Wednesday, June 11, 2014

REVIEW ~You Make Me by Erin McCarthy~

Title: You Make Me
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Release Date: April 17, 2014

My Rating: 3.75 Stars
The guy she wants…
Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…
Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

**SPOILERS as to who she ends up with, just couldn't do my review justice without proof**
You Make Me is one of those conundrum books for me. There was a TON of things I loved about it, and just one major things I could have dealt without. So here's a good, bad, and overall review-

I love the premise of this book. Misunderstood reason for leaving. All consuming love. Can't fight the attraction even after four years. I ate it up. Heath and Cat are as magnetic as any couple I have ever read. They are clearly two parts of one whole and nothing and no one can stand in their way of a second chance. Heath in all his brooding army man attitude is such a turn-on. He's alpha, and sweet. In bed and out of bed. Got to love a versatile hero. He also has his standards, and expects people to reach them. He's done being the kid that gets thrown into foster home after foster home. He's taking the lead in his life and will leave ANYONE behind who can't support and love him like he deserves. The sex. I mean, hello? Can you say steamy and yummy? It's blistering when Heath and Cat get together. The dynamic is never the same. There's such a wide range of sexual encounters- rough, loving, hasty, consuming, etc. The author made me feel like it was their first time every single time. It always had that captivating aspect to it. Which is rare. Let me be honest for a second, I love romance and erotica as much as the next book junkie. However, sometimes I skip the sex because it's so mundane and repetitive. You Make Me had the good, steamy scenes that accented the storyline perfectly. 

My biggest complaint for this book is Cat. Sometimes I loved her and she had good reasonings. However, there was a good portion of the book I just wanted to throttle her. She would overreact, and truthfully she treated Ethan like crap and he deserved better. If she had crossed that moral line, I would have set the book aside. However, the author played her cards very strategically and never made that rush to the dark side for Cat. Which I wholeheartedly appreciate. However, there is still the matter of her treating others the way that she wants to be treated. the major part of my annoyance comes in the last third. IT mostly stems from her overreaction. It just seemed a little out of character form the rest of the book. Almost like she was teetering on a wire in the beginning and then fell off during the last third. Of course she needed to react, but it was a little drastic for my comfort.

In the end- love the book and will be looking forward to returning for more. I'm not sure who I want to see a HEA more for. I'm thinking Ethan deserves on in a major way. Aubrey I'm still a little iffy on. I think she's misunderstood, and could benefit from learning her story. Then there's Tiffany she definitely needs a wild man to get her to realize she needs more out of life. I don't know, but who ever is next you can bet they're on my TBR list. I can't wait to see where this great New Adult series takes me. Side note- perfect for a beach read!

Happy Reading!
*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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