Monday, August 7, 2017

ARC Review: Making It (Ringside Romance 3) by Christine D'Abo

Blurb:

Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman. 

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.



Dani's rating:


When I first read the blurb for Making It, I was not too keen to read the story. I don't like long separations, followed by rekindled passions (unless the MCs are very young when they first meet).

In my experience, people don't change that much, and there's always a reason the relationship failed in the first place.

In this case, Eli left Devan following a whirlwind courtship and marriage because he couldn't deal with the pressure of their surrogate mother suffering another miscarriage. Or at least that's what he told Devan. And himself.

In reality, Eli, a MMA fighter, was stressed out over his mother's declining health and pushed by his manager to stay in the closet. He and Devan were fighting constantly, because Eli was angry and completely separated from his emotions. He wasn't sharing any of his worries with Devan, keeping everything bottled inside.





When Eli returns to help Zack, Nolan, and the gang promote the Ringside gym, he knows he has to see Devan again. What he doesn't expect is to meet Devan's 11-month-old son, Matthew, who could possibly be his biologically.

Eli and Devan never officially divorced because Eli's manager refused to let Eli have any contact with Devan. (How they managed their taxes remains a mystery, but whatever; this is fiction.)

When they see each other again, they definitely feel a spark, but Devan doesn't trust Eli, even if Eli appears to be a changed man.

I liked both MCs. Devan was willing to spend time with Eli but didn't forgive him immediately. And Eli was careful to give Devan his space and protect Devan and the baby from publicity.

Eli was so sweet with Matthew; he even offered to babysit so Devan could go on a date (this works out for the best, trust me).

Making It is a truly engaging read. I was so involved in the story, I read it in one sitting. I just wish there had been more steam and a stronger HEA.



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