Source: Received eBook from author in exchange for a fair and hones review.
Note of caution: Because of Low is not really a YA book. The setting is college and the book has adult themes. Strong language and sexual content are both prevalent.
Marcus left for college hoping to get away from the pain of loving Sadie while she loved Jax. But now he is forced to return home to help his mother and sister deal with his fathers choices. Staying with a friend of a friend, Marcus buries himself in online classes. Left alone in the apartment he shares with Cage, who is off chasing every beautiful girl he can find, Marcus opens the door to find a girl in tears, holding a suitcase, and asking for Cage. From what he knows of his new roommate, this can't be good. Marcus wants to help Low. He's interested. That's strange. But the even bigger problem is that when Cage gets home from his date, Low goes to his bedroom. This cannot be happening again. He cannot fall for the girl that already loves someone else. Surely Low knows what a womanizer Cage is. Marcus should stay out of it; he has enough personal problems dealing with his family. But he can't seem to leave Low alone.
4 stars - a great read
Abbi knows love stories. She just gets them. The plot of this story had me swooning, sighing, fanning and stressing. The passion was strong and fast but the story was also full of twists and turns that had the characters reeling. And while I guessed a few things before they happened, it was only just before they happened that I figured it out. The characters had difficult real problems that got in the way of their happiness a lot. So much so that I found myself needing a support group as I stressed about the characters I loved.
I LOVE that this book is from a guy's POV. It's not very common but I really really love to read from a male POV. I love to know what's going on in that male mind and Abbi did a fabulous job getting Marcus right. He isn't perfect but he's a great guy. I fell in love with him in BREATHE and was so happy he got his own book. Of course we get to read from Low's POV too and that was also fabulous.
As for the characters, of course I love Marcus but Low is pretty special too. She comes from a difficult upbringing that has caused her to have more than her fair share of pain. I love how strong she is. I love how forgiving she is. I love how independent she tries to be. I love that she's willing to go to Cage for help. She finds ways to make it work. Speaking of Cage, at first I didn't like him. Well who could like a guy that was sleeping with a different girl every night but claimed to want to marry Low eventually. But there's a whole lot more to Cage than that. As I got to know him, I fell for him too. Abbi just creates guys that I love. So excited that Cage will be getting his own book too. YAY!
Let me also say a word about the characters I didn't like. I really don't like Marcus's dad or Low's sister. That of course is as it should be. No one could like them. Another thing Abbi does well is get those evil characters right. And yes Low's sister is evil! Read the book and you'll think so too.
This is a great contemporary read. If that's your genre that for sure pick this one up immediately. If you haven't read contemporary in a while, then this is the one to rediscover it with. Check it out.
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