Making It by Christine D’Abo + Giveaway

Posted August 7, 2017 by shooting in Book Review, Giveaway / 18 Comments

Making It by Christine D’Abo 

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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: This is the third book in the Ringside Romance series. While I did enjoy Making It, it’s probably my least favorite in the series. I just felt that things moved a bit fast. I love a second chance romance, but Devan seemed to forgive a little too easily when it comes to Eli walking out on him three previous prior. I did appreciate Eli’s friends being honest with him about how he didn’t treat Devan right. That’s one thing that Eli definitely knows, but he’s trying to prove to Devan that they can still be together. Of course, that’s still difficult when Eli is an up and coming MMA fighter who nobody knows is gay.

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I do love both guys and I want it to work, of course, but I guess I hoped there would be a more of a wait or Eli would have to do more to prove himself. At any rate, this is a fun series, and I would still recommend you check them all out. You can read them out of order, but you see the previous couples in each  subsequent book so reading them in order would help you understand them more!

Interested in the other books? Working It is the first in the series (my book review here) and Faking It is the second in the series (my book review here).

About Christine d’Abo

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

You can visit Christine at her website, and chat with her on Facebook and Twitter. Want to keep up with Christine’s new releases? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a free book!


To celebrate the release of Making It, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 12, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

18 responses to “Making It by Christine D’Abo + Giveaway

  1. This sounds like a unique romance story, though the MMA fighter part wouldn’t hold my interest too much. Great review as always!

  2. Sounds like a nice light summer read… I, too, have a problem with forgiveness too easily (in books, tv series, etc). Life doesn’t always work out that way, and though I like to think of myself as a forgiving person, if you walk out on my three times, your a** better work for that, lol.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you had a great weekend!!!

  3. Purple Reader

    Congrats, Christine, and thanks for the post. This sounds interesting – I like your tropes. It’s how they’re dealt with that makes it a good story, and I’m sure this one delivers. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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