Sunday, September 30, 2012

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines -- YA Review

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines -- YA Review

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol' dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she's sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage York.

Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there. 

Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out.... there’s no other choice. Blub from Goodreads
Details: Released February 7, 2012, Kindle e-book
Genre: YA
Source: purchased
Links: Goodreads

Stars? 4/5

In one sentence? Three screwed up people learning to love, trust and let go.


Marcus, Low and Cage are all screwed up. But they're screwed up for a reason. Their past informs their actions and reactions and helps the reader sympathize with the characters even when they're not particularly likeable.

Marcus was presented as the good guy but he's not a saint, he can certainly pack a wallop, and does. Marcus tends to go caveman in regards to Low, but he has lots of redeeming characteristics. He is fierce when it comes to protecting the people he loves. And he was sweet. And he cooks!

Low has the most character development; she wasn't the same person at the end of the book. She was able to make decisions and take actions that she couldn't have made at the begining of the book.

I couldn't help but like man whore Cage. He's a man whore, Glines makes that clear, but when he's with Low he's a different person, the one she can always count on. It's not Cage's story but we even see his growth here, he was able to put her happiness first.

Glines doesn't shy away from the dark places we go - and come from - but she shows how we can survive them. Glines makes it an emotionally wrenching experience for all of us as she tortures her characters, making them face the worst, before putting them back together. 

In all, Because of Low was a quick, entertaining read.

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