Title: Making It (Ringside Romance #3)
Author: Christine d’Abo
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 7th 2017
Page Count: 226
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
I’m a fan of the Ringside Romance series and I love Christine d’ Abo’s writing. Making It was a good, engaging read but I didn’t love it as much as the first two books.
My main problem was that I couldn’t figure out Eli at first. Why did he left? Does he want Devan back? Why did he leave that way? Is he a changed man? And then it hit me! Eli is…Big (don’t laugh!). Have you watched Sex and the City, the film, where Big loves Carrie Bradshaw but he’s too fearful of the wedding ceremony and marriage, and gets cold feet at some point? If you ‘ve watched it, this was almost the same thing, but add a baby to the mix. I know I may not make sense to you, but this clicked so much in my brain and helped me understand Eli, I had to share.
As I ‘ve said before, I love seperation periods and second chances in my books. It gives the characters time and space to realise their mistakes and their feelings for the other person. What went wrong? What can we do to fix it? Do we want to? All these things happened here, but in theory. On page, I didn’t see how Eli changed from that person who was scared shitless of sharing himself with a family, to the person who wanted to be a husband and a father again. And that was my biggest problem.
I liked Devan a lot, although he forgave Eli a bit too fast for my tastes. I loved his giving nature and the kind of father he was. I will agree with him, though, that Eli was not the only one at fault for their failed relationship.
I also liked the tension throughout the book, and the UST, although there isn’t a lot of steam. Eli’s jealousy moments were a nice touch as well. My favorite scene is when Eli and Devan opened the folder about the paternity test results.
I did have to suspend disbelief at some points, like Devan not being able to find Eli for the divorce papers for three years, or the lab’s mistake regarding Meg’s pregnancy (although I might be wrong about that. It just reminded me of a soap-opera).
I know I sound like I’m complaining too much, but I did like the book. It read easily and I liked seeing the other guys again. I stil recommend it for fans of the series and the author.