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After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved. Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost he After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved. Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop. The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.


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After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved. Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost he After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved. Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop. The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

30 review for Make it Last

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    (view spoiler)[The last book in Erickson's Bowler University series took place outside of the university setting. Cam Ruiz comes back to his hometown to take care of his mother and face the only girl he's ever loved -- the girl who broke his heart four years before and the one he left behind. Second chance at love is my favorite trope in romance -- so I was really excited to read this. Due to the 'history' between Cam and Tate, the story felt rather different than the previous two. Yes, Cam is pr (view spoiler)[The last book in Erickson's Bowler University series took place outside of the university setting. Cam Ruiz comes back to his hometown to take care of his mother and face the only girl he's ever loved -- the girl who broke his heart four years before and the one he left behind. Second chance at love is my favorite trope in romance -- so I was really excited to read this. Due to the 'history' between Cam and Tate, the story felt rather different than the previous two. Yes, Cam is pretty angry and upset about what (he thinks) happened four years back, but it was really clear to me that Cam is still in love with Tate. So on the feeling front, I felt that the 'love' issue was cleared out a bit faster. It was the 'external' circumstance that became the obstacle for both Cam and Tate. Most especially Tate's father being sick with cancer. I thought this family issue was very engrossing to read. I like stories that involve families too, and this one just grabbed my heart from the very get go. Especially reading more about Tate's father, Tate's brother, and Cam's mother. So for the last book, I thought it was another winner, even if some of the story lines were predictable (those I could guess from hundred miles away, I mean). The ending was a bit too mushy for me, though -- but it has a lot to do with how I was raised, about (view spoiler)[NOT getting married young (hide spoiler)] , so it was MY issue not the book. PS: I really, REALLY hope the author will someday write a love story for Danica too. It will be a lesbian romance but one I will gladly read and probably be my first lesbian romance. I love Danica. I want to see her getting her HEA, darn it! (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    4 second-chance stars I confess, I usually never read books in a series out of order, but I was offered the ARC of this book – even though it’s the third and final in the Bowler University series - and I’m such a sucker for second-chance-romances that I couldn’t turn it down. It works really well as a standalone though, with enough background given to easily set the story up on its own and I was very quickly sucked in. Cam has returned to his dead-end home town after graduating college in order to 4 second-chance stars I confess, I usually never read books in a series out of order, but I was offered the ARC of this book – even though it’s the third and final in the Bowler University series - and I’m such a sucker for second-chance-romances that I couldn’t turn it down. It works really well as a standalone though, with enough background given to easily set the story up on its own and I was very quickly sucked in. Cam has returned to his dead-end home town after graduating college in order to look after his sick mother. He has big plans for his future, and has no intention of staying in the town he was desperate to escape as a teenager, but all of his plans get thrown into disarray when he runs into Tatum – his high school girlfriend, and the love of his life who broke his heart when he left town four years ago. But not all is as it seems, and it soon becomes clear that Tate is still as in love with Cam as he is with her, and sparks are very quickly flying. Cam is still terribly hurt from their break up, and even though Tate thought she was doing the right thing at the time, she now knows that letting Cam go was the worst decision of her life. So, amidst much arguing, flirting and game playing, there is a great build up as they both sort through their feelings, and from the moment they start to let their guards down with each other, it’s only a matter of time before they find themselves back in each other’s arms. “Tell me this is right. Tell me we’re special, that we’ll never have this with anyone else.” Her voice broke on a sob. “We’re special. This is right. It’s always been you, Cam. It’s always been us. I love that the author doesn’t make us wait for the reunion. It comes fairly early in the book, so we get to spend a lot of time with them as a couple as they reconnect. This is a real soul-mate relationship - even after their time apart, Cam and Tate still know each other inside and out, and you can really feel the chemistry between them. And I loved how both of them were so willing to admit their feelings and open themselves up to being together again. They loved each other, they wanted to be together, and that was it. “You break me, Tate,” his rocky voice said. She kissed his skin. “And you put me back together.” But their issues from the past are still very much a part of their present, and they have a lot to work through. Throw in some external drama, and it makes everything so much more heart wrenching as they decide what it is that they want, and what is worth fighting for. The storyline is one that I’ve read before but Megan Erickson does a great job with it, injecting a sense of reality into the storyline. I could absolutely understand the reasoning behind all of their decisions, and even though the angst gets a little bit unnecessarily intense towards the end, it works, and creates a great sense of anticipation leading up to the big finish. There’s a great cast of side characters. I love Tate’s family! Their storyline there adds a nice touch of drama, and the dynamics between the characters was fantastic. The characters from the previous book also all make an appearance, and there is some sweet story progression for them. I really enjoyed this book. It’s sweet, it’s sexy and it’s beautifully romantic. The drama in the storyline works really well, and I easily got lost in the story. If you’re a fan of the series and already know Cam, you’ll probably love it even more, but I was still very happy reading it as a standalone. 4 stars. An Advanced Reader Copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    A great new story in the series. It's not my favorite (that'd be Make it Right) but so far they've all been pretty outstanding. Cam and Tate have a world of pain to overcome to get their relationship back on track. Tate displays my very least favorite anti-love trope with her tendency to make unilateral decisions for the relationship—generally in an attempt to spare the other, or to make it easier for them to move on. Fortunately, this book is about her overcoming that tendency, so I was able to A great new story in the series. It's not my favorite (that'd be Make it Right) but so far they've all been pretty outstanding. Cam and Tate have a world of pain to overcome to get their relationship back on track. Tate displays my very least favorite anti-love trope with her tendency to make unilateral decisions for the relationship—generally in an attempt to spare the other, or to make it easier for them to move on. Fortunately, this book is about her overcoming that tendency, so I was able to like her. Eventually. Cam is much more my style. He's my very favorite kind of hero: the strong, protective type with an unerring sense of decency and honor. At least part of why it took me so long to warm up to Tate was because I could see she was set in the same patterns of their past and that it'd end in pain I wasn't sure I'd buy the resolution to—that she'd hurt him enough I wouldn't be able to get past it even if he did. No worries on that score, I'm glad to say. I wouldn't read this series out of order, so read the other two first, but don't hesitate to move onto this one. It's very much what you'd expect, without being predicable, formulaic, or boring. A note about Steamy: I let this review go long enough I can't remember exact counts. It was on par for the series, though, which means in my upper-middle range. Again, if you've read the others (go read the others), you'll know what to expect...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lia Riley

