About the book
Because of Low is the second book in the new adult (Sea Breeze) series by Abbi Glines. The book was published by Simon and Schuster on 25th April and it is 320 pages long.
Marcus Hardy hates being stuck in Sea Breeze. All he wants to do is get a better life and get out. Living with a friend of a friend, Marcus has it pretty easy at home until the gorgeous red head walks through the door. Problem is, she sleeps in his roommate Cage’s room each night and he can’t get her out of his head.
Willow ‘Low’ Foster is Cage’s best friend and he’s the one person always there for her when she needs someone to run to. Cage is a player but believes Low will be the one he marries someday, even though they have never been anything but best friends. When Low notices Marcus checking her out, she can’t help but return the feelings of lust. She knows she shouldn’t go there with her best friend’s roommate but there is a lot more to Marcus that she initially thought and his secrets could have the biggest impact on her life.
What I thought
Although not particularly liking another of Abbi Glines’ series, I had three of the books in this one sitting and waiting to be read. I went into this one with an open mind and hoping to like it better than I did Fallen Too Far. Although this is the second book in the series, each book can be read as a stand-alone as they focus on different characters each time.
Marcus instantly came across as a really nice guy, which is a chance for Abbi Glines as she tends to write bad boys for the most part in her books. However, in Sea Breeze everyone knows who he is and he hates that fact that he has had to drop out of college and move back home. He’s had to move back home to look after his mother and sister since his father became a cheating rat. I loved that Marcus was such a family orientated guy and it showed that he really would do anything for the people he loved. He also wasn’t going to listen to other people’s opinions when it came to Low. As soon as he saw her, he knew what he wanted and tried his damned hardest to get her.
Low was also a great character. She has a rough time at home with her sister constantly kicking her out even though Low looks after her niece a lot. Whenever she has nowhere to go, she runs to best friend Cage, who also happens to be Marcus’ roommate. Even though it may sound like she can’t do much for herself, she is definitely independent and really does fight to support herself. Her family situation is through no fault of her own and she deals with it in the best way she can. She also is a really sweet and loving girl who has a positive attitude towards everything.
I also really liked the relationship between the two main characters. Marcus was nothing but sweet towards Low, with the exception of a few slight jealous moments, and this was a really welcome change for me. Low is also really happy for someone to really like her for her and look past the fact that she has a dysfunctional family and her friendship with Cage. Low and Marcus also have a lot in common so there were some really great scenes between the two that didn’t involve sex. As a new adult book though, these scenes are also in there but I really liked them. This couple has the ability to be both sweet and romantic whilst also have some extremely steamy scenes at the same time. Their chemistry was fantastic and I couldn’t get enough of these two.
As much as this book sounds like it is all about Marcus and Low’s relationship, there is also more to it than that. There are secrets that effect both character’s lives and while I had my suspicions about what this was throughout the first half of the book, I was never completely sure until it was revealed. I liked that there was more to this book than just a relationship and I thought it was a great idea to bring in the main character’s families and the problems that went with them. Also, other characters from the Sea Breeze series make appearances throughout which is a nice thing for when you have read others in this series.
Overall, Because of Low is a great new adult book by Abbi Glines. This one has a fantastic mix of sweet romance and an intense sexual relationship between Marcus and Low and I really enjoyed reading about them.