Review: Because of Low by Abbi Glines


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 Watson.

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.


I don’t quite understand the fandom associated with this book, while it was better than book 1 it was still just a meh read for me. As soon as the story was set up, I called the big plot twist at around 13%…I was also right. I would have liked to see more of an element of surprise or twist but alas, we can’t have everything we want. There wasn’t anything special that made me fall in love with Low or Marcus, and there wasn’t anything I hated…it was just okay.

Marcus was back in full swing and we got see glimpses of all the crew from book 1; however, it was another re-occurring read of insta-love. Characters meet, boy does something swoony and they are suddenly in love. I also don’t know about anyone else but this book displayed Low as an inexperienced virgin and for some reason the sex scenes are so awkward to read that they make me uncomfortable.

In addition, Low’s relationship with Cage is creepy and overly attached. I am pretty sure they both need to be in therapy, Low for abandonment issues and Cage for coping with his upbringing. This book was supposed to be Marcus’ journey but as a character I didn’t really feel like he grew, the only difference is he now has a girlfriend. I wanted to see some personal growth from him. Overall, it was just a meh read and I think on that note I am done with this particular Abbi Glines series.


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