    Make It Last is the Bowler University series all grown up, or well on their way. First off, it was really fun to get a peek at Alec/Kate (LOVED their subplot) and Max/Lea. Even Danica gets a ring in. Secondly, importantly Cam. Oh, Camilo. Long have I waited to get my (metaphorical) hands on him and he doesn't disappoint. He's got an alpha attitude and beta heart...the perfect swoony mix. Not many guys can buy Pinkie Pie for their woman, look out for their mama and still be a bad boy bouncer. The Make It Last is the Bowler University series all grown up, or well on their way. First off, it was really fun to get a peek at Alec/Kate (LOVED their subplot) and Max/Lea. Even Danica gets a ring in. Secondly, importantly Cam. Oh, Camilo. Long have I waited to get my (metaphorical) hands on him and he doesn't disappoint. He's got an alpha attitude and beta heart...the perfect swoony mix. Not many guys can buy Pinkie Pie for their woman, look out for their mama and still be a bad boy bouncer. The Utope (think Sims) angle was a fun touch, adding quirky humor and depth. There were a couple lines that had me wanting to high-five Megan: "Unless a woman is your wife or girlfriend, it's not your concern who she gets into bed with." "Who knew a hand job was like riding a bike." Then there's the "It's always been you, Cam. It's always been us." I don't want to get into spoilery plot points, suffice it to say it's a second chance at love story about two young adults who desperately want to do the right thing, for themselves, each other and their families. 100% feel good fun. A strong conclusion to this awesome debut series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan Erickson

    So, this is Cam's story. And you all waited patiently for it. I was actually really surprised when the response to MAKE IT COUNT (the first in the series) came in and I heard a lot of, "I want Cam!" Well, my dears. Here is Cam. This book is a little different from the others in the series. That characters are older, and the conflict is heavier, and we're not in Bowler anymore, Toto. Second-chance at love stories are my favorite to write. I love this book, and I hope you root for Cam and Tate as m So, this is Cam's story. And you all waited patiently for it. I was actually really surprised when the response to MAKE IT COUNT (the first in the series) came in and I heard a lot of, "I want Cam!" Well, my dears. Here is Cam. This book is a little different from the others in the series. That characters are older, and the conflict is heavier, and we're not in Bowler anymore, Toto. Second-chance at love stories are my favorite to write. I love this book, and I hope you root for Cam and Tate as much as I do. :) If you want to be kept up to date on this release and all my other book news, you can sign up for my newsletter here. You'll also have the chance to enter exclusive giveaways for my books and others. Thanks!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    MAKE IT LAST is a real and romantic and incredibly emotional read, with an undeniably sexy male protagonist and a beautiful but headstrong female main whose pull toward each other is positively magnetic. Their chemistry sizzles, the challenges they face are authentic and relatable, their road to a happily ever after is full of secrets, setbacks, indecision and heartbreak. Cam Ruiz and Tate Ellison had the kind of love that should have been forever. But one decision changed everything and the futu MAKE IT LAST is a real and romantic and incredibly emotional read, with an undeniably sexy male protagonist and a beautiful but headstrong female main whose pull toward each other is positively magnetic. Their chemistry sizzles, the challenges they face are authentic and relatable, their road to a happily ever after is full of secrets, setbacks, indecision and heartbreak. Cam Ruiz and Tate Ellison had the kind of love that should have been forever. But one decision changed everything and the future they dreamed up for themselves in the virtual world of Utope became nothing more than a distant and painful memory. Or at least it had been. When Cam is forced to return to his hometown of Paradise to take care of his mother, he never thought he’d run into Tate. He certainly never thought he would still feel something for her. Or that their lives would once again become intertwined. Not after she broke his heart. But a love as epic as theirs doesn’t die easily. And a man like Cam doesn’t give up, even if it seems as if the universe is trying to keep them apart. Not unless the girl he’s fighting for isn’t willing to fight as hard as he is or believe that they have what it takes to make it last. In her story, told in alternating points of view, Author Megan Erickson has given readers two characters that they will like and grow to love, be frustrated with, relate to, understand, and empathize with. She created a story with relationships and situations that feel believable and true-to-life, that are both heartwarming and heartrending. She puts readers on an emotional roller-coaster as Tate and Cam try to find a way to make things work. And she keeps them hooked with a few scalding hot and incredibly sexy moments between these two immensely appealing characters. MAKE IT LAST is an absolutely fantastic end to this three-book series in which each novel can be read on its own. It not only wraps up Cam and Tate’s story but gives readers a chance to say goodbye to Kat and Alec, Max and Lea. It is sweet and funny and sad and hopeful. Camilo is strong and loyal and confident and utterly delectable. Tatum is tough and fragile, caring and determined. All of which make this a captivating, exciting and wildly entertaining read. Original GR comments: So much fun. Loved Cam as much as I hoped I would. Like the real life issues that make this so relatable. Can't wait to dive into the other two books in the series to get to know Alec and Max's stories. Review TK

