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True - Erin McCarthy I've been waffling between a 2.5 and a 3... but it's obvious that I’m still not tired of all the romances I’ve been reading of late. I’ve been enjoying the ease at which I sink into these stories flipping from cover to cover in a blink. And yes, a lot of these stories can painfully obvious, but other times, I catch a glimmer of something more than some guy trying to get into some girl’s pants. That’s the case with TRUE. The female lead especially offered a tad more than pretty girl/ hot girl/ inexperienced girl. She’s a mix of all those but aware of herself and of others. It’s her awareness of stuff that sets her apart, but it’s the very same thing that had me doubting her sometimes too. I enjoyed her in your face, what the hell is wrong with everyone else around me moments. I also enjoyed her piecing things apart and not being afraid to put herself out there. She was all take me as I am. I like that. But then there’s the whole I lack experience and bla bla bla thing she had going for her as well that almost had me setting this aside. Would she be another inexperienced too dumb sounding to be real reads? Another girl who gets into it with a guy who knew all the moves? And would they be another pair who couldn’t live with the other… just because? Here’s the thing: she is neither of the first, and they are not that last thing at all.A lot of these books have so called smart girl leads who lack experience… and a lot of the time, these smart girls aren’t so smart after all, doing the dumb thing going all dependent/ insecure/ crazy in love. Rory doesn’t. She thinks, she acts and doesn’t do the dumb thing, but above all else, she’s not easily swayed by her liking this or disliking that or by her lusting after so and so. I really really liked that aspect this. Except there’s the way the book began that I disliked. It’s a shocking start (criminal even) but it’s the reactions thereto had me doubting the book a little more. What happens (almost happens) is basically set aside. This scary thing simply becomes a means for the boy and girl to meet. Not good. As there’s no consequence... they’re all like, “Really?!” while I’m waiting for some ass kicking to take place. But nope and then suddenly out of nowhere we have hot boy in her line of vision and hot smart girl in his. Why it had to start the way it did… I have no idea because this serious thing’s made to feel less serious than it really should have been. There were good things in this one too though. Think PUSHING THE LIMITS. The only thing I actually liked in that one is how the tough guy’s actually a softy with regard to his siblings. But me, liking this for that, is cancelled out though by later developments of someone pushing someone away for their own good. It all felt so romance book to me. Except since this is basically a romance, maybe I shouldn’t be so disappointed? But it is, and I am… because the way the female lead is almost set apart with her asking questions and seeing the truth in the way things were… Well, it could have been more.