by Erin McCarthy


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A sexy and emotional New Adult novel from Erin McCarthy, the USA Today bestselling author of Sweet and True.

Robin used to be a party girl…until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Disgusted with herself, she doesn’t tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin. He knows he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent.  She doesn’t care that he’s done time, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his own record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425275054
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: True Believers Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 469,527
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than forty-four novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. She is also the author of the New Adult series, True Believers, including True, Sweet, and Shatter. A RITA Award finalist who has been listed on the American Library Association’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, Erin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Praise for the True Believer series

“[A] riveting addition to the rising new adult category.”—Library Journal

“A sexy, romantic, emotional coming of age new adult...Crisp writing, indulgent humor, and a smooth flowing storyline makes it incredibly easy to become fully invested in this book.”—Smexy Books

“McCarthy’s entry in the burgeoning new adult subgenre is a page-turning, gut-wrenching success…Their troubles are real, their love True, and readers will root them on past the very last page.”—RT Book Reviews

“One of those books that you just can’t and won’t put down…Extremely realistic and relatable…[A] dramatic and beautiful story.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Ms. McCarthy did a wonderful job with this story.”—Under the Covers Book Blog

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Believe: (Intermix) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog BELIEVE brings us to party girl Robin and her story.  How far she had to fall and build herself back up.  Let me just say this book was not what I expected.  From Robin and what she went through, through the hero and how different he was from my first impression. I actually really liked Phoenix (the hero, yeah cool name, huh?).  He’s got the bad boy thing going, just got out of jail, not a penny in his pocket, no job.  But I swear after all those bad marks against him he’s a great guy!  I can see how easy it was for Robin to fall for him (or lean on him?) and at the end I do think he was the right kind of hero to help Robin through her issues. Robin I wasn’t so crazy abut.  She’s got issues with drinking, issues with having slept with her friends’ boyfriend during one of those drunken nights, and issues with her guilt.  I don’t mind that these issues were touched, just wasn’t a fan of Robin and her level of maturity. I have enjoyed this series in the past for what it was.  Light entertainment, a few deeper issues, and some interesting but young characters.  I can’t say the same for BELIEVE.  Maybe it was just my disconnect with the heroine from the very beginning because of the string of bad decisions she’s made.  And maybe it was just the fact that I thought she was just seeking refuge in her relationship with Phoenix.  Not sure.  It just fell a bit flat for me, although it was still entertaining enough to read. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel good story about getting past the negative opinions that others have of you and moving forward to become the person you would have been sooner under different circumstances. I love when the underdog prevails in spite of the obstacles that life presents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to come out. I wasn't disappointed either. I couldn't put this book down. 
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reececo331 More than 1 year ago
sometimes its hard to believe that good things will happen to you. Robin was not ready for love although she admired those who had it, she just could not believe that she could have love for herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what more can I say
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Erin McCarthy brings readers the next book in the True Believers series, Believe. This is the story of two people trying to outlive some very bad choices in their lives. It is a story about being able to be yourself and own your mistakes, as well as, your triumphs. McCarthy gives the reader strong characters who are flawed, yet perfect in their own way. A great new adult novel that will have readers re-thinking how they look at bad boys! What I liked: McCarthy has done such a great job with this new adult series. Her heroes and heroines are young men and women on the cusp of life. Starting out on their own, which unfortunately doesn't mean they always make the right choices. Readers who have read other books in the series will appreciate the authentic feel that McCarthy shots for in her books. Her characters are certainly not perfect, but that's what makes them so real and easy to relate too. I can remember being in college and wanting to be free and able to make my own decisions. But I can also remember the pain of making the wrong ones. That's what I enjoyed about this book. Seeing the characters move forward. It's not how you fall down, it's how you get back up. Robin is a character I wasn't too sure I would be able to get into. She cheated with Kiley's boyfriend and then didn't tell her the truth. Double no-no in my book. I really didn't expect to like her. I understood where she was coming