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(True Believers #1)

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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 pr
ebook, 222 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Pre-read comments: I often ask myself what am I getting myself into, and often the answer is I don't know, but I'm doing it anyway.

I'll admit I have exceedingly low expectations for this book.

Post-read comments: I think I still had some hope that this would be different than the usual cliched New Adult book, but alas, it wasn't to be. Same script, different cast, full of stupid. The thing that surprises me is that I've heard Erin McCarthy's a well known author in her respective genre. I've never
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I was beyond pleasantly surprised by this book. I’ve read Erin McCarthy’s Fast track series and really enjoyed it.

However, I’m always nervous when an author changes genres – even if it’s as simple as Contemporary Romance to New Young Adult.

I skimmed the blurb before reading and honestly expected the same ol’ same ol’. It seemed like an overdone New YA plotline, college age virgin falls for bad boy. And, in the end, I guess it was the same basic plot line I’ve read dozens of times, except that
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
True ended up being more of a deep story that the blurb implies. I have to admit the first paragraph of the description had me cringing, but reading on I thought this story might have potential. Seeing Jenny’s excellent review @Supernatural Snark spurned me on to pick this up sooner rather than later, and I’m so happy I did!

Rory is a smart, logical, socially inept girl used to keeping people at arm’s length. She’s more comfortable with a book than with a living, breathing person. That’s until s
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I will start by saying that I only read this because I got it for free and I wanted to be able to offer a counterpoint to what I saw as a determination to sweep the book's problematic elements under the rug and dismiss its critics as oversensitive. I didn't start it with an open mind: based on the first chapter posted at Dear Author, I fully expected to not only dislike the book, but to hate it. In the end, the book proved so unenjoyable for me that I couldn't finish it.

What made it so unenjoyab
Oh, the angst! And such shallow characters. This was a meh read for me 1.5-2 stars.

There’s a new genre in town and it’s called New Adult. Now, New Adult is supposed to encompass the coming of age stories, stories about college-aged kids, and the like. It’s supposedly for readers who have graduated from the traditional young adult fare and who are looking for a little bit more. Perhaps they are looking for all those “firsts” when someone goes away to college, experiencing freedom for the first t
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Actual rating: 2.5 cheesy stars

Upon reflection, if I had read this book first before the second one, I never would've read Sweet (True Believers, #2) by Erin McCarthy. Jessica is just...blah in here.
I have been pleasantly surprised by this book, and I can't wait to continue reading this wonderful series. "True" is book one in the True Believer series, and it is about Rory and Tyler.

Rory is a shy virgin who has kept herself shut off from people for most of her life. She is in college now and her roomates (unknowingly to Rory) pay a guy named Tyler Mann to have sex with her. Tyler is a popular guy, but has had an extremely hard home life with his drug addict mother. He has been mostly respon
Duchess Nicole
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of college age NA with heart
I really like this author, and have since she was a newbie. I like how her books tend to be a bit more explicit than a lot of contemporary authors, so I was curious how she'd handle toning it down for an NA read. Overall, the story was great. It tugs on your heartstrings a little bit. Tyler's brothers and their home life are a tough thing to read about, especially considering one of them has Downs Syndrome. I love that the author included a special needs kid that was fairly high functioning and ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
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Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: college
An okay read. I think all these NA books have a similar storylines as I’ve read a lot of them and now I think it’s getting a little boring for me.

If you haven’t read any NA books then you’d probably love this because the story-line isn’t that bad but it’s just not unique from others.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Surprising Stars

It’s not often that my expectations for a book and how much I’m going to enjoy it are not only met but exceeded. I’m picky like that. I wasn’t expecting much from True so to say I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it would be an understatement.

Rory Macintosh is a 20 year old virgin who’s convinced herself she’s unattractive and weird simply because no guy has ever taken the time to get to know her. In reality Rory’s my favorite kind of person, maybe because I’m nothing like h
Heather 'Bookables'
This was my second new adult book and I have to say it's been my favorite so far. I really enjoyed Rory's character as well as Tyler. They were both very likable. I enjoyed reading Rory's thoughts and how she handled things with maturity. Who doesn't love a bad boy either? Tyler was an extremely sweet one at that! He never registered in my mind as the bad boy but I love how he was portrayed.
The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the ending. I like the ending but it felt rushed. I wa
Ash Wednesday

This book was refreshingly easy to read but is giving me a hard time reviewing because certain aspects of Rory's character hit a little too close to home. Not the present version of myself, but had I read this once upon a college semester I would've been thoroughly suspicious which of my friends wrote this. I never really liked that version of me, but that doesn't mean I understand her any less now.

