Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

NA Romantic Comedy
Release date: January 12, 2016
Cover Designed by: Meghan Quinn

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations. 

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago. 

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

~Book Review~
3 Stars

Marley McManns, 22, grew up a tomboy on a farm in New York. Now she’s a California girl running a beauty blog.  But the past and present are about to collide when her father and brother show up in the family’s old RV for a cross country trip across Route 66. Along for the ride is her brother’s best friend and her long time crush, Porter Smith, 26.

This was a hard one to rate because I think enjoyment depends a lot on the type of humor the reader is keen on.  I adore low angst, light-hearted reads and this one is a romcom, but there’s probably more comedy than romance and the comedy is often of a particular nature. Fans of bathroom humor and bodily function jokes will adore this one. For me though, it took away from the romance. Sometimes less is more when it comes to gross-out humor, especially in a romance. The narration is well written and witty though. I wished the dialogue would have been the same. I struggled to feel the chemistry between Marley and Porter.  I think I needed a little more wooing and romance and less pranks.

None the less, both are likeable people as far as character go. Marley is spunky. Porter is a good guy and refreshingly about the furthest thing from a manwhore without being a virgin that I’ve read in a long time. We definitely need more guys like him in the romance world. 

There’s some sentimental parts regarding Marley’s mother so if you can handle a few tears thrown in with the laughs, you’ll enjoy the full story. For personal reasons, I’m opted to do some skimming there. Told via Marley and Porter’s alternating first person point of view, The Mother Road is a stand-alone. 

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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