July 25, 2014

Review: MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson

By Megan Erickson
Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by William Morrow & Company

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hotline. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec . . . who just so happens to be her brand-new math tutor. Who knew nerds could be so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's length. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off-limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back . . .

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn that messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust that he may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


I loved this story!

Nerdy boy, girl with a secret that she isn't even aware of, hot steamy sexy scene that will give you butterflies and make you laugh out loud at the same time. Lots and lots of sexual tension... did I mention steamy sexy scene? Uh, yeah. The sexy time was tamed, and not in every chapter -- which was a good thing.

Only issue I had with the story is that the situation both Kat and Alec find themselves in was a little more serious than what the author made it seem. Things worked out for them, but a little too easy if you ask me.

Aside from that this book was AWESOME!


MAKE IT COUNT is a hilarious, sweet, and sexy read. It’s been a very long time since I read a NEW ADULT that made me laugh as hard as I did, blush as much as I did, and make my stomach turn all at once. It’s no secret that I am a huge New Adult reader, but lately I’ve been trying to read outside the genre. It’s all contemporary and, to me, there is only so much you can write in this genre before it all just blends together.

I picked up MAKE IT COUNT because the author was doing a live chat with us on Facebook and she happened to share a bit about her book. I was quickly intrigued and immediately bought a kindle copy. I started it that night, and the rest was history. I actually opened the book with the intention of reading only chapter one or two to really get a feel for the authors writing. Well, it did more than just pull me in. I seriously could not put it down. I was up reading until my iPad slapped me in the face because my eyes just couldn’t stay open any longer. The next day I woke up, made my coffee, and finished it. Everything was on hold until I was done reading.

MAKE IT COUNT was a unique read for me. It’s not very often you read about a boy who is a nerd (glasses and all), and a girl who isn’t really popular. I really liked how their relationship begins, and the struggles they go through trying to fight what they feel for one another. Kat is dating Alec’s roommate, who also happens to be his best friend. Falling for each other is a big, BIG, mistake. But this story is more than just a romance. There is a lot more going on than their chemistry and the crazy angst between the two. They also do not spend most of the book sneaking around. Things progress at a great pace. When they finally do get together though, prepare to laugh out loud multiple times. Not only was I laughing so hard, my stomach was fluttering like crazy. I had a smile on my face pretty much from beginning to end of this book.

My only issue was the way things happened in order for them to finally get together. It was predictable and (forgive my bluntness) a stupid excuse. But I guess in the end everything worked out, so can’t really complain much about it.

This was a great story and I hope the second is just as good.


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