Published by Simon Pulse on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Because of Low is the second novel in Sea Breeze Series. This can be read as a standalone but if you’d like to fully understand the story, then I would recommend beginning with Breathe. Marcus was introduced in Breathe and I was Team Marcus so I was pretty excited to know that Because Of Low was his book.
I had high expectations of Marcus that sadly weren’t meant. In Breathe, Marcus was sweet and kind and I felt like Because of Low showed a side of him, I didn’t really care for. He was a little too alpha for me and I felt like he went a bit overboard with Low and I didn’t really like that.
Low on the other hand was very sweet and I thought she had a heart of gold. I thought she put with a ton of people’s crap and didn’t expect much in return. I was honestly surprised she even liked Marcus.
I’m one of the few supports of insta-love but I didn’t believe this story. I felt things happened a little too fast and I honestly didn’t believe in Low and Marcus relationship. I understood that Marcus was going through a lot but I felt for me that overshadowed their relationship.
I also guessed the plot twist before it actually happened and that was kind of sad. I was hoping I wasn’t right. I was also bummed that Cage and Low didn’t end up together. I was really rooting for him. I liked how Abbi makes you want to root for the other guy and then you realize the next book is about him. So needless to say I’m really curious to meet this amazing Cage York ya’ll talk about.
However, I will say that I can see the improvement in Abbi’s writing from Breathe to Because of Low. I felt like her male POV were better and I thought the story was easier to get into. I’m interested to see how this series continues and I’m excited to read about Cage.