The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn [ARC REVIEW]
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: June 20th 2019
Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?
If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife.
Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers.
But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included.
So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.
The only question is, will she accept?
ARC provided by the Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
This is probably my favorite book that I’ve read by Meghan Quinn to date. I am a sucker for a good slow burn and this one was a slow burn. The Locker Room tells the love story of Knox, a college baseball player who is on his way to being first pick in the draft, and Emory, a transfer with a rough past in the romance department that is determined to chase her dreams. After a meet cute, Knox is hooked on Emory and begins the journey of getting her to give him a chance–however Emory has been burned and burned bad, so as Knox shows her that he is different, Emory must decide if love is worth the risk.
I am not ashamed to say that I binged reading this one while at work and neglected all my projects just so I could find out what happens next to these lovebirds (probably not the wisest decision as now I am scrambling at work but #worthit). Quinn dishes up a slow burn that reeks of sexual tension I cannot even begin to describe to you. We get to see the progression of Emory and Knox’s relationship as it transitions from strangers to friends to lovers.
I honestly loved every single moment in this book, I couldn’t get enough of their relationship and the character development of Emory and to some degree Knox. Deep, connective, and relatable, Emory is the girl we can all see a bit of ourselves in. After being hurt by her ex, Emory packs her bags and transfers to a different university licking her wounds and determined to do things for her instead of someone else. She never expects her feelings for Knox to evolve and grow outside the boundaries of friendship, however as we get deeper into the novel we see that when Knox sets out to woo–the boy woos.
My heart swooned relentlessly as I watched Knox convince Emory he was it for her, the attentiveness, the heart, and the honest to god genuineness Knox showed Emory made me instantly invested in his objective, I swear you can just start calling me team Knox because wow I am in that man’s corner. I love his relationship with our supporting cast and how much of a gentleman he was to those he came across. Perfect in every way imaginable, yet he never comes across as a gary-stu character.
Quinn out does herself with this novel as we see an honest take of a relationship forming and the ups and downs that come with one. Its been days since finishing and I am still captivated by her words and their story.
If you are a lover of romance and slow burns I definitely without a doubt recommend this novel to you. Funny, romantic, and deep, The Locker Room is a novel with chemistry and sexual tension that is out of this world that you wont be able to put down until the very end.
Huge thank you to Meghan Quinn for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Graphics and Promotional used with permission from Author.