from, but I wasn't sure I could get past that. McCarthy really surprised me by making Robin into someone I wanted to succeed. She took a bad situation and she moved on. She didn't stay stuck in the rut of bad decision making. She decided to take a different road and it worked for her. I enjoyed reading about her struggle to see herself differently and the changes she makes in her life, including laying off the alcohol and partying. Phoenix of course was a big help with that and I loved him for it. Phoenix was a bad, bad boy. He ended up in jail and then he ended up with nothing. He was sleeping on his cousins couch with five dollars to his name when he meets Robin, but there is just something in the sadness he sees in her that draws him. I liked the way McCarthy shows readers someone who has never had a break in life and what that can do to a person. Phoenix becomes a lifeline for Robin. A person she can be herself with, the good parts and the bad. There relationship is complicated but Phoenix isn't afraid and he helps Robin see herself as she wants to be and not as a failure. She does the same for him. This is a great relationship that makes both Robin and Phoenix better, just from being together. She makes him want to be a better man and he does the same thing for her. Supporting each other and loving each other. It was pretty amazing watching them grow into the kind of people they wanted to be. There is definitely some steam and chemistry between these two and they fit together perfectly in and out of the bedroom. McCarthy doesn't pull any punches with the romance in this one. Robin and Phoenix may fog up the windows, but their tenderness and love for each other was a joy to read. Bottom Line: This one is probably not my favorite of the series, but it's close. I wasn't sure I could like the heroine, but McCarthy made me want to see this sad young woman find love. Phoenix was a bad boy hero with a heart of gold. It was a good feel good read that fit in well with the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an emotional book. I laughed, I cried. From the beginning I could not put this book down. You could feel Robin's pain. She is a good person, who when drunk made a mistake and is truly sorry for what happened. Phoenix is so different from who she would date. He's a bad boy, with a good heart. Robin can just be herself with Phoenix. I was rooting for them from the beginning. I loved this book.
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I have come to thoroughly enjoy this series, and though it is a series, each book can also be read as a standalone. Each of the novels in the True Believer's Series focuses on a different couple, but yet you get to see all the characters from previous books in the mix, which is something I love. I really liked True, and Jessica and Riley in Sweet are my favorite couple. Believe is Robin and Pheonix's story. We met Robin we in the previous novels, but in Believe, we get to meet Pheonix, Riley and Tyler's cousin. Pheonix one of those bad*** guys whose silence says more than a thousand words. He has just gotten out of jail, he's tattooed, and gives off that dangerous vibe, though he is really a stand-up guy. Robin has spent the summer in remorse over something she did when she was drunk, something that could destroy her relationship with her best friend. Robin and Pheonix are both artists. Pheonix has had a rough childhood and life in general, which has left him scarred with issues he secretly, and sometimes not so secretly battles. Robin grew up in a good home, but nonetheless, she is plagued my her own demons. As different as the worlds are that these two come from, they just click. They get each other, there is chemistry, and there is acceptance. That said, their relationship is not without its struggles, something they come face-to-face with when the past catches up with them both and turns their world upside down. Overall, I really enjoyed Believe. The romance was great with just the right amount of steam, and the story itself was very good. Erin McCarthy also addresses some very prevalent social issues that many people deal with in one way or another. I really like McCarthy's writing style, and the book definitely kept my attention from beginning to end. Believe is a great addition to this series.
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Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I really like this series! What I liked about Believe: Phoenix was really great! He wasn't afraid to be sweet and to actually show it; he didn't hide his feelings. I also liked that there wasn't any cheating or some other person trying to come between them. I liked getting a look at the other couples from the previous books in the series, and I'm hoping that as the series continues we start to see growth in the previous relationships of the series. There was a bit of instalove, but I wasn't really bothered by it; both of the main characters were looking for a true connection and when they found it, they both wanted to grab ahold. I do wish Robin would have handled the situation better, but I like how it turned out. I look forward to the next book in the series!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
