Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Make It Right by Megan Erickson

Make it Right (Bowler University, #2)* * *

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.


If you have read Megan Erickson’s Make It Count (Bowler University #1) you are already familiar with the main characters in this book - Lea, the serious student with a bit of a chip on her shoulder and Max, the guy that got in the way of his best friend’s happiness…twice. 

After reading the first book in this series, I was intrigued.  I knew the next book would be about Max and to put it bluntly, I didn’t like Max.  He’s an ass.  He treats his best friend’s girlfriend like crap and his best friend even crappier.  But I love nothing more than when an author makes me love a character I want to hate.  Tammara Webber succeeded in doing this in her Between the Lines series.  Katie McGarry succeed in making me love West in Take Me On.  And now Megan Erickson has successfully joined the ranks of these ladies because before the end of the book I no longer hated Max.  I wasn’t crushing on him (his BFF is more my style) but I definitely like him.  A lot.

As I said, Lea has a bit of a chip on her shoulder.  Her attitude is completely understandable.  A car accident, when she was just a kid, almost took away her ability to walk.  Her insecurities about her body and the way she was treated by her peers played a key role in her rebellious teen year.  And then, all of a sudden, she grew up.  She went to college and learned to value herself in a way she never had before.  It’s no surprise that a person with Lea’s history would be turned off by a guy like Max.  So how confused is she when she starts getting glimpses of a much more serious and vulnerable Max?

Max grew up with his dad and three brothers.  His father isn’t one to dole out the affection.  Or even love for that matter.  But that doesn’t stop Max from continuously trying to win his father’s approval.  But lately he’s wondering if earning that approval is worth the sacrifice.  Because his dad has set conditions around his paid college tuition.  He’ll pay his tuition and once Max graduates he will work in his dad’s auto shop handling the business side of things.  That is the agreement.  No questions asked.  But Max doesn’t want to work in the shop after he graduates.  And he’s not even sure he wants the business degree that he’ll be earning at the end of the year.  But Max isn’t sharing any of this with anyone.  But as he grows close with Lea he starts to realize the possibilities for them and for him.

There were two things that really stood out for me in this book.  The first was Max and Lea’s first date.  Max puts a ridiculous amount of thought into a date that will fulfill one of the things on Lea’s bucket list.  And he does it all on the budget of a poor college student.  It’s was ridiculously adorable and romantic.  Even I was impressed.  The other thing that stood out was the magic time.  I think I mentioned in my review of Make It Count that Megan Erickson has a real talent for writing steamy scenes.  As the synopsis states, Lea likes to be in control.  I’ll let your imagination go from there. 

Better yet.  Don’t use your imagination for this one.  Go out and pick up this book and read it because this and it’s companion are wonderful additions to the New Adult category. 


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