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 York.
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.
I had really high expectations for this book since I loved Breathe. I even love the third book in this series, but Because of Low fell short for me. The writing was great, and the story line up until the end was great. But the problem I had with this book was the main character Low.
I sympathized with her early on. Her life was not easy, and I was glad she had someone like Cage to help her through things. I was even tickled pink when she and Marcus get together. They were really good together and made each other happy. The problem for me started when we reach the climax of the book. Marcus thinks he has been betrayed by Low, her family, and his dad and Low does nothing. Understandably Marcus storms out of the room.
He is so hurt and confused and just needs some air to breathe. Instead of trying to show him that she was just as surprised as she was, Low does nothing. She complains of how Marcus left her too. Just like everyone one else but Marcus has left her. I wanted to scream at this point. I don't get why she felt like the victim here. I kept waiting for her to try and make things right with Marcus, but it took Marcus's father to get that ball rolling and for Marcus to discover the truth on his own. At that point it was even questionable if Low would agree to be with Marcus again. I felt that the misunderstanding got blown completely out of proportion and I did not like how Low handled the situation.
Overall a good book, but I just could not get past my difficulties with the main character.
Rating: 3 Stars!