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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

So yes, I totally loved You Make Me by Erin McCarthy!

Title: You Make Me
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Author: Erin McCarthy
Published: April 17, 2014
Format: Ebook received for review

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?

Soul Mates.

Are you one of the lucky people (or unlucky?) on this planet to have found the ONE person you know you are meant to be with?  The one that makes your heart stop and race out of control all at the same time?  That one person whose flaws are just unimportant, because your soul recognizes theirs, and to you, they are perfect?

Cat and Heath are.  And I knew it right from the first page.  That's how quickly Erin McCarthy drew me into You Make Me.  Cat and Heath shared more than youthful attraction, or even lust.  Their love was overwhelming and all consuming.  You know, the best kind!

Heath said he would never leave me.  He promised that nothing, no one, would ever come between us.  

They fall in love when they are teens, and it only took me a matter of a few words to be in love right along with them.  Right through this whole book, I was wrapped up in the intricacies of navigating Cat's relationships.  Cause Heath left.  He left without a word, and it broke Cat's heart.  And if you know what being crushed by your only love feels like, then you can imagine how she felt.  But she picked herself up.  She graduated.  She went to college.  She started going by Caitlyn rather than Cat.  She even got a new boyfriend, Ethan.  And while Ethan was fabulous in his own way, you know he wasn't Heath.  The way he just didn't measure up practically jumped off the page.  But Caitlyn, you got to hand it to her, she was trying her best to move on and grow up.  Well, until Heath returns.  And then all hell pretty much breaks lose.

Heath... he's the type of hero that makes my heart go pitter-patter-thud-thud-CRASH.  Dark, dreamy, mysterious.  Where has he been?  What's he been doing?  Cat and I both had these questions!  But when it's that ONE guy, the answers don't really matter.  All that matters is you are sharing the same space again.  Love is best when it's tangible, and having Heath right there.  Well, I was happy.... I mean, I was happy for Cat... yeah, that's it.  I was happy for Cat.

There is a danger when you leave the past behind, and you reinvent your life, that at some point you'll look at yourself, and no longer recognize who you see. 

Ethan is growing insecure about the arrival of Heath, and all I can think is "Go away!!!!"  Ethan never really grew on me at all, and it got to the point where I didn't even have sympathy for him.  On top of that, his sister Aubrey is Cat's best friend.  Aubrey... at first I liked her, but really - by the time it got to a certain point, I didn't care about her either.  This book, for me, was like a vacuum full of hearts, soft touches, and Cat and Heath.

So the basic line of this book is this:  Cat and Heath are in love, then they are separated.  When they are reunited, there is a lot of sticky mess to wade through.  There is lots of drama where Ethan is concerned.  When Cat and Heath are together, I just really felt like everything is in sync.  And then... and then Erin McCarthy made me cuss at her and my kindle.  There may have been some "flipping of the bird" along with it.

She tore them apart.

Do I cheer because, oh yay!  Angst and heartbreak?  Or do I weep and sob openly, for the anguish these two are certainly feeling?  As it turns out, it's a mix of emotions.  You know it has to happen.  You know something needs to happen to remind these two just how exponential their feelings are.

In the end, the book was fabulous.  I loved every single page.  And the ending?  I think it ended perfectly and just how it needed to be.

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.  It will always be more than good enough with you.  It will always be the ultimate, because you're my ultimate."  He kissed me."Do you understand?"

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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