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Make It Right by Megan Erickson Blog Tour

Make It Right by Megan Erickson web | tweet | facebook )
Part of the Bowler University series but can be read as standalones.
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Pages: 384
Target audience: Young adult/new adult
Keywords: college, forgiveness, post-graduation plans, trust
Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!)

Summary: After mistakes he made last year, Max has sworn off girls for good. His focus is graduation and a job with the family business that he is not looking forward to at all. But a few chance run-ins with Lea, a girl from school, makes him rethink his break from dating. Can he ditch the cocky attitude and have a meaningful relationship?

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t much of a Max fan when I read Make It Count. In fact, it surprised me that author Megan Erickson decided to have her next book in this companion series focus on him. I knew that Max would have a lot of work to do for me to me to not only care about him but believe in his transformation.

Well, I’m happy to say that Megan did another standout job with her characters in Make It Right. Most importantly, learning more about Max did not get him off the hook for past actions either. By hitting his lowest point, he was almost putting more pressure on himself to do better and think more about other’s feelings. In the beginning of this book, I was glad to see Max is actively creating boundaries between who he was and who he wanted to be. I think that was an important first step to getting him as a character. We all make mistakes, but it’s what we do next that means the most.

Did I mention he takes in a homeless cat, bakes like a champ, and can sing?

Swoon!

While Max is dealing with just about everything, he keeps bumping into Lea. In fact, he gets totally beat to a pulp by her when he volunteers to be an attacker during a self-defense class. (I liked this plotline!) She’s really good at reading people, and she wonders which side of Max is the real one: the cocky lady killer or the guy who will drop everything to bring her to the hospital when her friend is hurt? She hopes it’s the second one, and her curiosity gets the best of her when she decides to go on a date with him.

Lea is wrestling with some overarching trust issues from a horrific childhood accident that caused her limp. But she doesn’t let her disability get the best of her. No way. She’s totally kick ass, black belt, and all powerful. I loved that she had this tough exterior while her insides were working to catch up. (There are some other sexy details about her but I’m going to let you discover those yourself.) Her strength and sensitivity make her the most ideal match for Max. That’s for sure.

Here’s what I have grown to adore about Erickson: all of her characters have baggage but it’s the relatable kind. (Revolutionary, I know.) Learning to stand up to your parents, carve your own path, learning to trust yourself and your instincts. While Max and Lea do gain a lot as they get to know each other, their efforts to find happiness don’t end with the promise of romance.

Again, Erickson has delivered a sassy, sexy, and addicting new adult story. Make It Right belongs in your queue.

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January 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

Make It Last by Megan Erickson | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] Make It Last by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Part of Bowler University new adult series. Published January 6, 2015 from William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Last reviewed: Make It Right […]

October 8, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Make It Right! I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, and Erickson did a great job with Max. I liked getting to know him a little bit better, and understanding what makes him the way he is! Plus, his efforts to change and grow? Solid. I also really liked Lea! Plus, their romance just made me very, very happy 🙂

September 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Great review! I just read both books back to back and was very happy with how light and fun they were. Not too much angst or pain-filled baggage. I agree – Max’s journey was very realistic and we get a great understanding of why he behaved so badly in the first book.
Very excited for Cam’s book!

September 12, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This sounds really good! I like that the baggage is relatable! When characters have baggage that just starts to be over the top and way too much, it totally bugs me. I’m definitely going to have to check out this series!

September 12, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Make It Right. I thought it was cute. I haven’t read Make It Count, so I didn’t know Max from that. But I got the feeling he was a total jerk. I actually really like when authors take total jerks and make them into heroes, although that isn’t always easily done.

Have you read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas? That’s a historical romance and whoa does Kleypas create a total jerk and then redeem him.

September 12, 2014 - 11:50 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review I’ve seen for this book and they’ve both been positive! It sounds like something I’d like. I read yesterday that this one is kind of like a second chance story, and I always tend to like those. ALSO I like it when there is a character that I’m not too sure about but he/she ends up winning me over in the end – in the past that character has sometimes been my favorite of the series. This sounds fun, E!

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