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Review: Make It Right by Megan Erickson

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

Publication Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 384 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

 
 
Ever since I finished Make it Count this past summer, I could not WAIT to get my hands on this book! I knew Max Payton would get his redemption story and I could not have asked for a better heroine to help him do it! I loved Lea so much- she is such a strong, resilient woman and she is the perfect fit for Max.
 
I love Erickson's writing style. This is how college NA should be written! It's fun and cute, but at the same time the characters face their own challenges both individually and as a couple. Add in a strong set of side characters and you've got yourself a great read!
 
Let's start with how much I love Lea. She may have some physical scars and a slight limp from an accident that occurred during her youth, but that does not stop this girl. She has learned to rise above the pain and not be ashamed of who she is or what she looks like. After this particular accident, she craves control in her life, especially after not having had it in that very moment.
 
"There was something about Lea, this power or strength that lurked below the surface of her small, fragile frame."
 
I love that Max recognizes her strength right from the beginning. He doesn't treat her any differently because of her past injury and that earns him a lot of brownie points. Max hides behind this cocky façade, but he's a really good guy at heart. Having grown up with 2 older brothers and a hardass father, Max hasn't had the loving, affectionate home that Lea has. The glimpses of vulnerability she sees in him are what really endears him to her, thus deciding to give him a shot.
 
"That's what you've taught me, even if you don't know it yourself. I've never felt stronger than when I decided to open up to you. When I decided to surrender my heart to you."
 
I love that Lea and Max aren't perfect. They both make mistakes when it comes to their relationship and learn from them. I felt bad for Max and Lea because they are both hurt by the others' actions. Thankfully, they realize their wrongs and work to fix them. They are a fabulous couple and I loved how sweet Max could be with her!
 
We get plenty of time with Kat, Alec, and Danica in this book. Kat and Alec are good friends to both Max and Lea. After the way Max treated Kat previously, it's so great to see them getting along and that she has chosen to forgive him. Which brings me to Danica. That is one girl to have in your corner for sure! She is Lea's roomie and fiercely protective of her friends. I love that she isn't afraid to be herself and tell it like it is.
 
"Danica was a rare creature. Like an albino deer. Everyone wanted her, but they wanted her to keep. And she didn't like to be kept. Pinned down. Forced into any sort of consistency. Her loyalty was unrivaled, but it was hard-earned."
 
After getting to know these characters so well, it's only natural that I would want them to have their happily ever afters. I'm super excited for Cam's story because I love second chance romances. Even though it takes place in Cam's hometown and away from Bowler, I know Megan will infuse it with the same spunky, fun vibe that she has given her previous two novels.

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1 comments

  1. Lovely review, girl! I liked this one too. I wouldn't say it's a favorite NA of mine, BUT I loved how down to earth, light, and angst-free it was. I'm definitely looking forward to Cam's book!

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