on January 12th 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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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. PaulÔÇÖs know-it-all attitude and PorterÔÇÖs 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 1980ÔÇÖs RV.
THE MOTHER ROAD by Meghan Quinn
NA Romantic Comedy
Release date: January 12, 2016
Cover Designed by: Meghan Quinn
ItÔÇÖs pretty hard to find an author who can achieve the perfect balance in a romantic comedyÔÇªI think I can count my favorites on one hand.┬á You better believe that Meghan Quinn makes that short list.┬á This story had me laughing out loud so many times that I got the stink eye from the hubs.┬á What did I love so much?┬á Besides the perfect blend of humor, hot guy and dirty humor?┬á This story pulled at my heart strings as I giggled.┬á Come onÔÇªhow can you not when thereÔÇÖs a description of a faux yoga asana called ÔÇ£hidden popsicleÔÇØ?!
Marley: “LetÔÇÖs play a little Horse like in basketball, but instead of shooting, we post.┬á First one to spell out Perv, loses.”
Porter: Thinking on the spot, I sit on my ass, grab my legs and hug them close to my body, while I balance on my tailbone…
“I call this the hidden popsicle.ÔÇØ
The relationship between Marley (also known as Marbles) and Porter is not perfect.┬á Neither of them are.┬á ThatÔÇÖs the beauty of it all.┬á Their flaws (hello trailer toilet scene) make them so endearing.┬á ThereÔÇÖs a bit of star-crossed love going on between these two with a side of disdain and payback.┬á Oh, and MarleyÔÇÖs many accidents and red dot specials (this is greatÔÇªmay need to institute these days when my daughter comes of age).┬á Even though there are disasters and heartache, the realness of these two is what makes them so delightful.
I adore Marley and PaulÔÇÖs fatherÔÇªhe has the most unique way to swear.┬á Some of my favorite moments are centered around Paul, MarleyÔÇÖs brother.┬á I almost feel bad for the male drama queen.┬á Seriously, the man has more girly moments than most women.┬á But, heÔÇÖs a good brother and friendÔÇªjust full of crazy antics and girlish screams.┬á The best part?┬á He COMPLETELY owns it.┬á He knows heÔÇÖs a groomzilla (tee hee).
ÔÇ£I thought I saw a spider in PaulÔÇÖs hair.ÔÇØ┬á ÔÇ£What?!ÔÇØ Paul screams, busting the door open and sprinting around the parking lot while swatting at his head and squealing like a pig in heat.
I think I fell in love with this story and this family.┬á TheyÔÇÖre quirky.┬á TheyÔÇÖre a bit crazy.┬á TheyÔÇÖre full of love and antics.┬á Meghan Quinn does an absolutely wonderful job of making her characters so engaging, even as they drive one another a bit batty.┬á I picked up the book solely based on my experience of reading The Virgin Romance Novelist.┬á I suggest you do the same.┬á Get ready for some giggles and fun.┬á Happy reading!
~Review by Loredana
Only Meghan Quinn manages to make me laugh so hard I’m in danger of peeing myself, only to turn me into a sobbing, blubbering mess a few pages later.
“The Mother Road” is a tremendously charming, witty, funny, sweet and sexy second chance romance.
It’s the type of book to make me sad that the characters weren’t real, because every single one of them was likable in their own quirky way.
And there was a lot of quirkiness between Paul and Marley, their father and Paul’s best friend, Porter as they all take a trip down Route 66 in the old family RV.
If sharing a tiny space with three men wouldn’t be horrific enough, Porter happens to be the man who broke Marley’s little, loving heart.
Suddenly a week can turn into eternity when faced with clogged toilets, messy bathrooms, a drama queen for a brother and those pesky feelings for the man who either should be castrated or humped.
It was so easy to get lost in the story as I got to follow the characters on their adventure, learning more about them with each passing mile. It was weirdly comforting to witness their mishaps and learn about their thoughts and feelings. I felt close to them, invested in their fates.
So every emotion that hit them, hit me as well. Some of them so hard I was crying like a little baby.
Those moments snuck up on me and threw me for a loop – an ugly-crying, overwhelmed by emotions loop. But just as quick as those moments came on, they were replaced with situations that made me wake the whole building with my laughter.
What I really love is the fact that everything that is happening is realistic and many scenes will remind you of things that might have happened to you. At least, that’s what it was like for me.
There were a few moments that made me cringe, sympathizing with Marley. But even when her situations weren’t familiar, it was easy to relate to her because she’s freakin’ adorable.
Loving, sweet and genuine, she’s easy to like. She’s a mix of tomboy and diva, but never a b#?!h.
I loved that she managed to be girly, but not a vapid cow. And that no matter what happened, she kicked butt, stayed strong and feisty. Even when she was weak.
Poor girl was a magnet for embarrassment and bad luck. Too bad for her, good for me, because that made me hysterical with laughter.
Porter on the other hand didn’t as much amuse me as he made my knees weak. Don’t get me wrong, he was still funny-especially in his banter with Marley. But he was also a heart-melting, sweet guy who wasn’t afraid to show emotions-unless they had to do with Marley of course. He was rugged and manly, yet had a soft and caring side.
He tugged at my heartstrings like a Flamenco guitarist-melting my heart and panties in the process. Oh and not to forget, he was hot, witty and not one bit of an alpha neanderthal. Hallelujah to that.
The back and forth between Marley and Porter was brilliant-full of with, humor and sarcasm. I just couldn’t get enough of it and didn’t want the book to end.
Another thing needs to be said-the other characters were in no way just forgettable supporting ones. Their personalities shined brightly and they just as much own my heart as Marley and Porter do.
The Bern-Man with his president swearing made me giggle. And Paul-there are no words to describe the laughter he caused.
If you want something for the heart, but also something that will make you roar with laughter, then get this book asap.
5+ glad-I-don’t-have-a-brother stars.
~Review by Paula