REVIEW: The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

Beautiful story full of funny, awkward moments, road trip adventures, and heart-warming second-chance romance.

the-mother-roadAuthor: Meghan Quinn
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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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.

This was my first Meghan Quinn book and honestly, I didn’t think I’d love this one. The beginning of the story didn’t interest me maybe because Marley keeps on talking with her smart mouth and while everything that came out of it were downright laughable, I got tired. But apparently not tired enough not to continue reading. And thank God for hanging on because I surely had a blast!

Marley is a beauty blogger who’s now residing in LA. She grew up on her father’s farm, Bernie, with her older brother Paul and his best friend Porter. Girls being ambitious and all that, she didn’t want to be stuck in the farm so she made it her goal to spread her wings and fly away from it. And it worked for her because now she’s one of the most popular beauty bloggers. But she worked really hard to achieve the status she now has. Lies within all the fame is a heart that still wants a chance at love but scared enough to try because it was shattered four years ago.

Paul, Marley’s brother, is such an interesting character. He’s that genius guy who borders on annoying because he always explanation on things. Also screams like a girl.

Bernie, Marley’s father, is the character who’s easy to love. Great dad for the siblings and only swears using presidents’ names.

Marley’s mom died of cancer so they’re honoring her tradition of road trip adventure because they always did that when she was still alive. And fulfilling to conquer The Mother Road.

Porter Smith, Paul’s best friend, who broke Marley’s heart is M I N E. Hahaha! I love this guy so much! He had so much self-doubt because of his family but am so glad the McManns had kind of made him a family, and his zero education. He’s working for Marley’s dad’s farm and that’s it. No bright future whatsoever waiting for him. Thus, him thinking he didn’t deserve Marley and resulted to Marley’s heart being torn to pieces. But man, his love for Marley was just too much for me to handle. It’s unbelievable. It’s stupid and reasonable all at once. You know that kind of love that only allowed you to love that person in a distance? I cried a lot because of it. With that said, Porter Smith earned a high-ranking spot in my Top BBFs Ever list! Well-deserved spot if you’d ask me.

I love that even when the story is packed with humor and hilarity at every page, there’s that undeniably strong connection between Porter and Marley the moment Porter hopped on to the RV to join their Mother Road adventure because it was also Paul’s bachelor party. I love the banter between everyone and how each of them knew what buttons to push and how hard. I love that they treated everyone like a family. Well, except for Porter and Marley okay. I love that they took photos of everything and nothing and themselves using a Polaroid to honor Mama McMann. Now that’s very adorable and nostalgic. The bonding of these four characters was truly amusing to the point that they pissed each other off in most disgusting ways. That’s how comfortable they were! And I loved every bit of it.

I really thought there was nothing more to the story than a road adventure but man was I wrong! And I was so glad to be on the wrong side because that plot twist? I. LOVED. IT! The Mother Road is that book that will keep you laughing then make you cry in the end. That’s an odd saying, right? You’re happy now, then the next day you’re crying. That is The Mother Road exactly. I never thought I would cry but I think it’s the sensitivity and vulnerability of Marley and Porter that opened the tear gates. Their fears are real, their hurts are real but more importantly their love for each other is very real.

This is also a first time for me to come across a sweet, ruggedly hot, beta hero and it was fantastic for a first time! I’m so glad Porter was my first… beta hero and I’ll gladly fall in love with him over and over again.

I highly recommend The Mother Road if you’re into romantic comedy, humorous conversations, beauty tips, adventures on the road and love feels that will absolutely make you melt. Because I did. Actually—nope, not just the love because the steamy scenes were a sure fire to fire up your body as well. Haha! Good luck cooling that up!

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