Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Making It
Author: Christine D’Abo
Series: Ringside Romance #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 239 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: I had mixed feelings going into this book – I was really looking forward to Eli’s story, but I’m not generally a fan of children/babies in my stories. I’m glad I gave it a shot though, because it was a sweet story once the guys got over the various bumps in the road.
Eli is an up and coming MMA superstar. Because of this, he was forced to keep his marriage and relationship to a man secret. When a second attempt at having a baby failed, along with other pressures in Eli’s life, he imploded and ran.
Devan, having a baby and someone to love and love him back unconditionally was something he longed for. He thought Eli was on the same page as him, but after Eli’s departure, Devan went ahead on his own. Now, fast forward three years, and Eli is back in town to help his friends promote the opening of Ringside Gym (we met him and the other guys in the previous books).
When Devan takes the opportunity to finally get in contact with Eli to sign the divorce papers, something he has been unable to accomplish up to this point, they each realize the feelings are still there. Eli knows he has a lot to make up for and whether the baby is his or not, realizes he wants to try and make a life with Devan. Unfortunately, his career is in the way of that happening. Or, more specifically, his manager, with whom he is stuck in a ridiculously strict contract. So, Eli is torn and stuck in the middle of towing the line with the sleezy manager, or facing the possibility of said manager ruining his career at best, making life more miserable for Devan at the worst.
In the end, Eli makes the right choices, but he doesn’t have it easy, which is to be expected. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the previous stories, but that is mainly because of the dynamics at play here and the fact that the end was wrapped up way too quickly. Something that was a worry throughout the entire story is taken care of in a few pages and it felt glossed over. Other than that, it was a great addition to the series. It was great seeing the other guys again from the previous stories, and I’m definitely looking forward to more.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*