Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ARC Review: Made for You by Anyta Sunday

Made for You (Love & Family #2)From the Blurb:

Ben wants to find a new home. 
Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parents’ death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all? Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start. But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is… 
Jack wants an old home to fix. 
Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig? Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide. But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines… 
Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home – 
– a home that might just be where their hearts lead them. 

 Ky's rating:

Before you pick up this book prepare yourselves for a serious slow burn story! It's awesome!

Ben is twenty-four years old and he became the sole carer for his teenage brother, Milo, after their parents got in a fatal accident. He's doing the best he can to stand by his brother, raise him in the best way possible and provide him with everything he needs, but Ben is struggling himself and he needs guidance, support and recognition like nothing else.

Jack is thirty-nine years old, a teacher in Milo's school and a house flipper. He has his eye on the perfect house to turn into his home for close to a dacade and he's waiting for the owner to be ready to sell it. In the meantime he needs a place to stay as he's already sold the last house he renovated to his ex.

Jack and Ben meet under unfortunate - for Ben - circumstances on the afternoon of a parent-teacher meeting in Milo's school and Jack ends up giving Ben a ride home. It's not immediate but eventually Ben gives Jack the job of renovating his parent's house so he can sell it in a higher price. Milo though is against the selling and is trying his best to change his brother's decision.

Slowly and over the months the three of them are bonding, spending more and more time together and in a way they're becoming a family without them realising it. Jack becomes a firm presence in the brothers' lives, he's there to support Ben in everyday life and he's there to set boundaries for Milo. Ben starts relaxing as he finally has someone to depend on and he can take a break from his responsibilities from time to time. And Milo is getting more mature, pays better attention at school and gains a better atitude. At the same time Ben and Milo become the family that Jack is craving for, they become is centering point.

Everything is perfect if not for the attraction simmering between Ben and Jack. They are fighting though as they know that nothing can happen between them, not because of the age difference, but because of Jack's position as Milo's teacher and of Ben's vulnerability after loosing his parents, still grieving for them and trying to adjust to the new direction his life took.

The story is very funny, with Milo and Ben's banter taking the prize, but it's also emotional as we see the brothers dealing with their grief. All three characters were likeable and well-developed. The couple from the first book made some guest appearances but there were also quite a few new side characters. The book can be read as a standalone so don't worry if you haven't read Taboo For You.

I'm always enjoying Anyta Sunday's works and this one was no different. I love me some slow burn!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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