Published by Harper Collins, William Morrow Impulse on September 9, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Make it Right is the second book in the Bowler University series by Megan Erickson. Each book can be read as a standalone. Max made some mistakes in the first book, so it might actually be better for once if you read this one out of order. If you start with Make it Right, you won’t be colored on your opinion of Max. But I really enjoyed reading these in order because Max’s transformation was pretty impressive. Make it Right is a new adult contemporary romance and it is told in dual narrative between Max and Lea. We met Lea near the end of the first book, and as soon as she was introduced, I knew that I was going to love her as a main character. And I so did. She is a tough cookie, but a complete control freak. Control over everything made her feel safe after her accident as a kid.
I loved the author’s note at the start of the book, about giving Max a second chance. Yes, he made some mistakes in the first book. Yes, he wasn’t the picture perfect boyfriend for Kat, but I should put it out there that he wasn’t an awful guy. He lost his patience a couple of times, and he made a big mistake with his friend Alec, but I was really excited to learn more about him and his family. And I was not let down at all. Megan Erickson did a fantastic job getting under the surface of Max. It was clear as day to see the differences between his family and Lea’s family. Max and Lea had tons of issues thrown at them as a couple, but the more impressive progress made in Make it Right was the individual growth that they each exhibited by the end of the book. They each had their own demons to overcome before they would work as a couple.
Make it Right is a fantastic book. The romance and characters will make you feel lots of feels. You will swoon, and you will see a very different version of Max. It was so nice to see him find the girl that actually took a second to see past his facade and care about what he wanted. Lea took the time to actually see Max. It was touching. But more than anything, Make it Right made me happy because it solidified the fact that I found a new author love. You read one book by an author and you love it and you are excited. But when you read another book by the author and you love it too, and more than that you can see the quality of developed characters, and creative and satisfying plots, you start to get even more excited. Megan Erickson is an author that I am confident should be added to my auto buy book. Her books just make me happy. Up next is Make it Last, Cam’s story- and I can’t wait!
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I just bought the first book on Friday because of all the cute reviews (mainly yours!) and now I know I will need to be picking up this one as well. 🙂
Looks like a fun series. I like that the author decided to redeem Max and make him more likable. I am all about books with lots of character growth.