In Review: You Make Me (Blurred Lines #1) by Erin McCarthy

Posted June 1, 2014 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review

You Make Me (Blurred Lines #1)
Erin McCarthy
Publication date: April 17, 2014
Kindle ARC, 289 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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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?

You Make Me

FINAL_3 stars

Confession time: I’ve never read Wuthering Heights. I keep meaning to get around to reading all the classics I never had to read in high school, but shiny new books keep distracting me. But, from what I know about Wuthering Heights, I believe this is a retelling of sorts. Since I never read the original, I can’t really make a comparison and I think some of the nuances were lost on me, but all in all, I found this book mostly enjoyable.

I really enjoy Erin McCarthy’s writing style, but the characters in this book were a little lacking for me. Caitlyn was a little too selfish and Heath was too much of a moody jerk. I’m a total sucker for second chance romances, particularly when the characters had a strong connection when they were younger, as was the case with these two. They didn’t make it easy to root for them, honestly. I know they had a complicated history and they’d both experienced a lot of things since they were last together, but there was a little too much angst (paired with too little true emotion), jealousy and controlling behavior for me to become fully invested in their story.

I know this review might sound negative, but I want to be clear that I liked the book. The story was well-written and interesting. It held my attention, but I was missing the connection with the characters and the emotions that would have pushed the book to a four star read for me. Overall, I think this was a solid start to a new series and I will be interested in picking up the next book.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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