Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abby Glines
Because of Low by Abbi Glines
In my 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.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
I’m not one to leave a series unfinished. This is true even when I hate the first book as is the case with Sea Breeze #1. If that book had anything going for it, it’d have to be Marcus. And that’s about it. The writing, the plot, the conflict, hell… just about everything in that put me off. Yet, Marcus piqued my curiosity. This beta male, good guy had me wondering what the author would have in store for him.
In terms of writing, BECAUSE OF LOW felt a bit less as stilted. No long winded declarations of love; no sudden intense obsessive neediness out of nowhere for the either of two involved. A big plus is how not over the top they could be. Marcus’s issue? Possible. Her issues? Less so. And Cage? OK, I admit it the role this guy had in all of it did get a bit out there. Still, drama level was tolerable, worlds away from that of Sea Breeze #1.
Taken together, I liked the upfront way they handled their attraction. Neither of them skirted around it; both of them acted on it. There was a concerted effort by the two to be mindful of how their being together could/would affect others. (Sort of.)
Then individually… first off, it’s Marcus who had me reading this. In Breathless, he read the sensitive, good one; the one who’s careful and considerate. Here, he is all of that except he wasn’t just the sensitive guy. The things he dealt with pushed him to his limits and showed how much he could deal with and how he would do so. All those moments showed him being less than perfect and more real (and yeah, sheltered.)
In their love triangle that wasn’t, I felt that Marcus truly was the only viable choice. Especially if we consider how Cage behaved. I mean just because you’ve got an itch doesn’t mean you’ve got to scratch it 24/7. Cage Part I, oh… the eye rolls you induced! Only later in a teensy scrap almost to the end, a second version of Cage showed up, Cage Part II. With this version in mind, it made sense why Low was with him at all. I was beginning to grasp what Low saw in him at all. And I thought, where the hell, were you through out?! And of course Sadie, ehe.. I mean Low. The girl just read like Sadie. Insecure, unaware. Down on her luck but with a tougher past.
I suppose I will read the next one when it comes out. Because of Low was a much better reading experience that the first.
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