ARC Review | Making It by Christine d’Abo

Making It by Christine d’Abo | Ringside Romance #3
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | August 7th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley

 

Book Blurb:

Devan knows exactly what he wants from life: a good career, a husband who loves him, and a child to call his own. He’s working at the perfect job, and has found the man of his dreams in Eli. That only leaves one box left to tick. When his friend offers to be a surrogate mother for Devan and Eli, he’s convinced all his dreams have come true.

Eli has been fighting his entire life. Fighting to keep his sick mother safe, fighting his frustration, and fighting daily as an up-and-coming MMA star. The one thing he can’t fight is the feeling that he’s made a terrible mistake agreeing to be a father with Devan. On the worst night of their lives, Eli knows Devan is better off without him, and leaves.

When Eli returns three years later he comes face-to-face with Devan and a son who might be his. Devan has moved on with his life, but seeing Eli once again reignites forgotten passion. Yet if Eli wants to make it work with Devan, he must decide if he’s ready for the biggest fight of his life.

| Book Review |

So I love a hero who seems as though he’s beyond redemption before I even open the book. And it’s safe to say that a hero who has deserts his family fits that bill. But despite what the blurb led me to believe, that’s not quite what this story was. And I think it may have been better for it. Making It is the third book in the Ringside Romance series, and while I was able to jump right into this one and follow the story without reading the first two, I think there are parts that would have meant more to me had I read Working It and Faking It. And my curiosity is sparked enough so that I will be going back and read the first two books, especially Nolan’s, as I think that man has quite the history.

One of the things I really liked about this story was that I felt these characters were on even ground as far as their support systems went. Devan had a wonderful friend in Meg. And my favorite thing about her was that when Eli left, she was fiercely loyal to Devan and all about being there for him. But she wasn’t so steeped in her dislike of Eli so that when he returned, she wasn’t able to see both sides of the story and offer Devan sound advice. And Eli had good friends at Ringside Gym that weren’t hesitant to let him know he’d messed up, and his best bet was to fix things. And quick.

Now I will say this story isn’t without its issues. The biggest for me was that there were points in this story where both main characters thought that a baby could be just the thing to make their relationship better and ‘save’ their marriage. It left a bad taste in my mouth, but by the end of the story, it was clear any baby these two men shared was going to be loved unconditionally, so while it did bother me, I was able to (sort-of) get over it. Also, while they were trying to work things out, it felt as though Devan was playing games with Eli, and I found it incredibly frustrating. I know Devan was scared and hurt, but I didn’t think the way he went about things was very mature.

Having said all of that, I found this book very enjoyable despite my issues. I adored both of these men (though I would have liked more backstory on both,) and the story flew right by for me, so clearly the pacing was on. I also liked the event at the end that brought the two of them back together, giving Eli an opportunity to show how devoted he was to Devan. Overall I thought Making It was a nice story of two people finding their way back to loving each other again and trusting each other more than before, and if you’re a fan of romance, I recommend picking this one up.

| Rating |

Series: Ringside Romance

  

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