Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn Blog Tour

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Mother Road had everything a good story needs!

Interesting characters – check
Laugh out loud moments – check
Excellent character backstory – check
Funny yet heart-felt emotional connections – check
Believable romantic relations – check

Follow Marley on the road trip to end all road-trips...Her grown family: Father, Brother (Paul), and brother’s best friend (Porter) are celebrating Paul's upcoming nuptials, by doing one last hurrah in their mother's memory.

Marley has made a life for herself in California, away from the farm she was raised on in NY. Starting from scratch, and leaning on herself she has found the success she hoped to achieve.

When forced to face Porter (childhood crush) on the road trip, she has to face the emotions she ran from years ago...

Overall, I really enjoyed this story – I found myself laughing out loud, and even cried a few times. The romance was slow building, but completely enthralling. Every moment was full of something entertaining and I couldn't put this down.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This book is laugh out loud funny! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The dynamics between Paul and Marley take sibling rivalry to a whole new level to the reader’s benefit.

The Mother Road is the cross country journey planned out by their deceased mom and along with their dad, Paul and Marley head out from Santa Monica on Route 66, planning to make every stop their Mom planned. Along the way, they pick up Porter, the boy next door that Marley had a major crush on.

I'm not going to give the story away but will say this: If you are looking for a laugh, romance, and sibling rivalry that could be featured as a reality show, this book is for you.

This is a STRONG 4.5* from me

It would be difficult not to love this book. It does have more than the usual number of poo jokes than I can usually stomach, and descriptions of bodily functions that remind me how glad I am I went to a girls' school! However, these undoubtedly add to the humour and also ground the situation!

I spent a lot of time laughing, but I did also need tissues, and along with rolling my eyes, I did find myself worrying that things weren't going quite how I needed them to go. It is difficult not to be invested in the outcome, to be cheering along as things develop, and then wincing as they take a turn for the worse. Add in a great description of the Route 66 journey (backwards) and sights along the way, and this is just a fabulous read.

Thank you Ms. Quinn for once again writing a HIT!

(and thanks to Tacy for actually making the whole journey – that was impressive for a lady of advancing years!)

The Mother Road made me snort and laugh out loud and it made me weep. It also turned my stomach and had me cringing. Underneath a constant stream of stories about bodily fluids and functions is beautiful heartwarming romance.

Marley has been in love with her brother's best friend Porter since she was a kid, but he broke her heat on prom night 4 years before. Marley is put back in Porter's path when she takes a road trip with her family and Porter. The road trip is really fun. I loved the landmarks they visited and Paul's information and stories about things they come across.

But the hero of The Mother Road is the romance. This story is dual point of view so we know Porter's feelings for Marley and we see his vulnerabilities. I like that this couple had such a rich history and that the author took her time with their story because it had a big emotional impact. I'm glad I put up with the juvenile humour and read The Mother Road. It was well worth it.

Why Ms. Quinn? Why?!?!? Why did you have to go and write a book that would make me laugh at the most inappropriate things AND bawl my eyes out as my heart broke for the characters AND make me swoon for the hero? Seriously!?!?! I love a good book hangover as much as the next girl, but when I sign up for a romantic comedy, you’re not supposed to break my heart. That’s a rule. And if it isn’t, it should be. But I still love ya. And I love Porter and Marley and Bernie. I’m not so sure about Paul though, he’s an odd duck after all.

While I did go on family vacations as a child, they consisted of loading up in my grandparent’s station wagon with them and my sister and driving from Florida to Tennessee to spend a week or two with family. So my time stuck in a vehicle with family members was limited to the drive there and the drive back. I cannot fathom being stuck in an RV with my family for days on end. Or with my childhood crush who broke my heart. Yet I had no problem feeling Marley’s pain as she had to contend with being the sole female stuck in an RV with her father, brother, and heart breaker. Honestly, the fact that she didn’t go homicidal long before she did amazed me. Nor was I surprised that she gave into her attraction to Porter. I mean seriously, that man sounded like sex on a stick and his appeal only increased once they discovered just how compatible they were.

Yet underneath the pee bottle incident, Marley’s hot dog rebellion, the nonfunctioning RV toilet, the yoga showdown, Paul’s fear of spiders, the mascara incident, Paul’s groomzilla moments, and a host of other laugh out loud moments, there is one heck of a love story in The Mother Road. A love story that spanned decades. A love that was so strong, that one person gave up the other for fear of holding them back. A love that was so strong, that the sacrifice would have been made again were it not for the letters from a mother who loved her children so much – both her biological children and the adopted child of her heart – that she saw the love start to grow when they were children and felt compelled to write them letters before the cancer stole her from their lives. Letters that Marley’s father made sure were delivered when they were most needed. Letters that made me cry as much as they made Marley and Porter cry and have me tearing up right now as I think about them while writing this review. Yes Ms. Quinn, you made me laugh, cry, and fall in love with Marley, Porter, Bernie, and even Paul. I can’t wait to reread The Mother Road and take the cross country trip with this family again.

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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