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.
Breathe (Sea Breeze #1)
There's just something about Abbi Glines' writing style which compels you to read her books. They are a perfect fit in the New Adult genre which I love. If you're looking for a contemporary new adult romance which is actually quite realistic you should definitely give Abbi Glines a try.
Because Of Low is the second book in the Sea Breeze series. We'd met Marcus Hardy before in Breathe. You can find Sarika's review of Breathe here. I was intrigued by Marcus since the first time we met him and when I found out he got a story of his own I was super excited. I absolutely adored Marcus and Low's story.
Marcus has to come back from college due to a family crisis. His dad has found a girlfriend who is only a few years older than Marcus which leaves his mother mentally falling apart and his sister Amanda devastated. Marcus has to hold his family together and deal with all of it. Willow "Low" Foster is dealing with quite a few problems of her own.
Marcus is Cage's roommate who is Willow's best friend. Low knows Cage will always be there for her when things go from bad to worse but she can't help being attracted to Marcus. I thought Low was a genuinely sweet girl. She was just such a nice person and I felt bad for her having to deal with so many things. Marcus was a swoon worthy guy who admitted it when he was wrong without being egotistical.
The romance was awesome with a number of scenes which just made Low and Marcus more perfect for each other. The truth as they say in the book could be spotted a mile away but that didn't decrease the enjoyment of the book one bit for me. Maybe it was a little cheesy but I like cheesy once in a while. Maybe giving it 4.5 stars is me being generous but I really did enjoy Because Of Low. If you're looking for New Adult Contemporary Romance you should definitely give the Sea Breeze series a go.