Because of Low

Because of Low
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Release Date
February 07, 2012
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B0076TF04O
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In Abbi Gline's debut novel, Breathe, Sadie may have fallen in love with the teen rock star, Jax Stone, but readers fell head over heels for Marcus Hardy. This is his story…

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 Watson.

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.

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I had such high hopes for Marcus and Low...
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I wanted to love this book because it was touted as "Marcus' story" but I didn't. Also, shouldn't Marcus have been on the cover somewhere if this is his story? He totally got the shaft in my opinion. The story is told from both Marcus' and Willow or "Low's" POV which is one of the few positives for me.

The writing was definitely better than in "Breathe", not as halting but this Marcus was not the same one as in the first book. Regardless of the difficult time he was going through, this Marcus seemed to have lost the sweetness I enjoyed about him in the first book. Where was the guy who, despite his own broken heart, climbed in through Sadie's window when she was in the midst of her brokenness over Jax and managed to get through to her when no one else could? Where was the guy who protected Sadie against the prying eyes of the locals after all hell broke loose around her? The friend who was by her side when she needed him most? There were a few glimpses of THAT Marcus but for the most part, THIS Marcus was a different guy and I didn't care for him. Yeah, he was a gem compared to Cage but who wouldn't be? *shivers with ick* (Even Preston looked like a dream next to him.)

In my opinion, Low was a shorter, curvier, red-headed version of Sadie with a few more insecurities. She's strong when she needs to be for her niece but she relies way too much on Cage. They both have low opinions of themselves overall and judge people based on how much money they have or how much they think they have which is wrong.

Once again, you have a makeshift love triangle where hearts get broken, lives irrevocably changed in this case but things somehow get worked out in the end.

With this being the second book in the Sea Breeze series, it will be interesting to see who the third book will be about. My money's on Preston since he's been a recurring character.
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I don't know how I made it out of this book alive. I swear, half of the time I was an emotional wreck, and the other half I just yelled at the characters and had so many questions. I excitedly waited for the arrival of this book, and was not disappointed.

Unravel me should really be called Character Develop Me. I'm not complaining, I really enjoyed seeing a different side to Adam and Warner. Even Kenji, and the other characters got more air-time then they normally would have in series. I really enjoyed reading this book, but as a warning, there are some scenes not advised for the younger YA crowd, and the book doesn't have as much action as you would expect from a 450 page novel. But, I think I liked it better than the first.

Just in case you aren't sure if we have the same opinions I like: yelling at my books, getting so into a novel that I forget to eat, having my emotions run crazy, and constantly asking myself questions. And I enjoyed this book, because a good book makes you think.
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