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(True Believers #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,589 ratings  ·  305 reviews
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 c ...more
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Published October 15th 2013 by InterMix
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

Rating Update: 3.5! Just had some time to think it over...

I took a chance on this book, as it seems to be just the usual NA fluff. I’m really glad I read it since the story totally caught me, but at the same time I got ticked off and frustrated by certain scenes. Hmmmm....never done a review this way before, but I am splitting it into two parts: first half and second half.

But first, some things I LOVED about Jessica:

-She's REAL. Yeah, she sure can be annoying and bratty but
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit I wasn’t sure I’d end up enjoying Sweet because it centered on Jessica, one of Rory’s friends I met in True. My opinion of her wasn’t very high, so I was pleasantly surprised that the story sucked me in so completely.

Jessica Sweet is the stereotypical “preacher’s daughter” in that when she got out from under her parents home, she partied and had casual hookups galore to the point she’s slept with a lot of her guy friends without any sort of strings attached. Jessica doesn’t want an
Sarah Elizabeth
This was an NA contemporary romance with a very slow build up.

Jessica was an okay character, and I understood why she didn’t want to go home to her parent’s house for the summer, even if I didn’t like the way she lied.

The storyline in this was about Jessica staying at a friend’s house for a week over the summer, and slowly falling in love with Riley (the owner of the house). The romance in this was extremely slow building though, and I did get a little inpatient.

The ending to this was okay and
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"I'm not backing down until you talk to me."

"What?" I asked, cupping my hand to my ear. "I can't hear you over the flapping sound of my loose vagina."

The corner of his mouth lifted, and he almost laughed. "Is that what that noise is?" he asked. "I thought it was the air conditioner."

I am weary of the NA genre because of the repetitive cliches (the heroine with the BIG, TRAUMATIC, PAST, the manwhore who gets the virgin, the slut-shaming, the TSTL characters, etc).

What a wonderful, refreshi
Initial reaction: I need to think about my reflections on this a bit. I actually did end up reading this (curse my curiosity and completionist tendencies). It was about how I expected it to be. Jessica was a pretty insufferable character, but there were elements of potential in the story here. Quite a few issues, though. It was only marginally better than "True", but not by much. To be honest, after reading "Believe" - I don't know if it was better or worse. Probably on the same level.

Full revie
Another very enjoyable read from Erin McCarthy. This is the second book from the True Believers series and I am caught up in this series very happily! I am just loving it. The first book was "True" and it was about Tyler Mann and Rory. In that installment we meet Tyler's brothers: Riley,Eastern, and Jayden aka U! The brothers names spell the word True, and so far the bros that are of age,each have a tattoo with the word "True" on them. They are fiercely loyal, and they have been given a really h ...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

I'm torn. I loved- I mean love love loved Rory and Tyler's story. I knew There was a good possibility that Jessica and Riley's story wasn't going to live up to the first books awesomeness for me. It ALMOST did. I have to say, Erin McCarthy once again gave me some great non-typical characters. Last time it was Rory who broke the NA heroine mold. This time it was Riley who was nothing like any other NA hero I've ever read. I mean seriously knocked me on my ass. He was not at all who I expected him
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review may contain SPOILERS!
I can't believe it took me this long to continue with this series. The second book was even better than the first one, and I really liked the first one! I can see this continuous theme in Erin McCarthy's books about alpha-male-love-interests that have a loyal, low-key romantic streak, such as Riley. He was absolutely such a hero, and Tyler as well, but I actually thought that Riley was a much more interesting person to read about, just because everything you woul
Ash Wednesday
I started climbing Riley, trying to get over him to the free side of the bed. We were a tangle of limbs, my balance off as we rocked slightly. "Why are we moving? OMG, is this a waterbed? Who the hell has waterbeds?"

"People whose mothers were fourteen in the eighties and in love with hair bands."

Yeah, I can't give this a 4 despite the LOL moments Erin McCarthy gave me with this one.

I remember liking the first book in this series, True, because the heroine in that one reminded me of m
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 stars.

This is the first time that I've read anything by Erin McCarthy, and I loved this book! Sweet had everything I love about New Adult--snarky girl, hot guy, and problems that are realistic for someone in their age group.

Jessica Sweet lies to her parents about working with a Christian missions group so she doesn't have to go home and live under their thumbs over the summer. Her dilemma? She has a week-long gap between when she has to move out of the dorms and into the apartment she subl
Erin V
I hated the main character. She is annoying and a coward
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Penguin via NetGalley

So I'm really starting to like this series and these Mann boys. All of them.

For Jessica she is a girl who used sex as way to have connections without emotional attachments.

She is able to do this until she has to put up with the one person who annoys her and stirs up emotions she's not familar with.

Riley Mann is a man full of loyalty and love for his family which doesn't leave much time for anything else until the biggest pain in his ass
Paula  Phillips
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

Again, another series that I have read out of order but lucky for me, series like these tend to be stand-alone novels, so it doesn't matter what order you read them. Reading Sweet by Erin McCarthy, in a way, I was able to connect on a personal level with the main character Jessica Sweet about some things, others not so much. Jessica Sweet grew up in a home of a strict religious family where her Dad is a Preacher and has got a plan for her. To go to University and study Religious studies and then
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Sweet is the second book in the True Believers series. It can be read as a standalone. The narrator is Jessica (Rory's roomie from the first book).

Sweet is a New Adult contemporary romance and follows Jessica Sweet. She is on her summer vacation from college and finds herself without a place to stay for a week.