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    **I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.** 4.5 Stars Full review to come! AMAZING!!! Megan Erickson has done it again! I'm just not ready to say goodbye though! Wonderful ending to this series <3. BUT, I'm really excited for her new series, The Mechanics of Love!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    *4.5 stars*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy K

    it was crazy....lol

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 Review coming soon!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy Logg

    Filled with hot nerdy banter, steamy romance and a touching storyline, Make It Last is exactly what an NA novel should be! REVIEW: The story: The nerdy cuteness of this book is almost too much to handle all I wanted to do was cuddle this book After a nasty breakup after graduating high school, Cam & Tate go their separate ways. Cam went off to college and is now graduating with a bright future before him, while Tate stayed in their small hometown for reasons unknown to Cam. Now Cam's back t Filled with hot nerdy banter, steamy romance and a touching storyline, Make It Last is exactly what an NA novel should be! REVIEW: The story: The nerdy cuteness of this book is almost too much to handle all I wanted to do was cuddle this book After a nasty breakup after graduating high school, Cam & Tate go their separate ways. Cam went off to college and is now graduating with a bright future before him, while Tate stayed in their small hometown for reasons unknown to Cam. Now Cam's back to help care for his mother and Tate is faced with a huge mistake she made years earlier. But things are never quite as they seem, and soon secrets from the past are uncovered, making both Cam & Tate face the consequences of the choices they've made. As they start to deal with the past, more obstacles are thrown in their path, with families and jobs making them question where their futures lie… and more importantly, if they will be part of each other's lives. I really enjoyed this story, and loved how they had to really address and overcomes all the challenges that they were faced with. Their lives aren't easy and they've both got their own issues separate from their relationship too. But it was so lovely to watch them fall in love again as adults and learn from their mistakes. The characters: At first I thought Cam was going to be a bit of a player, but he's really not. He's a sweet loveable guy who would do anything for those he loves. I mean, he plays nerdy video games with Tate for crying out loud!! Cam's attitude towards Tate seriously melted my heart - I just wanted to give him a big squishy hug!! Tate in many ways is such a selfless character, and I loved that about her. She's always put everyone else's needs before her own, but what she needed to learn was she may not always know what's best for everyone else. Tate does a lot of growing up in this book, especially by dealing with the consequences of her actions. The romance: Cam & Tate are so damn cute together I can't even begin to describe it. They have both made mistakes in their relationship and must deal with the consequences of their past choices. But neither of them give up on each other and I just loved that. My favourite this about these two, is their interactions through an old video game Utope (think The Sims). They use the game to share their feeling and get all cute and nerdy together…seriously epic nerd love here people! The Writing: Megan's writing is freakin awesome! There is such a beautiful balance of romance, humour and drama. The storyline feels fresh and vibrant, with unique characters, that you never feel like you've read this book a million times before. I absolutely loved the flirty, witty banter that goes on between Cam & Tate, it's intelligent and creates incredible chemistry between them. FINAL WORD: I am so sad that this series is over, it's one of the best NA series I've read! Filled with hot nerdy banter, steamy romance and a touching storyline, Make It Last is exactly what an NA novel should be! CONTENT: Sexuality: medium / some sex scenes Violence: mild Language: medium / several f words Drugs & alcohol: mild More reviews at The Reading Realm BEFORE READING: Eeeep I can't wait for Cam!!! <3 EDIT: 2015....Noooooo...I can't wait that long for Max

