this part of her life.

Ok, all of this makes Rory sound really boring when she is not at all!!! She's snarky and funny -- overall, she's smart, and I love that about her. Her roommates are the polar opposite, but she goes with the flow doing her own thing -- except for one night after one too many beers...

With the whole slip of Rory's V-card intact, the roomies begin the Rory crusade. They pick Tyler Mann, local bad boy who has actually hooked up with Jessica one of the roommates.

Tyler is rough, comes from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak. He is one of 4 brothers, and his Mother is addicted to Oxycodone and any other mind-altering drugs she can get her hands on. Rory intrigue’s Tyler even though he accepted money to take her “V." We learn his true feelings and thoughts -- which makes it much easier to connect to him, even if his actions seem deplorable.

Tyler’s campaign to woe Rory was awesome.

He decided to tutor her in English, and she could tutor him in Anatomy. Rory was hopeless with fiction because of her scientific approach she just could not adjust to reading for enjoyment and trying to reason why people feel the way they feel lol.

As for Tyler, he has an amazing capacity to love -- as shown with his coarse love of his younger brothers they swear, spit, and burp… all the manly things.

Tyler and Rory take their time to get together. I LOVE THAT! Thank you Erin McCarthy.

This is WHY I read romance!!!! I could not get enough of the True family. Rory was like this rare monarch that floated on the fringe and baked these incredible cookies for boys that never had homemade anything :(

Life sucks, so the book had quite a few twists and turns about real life addiction and overdose. Life changes from choices that are not always ours.

Join me after the short jump for the review of Sweet in the True Believers Series by Erin McCarthy.

5 Romantic Kisses for Erin McCarthy’s True

by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #2
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Release Date:  October 15th, 2013
Source: Publisher/Netgalley
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…


Meet Jessica -- a girl who lied about building houses in Appalachia so that she didn’t have to be a volunteer in her father’s church. Jessica didn’t understand why you couldn’t wear shorts in the summer and knew she could never live up to her parent’s standards of moral code. So she lied and said she was doing community service and would not make it home for the summer break.

Now all she needed was a place to crash for a few days until her apartment was ready…

Meet Riley Mann -- resident unattached jerk-off. He actually said he’d rather have a relationship with his hand because it wouldn’t expect him to text fifty-thousand times the next day, or something along those lines. Riley and Jessica have never got along and when Riley’s brother, Tyler, invites Jessica over his house for the week she agrees before she realizes Riley will be there at night. The Mann house is in the seedier area of the city, and of course Jessica has never lived without air conditioning. It was a shock for Jessica to get used to the heat.

They engaged in a war of windows and air fresheners, which was fun.

Jessica was doing double major Interior Design and Religious Studies, one for herself and the other to appease her parents -- who thought she would make a wonderful wife to one of their ministers after college with her dual degree.

Jessica knew it was only a matter of time before she would be cut off from the family completely -- funds and ties -- and she was just trying to stretch the time. She knew she was going to disappoint them with her choices, but in order for her to live her own life, she would have to leave theirs.

The “makeover” began one day because Jessica wanted to do something nice for the Mann family for letting her stay at the house. Riley was not happy about it, but he thought it was about charity at first. Jessica started in the dingy kitchen and ended up doing most of the house by the end of the week with a lot of help from Riley. The social worker who was scheduled to visit was a big motivating factor for all, the two youngest brothers were underage and Riley was trying to keep the family together.

The chemistry between Jessica and Riley was smokin’ hot! 

Riley talked the talk but was all about the slowdown, while Jessica just wanted to jump his bones now. And there is a little twist with Tyler that should keep you reading. It may frustrate you or be a turn-off -- so be warned.

I’m giving Erin McCarthy’s Sweet 3 sweet kisses because she has amazing dialogue and develops the characters so that I feel that I’m part of their lives. That’s what I’m looking for when reading. But definitely not as good as True -- the characters just weren't as likable in Sweet. I think some readers may have a hard time connecting to Jessica because she's such the anti-heroine that we often see. There tends to be more books about the perfect, shy girls who have almost everything figured out except boys. Jessica is pretty different from that mold, and she takes some getting used to. But in the end, McCarthy delivers another refreshing NA Romance.


  1. Haha. Joseph Morgan gifs always make me smile :) I'm glad you enjoyed these two. I loved True quite a bit since it wasn't over the top and managed to make me laugh quite a lot. I'm glad that Riley and Jessica have tons of chemistry since I was rooting for them even in True so I just can't wait for their book :) Lovely reviews, Tracey!

  2. Ooh! Nice. :) I saw Sweet on NetGalley but decided against getting it because I wanted to read the first one in the series first. Looks like they can be read separately though. They both sound well-written, and adorable, so I might have to bump them up the TBR list! ;)

  3. Sounds like two amazing New Adult books with well developed romances! I love how in both books, there is chemistry between the two. The blurb for True sounds a bit lame but at least the main character has a good head on her :) Will have to pick these up!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  4. Hah great meme! I don't read much NA because of sexual content but thanks for sharing! <33

  5. I have heard of True and honestly it sounded too typical and same old story that I didn't even try to read it. I should do that though. I had no idea that there was a sequel though. When did that happen. Anyhow too bad it wasn't as good as the first one. Great reviews :)

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed TRUE, Tracey! Personally, that book was more than a little disappointing, because I felt that it fell into the stereotype NA category: bad boy with a troubled past and studious girl who has no boyfriend meet, and zing. Drama after drama after drama. You're right about the romance taking its time, though. I really appreciated that part, even if I didn't enjoy the rest.

    "I could not get enough of the True family." - I know! Another thing I liked about this was that Tyler's family was actually PRESENT, and even though it was broken, it was easy to sense the love between the brothers, and that's what family is for: love.

    I didn't know there was sequel, though. I'm guessing that this Jessica is Rory's roommate, right? (My book amnesia is kicking in >.<) Even though I doubt I'll be reading SWEET, I'm happy that it worked out well for you, despite some flaws. Sizzling chemistry is always a major plus, because who doesn't like feeling swoony?! I think it would be quite refreshing to read things from Jessica's POV, since she's an "anti-heroine," like you said. She doesn't have the right morals, and she isn't afraid to do the wrong stuff, but still. It's understandable why you didn't like her or Riley much.

    Great reviews, Tracey!