Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

April 30, 2014 Raquel Romero 0 ½

You Make Me by Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Line #1
Publication Date: April 21st 2014
Publisher: Erin McCarthy
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 289
Format: eARC

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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?

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

Well Im not one to diss authors because thats just plain rude.. But You Make Me had some untapped potential, and because of that Im disappointed. Starting off just right, You Make Me brings Cat and Heath together after four years in a way that leaves you thinking shits about to go downwhich is a pretty great way to grab a readers attention. Cat hasnt seen or heard anything from Heath in over four years. Four long years of wondering if hes alive or if hes lying dead in a ditch somewhere. Nada. Not a peep from the boy she fell in love with, the boy she thought shed spend the rest of her life with. Newly Caitlyn is put together and stablea far cry from the wild spirit running around in Valhaven. She has the perfect boyfriend and a pretty cool best friend, and shes got a stable career ahead of her. Best of all? Shes just gotten engaged to boy of her dreams. However, all her carefully laid plans start crumbling down the second she sets eyes on Heath once again.

I found Caitlyn a little hard to connect with. She starts like any other New Adult protagonistsomeone very dear to her hurt her, but that was years ago, and know shes made a name for herself. Ive heard it (well, more like read it) all before and for a minute I thought McCarthy was going to do something different with Caitlyn. But no. As soon as Heath comes strolling back into her life she finds herself second-guessing every single decision shes made for the past four years. I could understand that. After all, even I dont think a free spirit could make it as a mortgage broker. However, what I just could get past was her indecision when it came to Ethan and Heath. Caitlyn was getting reading to marry the guy, for heavens sake. Honestly, the whole deal with Ethan and Caitlyns breakup always seemed wayy too overdramatic for my taste. Yes, I can see why Ethan would be totally pissed that Caitlyns been keeping really important things from him, but to break up with her the way he did? It seemed unrealistic to me. Then theres the fact that Caitlyn hooks up with Heath like two seconds after her engagement is off. Come on! Who does that? I wouldve had the characters wait at least a week. *sigh* Despite all that, I was happy that Caitlyn was finally able to let go of her insecuritieswhich were very annoying and totally overdone, by the wayand move on. She deserved happiness, I wont deny her that, but I felt like her emotions were all over the place, and that just made for a messy narrator.

Heath is impulsive and a hardass and a bit dangerous. Hes definitely the definition of a bad boy and once he sets his sights on something he wants, hell do everything in his power to get it. Im not sure if my inability to like Heath that much was due to the fact that I couldnt connect with Caitlyn, but he just felt a bit too flat for my taste. And I think thats all I have to say about Heath.

Theres a lot of drama in this book that, honestly, could have been done without. The romance, for example, was overdramatic and all over the place. We get a prologue that lets us in to Cat and Heaths relationship, then fast forward four years and were slammed into a roller coaster with these two characters. I wanted more buildup, more tension and more depth. Im not going to liethe first few chapters really hooked me in, but things got rushed way too fast for me to really connect with these characters as a whole, and as a couple. The shmexy scenes were fun and entertaining, but that was about it. I didnt completely hate this book, but I was hoping for a bit more. Still, I dont think Ill be reading the rest of the series..


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