16 June 2014

Make It Count Review

Make It Count (Bowler University Series #1)
by Megan Erickson

Category/Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins
Release Date: June 3

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 college 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.

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What I say: I do love a college/Uni story and the character cards released by Megan Erickson had me really excited for Make It Count. I was excited when the book finally arrived on my Kindle.

The story is told in dual POV divided between Kat, a Uni student who is sick of being judged for her looks and hates being labelled as ditzy or stupid. She wants to be taken seriously but puts on a front to protect herself emotionally. Struggling with statistics, Kat finds herself with her beefcake boyfriend, Max's, best friend Alec as a tutor. The other POV, Alec is smart, hot and oh-so-off-limits. Alec battles with a huge crush on Kat, but feels disloyal lusting after his friends girl. Plus he has previously come across as a bit of a know-it-all. 

The story focuses on Kat and Alec as they try to fight their feelings and growing attraction. The book also deals with Kat's insecurities and problems with her studies. We get insights into Alec's tragic past and Max's family problems. A fair amount of the plot involves misunderstandings and a lack of communication between the characters (and not just Kat and Alec). 

The secondary characters including Danica and Kat's friends were an interesting bunch. I loved how supportive Danica was and how she helped both Alec and Kat.

I did get a bit frustrated with Kat at times because although I understood her reticence and where she was coming from, I did think she overreacted at times and didn't give Alec chance to explain. I really enjoyed Make It Count and although the voices were sometimes a little confused at times it didn't lessen my enjoyment in the story (I think this may be me being a Brit rather than anything else).  I also thought certain characters were rather forgiving, way more so than I would have been.

I'm looking forward to learning more about Max, Lea, Tara, Danica etc in the next book and it'll be going straight onto my TBR pile!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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