Make It Last: A Bowler University Novel

Make It Last: A Bowler University Novel

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by Megan Erickson
     
 

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After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom's health make living in Paradise anything but. There's only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he's ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when

Overview

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom's health make living in Paradise anything but. There's only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he's ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she's ever had. She always hoped the pain of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it's only grown. She took comfort in the fact that she'd never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant, and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss … which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/17/2014
The appealing, quick-paced final title of Erickson’s Bowler University new adult contemporary trilogy (after Make It Right) ventures off campus to look at life after graduation. The ink is still drying on Cam Ruiz’s diploma when he’s called back to his uninspiring hometown, Paradise, to help care for his mother. Working as a bouncer is no fun, and Cam is torn between staying for his mother’s sake and leaving in the fall for his dream job. Tate Ellison, Cam’s high school flame, has been stuck in Paradise due to her father’s illness. She’s working as a waitress and trying to hold her fracturing family together as she makes her own hard decisions. When the two reunite, everything gets both better and more complicated. With an easy style and likable characters, the story flows quickly, and readers familiar with new adult romances will appreciate Erickson’s willingness to abandon the genre’s clichés. Agent: Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Jen McLaughlin
“Steamy, poignant, and addicting...you won’t want to put it down!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062353535
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Series:
Bowler University , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
61,801
File size:
576 KB