We met Jessica in True. She is a Preacher's daughter and her parents think that she is a good girl. However that isn't really who she is and she did sleep around a bit in the first book.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.

4.5 stars

I've come to realize something about this genre and it's readers. Everyone has a different thing they look for when it comes to romance novels. Some of us live for hot sex scenes, some of us require action in the plots, some of us go for damaged heroes, some of us like kink, some of us want it to be sappy, and some of us specifically seek out guys in kilts. And then there's that whole group that likes to read about having
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
The fact that I really enjoyed True is still a surprise to me. I didn't expect to enjoy it that much, but I did. Very much so. When I got to the end of the book, there was a sneak peek at the sequel--Sweet. Imagine my surprise when one of my favorite characters--Riley--popped up there ;) Heh. It wasn't that unexpected though, because Jessica and Riley were already planning on living together despite their obvious attraction hate towards each other.

"I didn't go to prom," Riley said.
"You didn't mi
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is going to be rated in parts.
he writing and actual story – 5+ solid stars. Erin McCarthy’s writing is smooth and flows. Erin McCarthy knows how to put words on paper. She is an awesome story teller!

My connection to the characters – 4 Stars. Jessica ends up moving in with Riley for one week while she is waiting to move into an apartment. Riley and Jessica do not get along. They ignore or barely say two each other unless they have to and if they do talk to each other they are usually n
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Let me start by saying, I'm easily sucked in to a cheap book on Google Play, because I can read it on my phone and I like having books with me wherever I go. I had read the first book in this series True, and even though I didn't love it, this had higher reviews so I thought I'd give McCarthy another chance since I've like her romances so much in the past.
After reading it, I have to ask: who is giving this book 4 stars? I don't get it. I'm all for trash and fluff and frivolous feel-goo
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since it is unfair to give a book a perfect rating, I have to give this one 4.9 stars; it had me hooked from the beginning and I could not put it down until the very end!

The main reason this book (actually, this whole series) had me so hooked is because of how real it is. There were so many elements of this book that relate to my life and my views; from Jessica's relationship with her parents, to Riley's views on relationships, both of their personalities, and then mixing college drama in - this
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't know how to rate this and I wonder why it has this many 5 star reviews!

I ended up giving this 2 stars .There were more than a few reason for not rating it higher.
There was no plot!!! Nothing! They spend a few weeks together and discussed their parents ,siblings and renovated a kitchen and he asked her to marry him and that was that!! Well he got jealous and angry a few time and broke a few things ,too! The best way to describe this books is childish.

It was also a bit on the preachy side
Probably 2.5 stars

Not something I would read again. I think I will stick to this author's more adult books rather than the NA series. Although since I started reading this series I will probably finish it but I enjoy her adult series much more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wasn't impressed. I didn't really care for either Jessica or Riley, which meant that their 'love story' didn't really do it for me. I enjoyed the first book in this series much, much more. :( ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Just a cute and sweet story:))
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “Never ask someone to tell you who you are. You tell them.”

Jessica Sweet doesn’t want to go home to her uber religious parents for the summer but her sublet won’t be available for her to move into for a week. When she is unable to stay with a friend, her nemesis, the sexy cocky Riley Mann, offers her a place to stay with him.

Riley has enough going on with trying to keep custody of his younger brothers, he doesn’t need a
Kami Dodson-Perry
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jessica has no idea who she really is. She is the good girl hoping to please everyone by being perfect at home. She is the party girl/slut on campus. But Jessica is none of those things. She really just wants to make her own decisions and figure out her life and her happiness.

Jessica lies to her parents about being involved in building houses in WV for the summer. Jessica does not want to go home and face the perfect image she is supposed to uphold. But when her new apartment won't be ready for
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My Thoughts:

I adored True, the first book in the True Believers Series, and have been highly anticipating Sweet. In True, we got Rory and Tyler's story, and were introduced to Tyler's family, Rory's friends, and an overall great cast of secondary characters. In Sweet, we get Tyler's older brother, Riley's and Rory's good friend, Jessica's story. I absolutely LOVED Sweet! Ms. McCarthy really dug deep with her main character's. Not only were they fully developed, but they took on a life of their
Miranda Owen
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 2 in this author’s “True Believers” series. I liked the previous book, but I almost enjoyed this one a little more because of the two main characters in this story – Jessica Sweet and Riley Mann. The first book in this series was about Riley’s brother Tyler and Jessica’s friend Rory. The Mann brothers have had a hard time growing up. There was never much money around, and the only parent who was even remotely around was their negligent druggie mom. Now that she’s dead, Riley – the o ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 5 swoony stars Loved it. This story made my heart flutter, made me feel so happy, and made me fall in love with these characters. While I really liked the first book in the series, True, I enjoyed this one so much more and found the romance to be so much deeper.

Plot, Setting, Pacing and Style: This installment of the True series is about
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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It's been awhile since I read the first book in Erin McCarthy's True Believer's series, True. Nine months, actually. I've meant to get caught up on the series, and recently, my good blogger friend, Hannah, was talking about the fourth book in the series, Shatter, and it inspired me to pick it back up. I read through SWEET in about a day - it was difficult to put down. And, it didn't take me long to remember everything that had happened in the first book, so once I started, I was good to go.

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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“I'm not backing down until you talk to me."

"What?" I asked, cupping my hand to my ear. "I can't hear you over the flapping sound of my loose vagina."

The corner of his mouth lifted, and he almost laughed. "Is that what that noise is?" he asked. "I thought it was the air conditioner.”
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