Tuesday, June 24

***Review*** You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Title: You Make Me (Blurred Lines #1)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Genre: YA/Romance
Publication Date: April 17, 2014
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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?

My Review

If you’re looking for a sweet and emotional story about loosing the love of your life and finding it again, then this is the perfect book for you! McCarthy sets the tone of a love that is so sweet and innocent in a beautifully written prologue.

“I don’t exist without you, you know that right?”

Despite being short, the prologue helps set the tone for our heroine and the emotional journey she endures in order to recover from the boy who left her broken hearted four years ago. I loved this prologue! I could really feel the connection between Heath and Cat, as well as the sadness that enveloped her as she recalled the day she last saw Heath.

Fast forward four years ahead…Caitlyn, now twenty is attending college and has completely reinvented herself, gone is the tomboy who never cared about what she looked like or what people thought of her. The new Caitlyn is vice president of her sorority, well dressed, has lots of friends and the social life that goes along with it. Caitlyn is also dating Ethan, the pre-law safe choice of a boyfriend who has helped to repair her heart.  She is happy, living the life she's convinced herself she wants.

That is until Homecoming when Heath, the love of her life shows up all brooding, and sexy. Heath is hot! He is a former Marine who has come to fight to take back what’s his. He’s come for Cat, his soul mate and he’s determined to get her back where she belongs…with him!

“Because you make me. Because I didn’t exist, not in any way that matters, until I met you”.

The moment Heath emerges the pages seemed to spark back to life. I have to admit that Ethan didn’t do it for me at all. I just didn’t feel a connection between him and Caitlyn.  But Cat and Heath holy sparks flying Batman!  As the book progresses Heath lays his heart on the line telling Cat why he left and that he never stopped loving her. He has sworn to fight for her and vows to never give up. With this admission we start to see and feel a perfect mix of angst and confusion, for Cat as almost instantly this reunion begins to wreak havoc with her emotions and in turn her relationship with Ethan. I liked the use of flashbacks to help give some perspective of how Cat and Heath moved from friends to lovers. I think this helped me to validate some of the choices she made while finding her way back to Heath.

Once Cat gives in to the undeniable connection she has with Heath we are treated to some hot sex scenes!

Cat.” He took my hand and put it on his erection.
“We’ve been kissing for less than ten minutes and I want you so desperately I can’t even think. I’ve loved you for five years. I’ve thought about our one and only time together a million times, wishing I had one more chance, just one more kiss, one more touch. “

Overall, I enjoyed this book; I liked witnessing Cat and Heath’s journey to finding their way back to love and each other. Despite the struggles along the way they were able to rebuild trust, and fought to not let insecurity take over.

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed by Gillian Grybas

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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.

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