Review ~ Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson

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Review ~ Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan EricksonMake It Count
Series: Bowler University #1
Published by William Morrow Impulse
Release date : June 3rd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 384
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Also in this series: Make it Right

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After participating in the cover reveal for Make it Count, I knew this was a book I wanted ASAP. Although my love for New Adult has been at a steady decline, I am always on the hunt for ones that stand out and give me something different. Make it Count, is one of those books.

One of the disadvantages of this one was that I was reading it on my way to BEA – and when I came home. Therefore, those feels and good connections I had while reading were initially gone because it had been such a long break from the book. Luckily, Megan’s writing pulled me back in and I feel back in love with the characters and the story.

I was really nervous on how this was all going to play out. Falling for your boyfriends best friend is kind of NO. I wont go into too many details because of spoilers, but I honestly believe things could have gotten a whole lot uglier than they did. In the same token, you can’t help who you are attracted to or love, and the realistic nature of the situation was handled extremely well. And maturely.

Kat’s head was such an entertaining and interesting place to be in. Her thoughts are so random; shooting from one place to another rapidly, it was hilarious. Granted, she does have a few insecurities when it comes to that, and how people think of her and her issues. She has been struggling her whole life academically, and tends to use her beauty and “sex appeal” as a buffer. So, because of this she tends to keep people at arm’s length, mainly guys, staying in “going no where relationships.” As her attraction for Alec builds and the two get closer, she continuous pushes him away. For reasons. THIS, is where I think Kat could have used a little maturity. But more on that later.

Alec. OY ALEC. I just have to say, THANK YOU MEGAN, for creating a genuinely nice, sweet guy (that’s smart) loving, charming and sexy too. It was refreshing to have a male love interest like Alec. Of course, he too, has some issues. Coming out of a long-term relationship after she cheated, he’s still bitter and hurt. He cares about Kat right off, not only with the way Max was treating her, but because he wanted to help her.

These two had some off the charts chemistry. They are so different from one another; Kat, wild and spontaneous and Alec, more reserved and quiet. They balance each other out so well though. Not to mention, the sexual tension was intense and hot too! Also, their lust (or sex) didn’t overtake the whole book, which was extremely appreciated. Their feelings for each other went so much deeper than that.

As far as secondary characters go, there Danica. She is a close friend to Alec and down right hilarious. What I appreciated most about her character was her no bullshit attitude. It came to a point where Alec and Kat were acting like children, and it was Danica to shake them both and tell them to grow up, basically. I love characters like that. There was Max too, who was Kat’s boyfriend and Alec’s best friend. He is not a bad guy, although he did some bad things. I understood him and his thoughts towards Alec. Everyone’s been jealous a time or two, ya know?

– My Peeve –

Kat’s whole, “you need to figure out what you did wrong” shenanigans. Sorry, men don’t know their ass from their elbow sometimes (and I mean this in a nice, non offensive manner), and the fact that she would continue to put herself, and Alec, through that angst was immature.

– Overall –

I loved it! Megan has created such a fun, fresh and unique romance. Full of quirky, fun and hilarious characters, Make it Count is a must read for those who enjoy romance, New Adult AND that want something different.

– Recommend –

You got it!

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4.1

 

Have you read Make it Count? What did you think?

If not, does this sound like a romance you see yourself enjoying?

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17 responses to “Review ~ Make it Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson

    • tonyalee

      It’s really not at ALL what it sound like in the blurb. The situation was handled really well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  1. Giselle

    Seems like we need more guys like Alec in fiction – especially YA where jerks are painted like love interests and that just annoys me. “Sorry, men don’t know their ass from their elbow sometimes” BAHAHAH so true, though! That sounds like it was a frustrating bit of her personality, but overall the book sounds fun and addicting!
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    • tonyalee

      We do! It bothers me that the “bad boys” are so popular in Young Adult too.

      It was really frustrating and immature of her to act the way she did. I could feel this way because it WAS a dual POV though..

  2. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    This book is currently on my Kindle waiting to be read, and I’m really looking forward to it! I love a nice, smart, nerdy guy, and Alec seems to fit that bill! I’m a tad bit nervous about how the dynamics with Alec-Kat-Max will work out (you know how much I hate love triangles), but reviews haven’t really mentioned it as a problem.
    Great review, Tonya! 🙂
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    • tonyalee

      I loved that he was just different, and normal guy, ya know?

      Don’t be worried about that. I was nervous about it too, for other reasons, but it was handled really well.

      Thank you!

    • tonyalee

      It is! There is one part that might make you want to throw your kindle, but at least it’s ONE area and not the whole book. Ya know? LOL

      Thanks love

  3. Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

    I love stories with good characters that are fun, so I’ll definitely be looking out for this book as I continue to try to get into NA! Thanks for the review!

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