Monday, September 7, 2015

REVIEW: Make it Right (Bowler University #2) by Megan Erickson

Title: Make it Right
Series: Bowler University #2
Author:  Megan Erickson
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Published: September 9th 2014
Format: eBook | Pages: 384
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased
★★★★✩ (4.5/5) Stars!

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Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew. 

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

Oh my gosh I am so in love with this series! It's been so full of emotions and heart, rich characters and humor, and oh the steamy romance. I was super excited to get into Max and Lea's story and it was so much more than I was hoping it would be.

You know, when I read the first book I wasn't exactly a big Max Payton fan. Let's face it. He was kind of a jerk. He came off as being not much more than a musclebound jock with a bit of a temper and not much substance. Plus he treated Kat like crap and I adored her to pieces. By the end of Make it Count, though, I was starting to come around and finally started seeing his more redeeming qualities. But it wasn't until Make it Right, and being inside his head,  that I truly lost my heart to him. And boy did I. 

I love Max. I do. He makes it impossible not to. He's got so much weighing on him through the majority of the book that it's easy to see the why and almost dismiss his previous behavior. All that pressure and lack of control over his own life, well I think I'd be kind of a jerk at times too. I loved seeing this different side of him though. The sweet and thoughtful side. And his playful side, holy crap Max is so funny! He had me cracking up so much. I loved all the things that Lea brought out in him, or more accurately, inspired in him to bring out within himself.

I was so curious about Lea after meeting her in the first book. I knew that if anyone could inspire Max to turn his life around it would be her. She may have appeared to be small and fragile when you first meet her, but once you start this book and get to know her you see that she is anything but. I really admired her strength and resilience. But there's so much more to admire about her. She doesn't let her disability hold her back. At times she drove me a tiny bit crazy because of all of her walls and trust issues, but I still adored her.

One of the things I really loved coming out of this book, besides how completely adorable Max and Lea are together, is how even through everything that Max put Kat through in the first book, you see this really great friendship and bond between them, through their whole group really. The dynamic between this group of friends is so fun and heartwarming and I'm looking forward to finding out more about Cam. He's not very known to me at this point, well except for his video game habit. But Megan Erickson writes such fun characters that I know I'm going to love him.

Just like the first book, this one was impossible to put down once I started it. I love how real they feel and how easy it is to almost feel all of the emotions and things that the characters are going through. Like I said with the first book, this is how New Adult should be done. This series has been more about the characters and their struggles both to find themselves and within their relationships with each other. Too many authors throw their characters in a college setting and then make it all about sex, sex, sex. While these books do have their steamy moments they're so much more than that. So much deeper. They're pretty close to perfect!

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