Title: Make it Last
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Bowler University #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
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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.
In 2014, New Adult became a favourite of mine. So many awesome NA books came out and I loved them. The best part, is that so many of them are contemporary romance which is my absolutely weakness. And among my favourites, are Megan Ericsson’s Bowler University books. The third one, Make It Last, might even just be my favourite.
Cam Ruiz had a plan. He signed up for the military so that he could go to college. He would finish his degree and then he would get his dream job working for a security company. But that’s not exactly what happens after he graduates from Bowler University. Instead of taking his dream job, Cam Ruiz finds himself back in his hometown of Paradise, working at a job he hates, and helping his mother through her health troubles. And that’s when he comes face to face with Tate, the only girl he’s ever loved. Tate never expected to see Cam again. She made a mistake, and that mistake cost her Cam. But now he’s back and Tate can’t deny that she still has feelings for him. Feelings she doesn’t want to have. Before long, Cam and Tate are both trying to fight back against old feelings. But how long can they deny what’s really between them? But more importantly, can they make it last?
It’s not a secret that I LOVE Megan Ericsson’s books. I gave rave reviews to the first two books in the Bowler University series, Make It Count and Make It Right. So it really shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that I loved the final book in the series, Make It Last, just as much. Megan’s stories are always so fun. There’s always a healthy dose of humour sprinkled throughout the story and that always manages to make me smile. But what also makes me love Megan’s books is that there’s more to the stories than just humour and romance (and by romance, I mean sexy times, let’s be real). There’s always a more serious undertone to the story. The characters don’t just have to worry about themselves and their love lives. They have more going on in their lives that’s out of their control. And that adds another layer to the story. Sure it’s still a fun romance with many funny moments, but it’s also more than that. And that’s because she writes great stories that are fully fleshed out.
Unlike the couples in the previous two books, Cam and Tate had a history dating back to long before the events of Make It Last. That alone, made for interesting dynamics between these two. At the start of the story I was still a clueless observer while Tate and Cam clearly had more going on. It was definitely interesting to watch. What made it even more interesting, was that I already sort of knew Cam. Or at least I’d gotten glimpses of him in the previous two books. But I still didn’t know what made him tick, what his story was. Tate was completely new to me, but I took to her right away. She was strong, ready to do whatever it takes for her family. Almost too ready to do it sometimes. She just needed to spend a little more time thinking about herself. And that was kind of true for Cam too. So when you think about it, these two were kind of perfect for each other. They just had to work their issues out and see it for themselves. But I was totally rooting for them as I was reading. Aside from Cam and Tate (who were totally and absolutely awesome), I was so happy to see everyone from the other two books. And a certain part in New York City towards the end totally made me squeal out loud. As a side note, can we please have a YA story all about Tate’s little brother Jamie? Because I would totally read that.
I loved Make It Last. Megan Erickson wrote a fantastic story to conclude her Bowler University series. Sure, I’m sad to see this story end. If it were up to me, I would keep reading books in this world forever. But I’m still excited to see what Megan Erickson comes up with next.
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.
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