Title **Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2)**
Author **Abbi Glines**
Publisher **Wild Child Publishing**
Release Date **February 7, 2012**
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Like the summary says, I was one of many that fell in love with Marcus, while he was busy falling in love with Sadie in Breathe. I was very excited to read another book by Abbi, as well as get a story all about Marcus, because after the last book, he deserved something good.
However, Because of Low isn’t the best of times for Marcus. Because of family drama he has moved back home, leaving college, to take care of his mom and his sister. When he moves back home he moves into an apartment with Cage, a guy he doesn’t know at all, but plays baseball with his best friend Preston.
Cage, did not win me over, ever in this book. He’s sleazy. He’s possessive (of Low). & he really doesn’t care. I was not a fan. Luckily, he does add his own moments to the story, where it could not have gone on without him. So, there’s that.
Then there is Low. Sometimes I was really annoyed with Low – because obviously she had potential and was making something of herself, but it was hard to deal with her self-doubt. But as it was intended, Low was hard not to like. She took care of everyone – Cage, Marcus, her sister, her niece, etc. and always seemed happy to do it. She’s the type of girl you root for, who you want to see get her prince charming. Watching her and Marcus fall in love, really was a wonderful story.
Unlike Breathe, this story was told from both Marcus and Low’s perspectives. Which was fun, because you really got to be inside both of their heads – which is what I enjoy about reading so much. While this book wasn’t about a rock star, it defiantly held its own in the Sea Breeze series.
Book 3 will be up next week!