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Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy


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?


I am having a difficult time with this review.  I liked this book, for the most part.  However, I did not like any of the characters.  That doesn't seem possible, but it is.  The book is well written, a little cheesy at times, but well written nonetheless.

Cat.  I really, really did not like her.  I couldn't connect with her.  I felt no sympathy for her.  She brought on her heartache.  

Heath.  Couldn't stand him.  I can't understand how a character can be so in love with someone but have no heart.  He was more of a stalker with an obsession than a man returning home from war to find the woman he loves.

Ethan.  I liked him for a quick minute, but he took a turn quickly.  I get why his character turned, but a complete 180?

All in all, the characters are all selfish and uncaring.  It didn't make for a particularly easy read.  There are usually characters you like and don't like.  This is a first where I didn't like one single character.

To be honest, I was hoping for everyone to be single at the end of this book.  I really didn't want to see a happy ending for this story.  The best thing these characters could do is walk away from one another; go in separate directions; live separate lives.

So now you are wondering, if I didn't like the characters, how was this book written well?  Well, in my eyes, it takes a lot of talent to create a cast of characters that someone would universally dislike.  But, seriously, it is a well-written book.  Like I said, it's a little cheesy here and there, but it works for the characters and their immaturity. 


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