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    Check out the blog tour for make it last here: http://gcrpromotions.blogspot.com/201... I don't think I could love Megan Erickson anymore than I do right now. HOLY SHIT I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY MAKE IT LAST. This book had me bawling my eyes out and wanting to hug these special characters and never let them go. In the previous two books we've seen glimpses of Cam the playboy but we didn't really know him. In Make It Last, Cam is so much more than that what I expected; he's sweet and thoughtful and I'm p Check out the blog tour for make it last here: http://gcrpromotions.blogspot.com/201... I don't think I could love Megan Erickson anymore than I do right now. HOLY SHIT I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY MAKE IT LAST. This book had me bawling my eyes out and wanting to hug these special characters and never let them go. In the previous two books we've seen glimpses of Cam the playboy but we didn't really know him. In Make It Last, Cam is so much more than that what I expected; he's sweet and thoughtful and I'm pretty sure I have a serious like S E R I O U S crush on him. If they had a machine to turn fictional characters real I would be the first in line to ask Cam to marry me. In all seriousness, I loved Cam to pieces, he's one of those guys that put his life on hold to move back home to help his mother out. That right there screams PERFECT GUY EVAH. And don't get me started on Tate, I LOVE THAT GIRL. Not only does she have kickass hair, kickass wedges, kickass makeup but she's an admirable-independent woman who will provide the best she can for her family and that makes her such a phenomenal character in my opinion. She's sacrificed so much of her life that my heart ached, I just wanted Tate to be happy.Yes Tate made a mistake back then but when she explained why I was just like TEAM TATE ALL THE WAY. One of the things I liked most about Make It Last was how both Cam and Tate helped their parents. But I think that's what made these two characters even more beautiful and made them grow as an individual. Their ability to be their for a parent is all kinds of amazing and it warmed my heart. I feel like I'm cheating on the other characters but I have to be honest, CAMILO RUIZ AND TATUM ELLISON ARE MY FAVORITE IN THE BOWLER UNIVERSITY SERIES!!! Don't get me wrong I loved Alec and Kat (Make it Count) and Max and Lea (Make it Right) but I don't think I was emotionally invested with them as I was with Tate and Cam. Tate and Cam pulled out my heartstrings like crazy; their first meeting after years of not seeing each other was intense. I mean I didn't know if Cam and Tate were going to get down and dirty right that second or have a screaming match about things that happened in the past. The chemistry between those two was sexy and powerful and gahh I just didn't want this book to ever end. Of course a few curve-balls are thrown in Cam and Tate's story that had me shaking my head like no no no but when the good times rolled I was like oh yes yes yes. Make It Last . . . there are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book and characters. I cried and laughed and swooned and stayed up past midnight and I would do it all over again. Thank you Megan Erickson for giving us Alec, Kat, Max, Lea, Tate and Cam. The Bowler University books are one of the best series I've ever read and it's SO bittersweet that it has come to an end but I can't wait for all of Megan's future books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads . Can I just start out by saying how much I *love* the title for this book? It's a great little play on words and I appreciate the thought Megan put into this. It's the last book in the series and it's a second chance story with a couple trying to find a way to make their love last. <3 It's finally time for Cam's story – one I've been waiting for from the beginning of the series – and I could not have been more excited about it when I started. Th Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads . Can I just start out by saying how much I *love* the title for this book? It's a great little play on words and I appreciate the thought Megan put into this. It's the last book in the series and it's a second chance story with a couple trying to find a way to make their love last. <3 It's finally time for Cam's story – one I've been waiting for from the beginning of the series – and I could not have been more excited about it when I started. The excitement and feels continued throughout the book and I ended it with a big, goofy grin on my face. I'm a total sucker for a good second chance story, and Cam and Tate's is exactly that. When Cam returned to his hometown to help his mom after she had some medical issues, he finds himself facing his past and trying to deal again with seeing his ex, Tate, around all the time. But, it's not long before he learns that what happened in the past wasn't what he thought, things aren't always as they appear, and old feelings die hard. The more he and Tate find themselves in each other's path, the more obvious it is that their story isn't quite over yet. I really loved both Cam and Tate. Cam already about half had my heart going into the book, but it didn't take any time at all for him to grab hold of the other part. It took me a little longer to warm up to Tate, but only because I, like Cam, thought she had cheated on him in the past. But, like I said above, things aren't as they seem. Tate was going through A LOT of things, both in the past and again currently, and she had her reasons for leading Cam to believe the rumors of her cheating. I might have disagreed with her reasoning, but I understood why she did it. She was a good girl. She worked hard and tried to do the best she could for her dad and little brother. Her relationship with her family – and Cam's connection with them, too – was a highlight of this book. Strong familial relationships are few and far between in new adult, so I loved how Megan highlighted it here. This was a special book. Not only was it fun (and feel-filled) to follow along with Cam and Tate as they tried to find their way back to each other – and hopefully to a happily ever after – but there are a couple absolutely heartwarming moments with the couples from the previous Bowler University books at the end of the book. I absolutely loved Kat and Alec and Lea and Max, so it was *wonderful* to get to see where life had taken them since their books ended. Fans of the Bowler University series will adore this conclusion to the series. As sad as I am to let go of these characters, I'm really pleased with how it ended. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Oh!! This book. I set aside everything to start on Make It Last as soon as possible after it hit my Kindle. What a great decision that was. And what a great ending to a series I thoroughly enjoyed it was. Camilo Ruiz graduated from Bowler University with high hopes and a dream job opportunity. But instead of following his chosen path to New York City, Cam is back in his tiny hometown, caring for his mother. When Cam encounters Tatum Ellison, the girl that broke his heart four years ago, old feel Oh!! This book. I set aside everything to start on Make It Last as soon as possible after it hit my Kindle. What a great decision that was. And what a great ending to a series I thoroughly enjoyed it was. Camilo Ruiz graduated from Bowler University with high hopes and a dream job opportunity. But instead of following his chosen path to New York City, Cam is back in his tiny hometown, caring for his mother. When Cam encounters Tatum Ellison, the girl that broke his heart four years ago, old feelings and hurts come to the surface. Tate regrets the mistake she made that cost her Cam. After all this time, she loves him still. Now they have their second chance, can they Make It Last? I LOVED this book. Love, love, loved it! It was funny, sexy, sweet and a little bit heartbreaking. I was rooting for Cam from the start - I enjoyed his small-but-memorable role in the two previous Bowler University books - and oh, how I wanted a great end to his story and this series. I totally got one. Tate and Cam were electric together. Their connection was spot-on and their gameplay in Utope - a virtual world similar to The Sims - was memorable and unique. While I knew they'd be okay, I still ached for their HEA, still worried how they'd make it work and swooned when Cam and Tate fought for each other. Add to that appearances from Alec and Kate, and Max and Leah, which were sweet and playful, and a heart-stoppingly lovely final chapter and epilogue and I ended this book and series with a big ole smile on my face. I just wish I could enroll in Bowler U and find one of these men to call my own... Make It Last is the third book in the Bowler University series and can be read standalone. ~ Beth, 5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    An excellent addition to a fantastic series, Make it Last was an awesome New Adult read. With engaging characters and lovely romance, this book was wonderful and I absolutely loved it. Tate was a resilient heroine. She loved Cam but didn't want to hold him back when she had to remain behind to take care of her family. She was definitely strong and determined to keep her family together during difficult times. She did, however, have a frustrating and often pointed out tendency to make decisions fo An excellent addition to a fantastic series, Make it Last was an awesome New Adult read. With engaging characters and lovely romance, this book was wonderful and I absolutely loved it. Tate was a resilient heroine. She loved Cam but didn't want to hold him back when she had to remain behind to take care of her family. She was definitely strong and determined to keep her family together during difficult times. She did, however, have a frustrating and often pointed out tendency to make decisions for other people because she thought she was doing what was best for them. But, she did learn that she couldn't continue to do that when it was unfair to both others and herself. Overall, I thought she was a lovely character. Cam was the epitome of a sweetheart. He was kind, gentlemanly, and a genuinely good person. The type of person who would drop everything and go back to his hometown because his mother was struggling with her illness. I thought he was absolutely adorable. The romance was great. Tate and Cam were perfect together. Despite the years apart, they still loved each other, though they definitely had a few issues that they needed to work out. And the chemistry between them was on fire. The plot didn't slow down from page 1 and kept me hooked all the way through. The story was simply wonderful and the ending was perfect. Make it Last was a fantastic New Adult romance that I really enjoyed. It was a great addition to the series and a wonderful read. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Sometimes when I read a book, my emotions get blindsided. Such is the case with this book. It's not that the situation is too close to home as much as the feeling of the characters are close to my own. And that tells you how real this book feels to me. Tate thought she knew what was best for everyone around her and that always meant she took the worst of it as a result. Yes, I do that sometimes. So I get Tate. It's also why I wanted to smack her sometimes. But I love her just the same. Speaking of Sometimes when I read a book, my emotions get blindsided. Such is the case with this book. It's not that the situation is too close to home as much as the feeling of the characters are close to my own. And that tells you how real this book feels to me. Tate thought she knew what was best for everyone around her and that always meant she took the worst of it as a result. Yes, I do that sometimes. So I get Tate. It's also why I wanted to smack her sometimes. But I love her just the same. Speaking of love, I adore Cam. He's yummy and determined. I love that he comes home to help his mom. I love that he still loves Tate. I love that he believes her when all is said and done. I love the game they play together. He's one hunky Hispanic and I'm so happy for him. It was great seeing characters from the first two books in this one. They made cameo appearance but you didn't need to know their story to read this one. It definitely can be read stand alone. The story had me wondering a lot at the beginning. But as it unfolded, I figured things out and enjoyed every page of it. This is fast read that I just slowed down some because of my emotions. But anyone who loves the new adult genre will want to pick this one right up. Enjoy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Giselle *Hopeless Book Lover*