5 stars - Adore Phoenix! First Impressions... I love this series! Loved True and Sweet and couldn't wait to read Believe.  The Characters... Robin changes a lot in this story. She blacks out while drinking and wakes up in bed with her best friends boyfriend. Totally devastated that she could do something like that, she stops drinking, partying and dressing for attention. Her guilt and emotions are turned into her art and Phoenix. I loved seeing her grow from the mistake. She could have ignored it and kept going but she took pause and handled her pain in a grown up way. I was very impressed with her. I adore Phoenix. He's not a fan of his name but I am. I love different names and he certainly rises from the ashes as his namesake. Both of these characters are named after birds and it's interesting how that plays into their relationship. I love that they have both made mistakes but give each other space about it. I love how Phoenix tries to not be hurt by his mom or Robin but he really does have a bleeding heart. He's sexy, fierce, determined and happy. I like that he can find that happiness even though most people would fail to see it in his circumstances. The Story... Together these two are magical. Never did I feel like they were at risk. The story was never about losing each other but healing each other. Adorable - these two are just adorable. This idea of them them being so right for each other really drives this story. Their relationship happens quickly but easily...comfortably. They are hot together. They belong to each other. Even when things are rough..and they do get rough...they still belong to each other. Mine. That's how they think of each other even when they are upset with each other. I liked that. Could I Put It Down... I didn't want to. This story came while I was dealing with the lose of my puppy. I didn't want to think about what could have happened to him so I got stuck in a book. This book took me to a world where I didn't think about anything but Phoenix and Robin.  In The End... If you have read the first two, then this one must be next. This is my favorite of the series for sure. If you haven't met the bad boys of the True Believers series, you must. Tattoos, mistakes, sex, and love make this series so, so good. Anyone who enjoys New Adult needs to read this series.
13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
This is a young adult book to read for a college student. There is some really good points that the author touches on, like binge drinking, rage issues, not judging a person by their cover, pursuing your dreams and taking a chance on love. Even though it is a quick read, it gives you a lot to think about. The sex scenes are mild but the POV of the characters are great. My college years came back to haunt me, 20/20 vision. There is a HEA in this book in this TRUE series. This is a different type of writing for this author.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
Believe is the third book in Erin McCarthy's True Believers series. I loved the second book so much, I couldn't wait to read this one. This book revolves around Robin – a friend of the main characters from the first two books. Robin had always been a partier, and one morning she wakes up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend – though she doesn't remember a thing. She had blacked out and vows to never drink again. Robin seems to go through a deep depression over this. She doesn't want her friends to know what happened, so she avoids them. She changes completely. She no longer drinks or parties, and doesn't even care how she looks. She loses weight and is sad and lonely. One day, one of Robin's friends drags her out of the house and this is when she meets Phoenix. He is definitely not the type of guy she normally dates – he is covered in tattoos and just got out of prison. They both just sort of connect. They can both tell that the other is lonely, and they form a friendship out of the need for companionship. They fall in love, and their romance is both sweet and hot. I'm not a drinker myself, so I really liked the message behind this book. Getting yourself wasted can have serious consequences. I love how these books don't have cliffhangers, and they each focus on a different character. The fourth book comes out in September – such a long time to wait!!
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read the others in the series, but I definitely will after reading this one.  I love the friendships and the little elements that add a little grit.  It’s pretty light hearted, but there are things like Phoenix having been in jail that are little touches that I appreciate.  It’s a story about redemption in more ways than one.   I enjoyed all the characters, except Nathan (which is how it should be).  It felt real and I was taken for a ride right along with Robin.  The conflicts were very authentic and the resolutions realistic – no easy ways out here!   My biggest problem here is that the few people that knew the big secret, wanted to keep it just that – a secret!  Why?  I believe it’s better to let that kind of secret out, because it’s more hurtful and insulting when buried, especially when it’s only found out later.  So that bothered me a lot, but that’s the only thing that did.  The rest resonated with me beautifully. Believe is a story that takes you on a journey about self-realization and redemption, particularly for Robin.  I was captivated by this story and only want to read more about this circle of friends.
BrooklynBabe More than 1 year ago
