Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.
When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.
Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…
When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.
Max has got a massive chip on his boulder-sized shoulder and he is pretty much angry at the universe. Trapped in a life he does not choose for himself, he sees no way out of the future that is already mapped out for him. He harbors a secret crush on Lea, his ex’s bff, but he can’t stop acting like a total jackass around her.
Lea had been drowning under the weight of her own problems, but now that she’s in college she has her shit together and she has a plan for her life. Because of what she has faced in the past she can see beyond the carefully cultivated mask that Max wears to the vulnerability underneath. Because Lea showcases her vulnerability Max opens up and starts to let her in. Then she locks down and the story goes back and forth as they desperately try to trust one another. I love books that essentially focus on the redemptive power of love and Make It Right is such a read.
I loved their love story and it was full of the heart-breaking, frustrating, angst-laden toing and froing that I love to torture myself with! Both characters are complex and solidly developed. I like the secondary cast of characters and they were decently detailed as well. I didn’t read the first book, and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story, but I’m beyond curious to read the first book now, and when I have space on my reading schedule I will be downloading a copy.
Lea’s disability was well written and not glossed over. I truly came away with a strong appreciation of how difficult it was for her to manage her condition, but she was a tough girl with a lot of inner strength and someone I very much admired. Max was very supportive of her in that regard and I warmed to him as a result.
I did find the plot fairly predictable and it lost some brownie points for that. However, the writing was great and the pacing spot-on, and for me, it was a real page-turner. I read this in two sittings in the space of twelve hours.
If you enjoy well-written NA that is character rather than plot driven then you will love this book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.