    Yes. Yes. Yes. This book did in fact give me all the feels. Talk about a completely swoon-worth book. Make It Last is funny, adorable, sexy, and the perfect conclusion to the Bowler University series. Cam is impossible not to fall for and you can’t help but to love Tate too and root for these two high school sweethearts. The tension these two share and the chemistry is just- holy moly so perfect. Once again Megan has completely blown me away with her writing skills and the dialogue which just flow Yes. Yes. Yes. This book did in fact give me all the feels. Talk about a completely swoon-worth book. Make It Last is funny, adorable, sexy, and the perfect conclusion to the Bowler University series. Cam is impossible not to fall for and you can’t help but to love Tate too and root for these two high school sweethearts. The tension these two share and the chemistry is just- holy moly so perfect. Once again Megan has completely blown me away with her writing skills and the dialogue which just flowed oh so naturally and beautifully and once again had me swooning and smiling and laughing. “You’re doing that thing where you’re trying not to smile.” “No I’m not.” She cocked her head. “Your lips are twitching, you liar.” One of the things that I loved about this novel was that everything worked so well. The plot was magnificent and I just freaking loved loved loved it. I wouldn’t have changed a thing and that made me enjoy this novel so much more. This second chance romance is one you won’t want to miss. Hell, you won’t want to miss out on this entire romantic as hell series. Cam and Tate’s love story will consume you and if you’re like me, you won’t be able to put this book down until it’s over. <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Another fantastic story in this world. I've always liked Cam {although Alec still wins everything}, so I was super excited to get his story. The big reveal wasn't exactly what I was expecting. And there's some great new characters. I especially like Tate's dad and Cam's mom. One of the best parts was the lunch towards the end of the book. And seriously, can we just get a Danica book FFS? I was a bit irritated with the constant push and pull between them. Yes, it makes sense after all they've been Another fantastic story in this world. I've always liked Cam {although Alec still wins everything}, so I was super excited to get his story. The big reveal wasn't exactly what I was expecting. And there's some great new characters. I especially like Tate's dad and Cam's mom. One of the best parts was the lunch towards the end of the book. And seriously, can we just get a Danica book FFS? I was a bit irritated with the constant push and pull between them. Yes, it makes sense after all they've been through, I just wanted happy fluff times. All in all, an excellent ending to the story. **Huge thanks to William Morris and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    Hmm. Of the whole series, this one falls to the most NA pitfalls: everyone has a shitty home life, they're trying so hard to keep it together but don't trust each other enough to fully be honest, their love is all-consuming and dramatically self-sacrificing, and it's just ... soul mates. I enjoyed it and felt like most of the emotion was genuine, but it was very predictable. Also, the second chance romance trope is just not my favorite. I like seeing people fall in love the FIRST time. I don't li Hmm. Of the whole series, this one falls to the most NA pitfalls: everyone has a shitty home life, they're trying so hard to keep it together but don't trust each other enough to fully be honest, their love is all-consuming and dramatically self-sacrificing, and it's just ... soul mates. I enjoyed it and felt like most of the emotion was genuine, but it was very predictable. Also, the second chance romance trope is just not my favorite. I like seeing people fall in love the FIRST time. I don't like just seeing the quick re-ignition of said love. It skips the steps that get me to the flaily shippy stage.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber Hughes