“Believe” in Erin McCarthy’s True Believer’s Series An ARC was provided by Netgally for an honest review. True (True Believers Book #1) was my first Erin McCarthy book. Can I tell you it has not been my last. I really like this series. I have to confess that True set the bar pretty high for what has come after it. Of the three – Believe – as a story was not as compelling as True and Sweet. However, the characters totally were if that makes sense. Let me elaborate. Phoenix to Robin: “You doing anything? Want go hang out? They don’t need me to work today.” I nodded. “Yes.” I did. I wanted to spend every minute with him. Every single second. Every nanosecond. Without thinking about it, I put down my coffee, snaked my arms around his neck and kissed the sh*t out of him. “I want to kidnap you,” he murmured in my ear. “So that I never have to let you go. ” Phoenix’s thoughts: I kissed the top of her head. And long after she fell asleep, I lay there wide awade, naked. Wondering if I had finally experienced the one high I couldn’t resist. Falling in love. I think those two passages give you a good idea of what goes on here. These two are in deep and fast. Both are feeling, hoping but afraid to trust if this thing going on between them is the real thing. Phoenix has just gotten out of jail. He is the Tyler and Riley’s cousin (both characters from True & Sweet) so he’s crashing at their place. Where he meets Robin. He doesn’t have a pot to you know what in, but he’s likeable because he is so open and honest. He’s not the type to sugar coating anything. Robin screwed up BIG TIME! At first you want to believe that it’s some mistake. Then you realize that this girl is flawed, as nice as she is, which makes her human – doesn’t it? Despite everything that is going against them – these two seem to click on all cylinders. Phoenix is tatted up bad boy with a bad temper and not exactly what Robin can bring home to her parents. Robin partied the days away, not really feeling anything until the night she drinks too much and blacks out. She is hiding a secret from her friends. She stopped drinking, she stopped partying, she stopped wearing makeup. It’s like she wants to make herself invisible. If the events of that night got out, the chain reaction would hurt one of her best friends terribly. It could possibly fracture the chain of all their friendships. How this couple comes to an understanding about their past, themselves, their future and how they deal with those events is what makes up Believe. A solid, engaging read, with likeable characters that is certainly worth your time and money.
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Erin McCarthy brings another wonderful New Adult contemporary romance to life with Believe, the third book in the True Believers Series. Two young people, damaged by their pasts find a friendship that relieves their feelings of isolation. As Robin and Phoenix find true acceptance with each other their feelings grow and they find love, even though neither believes they are deserving of it. Robin, a college student who became the campus party girl made a drunken mistake one night that will change her life and possibly destroy her best friend. As it haunts her every day, she isolates herself from those around her and vows never to drink again. Enter Phoenix, just released from prison, alone, with nothing but the borrowed clothes on his back, and a couch to sleep on at his cousins’ house. Phoenix seems to be in control of himself at all times, until any type of spark ignites the rage he keeps bottled up inside. Will these two find the support they need from each other or will they need to face their demons alone? Filled with angst, anger, guilt, and the tenuous threads of love, Believe is the story of two individuals who must learn to love themselves and accept that their own shortcomings are their greatest enemies while accepting that they are worthy of love that is given freely. Erin McCarthy has done a wonderful job creating characters that feel real and could be someone one could find on any campus when first cut loose into the world. Using the POVs of both main characters further illustrates her ability to give life to her tale. The fact that I wanted to shake them both one minute and hug them the next, means I was in the moment from start to finish. Her world is like a tour of campus life, the friendships and bonds, the turmoil of being a young person out on their own in a world they were not expecting. Another great read from this talented author. I received a review edition from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW/Intermix in exchange for my honest review.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book it was a refreshing quick read. I loved the two characters of Phoenix and Robin.  The both  have had some very large challenges occur in there lifetimes.  Robin was a previous party animal in her college years always the life of the party until all of a sudden something goes wrong and Robin changes everything she does and reverts into herself and pulls away from her friends.   We meet Phoenix he has been recently been released from jail and been staying on his cousins couch until he can get on his feet and find a place to live and get a job.  This book follows how Robin and Phoenix find that they are drawn to each other by there life struggles and mutual attractions. They also find that they are able to help each other heal a little because they are not in judgement of each other. I loved the twist and turns this book took.  I loved all the other characters in this book they are all a contrasting mix of personalities that create a very unique dynamic of people that are all friends.   I felt that this story was a very realistic story line and could be occuring in every day society and that helped drawn me in as the reader.   I loved that this book is a continuation in a series and you didn't have to read others to be able to read this as a stand alone book. i will be going back to read the previous two book and also looking forward to the next book coming out I highly recommend this book and author to readers who are looking for a little something different to read that want a little bit of romance with a whole lot of heart and soul.   I received this book as an advanced reader copy from Net Galley and this is my honest review from it.