The Mother Road by Meghan QuinnThe Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
Published January 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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. 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.

I received The Mother Road as an ARC via NetGalley, and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had read The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn a while back (and loved it!) and then,  there was Becoming a Jett Girl, which wasn’t really that great. But then I thought I may as well keep an open mind when it came to The Mother Road. After all, the cover is super cute and appealing!

So, The Mother Road is the story of Marley McMann, a Los Angeles transplant and beauty blogger, who embarks on a crazy road trip towards Route 66. She’s tagging along to her soon-to-be married brother and father in their family’s RV. However, she did not expect that someone else would be joining her brother’s RV bachelor party. Indeed, her brother’s best friend, best man, and her own teenage crush Porter Smith is part of the fun too. And this bearded flannel-wearing hunk of a man clearly spells trouble, especially since he crushed Marley’s heart way back…

Well – I can only say one thing: I absolutely LOVED this book, and it goes straight into the 2016 and all-time favorites. It’s basically your average second chance love story, but it’s just so much better and this book is guaranteed to give you a good time and to make your smile even when you’re having the shittiest of days.

“Paul swore he heard a rattlesnake and started running for the RV, doing knee highs, barely touching the ground with his toes. How he made it through Army basic training is beyond me.”

Since The Mother Road is written in an alternating POV (you get to be inside both Marley and Porter’s brains), the book pretty much revolves around those two, but the book also gives a starring role to Paul and Bernie, Marley’s brother and father. This family will pretty much crack anyone up as each of them has their own lovely character: Paul works for the Army but is a complete chickenshit; Bernie is a loving, hard-working single father to his children and has an issue with taking the US Presidents’ name in vain; Porter is the sexy and silent type, and Marley lives to provoke her brother and to be her father’s favorite.

Some jokes and interactions in this book are pretty childish and borderline ewww but they way they were told were just over the top hilarious!

“She almost pressed her lips against the same bottle her brother and dad’s penises were on.”

The whole book actually tells the tales of the family’s road trip and they taste hot dog after hot dog, and have to deal with each others’ subsequent flatulences and pranks. But it obviously also revolves around Marley and Porter, who clearly have history, and a lot of air to clear since they hadn’t seen each other in years. But then again, there’s such an attraction between the two of them that they (and especially Marley) don’t know whether they should be mad at each other for what happened in the past… or rip each other’s clothes’ off.

“There comes a time in a girl’s life when she has to reach deep down into her soul, clear the pathways of her inner goddess, and let out her nuclear Satan.”

Like a couple of other books I read lately (such as Nuts by Alice Clayton) this book is about two main characters from two different worlds (country and city life), and how they could possibly make it work. And Meghan Quinn has this down to a T in The Mother Road.

All in all, this book was one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had in a while now and you should definitely check it out!

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Overall: five-stars