    **4.5 stars** I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so much! I'm a big fan of Megan's writing and I just knew I'd love Cam's story. She always has me hooked from the first page. I loved the journey Cam and Tate went through to get back to where they belonged, with each other. Bravo Ms. Erickson! *Even though this is the 3rd book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone* I highly recommend the other two books in the series. They're great reads!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Javeria

    4.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clorie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2 needs an editor stars Too many typos, which were distracting as hell. Pronouns are important, so please get them right. The story was fine and the same as the others, and the reason they had broken up made sense. I think they got back together pretty quickly but I could go with it. It was paced fine and it was nice to see the other characters from previous books make an appearance. Not sure I need more from this author if she doesn't get better editing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brooke (The Cover Contessa)

    I want to thank William Morrow Impulse for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of this series. When I read the summary for the first book and found out the male MC was a nerdy, not guy, I just could not resist. From then on I was hooked. So when I had the opportunity to read the second book, I jumped at the chance because...MAX! Need I say more. So of I want to thank William Morrow Impulse for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of this series. When I read the summary for the first book and found out the male MC was a nerdy, not guy, I just could not resist. From then on I was hooked. So when I had the opportunity to read the second book, I jumped at the chance because...MAX! Need I say more. So of course, diving into a book about Cam was right up my alley and I could not wait to read his story. What I think I liked most about the premise of this book is that it doesn't actually take place on the college campus. I do like NA books that use that setting, but this one veered from there and took Cam back to his home town. It was great to see him in this old element, to experience him as totally different than what I was seeing in the other books (where he was basically the hot guy that hooked up with all the girls but never settled down). And better yet, there was a reason Cam was like this, and this book told that story. Tate, on the other hand, is a brand new character to us. She's someone we had no clue about until she's introduced to us in this book. At first, I wasn't so happy with her. I mean, she broke Cam's heart and I wasn't sure I could like her for that. But then you learn the story and delve deeper into what really happened when Cam and Tate were eighteen, and you find she's not exactly what you thought she was. The best part of this book was Erickson taking a character that I didn't care too much for, after all he was a man whore, and turning him into something I totally didn't expect. Not only did he serve his country, but he is smart enough to have graduated very fast from college. And then he's sweet enough and loyal enough to know when he's needed at home. Of course Tate and Cam have their issues throughout the book. Neither one of them quite willing to give themselves wholly to each other (after all, there might be more heart break and who can endure losing the love of their life more than once, right?). But they do stay strong and overcome so much to make things work. Erickson also introduces us to a few new characters: Cam's mother, Tate's dad and brother, and one of Cam's old high school buddies. I know Erickson has said this is the final book, but oh how I would love to have some of the back story and forward story of these characters. Overall I will say that this is not my favorite of the books (no one can top Alec for me, sorry), but I really enjoyed it. And I'm certainly now a firm fan of Erickson and will read anything she writes (it helps that she's one of the most personable authors I have ever met and actually contacted me when this book went up on Edelweiss to let me know I should request it!). Fans of Colleen Hoover, Cora Caramack, and Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn will fall head over heels for Erickson's stories! If you're looking for a series that has characters come together through thick and thin, where you're not always sure there will be a HEA, but then you know there just has to be, then this is the one for you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. **I received an advanced copy of this book, but that did not influence the review** Make It Last was a cute, fun, and sexy read about a second chance romance. I’d already read Make It Count and loved it so I knew another Bowler University story would be a guaranteed hit. Tate and Cam had what they thought was an epic love…until they didn’t. While we, the reader, think we know what happened as we first start the story, we only find out that our m This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. **I received an advanced copy of this book, but that did not influence the review** Make It Last was a cute, fun, and sexy read about a second chance romance. I’d already read Make It Count and loved it so I knew another Bowler University story would be a guaranteed hit. Tate and Cam had what they thought was an epic love…until they didn’t. While we, the reader, think we know what happened as we first start the story, we only find out that our main characters had so many more secrets they would reveal to each other along the way. They finally realized these past choices led to years of misunderstandings and bucket loads of regret, but at the same time maybe it was all for a reason. The way they came to terms with it was sweet and made my heart flutter. The romance was definitely new again because this time around Tate was all grown up and Cam was no longer a boy, but such a hot, sexy, hard bodied man-whore. The attraction was even more meaningful and deep because of all the history, and discovering each other physically again was the same, but oh so much better. This all makes me want to talk more about Cam. le sigh. Cam Ruiz is one smoking hot Latino. I loved (thank you, Ms. Erickson for being so descriptive) how we knew exactly how he filled out his shirt, his tatt, his hard bicep, his hair, and how his eyes always gave away his emotions. To top it all off he was a totally stand up guy. Yes, he was the perfect book boyfriend. I’m never a fan of the selfless plot lines, which was the original Tate and Cam didn’t work out. I was definitely worried I would see the pattern continue… BUT!! these two did some major growing up and their honesty was divine. I absolutely loved how they put their hearts on the line time and time again, except this time realized they each deserved happiness too. This book had plenty of conflicts to drive it, not only between Tate and Cam, but siblings and parents too. (There’s a Jamie story coming, right? please?) While I was rooting for all kinds of happy endings most of the resolutions for each conflict happened within the snap of a finger. While I love and need my HEA, I also really enjoy the struggle of getting there to keep it real. I do wish the ending wasn’t as rushed, but the quickness did make for a lighter story and sometimes that’s just what we all need. Rec it? YES! Another great installment in the Bowler University series for your shelf!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Love at First Page)

