Thursday, March 13, 2014

Swoon Thursday ~ 3/13/14 & Review

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Source:  Received eBook copy from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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…

Every picture shown here is a part of the story Believe.

 My Thoughts:

5 stars - Adore Phoenix!

First Impressions...

I love this series! Loved True and Sweet and couldn't wait to read Believe. 

The Characters...

Robin changes a lot in this story.  She blacks out while drinking and wakes up in bed with her best friends boyfriend.  Totally devastated that she could do something like that, she stops drinking, partying and dressing for attention.  Her guilt and emotions are turned into her art and Phoenix.  I loved seeing her grow from the mistake.  She could have ignored it and kept going but she took pause and handled her pain in a grown up way.  I was very impressed with her.

I adore Phoenix.  He's not a fan of his name but I am.  I love different names and he certainly rises from the ashes as his namesake.  Both of these characters are named after birds and it's interesting how that plays into their relationship.  I love that they have both made mistakes but give each other space about it.  I love how Phoenix tries to not be hurt by his mom or Robin but he really does have a bleeding heart.  He's sexy, fierce, determined and happy.  I like that he can find that happiness even though most people would fail to see it in his circumstances.

The Story...

Together these two are magical.  Never did I feel like they were at risk.  The story was never about losing each other but healing each other.  Adorable - these two are just adorable.

This idea of them them being so right for each other really drives this story.  Their relationship happens quickly but easily...comfortably.  They are hot together.  They belong to each other.  Even when things are rough..and they do get rough...they still belong to each other.  Mine.  That's how they think of each other even when they are upset with each other.  I liked that.

Could I Put It Down...

I didn't want to.  This story came while I was dealing with the lose of my puppy.  I didn't want to think about what could have happened to him so I got stuck in a book.  This book took me to a world where I didn't think about anything but Phoenix and Robin.  

In The End...

If you have read the first two, then this one must be next.  This is my favorite of the series for sure.  If you haven't met the bad boys of the True Believers series, you must.  Tattoos, mistakes, sex, and love make this series so, so good.  Anyone who enjoys New Adult needs to read this series.

The Series ~ True Believers

 About the author:

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


  1. I haven't read this series yet, but you are making me want to pick it up. It sounds so good and I loved that swoon!

  2. Oh, my! I need to meet Mr. Phoenix ... That was a great swoon! I will definitely check out this series ;)

    Happy Thursday!

    Mikki @A Bookish Escape

    My Swoon

  3. I love the block you created with pictures and the swoon -- so cool! Beautiful swoon too!!

    Um, I love the title of this book! Wonderful swoon -- I so want to read this!

    My Swoon

    Eva @ All Books Considered

  4. I haven't read this series and trying to remember if I've read anything by this author but it looks like I need to check her out ASAP. Thanks for sharing and here's My Swoon :)

  5. Sigh... I loved Pheonix!! He was a great guy to swoon over! Awesome pick Val!

    Here's My Swoon!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. I stopped at True - I kind of disliked that book a lot. I'm glad you've been enjoying the series! Great swoon choice - sounds wonderful ;)

    Check out my swoon post!

  7. I love this series, and have read every book in it that's out! I agree, it is the best of the series so far. I loved how comfortable Robin and Phoenix were together as well, and how they healed one another. They were a team! Great Review and Swoon! I love how you made the swoon in to a picture teaser!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Great swoon! I will definitely give this series a try.