The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
Romantic Comedy. Standalone.
Get your kicks on Route 66! I know I did! If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that romantic comedies are my favorite. I love to smile when I read. But only one other author has made me snort laugh this much and dig through my bathroom cabinet for the Always with wings. Yes, I needed some leakage protection, I was laughing so hard.
The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn is by far one of the funniest I’ve read. It’s not funny because it’s all “did she really go there?” It didn’t try too hard. It was a little over the top, but in a real way. While it was funny as hell, there was a sweet and sexy romance, but even more, a close, loving family on a road trip in memory of the Mama McCann. Oh shit, I just got teary. I better pull out one of the gazillion quotes I highlighted that made me crack my ass up! Seriously, the whole book is yellow highlights of funny lines (and pages) but then I’d be crying sentimental tears a few pages later.
Marley is a beauty blogger who moved from her dad’s upstate New York farm to California. A week before her brother’s wedding, her brother and father show up on her doorstep with Tacy, the old 1980s RV the family used to travel in when they were just kids. Since her mom died, there were no more trips, so they decided to take one more last outing, mom’s dream trip, on The Mother Road. Route 66 from California to Chicago.
I loved Marley! She had a little tomboy streak (growing up with a brother on a farm) and was a total girl with makeup and fashion. But nothing too exciting in the love life area.
I mean after her last experience…
I really didn’t think it was possible to have that small of a penis, but blondie really brought a new meaning to macaroni dick for me.
Bernie, the dad: HOLY HELL, hysterical. He loved his kids, and would do anything for them. But he is totally one of the gang, and in on all the secret games, jokes and pranks.
“Son, I love you, but for the love of Gerald Ford, don’t call your penis pretty.”
Paul, the brother, was a total girly-man but also funny as hell with his random facts.
“Paul is a menstruating man lady with perfectly circular nipple hair and the aptitude to shout useless facts at you until he’s blue in the face.”
But they also have a surprise guest: Porter, Paul’s best man and best friend since childhood. Swoony Porter still works on Bernie’s farm and hasn’t really gone anywhere else. But he’s rugged, manly, and has those sexy forearms and “hip dips”. He’s also the guy who completely broke Marley’s heart 4 years before.
I want to kick the arrogance right off his face with a snuggle foot…right after I lick his entire body and pee around him so everyone knows he’s mine.
Then it turns into a National Lampoon movie, when poor Marley gets “urined” and has to deal with the worst humiliation in front of the man she’s crushing on.
But there are some really sentimental moments as well, as the family paid tribute to the woman who was gone, but still so present as they fulfilled her dream of eating hot dogs in every state.
Between “man feta”, whale dicks, crazy old ladies (google it, she’s there), penis puke, Funyuns, sharting, mentions of The Wonder Years and The Goldbergs (love those shows), The Mother Road had everything I love. The sex was hot, there was some angst, but it was mostly funny. I love this family! It’s like I hit the motherload of things I love:
- 12 year old boy humor.
- Dick jokes.
- Poop jokes.
- A loving family.
- A second chance romance.
- Childhood friends turned lovers.
- Lovable characters.
- Sentimental teary times.
More Things I liked:
- Made me laugh and made me cry and made me laugh till I cried.
- Though over the top, it never felt like it was trying too hard.
- The awesome brother/sister relationship of pranking each other with love.
- Porter. Mmmmm….so manly, swoony, sexy and funny.
- Good sexy times.
- A little angst, but not too much.
- I LOVE the cover & graphics (that’s why I didn’t do my own, I couldn’t resist!)
- The romance part was a little slow to develop. It was a hysterical road trip story the whole time, but I would have liked a little more of the romance.
The Down & Dirty:
If you have a sibling, especially a brother, you can really appreciate the love and stupidity that goes along with reliving childhood road trips. While The Mother Road was absolutely hysterical, there was also a lot of beauty, emotion and messages that came through loud and clear. The family love, the pure “meant to be together” love, and the message to put aside your fears and go for it, because life is short message broke through the silly humor.
The Mother Road had everything I love in a book. It made my heart smile, my eyes tear in laughter and sentimentality, it made me swoon, snort, and call my family. (And yeah, send my sister a funny swinging dick pic.) And I have so many highlights it’s killing me to not share all the funniest lines. But you’ll have to see for yourself.
“Oh, my God, where did you put your poop chunks?”
Rating: 4.5 Stars 4 Heat