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…
Type: New Adult, Contemporary
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
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I don't know how McCarthy manages it but she's got me falling more and more for this group with each addition book. They're just incredible reads and Believe was no different. McCarthy created a rich, unique and heart warming romance that completely captivated me as Phoenix and Robin found an unlikely friendship and helped each other heal from the pains of their pasts.
So, Phoenix and Robin. These two. Whew. I freaking LOVED Phoenix. His life has been a real bitch. He's never gotten any breaks, his family is beyond dysfunctional and he really doesn't have anything to call his own. But this guy totally doesn't let it break him. He's got his issues, for sure, but he's sweet, keeps plugging along and is just a great guy and damn sexy to boot.
Going in I was a bit nervous about Robin. I have a thing about cheaters (even if it's fairly unintentional) and wasn't sure if I could get on board with her...but she really won me over. She hit rock bottom and instead of just wallowing there she made changes and really tried to be a better person. And I've got mad respect for that.
The two really fit each other. They're both lonely and in their own ways broken and just need someone they can be themselves around. Not have to worry about being judged or the need to impress the other.They're just them. Milk drinking, funny meme texting, sometimes goofy selves that avoid things like smoking/drugs/drinking. And whew these two could steam it up!! There were a number of scenes that definitely had me fanning myself as they got to know each other.
Believe was really a fantastic addition to the series. It had me all excited and just feeling hopeful as I went along on Phoenix and Robin's journey. The romance was sweet, sexy and touching. The drama they both experienced because of their pasts was just nicely done and really made you feel for them and the struggles they overcame and it all ended in a great place and has me so anxious for the next book. Pretty damn perfect if you ask me."No boundaries."
His eyebrows shot up, disappearing under his hair. "Now that's fucking hot.""No boundaries, unless you want a threesome or something. I'm not doing that." I wasn't sharing him.
Phoenix made a face that had me relieved. "Fuck no. Why would I want that? You're everything I need and want. Though I would not say no to a strip tease and a lap dance combo, that's for sure."All of a sudden I was feeling a hot rush of blood in my face, and I didn't think it was from the pain.The thought of doing what he wanted made me super excited, but a little nervous, too. "I'm not a very good dancer."
"Oh. I can do that."
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