    Make It Last is another enjoyable and refreshingly low-on-drama New Adult title by Megan Erickson. It's the last book in her Bowler University series and features a guy I have been dying to know more about. In the first two books Cam seems like your typical player, but we find out that his high school love, Tate, broke his heart by cheating on him. After Alec and Max, it's finally his turn to find his happy ending, and what a better way than by going back to the beginning? I am a huge fan of sec Make It Last is another enjoyable and refreshingly low-on-drama New Adult title by Megan Erickson. It's the last book in her Bowler University series and features a guy I have been dying to know more about. In the first two books Cam seems like your typical player, but we find out that his high school love, Tate, broke his heart by cheating on him. After Alec and Max, it's finally his turn to find his happy ending, and what a better way than by going back to the beginning? I am a huge fan of second chance romances. I think they can be so sweet and thoughtful but full of sexual tension and longing and maybe even regret. That's definitely the case for Cam and Tate. They loved each other in high school but are torn apart in a way that Cam doesn't even realize. When he goes back home to help his mom, he's shocked to find out that Tate is still living there and never left for college. It turns out there is much more to the break up story, which is a good thing because Cam and Tate's feelings for one another still run deep. I really, really liked Cam. He's not at all the player-type I was expecting him to be, even on the outside. He's a loyal and caring guy and will have the backs of those he loves, no matter what. When he thinks Tate is in trouble or hurt, he doesn't hesitate to help her, even though she broke his heart years ago. I love how natural and easy it was for him to slip right back into her life; he never stopped loving her, and throughout the book he does whatever he can to prove to her that they can "make it last". Tate I didn't enjoy as much as Cam, especially because she kept trying to control people's lives by doing what she thought was the best for them. It took a while for her to catch on, but thankfully she does do her part in the relationship at the end. Although Cam and Tate fell in love years ago, I didn't exactly feel a strong connection between them. There's nothing about their romance that really stood out to me or, as was the case with other two books in the series, made me ship them passionately. Still, I'm grateful that there are NA books like this out there, and I'll gladly read Megan Erickson's future books. Apparently she has quite a few this year! This review can also be found at Love at First Page.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**  Make it Last is the third book in the Bowler University series by Megan Erickson. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I really enjoyed reading them together. This is a great group of friends, and it helps to read their stories in order. Cam was always kind of the quiet pensive one in the group. He was never too rambunctious, he was never a womanizer. And because of that he faded a little into the background of **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**  Make it Last is the third book in the Bowler University series by Megan Erickson. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I really enjoyed reading them together. This is a great group of friends, and it helps to read their stories in order. Cam was always kind of the quiet pensive one in the group. He was never too rambunctious, he was never a womanizer. And because of that he faded a little into the background of his louder, more in your face friends. To me, that made him all the more mysterious. I was really excited to get to see his story. I love this series so much, so I was sure that Megan Erickson would make me fall in love with Cam. And she completely did with Make it Last. Make it Last is a second chance love story for Cam and his high school sweetheart, Tate. Tate is new to the series, and her and Cam did not end on good terms at all. Since Cam always kind of seemed like the quiet one in the group, he held a soft spot in my heart. So I wasn't sure how I would feel about Tate wronging Cam. And I will admit that she started off on my crap list. But she quickly wormed her way into my heart. Her story is powerful and heartbreaking as well. This book had a sadder tone than the first two for me. And back to my initial impression of Cam- he is a sweetie, but he is far from quiet. Back in his home town, Cam really started to open up, and let us see who he really is. Cam just can't help but want to take care of everyone around him. Make is Last is a great addition to the Bowler University series. Fans of the first two books will love Cam and Tate's story. I loved, loved, loved that Cam and Tate started communicating again through their virtual world game, even after they had seen each other in person around town. They created a whole life for the two of them in this world, back when they were dating and they started to use it again, now that they were back in town. It was really cute. Cam and Tate's story will touch your heart, that's for sure. This is an all around great series.  This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Good but not great. Would've liked a few more chapters. Ending felt rushed. Especially when all the friends met up in the end. But overall, was sweet and cute.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    The Bowler University trilogy started so well but then fizzled. Though, to be fair, I have a GR friend who likes books two and three the best, so I guess it all depends what you like out of a ship. Personally, I’m into banter and spark, so I’m all about book one. If you’re into sentiment, books two and three will be more your speed. Make It Last improved on Make It Right in my opinion. Though the former lovers reuniting trope is by no means my favorite, Erickson does it pretty well. I kinda shipp The Bowler University trilogy started so well but then fizzled. Though, to be fair, I have a GR friend who likes books two and three the best, so I guess it all depends what you like out of a ship. Personally, I’m into banter and spark, so I’m all about book one. If you’re into sentiment, books two and three will be more your speed. Make It Last improved on Make It Right in my opinion. Though the former lovers reuniting trope is by no means my favorite, Erickson does it pretty well. I kinda shipped Cam and Tate, though you can tell how passionate I am about that. At the start, due to misunderstandings, they’re not getting along and, me being me, I liked that bit the best, but it did get me a bit invested. Also, maybe because I barely knew Cam and didn’t know Tate at all, their characterization didn’t seem different than in the other books. There’s also more of an excuse for sentiment when they have that long history and sick parents (Tate’s dad has cancer and Cam’s mom has fibromyalgia). Aside from the romance being the slightest bit dull (for me because where’s the banter), I felt like the ending didn’t allow Cam and Tate to work through all of their issues. They have the traditional late-in-the-book-nigh-breakup fight, and they do not agree on an issue on which they need to agree. Both have good reasons but the issue could spell the end of them as a couple. Everything gets conveniently resolved by an outside force, which just makes me wonder what will become of them when something like that comes up again. Finally, and this is a small point really, but the Utope video game plot line was, to borrow a phrase from my boyfriend, very lame. Utope is a Sims-like video game where Cam and Tate have built their ideal future, and they often fight, apologize, and sex within the game. It’s SO WEIRD. I mean, whatever, because it’s not that important, but holy shit did I not care about any of that. So yeah, if you’re a shipper of banter, which tbh if you’re here on this blog you probably are, I’d recommend Make It Count super highly and these with many reservations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.5 stars! I've been wanting to know about Cam from the moment I met him in Make It Right. I knew how disappointed he was to not be able to get his dream job and have to return to Paradise, but I had no idea of what he'd left behind. As someone who loves second chance stories, I was very eager to find out if Cam and Tatum Ellison would have another chance at being a couple. Right off the bat I knew any sort of reunion between the two was going to be very difficult. They were still raw from what e 4.5 stars! I've been wanting to know about Cam from the moment I met him in Make It Right. I knew how disappointed he was to not be able to get his dream job and have to return to Paradise, but I had no idea of what he'd left behind. As someone who loves second chance stories, I was very eager to find out if Cam and Tatum Ellison would have another chance at being a couple. Right off the bat I knew any sort of reunion between the two was going to be very difficult. They were still raw from what ever broke them apart four years ago. I was intrigued by how they behaved around each other, even though it was painful for them to do so. I loved the chemistry they had. Cam and Tate just worked well together. I was heartbroken by everything Tate was having to deal with and I admired her for how well she was handling everything. I didn't always agree with the decisions she made, but I think she was trying her best. I loved meeting Jamie and Ted. I do wish there had been some more interactions between Cam and them, perhaps some flashbacks to the past, to give me more insight, but this book is firmly set in the present. I would've also liked some sort of resolution to Ted's story arc, but perhaps that will be addressed in another book. I got really emotional at times. (I cried.) I loved seeing other characters from the preceding books in the series make guest appearances. It was great to catch up with them. For those who may be worried about getting lost, you can read this as a stand alone. I read this book very quickly; it was that exciting and thrilling. I'm sincerely hoping the series will continue and we'll get more stories from the now mostly former Bowler University gang. Megan Erickson has written a book that will thrill, entertain, and touch you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ALEXA

