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Do you know what I LOVED about the book? It was the reason why they went on this trip down route 66. A final trip to remember a mother who never got an opportunity to finish a lifelong dream before she passed. Every year they went on a road trip and the goal was to eat a hot dog in every state. She never got to finish. So, they decided to take one last family vacation together before her brother Paul got married to finish what they had started as a family in her memory. Every scene that involved them remembering her were truly touching and I really wish the book had more of those moments and less of the over the top humor. I am a huge sucker for books that touch the heart, so it's no surprise that those were my favorite scenes.
The other part that I loved about this book was our couple... Porter and Marley. Porter was such an appealing male character. He truly had everything to make a girl swoon. A great down to earth guy who is also sexy, sexy, sexy! Marley is a successful beauty blogger and I actually quite enjoyed all of the blog articles she worked on throughout the road trip. I loved watching these two slowly come back together after a difficult parting when she was a senior in high school that left her broken hearted. I think many of us can relate to the broken heart syndrome... right??
My least favorite character in the book was her brother Paul. He was such a pansy in so many ways that I felt sorry for his bride to be. His character started out okay but got worse and worse throughout the story. And, then there was an incident at the end involving him and another character's butt that was just truly disturbing to me and I didn't find it in the least bit funny. It was that one scene that dropped this to a 3 star rating. Without this scene I would've rated higher for sure. It really bothered me and I couldn't shake it off. I hate it when that happens.
This book has some really enjoyable moments and was definitely worth the read. But, I just didn't love it as much as The Virgin Romance Novelist which was one of my top favorite reads last year. And, seeing that there are a lot of 5 star reviews for this book, it seems that whether or not you will love it will depend entirely on what you are looking for in romantic humor.
I do love Meghan Quinn and she has an outstanding sense of humor, so I will definitely be checking out what comes next from her in this genre. She has a talent for it and at the end of the day, she isn't afraid to take you to edge and throw you off... so, there you have it!
HOLY MOTHER OF BOOK MAGIC!!!!!!
HOLY FLANNEL WEARING-HOT DOG EATING-GOAT MILKING-SEXY-FARMTASTIC-RUSTIC-ALPHA MAN.
PORTER-FREAKIN-SMITH IS MINE.
I want to get that out of the way now before we go any further with this review!! Don't even think of COMING close to my man.
I'm flying to Cali, searching out Marley, and stealing Porter for ME!!!! **cue maniacal laugh** AH! My God. Hahahahaha! Just kidding...well sort of. I just can't tone my book buzzing, crazy down.
My heart and my squishy belly (don't judge--I have so many books to read I'm practically drowning, so yeah... working on the abs... not happening) Anyway... as I was saying, my heart and my squishy belly dipped like crazy for him.
I couldn't stop swooning.
I COULD NOT STOP.
It was crazy.
At one point, I was sighing so blissfully and so heavily, my Husband looked at me and said, "What's got you all happy over there."
I didn't answer. After all, I didn't want to give him a complex. If I went into everything that was so amazing about Porter Smith... well, the poor guy.
So I just smiled sweetly and held up my Kindle in response.
But what I really wanted to say was, "It's not what, baby, it's WHO!!!!!!!!! It's Porter! Porter, the King of ALL book boyfriend magic. The man I want to eat up. Porter, who is sweet and sexy, possessive and protective, funny and flannel wearing, lumberjack looking, perfection. With his ovary busting smirk, his adorable chuckles, and his all-encompassing swoon, it's Porter. It's PORTER, the man with a heart of pure gold, the one I'm in love with. The man I just want to DEVOUR again and again."
GAHHHHH! He has me tied up in knots. KNOTS, I tell ya!
And Marley is just as magical, with her quick whit, charming personality, and totally off the hook humor, well I'm stolen by her as well. I love these characters. And I more than adore their story. I'm not sure why I haven't read a Meghan Quinn book before now, but I CLEARLY missed the "THIS AUTHOR WILL ROCK YOUR FACE OFF" book memo. I must have been napping, failing at life as a reader and a blogger, because right under my nose was an author who was going to give me EVERYTHING I need in a read.
STEAMY BUILD UP.
FUNNY. OTT/SOMETIMES CRUDE HUMOR.
TEARS. <<--- Yessssss.... the feels even got me to shed some tears. AH! I CRIED.
LOVABLE CHARACTERS that I can relate to.
There's so much goodness in The Mother Road. So much so, it's brimming with fantasticness on every page.
Goodness!!!! **tries to rein in the swoon**
Okay, so what's this about?
Well, Marley gets an unexpected visit from her Dad and her brother Paul.
Let me say something about Paul before I go on. That man is a freaking princess. He's such a girl. He was so funny. Honestly, the laughs that he provided were PRICELESS. Actually, all the side characters really brought so much to this story.
Anyway... So Paul and Bernie have driven from NY to CALIFORNIA to pick up Marley. They sweetly inform her that they're taking the last road trip her mother had planned **cue feelssssss... wipes tears - Marley's mom passsed away** and they're doing it RIGHT NOW. They've brought Tacy along for the ride--their 1980's RV--and they're ready to hit The Mother Road as an ode to her mom.
Marley, being the cool chick she is (a beauty blogger who test products for a living), is happy to go. She can work from the RV and she's happy to spend some time with her Brother who's getting married, and her Dad who she adores. And so, they set forth on this journey and along the way they pick up... AHHHHH!
Guess who they pick up? **dramatic music now plays in this review**
YES... THEY PICK UP PORTER SMITH *angels break into song and dance** (giggles... Jeeezzzz.. I'm lame, but this review is so fun to write... anywhooo...)
Porter is Paul's BFF and a huge part of the family. And while picking up Porter is awesome for us, it's not so much for Marley. You see, this delicious man broke our precious Marley's heart. She's just can't get over it. So Marley sets out to make Porter miserable...
Why don’t we try to enjoy each other’s company rather than be at each other’s throats?”
Marley’s facial expressions are impossible to read right now as she steps closer to me. “Don’t count on it, Porter. I plan on making your life a living hell on this RV.”
"Is that right?” Challenge is in her eyes.
"Oh, yeah. Watch your back, Smith, I’m coming for you, and you know what? Pay back is a b_ch.”
"Pay back for what?” I ask, semi-liking the fire I see spouting off of her.
She gets on her tippy toes and whispers in my ear. “For splitting my heart in half and leaving me to bleed on my own.” <<--- She's a little pissed off... Haha.
And from there the journey begins...
The book is SO FUN AND SO SWEET. The build up of feels between Porter and Marley is heart tugging and emotional. And the steamy side of things is down right lip licking-shiver worthy- perfection. These characters are perfect.
Meghan Quinn wrote a story that held everything I could ever want. Reading The Mother Road was a pleasure, one that satisfied me on so many levels. It's crazy to say, but I'm pretty sure this will go down as one of my TOP 2016 reads. The year is just starting, but this book owned every single bit of me. And I can't get over just how incredible it was. It went BEYOND anything I expected. I more than loved it. And I MORE than recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book made me swoon, it made me laugh out loud, it made me ugly cry, but more than anything, it just made me smile.
Marley was the absolute best. Her comeback and wit was hilarious.Read more
I loved this book and highly recommended it.