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.
I´ve gotta hand it to the author… Meghan Quinn has a way with words. Her writing is hilarious. It´s so full of positive energy and full of life that you really can´t help but enjoy what she wrote.
`The Mother Road`, a standalone rom – com told in dual POVs ( Hero & Heroine ). Or, it´s a road trip romance that screams of disastrous moments and funny as hell banters.
It was good. Really entertaining. I certainly haven´t read a story like this one before. But I have watched a gazillion rom – com road trip movies.
So, what´s the difference between a rom – com road trip movie and a rom – com road trip novel? There isn´t one. Which isn´t a problem. I like road trip romances.
But, did I like `The Mother Road` by Meghan Quinn? Yeah… no… Well, I´m not sure.
There were parts I definitely enjoyed. Some parts made me laugh so hard I had to set my cereal bowl down for a moment just to catch my breath. And then there were those moments that had me feeling all kinds of awkward. My guess is those awkward parts were, indeed, funny only I wasn´t able to see the humor.
Then came those scenes where I was slightly fed up with the humor. I was thinking
“Alrighty. Let´s move on.”
But the humor didn´t want to move on.
There was also the Heroine issue, again ( I´ve had a problem with the author´s Heroine from A Virgins Romance Novelist ). I don´t know what it is but this is the second time the author´s Heroine started out great and became extremely exhausting.
Marley was great. So great until it was obvious she was just being ridiculous with her attitude. There´s a fine line between being cute and being a total shit for a long period of time for no greater reason. The Heroine doesn´t take shit. She gives shit. She gives too much shit.
As for the Hero, Porter, I liked him. I liked his character so much so that I wished he´d be my BFF.
As for the romantic side of the story- Meeh * wave off * It could have been greater. It could have been less aggressive ( because when the Heroine says she´s the beat – them – then – treat – them type of girl then you know what you´re getting yourself into)
All in all not a terrible read. A little less tom boy, tough girly, all shit and balls behavior and I would have adored this book.
But I didn´t. So,…
Would I recommend this book? Yeah, sure. Why not? I know loads of people who love these types of stories and who also enjoy Heroine´s I´d rather stay away from. It´s a fun road trip romance with humor.
Would I reread this book? Probably not.
The Cover – 5 Stars: I´m living for this cover! So colorful, simple and quirky. A total eye catcher.
The Story – 3 Stars: Take away the road trip and you have yourself a story we´ve all read before. There´s nothing new, just told in a humorous way.
The Characters – 3 Stars: Yeah, no. I´m not going to put Marley on my list of worthy Heroines. But I will shine some light on Porter, though. Gotta love that guy.
My emotional state after finishing this read: Not impressed. Not disappointed.
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