Saturday, 6 September 2014

Review: Make it Right by Megan Erickson

Title: Make it Right (Bowler University #2)
Author: Megan Erickson

Release date: September 9th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 220
Source: Edelweiss

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.

I want to start off by saying that I really didn't like Max in Make it Count, and didn't know if I'd like a book with him as a main character. Well, I adored him in this! And I even liked his and Lea's story better than Kat and Alec's, which I was surprised at.

I liked that this book shows us how people who've made mistakes can truly be redeemed. The old Max was an asshole, as you'll know if you've read the previous book. But he's changed after everything that happened, and he's become a better person. In Make it Right, we see Max rectifying his mistakes, and also falling hopelessly for Lea, a girl who takes him completely by surprise.

Things are a little more serious in this book on account of the assaults. Not sexual assaults or anything - these guys attack everyone. In fact, more males than females. Lea is an experienced fighter, a black belt in karate. So she helps teach a self-defence class, and Max is volunteered as the 'practice dummy', which was kind of hilarious!

Max and Lea's interactions begin flirtatiously and even normal conversations are infused with innuendo. They're comfortable with each other, even though they outwardly don't like each other. Well, Lea doesn't like Max. But he sure likes her, and shows it! Gosh, Max is just the sweetest guy in this book. I really sympathized with his family issues, and felt especially bad about that fact that he thinks more of others than himself, after the events in the previous book. Max goes all-out on his first date with Lea, and that completely sold it for me. I officially became a Max fan.

Sure, the two of them have their ups and downs because of Lea's trust issues and Max's refusal to involve her with his dysfunctional family. But they really care about each other. So of course they can work it out. We also get to see a lot of familiar faces in this book - Kat, Alec, Danica, Cam. We also meet Lea's cousin Nick, who I adored immediately. He's like a goofy bunny!

I really enjoyed reading Max and Lea's story. They have awesome chemistry, and a lot of complexity as well. Very relatable, and very likeable. Make it Right is definitely one book you don't want to miss, especially if you've read the first one.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. I'm not at all familiar with this series, but Max sounds worthy of knowing. :)

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