    FIRST THOUGHTS: The smile on my face while reading the last two parts is ridiculously huge. But even so, I really really really enjoyed Make It Last! REVIEW: (Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books) Last year, I read Make It Count and Make It Right nearly back-to-back. I had fallen hard for the characters that Megan Erickson brought to life in both novels, and the same is true of Make It Last, where readers follow Cam Ruiz as he returns to his hometown and finds himself unexpectedly reunited with t FIRST THOUGHTS: The smile on my face while reading the last two parts is ridiculously huge. But even so, I really really really enjoyed Make It Last! REVIEW: (Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books) Last year, I read Make It Count and Make It Right nearly back-to-back. I had fallen hard for the characters that Megan Erickson brought to life in both novels, and the same is true of Make It Last, where readers follow Cam Ruiz as he returns to his hometown and finds himself unexpectedly reunited with the ex-girlfriend who broke his heart, Tate Ellison. Oh man, y’all, I really, really adored Cam. He’s such a wonderful guy, kind, thoughtful and always willing to lend a hand. Readers are treated to seeing a more vulnerable side to Cam, particularly when it comes two of the most important women in his life – his mother and Tate. Tate, oh Tate. I wanted to stay angry with her, but as her situation in life is laid bare, it’s impossible to do so. In fact, it’s hard not to feel a combination of pity (at the difficulty of it all) and admiration (for how she does her best to handle it on her own) for her. Together, these two confront the past, work things out in the present and dream about the future – and it’s a treat. I’m a sucker for a good first love story (and a return to an old flame story), and Cam & Tate share a particularly sweet relationship. Together with great supporting characters and amazing cameos from old favorites (!!!!!), Make It Last was definitely wonderful. If you haven’t yet indulged in the Bowler University series, consider this a PSA to do so.

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