Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sweet by Erin McCarthy Blog Tour and Interview!

Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…
 
Welcome to my stop on the SWEET blog tour! If you are looking for a fantastic new series, I highly encourage you to read The True Believers series by Erin McCarthy. I enjoyed reading TRUE, the first in the series, and SWEET is a fantastic sequel.

SWEET explores the stories of Jessica and Riley – two people who seemed destined to rub each other the wrong way. When Jessica moves into Riley’s house for a week, their preconceived notions slowly shatter and they learn more about each other and themselves during their brief cohabitation.

I really enjoyed the emotional depth of SWEET, which was carefully balanced with humor and witty banter. Erin’s writing has a way of pulling readers into the work and allowing the story to blossom around them. The writing is as raw and honest as the characters. Riley and Jessica may be the focus of SWEET but the secondary characters have just as much personality and charisma. I am drawn to each character, and I can’t get enough of this series!

The talented Erin McCarthy graciously answered a few interview questions:

What do you hope readers take away from your work?

I hope readers will take away that there are always shades of gray to people and their lives and that everyone’s choices are theirs to make, no judgment.  And of course, I hope everyone will sigh as the characters fall in love.

Which couple’s story speaks to you more—Rory and Tyler or Jessica and Riley?

I enjoyed writing them both for different reasons.  I was definitely more like Rory at that age—a sharp observer, on the shy side.  So it was satisfying to give her the sexy guy who adores her.  But at the same time, I loved writing the banter between Jessica and Riley and to show that people aren’t always what they seem on the surface.

We briefly meet Phoenix—can you tell us a little about him?

Phoenix is quieter than his cousins, more intense.  He didn’t have the support system of brothers and so he doesn’t attach easily, but when he does, it sticks.  It makes him super sexy, in my opinion, and there are scenes from his point of view, because I wanted to explore his thoughts.
What can we expect from BELIEVE?

BELIEVE has some heart-wrenching moments.  Robin and Phoenix are damaged people and they find solace in each other.  It’s a quieter, more emotional story than SWEET.  The reader will see more of Rory and Tyler and Jessica and Riley in it as well, along with the younger Mann boys.

 Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult genres.  The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award.  She lives with her family in Ohio. 

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