Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn - ARC Review

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.

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Reviewed: January 2016.  
Childhood friends.... CHECK.....
Second Chance Love story ..... CHECK...
Older brothers bestmate ....CHECK....
Friends to Lovers....CHECK...
Roadtrip story....CHECK....
Holy Moly, did Meghan Quinn read my crack hit list???? Anyone who knows me knows that these are the stories I LIVE for, give me one of these tropes and I'm on it, but this is the amalgamation of everything I love!
Marley McMann has got a pretty sweet life, she's created the career she always wanted, as a successful beauty blogger, that's built a strong following and is gaining the recognition of leaders in the beauty and cosmetic field who want to use her site to advertise their products and for her to test their range, she's got her professional life figured out, and it's a long way from the country girl she left behind four years ago.
Porter Smith is a born and bred farm boy, when his home life left a lot to be desired, Gloria and Bernie McMann took him in and loved him like their own, Paul and Porter became instant best friends, and Marley met the boy she would spend her entire childhood and adolescence swooning over, Porter was always respectful, honourable to a fault, and when he and Marley finally had a chance to explore what they felt for each other the night of Marley's Prom, Porter as always did the right thing, and walked away.
Fast Forward to now, weeks before Paul marries the love of his life Savannah, he and his father have a proposition for Marley, one last trip along the Mother Road, the ultimate is Winnebago holidays, an ode to their family, an ode to Gloria, one last great hurrah before sending Paul into matrimony, and in itself the trip is something Marley looks forward to, until she doesn't, until she has the see Porter again, the man who broke her heart by walking away, the man who taught her about childhood crushes, and teenage love, the man she's spent four year trying to forget.
"We're living in two different worlds, Marley, and they don't meet up."
In typical Meghan Quinn style I knew without a shadow of a doubt that The Mother Road would be hilarious, and it is, seamlessly blending witty retorts, with the kind of childish hilarity that anyone one with a sibling will recognise, but more than that The Mother Road was sweet, super sweet at times, because underneath Porter's bravado and Marley's feisty comebacks are two people who want each other with a desperation they have both tried to supress, but they love each other on a fundamental level, a love that started out as something so pure, and blossomed into something romantic, fuelled by lust and desire, but it's that purity, that faith in each other, that determination to see the other live the kind of life they only imagined, even if it means that you won't be part of it.
"My love for Marley is strong enough for me to let her go; too bad my heart is still battered and bruised from the first time I said goodbye."
Everything about The Mother Road drew me in, I was invested, enraptured, spellbound, this story is about so much more than a roadtrip, so much more than an ode to the ties that bind, so much more than more than two people who have spent most of their lives orbiting around one another. It's filthy and hilarious and sexy and sweet, Quinn pulled no punches here, she laid it all out there asking the reader to join Marley, Porter, Paul and Bernie to hold on tight and enjoy the ride, Porter is a little bit alpha, a lot swoonworthy and the kind of man any father would be proud to see with his little girl, and Marley is both strong and fragile, tough and sweet, she's the kind of heroine you can help but love, because underneath that confident exterior is a young woman who's known the man of her dreams her entire life and just wants him to truly see her.
"These hands, they were made to protect me heart, to guide me through life, and to take care of me like your mom used to."
There's a beautiful message here, one that's buried under the hilarity, under the side splitting comedy, under the constant pranks, it's one that reminds us as the reader that we should do the things that scare us, we shouldn't go through life guarding our hearts to the point that we miss out on the good, to scared of the bad, Quinn reminds the reader that everything you want is on the other side of fear, and sometimes we just have to do it anyway, The Mother Road is a story of love, family and no regrets, one that not only made me laugh, but made my heart smile, it left me feeling strong and sure, invincible, it cemented Quinn as a force to be reckoned with in not only romantic comedy but contemporary romance.
About Meghan Quinn:

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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