Review: Making It by Christine d'Abo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Title: Making It
Author: Christine d'Abo
Series: A Ringside Romance #3
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 7th 2017

 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.


Making It is the third book in Christine d'Abo's Ringside Romance series.  They can all be read as standalones, but you so see the couples from the previous story in this one.  You wouldn't be lost if you read them out of order tho.  Ever since I first read the synopsis for this one, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.  It sounded like one I would absolutely love.  Unfortunately, I didn't end up loving this one as much as I had hoped.

I had issues "shipping" these two character's relationship.  Eli was a really hard character to connect with.  He is very closed off and hides all of his emotions, except for maybe aggression.  He drove me crazy because any time there was a moment when he was starting to feel emotional about something he ran away.  He never talked about anything that was going on.  He was like a robot.  He barely had any character growth in the story, so it's not like he "got any better" either. lol!  Devon's character, on the other hand, was very likable and personable.  He was a wonderful father and had a very caring nature.  He frustrated me at times too, tho.

There were quite a few things about this one that I didn't end up loving so much.  For one, I did not like how fast Devon forgives Eli.  What Eli did was really unforgivable, but because Devon had the hots for him, he just gave in.  That made me mad.  He even let Eli watch his son!  That was a little unbelievable for me, especially because Eli has NO experience with children.  I really wanted a big grovel from Eli and we never really got it.  He gives a pretty half-assed apology and hasn't seemed to change too much at all.  I normally really enjoy 2nd chance romances, but only when the characters seem to learn from their mistakes and are trying to change.  Eli doesn't have that change until the very end of the story and that bugs me.  *SPOILER* Another thing that had me rolling my eyes, was that Devon is involved in an accident at the end and Eli comes running...and the accident is the ONLY reason that Eli was showing back up.  He was ready to walk away again.  Grr! *END SPOILER*

There were only a couple intimate scenes between the two of them, so the steam doesn't take over the story.  It just takes a while for things to happen because things are so confusing between them and they are both wondering where they stand most of the time.  

This one wasn't a win for me, but I did enjoy the previous 2 books in this series, and will probably continue to try new romances from Christine d'Abo.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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10 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear this one didn't work for you as much as the others did :( Eli does seem like he would be a hard character to connect with. It always boggles my mind when characters keep running away from their problems, but never find that moment where they think "maybe I shouldn't do this." Thanks for the honest review, Julie! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren. I can't stand when a character has so very little character growth in a story. I was really looking forward to this one too...bummer

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  2. I didn't love this one either, but I love the series as a while and I'll definitely read more by the author. I did think the forgiveness happened WAY too quick and I wasn't a huge fan of how the ending worked out but it was very circumstantial on how the two of them ended up together, like you said.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I definitely wasn't happy with the way things happened in the end for them to get back together. I much rather would have had Eli grow up a little and stop running away. I did really enjoy the other books in this series so I will definitely give more of the authors books a try.

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  3. So sorry to hear this one disappointed you. It's hard when there isn't much character development and a relationship you can't connect with. :(

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    1. Yeah, I felt very underwhelmed by this one and that's so disappointing when I was looking forward to this one. I wanted to see Eli change more and was frustrated when he never really did

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  4. I didn't love this one but I liked it more than you did. I think you posted this review on Goodreads earlier??? or maybe it was someone else's review I read but I had already lowered my expectations lol

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I usually do post my reviews on Goodreads before I work them into the schedule here, so that may have been me. lol! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it a little more than me.

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  5. Sorry this one wasn't what you had hoped. It is hard to enjoy a novel when you aren't connecting with the characters. I hope your next read is better.

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    1. Thanks so much Carole! I've read a few more stinkers since this one, and one pretty good books so I guess I can't complain too much. lol! I hate when I can't connect with characters. It brings down the enjoyment so much.

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