Title: Make It Right (Bowler University #2)
Author: Megan Erickson
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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-defence 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 him, 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.
Last June I discovered Megan Erickson and her Bowler University series. I tore through the first book and absolutely loved it. I was really excited at the prospect of getting to read more stories set in this world so I jumped on the Make It Right, the second book, when it landed on my Kindle. And I loved it just as much as the first book.
Max has never been one for attachments. His last relationship didn't end particularly well, and he almost lost his best friend over a girl. But ever since he met Lea, a girl who challenges him in every way possible, he can't seem to stop thinking about her. Lea is different from all the other girls Max has been with and slowly she's changing everything he thinks he knows and wants. Lea knows better than to get involved with someone like Max. His reputation speaks for itself. But the more time she spends with Max, the more she finds herself wanting to let go of that control she has held on to for so long. When a series of assaults on campus leads to Max and Lea teaching a self-defence class together. But teaching the class together, means trusting the other. Something neither one is quire reading to do.
I LOVED Megan Erickson's debut Make It Count when I read it. In fact, I pretty much raved about it in my review. Because of that, I was extremely excited to read Make It Right. Any time Megan would release another teaser for the book, my level of excitement would go up exponentially. When the release day finally arrived I made sure to hop online so I could get a copy of the book on my Kindle. And by the end of that day, I was done reading Make It Right. It was just that good and engaging. It didn't take long at all for me to get wrapped up in this story and these characters. It helped that I already knew the world and some of the people in the story. Once again, I loved the humour that was present through out, and how it was mixed with the more serious aspects of the story. One thing I appreciated about the story was how the assaults that are present throughout aren't just affecting the female students at Bowler, male students were also getting attacked. It was just refreshing to see that the victims were mixed and everyone was dealing with it. On a lighter note, Megan Erickson completely delivered with the romance in Make It Right. I loved seeing Max and Lea's relationship develop. It was sweet, it was hot, it was intense, and it was what I hoped it would be.
Unfortunately, I was too late to call dibs on Max Payton by the time I tried to do so. But that won't stop me from talking endlessly about how much I loved him. Because I loved him. A LOT. Probably more than I should admit considering he is a fictional character, but that's just a minor detail in the grand scheme of things. And, I mean, who hasn't fallen for a fictional character before? I can't be the only one who fell under Max's spell. But aside from me loving him SO FREAKING MUCH, Max was just a fantastic character. I had seen him in Make It Count and let me just say that he hadn't really made a great impression. But any bad things I could have thought about him at the time, I take back. There was so much more going on with Max than I would have thought and I loved seeing that softer side of him come out whenever he was around Lea. Or around his rescued cat for that matter. But Lea. She was so completely different from what I thought she was going to be. I had briefly gotten a glimpse of her in Make It Count but it didn't even brush the surface. She was a complex character and I could definitely understand why she was the way she was. It was nice to see her learn to let other people in, especially Max because they were so right for each other. And much like in the first book, one of the best parts of seeing Max and Lea together was the banter. It was perfect and sweet and adorable and just put a smile on my face. Especially when Alec and Kat would make an appearance and join in on the fun.
Just like with the first book in this series, I absolutely loved Megan Erickson's Make It Right. It was the perfect mix of light and serious and I honestly loved every page of it. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, but at the same time I don't want it to end.