Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ARC Review : The Making of Jonty Bloom by Barbara Elsborg

Blurb :

Finding his fiancé in bed with his brother was bad enough, finding out they’re getting married is the final blow.
Devan Smith needs to cool his anger. He needs to forget the lies and betrayals and work on resetting his life. When his boss orders him to scope out a remote hotel for a possible buyout, Devan’s only interested in getting the job done and getting out. What he’s not interested in is the guy with the piercings, bleached hair, and the smart, kissable mouth behind the reception desk.

Working the hotel reception is the only thing that’s stable in Jonty Bloom’s unstable life. His best friend has had a terrible accident, his ex refuses to move on, and his eight-year-old self is still waiting for his mother to collect him from school. Jonty needs his job. What he doesn’t need is the rude, arrogant, and hot as they come guy who’s rocked up demanding he be let into his room right now.

Thrown together by a freak accident, Devan and Jonty’s lives entwine, and neither wants to loosen the knot. Can the irrepressible Jonty be the reset Devan needs? Can Devan be the making of Jonty Bloom, or will secrets drive them apart?

Christelle's rating:

Jonty Bloom is the big star of this new MM romance from Barbara Elsborg.
This story is set up in Northumberland. An important fact to mention because there is a strong sense of place and I enjoyed looking out at all the places described.

Not the most sunny place in the world, but Jonty makes it up aplenty: despite the shitty life he had so far for such a young age, he has a big heart, spiky hair and a few piercings, a big mouth he can’t shut, he’s sarcastic, but in such a joyful, funny, sunny way.

The opposite of Devan’s state of mind when he meets Jonty: Devan is bitter, and for good reasons, but still, he’s losing it and meeting Jonty is a huge eye-opener for him. He enjoys so much laughing with him that fast, he makes his mission to never hurt Jonty and protect him as much as he can.

Yes, there is some angst (nothing very detailed so not to be overwhelming, but still,…), and yes, there is humor (how not to laugh with Jonty’s running mouth), and yes, there is hotness,…after all, it’s Barbara Elsborg and she has a knack for mixing all that together in a way that appeals to me.

A big niggle though: I was a bit unsettled by the quick time-line. However, after the first chapters, I was so drawn by the characters that I decided to ignore this point and only root for the best of HEA for Jonty and Devan.

More to come (hopefully soon) related to secondary characters and I will be ready to visit Northumberland again. 


ARC of “The Making of Jonty Bloom” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Expected publication July 1, 2020

More info on this book can be found on Barbara's blog.

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