Make It Last (Bowler University #3) by Megan Erickson
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Source: ARC for Tour from Edelweiss
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After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.
Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.
The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.
Make It Last has all of the makings of exactly the kind of new adult novel I really love. For whatever reason, first and childhood love stories just really get to me, and that's exactly what this book offered. Tate and Cam had that kind of love once. Now they're back in their home town together, and they may just find their way back to what they once had.
As a leading lady, Tate holds what felt like the perfect level of complexity. Her decisions, especially with regards to her relationship with Cam, will be all too well understood by anyone who I identifies as a caretaker. She's so focused on caring for those around her that she never stops to let them decide their own fate. It's heartbreaking how relateable it can feel while also being pretty clearly the wrong move. It made her lovable and easy to get, despite my frustration with her choices.
And Cam was just as lovable as his lady. He's sweet and chivalrous in a natural, not overbearing, way. Not to mention he commits all of himself to things in a way that is just delicious. His determination to care for his mother to his own detriment will make you swoon. The care and affection he shows for Tate's family will have him worming his way into your heart. And the ease with which he believes in Tate will render you nothing more than a pile of goo. He's perhaps the best kind of male lead out there as a result.
I personally hadn't read the other books in the Bowler University series, but reading Make It Last really left me wanting to! With that said, this book could definitely be read as a stand alone and I certainly didn't feel like I was missing any important information. So don't let the fact that it's part of a series discourage you if you're like me.
For fans of the new adult genre, this is sure to be a winner. Their relationship is sweet, sexy and filled with all of the complications that come with real life. all in all, it made for a highly enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who's a fan of contemporary romances.
So if you're looking for a sweet, fun read, check out Make It Last!
Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.