Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Georgia - Lori's Review of MAKE IT LAST by Megan Erickson

Title: Make it Last
Author: Megan Erickson
SeriesBowler University #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse

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.


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.

Tate leaned back then, and Cam gripped her biceps as she brushed the tears from her cheeks. “I thought, or at least I convinced myself that what we had wasn’t special,” she said, those eyes boring into him, daring him to look away.

He didn’t know where this was going. “Special?”

She bit her tongue between her teeth, then released it. “We were so young, Cam. I thought … I thought everyone loved like us. That strongly. That intensely. With everything they have.” She looked away then, her eyes blinking rapidly and her lips trembling.

He waited, unwilling to slice into this moment, because the truth hung in a precarious vapor between them.

She faced him again, eyes wet but more composed. “But now I know better. Boy, do I ever know better. If I had known what we had was so rare, I never would have let you go.”

And then that truth wrapped around them, securing them in a protective bubble, so all Cam could do was stamp this moment to make it real and true.

He pressed his lips to hers, and she sighed and shuddered beneath his hands. He nudged up with his chin and she knew what that meant, opening her mouth so he could delve inside.

That first taste of Tate was everything. Hot summers in the backseats of cars and licking drips of ice cream off her wrists and true, first real love.

She’d been everything to him. And now that he tasted her again, he knew that had never changed.

It's not often that sequels surpass the original, but MAKE IT LAST has done it.  

For Cam's story, we needed to leave Bowler University and head back to his hometown.  Cam's mother is having some health problems and keeping a job and paying bills are just beyond her abilities at this time.  As much as Cam has tried to escape a small town fate, he would do anything for his mother.  Even if it means facing demons from his past.

Tate Ellison has been living with choices she made when she was eighteen years old, but she still has her father and her brother.  She really felt that her life was okay until she comes face to face with Cam Ruiz, the past that she chose to force out of her life all those years ago.

Cam and Tate have many trust issues that they both need to face if they are ever going to be able to move on in any capacity.  But when they start remembering and facing the past together, they can't escape the love that drew them to each other in the first place.

This was an incredibly emotional book for me, but I really enjoyed every bit of it.  Cam and Tate were childhood sweethearts, and even though I have read TONS of books along the same lines, this one constantly surprised me.  I love that the author was able to create a unique story for Cam and Tate using one of my favorite tropes.

While I don't really feel that you need to have read the other two books in the series before reading MAKE IT LAST (I only read Book #1), it may be beneficial to get Cam's complete story leading up to his decision to head back home.

This story had humor, tenderness, family, and friends. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of second chance romances, first love, or the New Adult genre in general.

4 out of 5 stars.

To me, this song is a perfect dedication from Tate to Cam.

Vance Joy - Georgia

I never should have told ya
I never should have let you see inside
Don't want it troubling your mind
Won't you let it be?

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