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Meet the Author

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators, and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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Make It Last: A Bowler University Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Make it Last by Megan Erickson is the third book in her Bowler University series. It can be read as a standalone. Camilo Ruiz is back in Paradise. His hometown and a place he never expected to go back to. Not after what happened with Tate. The one love in his life. Tatum Ellison made a judgement call four years ago and has been paying for it ever since. She has never left paradise, is still working at the diner. The one thing she never expected was that Cam would come back. Two broken people believing things that aren't quite correct and living in pain for the past few years they've spent apart. Fate has intervened and caused Cam and Tate's paths to cross. The beauty of this story is what happens when they do. Distance allowed them stay apart but that has changed now. In Paradise, they can't stop crossing paths and the electricity that used to exist between them is still very much in existence. A beautiful read. I definitely will read more from this author and will go back and read the previous books in the series.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars This series is by far one of my favorites in the New Adult age group. The books are fun, sweet, and realistic all at the same time and I've enjoyed getting to know and fall for the characters. Make it Last follows Cam, the sexy National Guard Latino, who we met in the previous books. The series steps away from Bowler U for this book and follows Cam back to his hometown, as he wants to be there to help his mom out. I'm such a sucker for second chance romances and I adored this one so much. I love what a good guy Cam is. He chooses to come back home to help his mom, because it's the right thing to do. After raising him as a single parent, he wants to take care of her as she did for him. Even if that means going back to the place and be reminded of the girl that destroyed his heart and shattered their future plans together. Having assumed she moved on with her life and went her own way, he never expects to see Tate still working at the same diner she did when he left more than four years ago. It's a punch in the gut to see her again, still feeling the sting of her betrayal. He has no idea what Tate's life has been like since he left and how much his leaving killed her. Tate never expected Camilo Ruiz to blow back into town again. They always had big plans to leave the wretched small town and while he was lucky enough to get out, circumstance forced her to stay. Tate loves her family and the news they received four years ago destroyed her dreams of a future with Cam. She doesn't resent them, but her life has not been easy, that's for sure. Now, Cam is back in all his sexy glory and the two attempt to begin a friendship. Cam is still hurt by Tate's actions, but that doesn't stop him from being there for her when she needs him. Having once been a dear part of her family, he sees Tate struggling to keep control of her younger brother Jamie. At 17, Jamie is acting out and Cam is shocked at how different he is from the sweet 13 year old kid he once knew. Suddenly, Cam finds himself wanting to know just what is going on with Tate and what has happened while he has been gone. I really enjoyed Cam and Tate's romance and how Erickson employed the use of a fictitious Sims like game called Utope to unite them. Through their avatars, they are able to express sentiments they haven't been able to convey aloud, so I thought it was cute how they slowly fell back into the life they might have once had. Things are not all as they seem when it comes to why Tate and Cam broke up, so watching them start again once the truth is revealed is really sweet and sexy. While Cam and Tate may be reigniting their relationship, they do have their futures to think of. They both desperately want to make it work this time around, but Tate doesn't want Cam to sacrifice his dreams for her. She doesn't realize that she IS one of his dreams too and he isn't going to lose her again. Sacrifice and family play such a huge role in this book and I really loved that. Seeing Jamie interact with Cam broke my heart, because he was really impacted after Tate and Cam broke up. Cam was a role model and an older brother to Jamie, and Cam leaving really hit him hard. So much changed at once for Tate's family and instead of letting Cam in, she pushed him away to cope, not wanting him to sacrifice his dreams for her. There is this absolutely perfect scene at the end of the book that provides us with a reunion of our Bowler favorites and I was squealing because it was just too adorable. I also thought Cam and Tate's ending was perfect too. I love second chance romances because there's already so much history there between the characters and I love seeing their past unfold and how they came to be separated in the first place. Watching them find their way back to one another is also wonderful and I felt Erickson did a great job giving us Cam and Tate's story.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Can I just start out by saying how much I *love* the title for this book? It's a great little play on words and I appreciate the thought Megan put into this. It's the last book in the series and it's a second chance story with a couple trying to find a way to make their love last. <3 It's finally time for Cam's story – one I've been waiting for from the beginning of the series – and I could not have been more excited about it when I started. The excitement and feels continued throughout the book and I ended it with a big, goofy grin on my face. I'm a total sucker for a good second chance story, and Cam and Tate's is exactly that.  When Cam returned to his hometown to help his mom after she had some medical issues, he finds himself facing his past and trying to deal again with seeing his ex, Tate, around all the time. But, it's not long before he learns that what happened in the past wasn't what he thought, things aren't always as they appear, and old feelings die hard. The more he and Tate find themselves in each other's path, the more obvious it is that their story isn't quite over yet.  I really loved both Cam and Tate. Cam already about half had my heart going into the book, but it didn't take any time at all for him to grab hold of the other part. It took me a little longer to warm up to Tate, but only because I, like Cam, thought she had cheated on him in the past. But, like I said above, things aren't as they seem. Tate was going through A LOT of things, both in the past and again currently, and she had her reasons for leading Cam to believe the rumors of her cheating. I might have disagreed with her reasoning, but I understood why she did it. She was a good girl. She worked hard and tried to do the best she could for her dad and little brother. Her relationship with her family – and Cam's connection with them, too – was a highlight of this book. Strong familial relationships are few and far between in new adult, so I loved how Megan highlighted it here.  This was a special book. Not only was it fun (and feel-filled) to follow along with Cam and Tate as they tried to find their way back to each other – and hopefully to a happily ever after – but there are a couple absolutely heartwarming moments with the couples from the previous Bowler University books at the end of the book. I absolutely loved Kat and Alec and Lea and Max, so it was *wonderful* to get to see where life had taken them since their books ended. Fans of the Bowler University series will adore this conclusion to the series. As sad as I am to let go of these characters, I'm really pleased with how it ended.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to know about Cam from the moment I met him in Make It Right.  I knew how disappointed he was to not be able to get his dream job and have to return to Paradise, but I had no idea of what he'd left behind.  As someone who loves second chance stories, I was very eager to find out if Cam and Tatum Ellison would have another chance at being a couple. Right off the bat I knew any sort of reunion between the two was going to be very difficult.  They were still raw from what ever broke them apart four years ago.  I was intrigued by how they behaved around each other, even though it was painful for them to do so.  I loved the chemistry they had.  Cam and Tate just worked well together.  I was heartbroken by everything Tate was having to deal with and I admired her for how well she was handling everything.  I didn't always agree with the decisions she made, but I think she was trying her best.   I loved meeting Jamie and Ted.  I do wish there had been some more interactions between Cam and them, perhaps some flashbacks to the past, to give me more insight, but this book is firmly set in the present.  I would've also liked some sort of resolution to Ted's story arc, but perhaps that will be addressed in another book.  I got really emotional at times.  (I cried.)  I loved seeing other characters from the preceding books in the series make guest appearances.  It was great to catch up with them. For those who may be worried about getting lost, you can read this as a stand alone. I read this book very quickly; it was that exciting and thrilling.  I'm sincerely hoping the series will continue and we'll get more stories from the now mostly former Bowler University gang.  Megan Erickson has written a book that will thrill, entertain, and touch you.  
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
That fountain scene though - SWOON! Not gonna lie, this cover makes me blush. :D But it's okay, because the story inside put a big 'ole smile on my face, just like it's predecessors did. MAKE IT LAST is story about Second Chance Love, one of my all-time favorite tropes to read, but it's also about family, friendship and learning that it's okay to not have everything figured out even with a college diploma. I enjoyed my time spent on the Bowler Campus, but the change of scenery was nice too. Cam and Tate share a history, one that is both sweet and painful but they don't dwell on it. Choosing instead to address it and move on mainly because there is a lot going on in the present. Neither Cam nor Tate shy away from telling the other exactly how they feel whether in person or through virtual reality (think Sims) which creates for some pretty steamy discussions and make-ups. It was entertaining to watch them work through their issues and even MORE fun when the rest of the Bowler University gang makes a cameo. It's always sad when a series comes to an end, but I'm thankful it introduced me to Megan Erickson and her writing. I'm excited to see what she gives us next!