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- Print Length: 213 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074LTBM5B
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.
I’m trying not to spoil any details of the story but want to make clear that Eli did not walk away from a child. But it was still an awful thing to do to Devan. When Eli returns, to do promotion for his friends at Ringside Gym, Devan is made aware and he has pressing reasons to speak with Eli in person. Their emotions draw them together but progress is made slowly. I appreciated the level of communication, that both took ownership of their faults and Eli never made excuses or tried to guilt-trip Devan. Sex is also at a minimum, which goes along with the storyline and suits the pace of re establishing their relationship and rebuilding trust. That said, there were a couple of plot points used that I questioned, strongly. It overlooked the affordability and legal protections for surrogacy, the divorce process wasnt treated logically, and Eli’s lack of attention was glossed over. (For three years? Seriously?!)
There was more focus on the gym in this story with Zack and Nolan as a large part, as well as appearances by Grady and Max. There’s a secondary character, Pierce that I think will be in a future story. For fans of second chance romance, I think this is quite worthwhile, since it avoids repetitive themes used in some other books. It’s a bit of a melancholy story at times but the ending and epilogues lifts the mood and satisfied my need for an HEA.
*ARC was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an unbiased review, published in Jessie G Books Review blog*
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