"That pathetic, hopeless wanting. The desire for what you want but can't have. The ne
Michelle [Helen Geek]
04/07/2013 --

Overall Rating = 2.5
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 3.5 = 3.75 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2.5 Stars
Character Development = 3.5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars [An ARC, but will probably be around $7 Amazon]

There may be spoilers in the review.
Well, that was interesting... I guess everyone is trying to get on the New Adult train? I have to tell you, Erin McCarthy is a bit hit and miss for me. I loved her Fast Track series, but when I've tried to r
Elizabeth (Liz)
3.5 Stars

-The Story-
Rory Macintosh is a highly studious good girl who has never been with a guy. When her college roommates get a hold of this bit of news, they secretly decide to hire 'bad boy' Tyler Mann to help Rory rid herself of her virginity. Tyler is from a bad part of town and an equally bad family. He's trying to become an EMT in order to have the means necessary to get custody of his younger brothers. Rory and Tyler get close for no reason other than they are drawn to one another. They
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch war wirklich sehr schön!!! Finde es sehr gut dass sich die Liebe zwischen Rory & Tyler langsam entwickelt hat! Nur das Ende kam irgendwie sehr plötzlich...
Laura Lovely
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Rory is a 20-year-old pre-med student. She’s naturally introverted, super smart, and socially awkward. And she’s a virgin. When tall, dark and tatted bad boy Tyler Mann starts paying her some attention, she is immediately suspicious.

“There was no way Tyler Mann was interested in me. He wasn’t. He wouldn’t be.”

She is convinced there is no way someone like Tyler could actually be interested in her. She soon discovers there’s more to Tyler than meets the eye and she starts falling
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
My inner geek had several 'nergasm' moments while reading. Like how often do you run across human variation sexual instinct theories in your everyday book? I was able to connect to Rory's geeky mind and anyone who loves 'bad boys should have zero problem falling for Tyler. He's definitely got a man-whore, bad boy allure.

But... there's always a 'but'... I did have a few bones to pick with this book. Bone #1: the end. Fear not, though it seems to be headed for cliffhanger city, you will get your d
Lina Lovegood
Ich fand es hat einfach etwas an Tiefe gefehlt. Eine ausführliche Rezension gibt es auf meinem Blog
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed reading this one.... ending was a bit rushed for my tastes though.

looking forward to the next book!
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

I had no idea this book was in the New Adult genre when I started reading it. In fact, I didn't even know the genre existed until...well, until I went to write this review a few minutes ago and had to look it up. Evidently, New Adult is for those kids who are just starting out in life.
I use the term kids, because I'm old past the age of, ahem, being a kid.
Out of high school, starting college, or just on their own for the first time. They're new at being adult
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

Heartbreaking story. How life can take a turn. TRUER!

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Rory is a shy girl generally. On a night at her friends boyfriends' house she is rescued by Tyler from an unpleasant situation. Tyler, our hottie, is a couple of years older and training to be an EMT.

Despite their different lifestyles, they seem to fit well together. The story line has enough twists and turns to grasp your attention and make you finish the book in one sitting.

A nice read.

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My Tyler

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Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really quick and good book! This is a fast read for inbetween, which does not necessarily mean it's not a good book, because it is! The story has different main topic's, which give us another not-so-perfect view of the world, and that is really interesting to read about. Rory is a person i can deeply relate to, not only is she a introvert like me, but she also has to have a more deeper connection to a person to really get intimate. She is more of a realist, while Tyler is a struggeling 22-year ...more
Because I'm literally the last of my close friends to read True, I'm going to be brief.

Now that I've read two books in the True Believers series, I will say that it is a fantastic series. No hesitation. I love that True was more than it seems from the description, that it wasn't simply the story of the bad boy and the virgin. It wasn't a sexual awakening or frivolous at all. True is a love story, pure and simple, of a two people who are near opposites, but fit together so very perfectly.

Tyler a
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True was a New Adult book I looked forward to. Why? Well, several of my friends loved it. Many of my friends respect and like this author. I'd heard this was different from the usual New Adult book. I'd heard so many things about this, people claiming it would be different from my previous experience with the New Adult genre.

To all my friends who liked this: sorry, but I'm the black sheep once again.

True did not sit well with me. At what point did my interest dwindle? At 5%,
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Source: A review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley

New Adult has been a self-publishing phenomenon, so it’s interesting to see what the big publishers are going to do with it. In that regard, True is an interesting addition to the sub-genre (?), and it successfully portrays the themes and subjects of NA. Unfortunately, there were other aspects in which the story wasn't as successful.

Rory is a bit of a nerd, so of course she’s a virg
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!

Loved this story, was a different type of read from Erin and I must say I was not disappointed!!

The heroine is Rory, although she is a 20 year old virgin (and you might think, oh no not another one), this book is far from the norm. She is super intelligent, extremely honest but also has no self esteem, even though others think she is gorgeous she cannot see it herself. Her mum died when she was young and she was brought up by her father. He did the best he could and they have a very clo
Mar 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU NETGALLY AND BERKLEY!!!! This book is up on Netgalley for ANYONE to read and review!!!!!! SCORE!!!!!! Been DYING to read this book and now i can!!!!!
This was an all right book for me. There were parts that I really liked and parts that I didn’t care so much for. True follows the story of Rory, nerdy college girl virgin who gets set up by her roommates with “bad boy” Tyler. By set up, I mean her roommates pay Tyler to take her virginity. In their delusional minds, they think this will boost Rory’s confidence and give her the courage she needs to put herself out there. Since this is a contemporary romance, of course Rory and Tyler fall in love ...more
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