Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Summary: 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?

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**I received a copy from Xpresso Book Tours (thank you!)  in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: I loved how this book turned out. I mean with that summary and the author starting out with a "thank you to Emily Bronte" I had no idea how what was going to be the end result. But this definitely exceeded my expectations and I'm so very happy with this book.

The Characters: Cat grew up in Maine, on an island, and in a family that always had foster kids coming and going. Her father only had one hand and her mother had problems as well. Growing up Cat was very free spirited. One day a new foster child shows up and that person is Heath. At first he ignores everyone but then after some time with Cat, warms up to her and this then is the beginning of their friendship which grows into love. But one day Heath just leaves without a word and Cat has no idea what happened to him for four years.

The Story: Now in college, Cat changed who she was because she wanted to leave behind her youth and become a "better" person who was going to get a respectable degree and make money and have a stable home and life. Since Heath has been gone for four years, Cat has tried to move on. She has a boyfriend now who proposes to her in the first chapter. That night also happens to be the night that Heath comes back.

That night is also the start of everything. Cat is completely confused. She just got engaged but she also remember how much she loves Heath since she really never stopped loving him just tried to forget and move on. But she also loves the guy she's engaged to. I have to admit, Ethan, her fiance, never worked for me. He was a nice guy, but I didn't see any connection or "rightness" between him and Cat. There was also the fact that he was rich and had a stable family which appealed to Cat initially (not why she is with him). Now I said she loved him but it was a "safe" love and relationship which Cat really wanted having not had a stable family and poor childhood. But what she discovers over the book is that she had that and more with Heath.

The Romance: Okay so I'm going to have to spoil the book a bit, but really you know it's going to happen ... Cat and Ethan break up, BUT it's not over Heath (just a little) but there are other problems between them that lead to it. So with that, Heath and Cat get back together. I know it sounds like Cat is a bad person for getting together with someone right after she got out of an engagement, but that's why you need to read the book to get the whole story! Anyways, Cat and Heath's relationship already had a solid base and love to it and it only continues through the book. They had the connection and rightness between them that I wanted to see and the author developed it really well.

"A wife, a woman, isn't a commodity, she's a gift." His voice was impassioned, his grip firm. "And if you treat her right, she'll love you better than you ever deserve, and that's you with me. You love me better than I'll ever deserve." ~ Heath

End Thoughts: You Make Me was a very well done story.  It was easy to understand the emotions, thoughts, and actions that were thrown around. I really enjoyed it and in the end ended up loving it! 4.5 stars!

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