Today we have Christine D’Abo touring with us ….
Hello, my name is Christine d’Abo and I’m so happy to be here today.
When I initially came up with the idea for the Ringside Romance series, I wanted to try and hit as many of the traditional romance tropes as possible. This was as much of a personal challenge as it was my desire to see more of these tropes appearing in LGBTQ romance.
So when I thought, hey, why not do a secret baby book, I got both giddy and terrified. How was I going to pull this off without it coming across as too unrealistic? Because a same sex couple needs to plan for a baby, right? Exactly!
I decided that in order for Devan and Eli’s story to work, this also needed to be a reunion romance. A couple that loved one another once, but due to circumstances, parted ways. With hearts broken, these two men had to find their way back to one another, had to deal with their past problems, while making room for a baby in their future.
Can they do it? Well, this is a romance…
The real question is, what will they have to sacrifice for their happily ever after?
I hope you enjoy the book and the trailer that I made!
About Making It
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.
Available now at Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/making-it
I really enjoyed this installment of the Ringside Romance series. I love a good second chances story and Making It hits the nail on the head.
Eli can’t handle his emotions. Rather than acknowledging them, discussing them when necessary, and moving past them, he shuts them down, pushes them away, and runs from the things causing him emotional distress. And at the beginning of this story, the emotional distress is turned up to eleven. His coping mechanism, faulty as it is, causes him to walk away from the man he loves and the family they’re wanting to start. Devan, on his end, is more focused on the future – he’s a child of the foster system, and all he’s ever wanted is a family of his own. He wants the husband and the kids and the happily ever after, and making that happen is priority #1 for him. I give him huge props for knowing what he wants in life so young and going after it. But he’s kind of got blinders on. Unless it has something to do with starting a family, he ignores it or, worse, it doesn’t even cross his mind.
There were times while reading when I honestly couldn’t see how Devan and Eli could find their way back together. They had some serious issues between them. There were even times when I wasn’t sure I wanted them to be together. Because how much can people change, right? I’m not sure if I skipped over it somewhere, or have just forgotten from the first two books in the series, but I’m not sure if their ages were ever given. In my interpretation, Devan and Eli were very young when they first met and got married. The things Eli struggled with (still struggles with) at that age were things I can’t fault him for. Hell, I’m nearly 31 and in therapy because I avoid and suppress my emotions like the plague. And while three years doesn’t seem like a lot, in that time, Devan and Eli both go through a lot of change. Devan becomes a single parent, and, while I haven’t been there, I can only imagine that that kind of forces you to find the things that are most important. Eli’s still an empty shell but it’s not sustainable – the things in his life that he’s been pushing away have started to creep back in – his mother’s declining health, his friendships, his dissatisfaction with his manager… his regret over the way things ended with Devan.
As difficult as it was at times to see how the two guys would find their way beyond their past, there was no denying that they fit. Devan’s conflicted emotions about Eli, Eli’s at times resigned determination to find a way back into Devan’s life, the passion and chemistry between them every time they were together on page… it was all so wonderfully written. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I broke down in tears a couple of times, laughed at others, and cringed at still more. By the end, Eli and Devan have shown a lot of growth, and their HEA was hard-fought and hard-won.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review on OMGReads.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I haven’t read the other two books in this series but this one can be read as a standalone. Eli, an MMA fighter and Devan fell in love, got married and ultimately wanted a family of their own, but sadly, due to the pressure of a miscarriage, Eli’s mother being ill and his fledgling career in MMA the dream didn’t pan out and Eli, feeling overwhelmed I’m sure, leaves Devan and moves on. Fast forward three years and we have Eli back in town at his old training gym, Ringside. Devan has been desperate to contact him so that he can sign the divorce papers and now he has the perfect opportunity. Unbeknownst to Eli, Devan is now a father and the stinger is the boy could be Eli’s biological child. Eli wants forgiveness and to give the relationship another go but there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and trust to gain back. Eli begins to bond with little Matthew and I liked that Devan didn’t automatically give in and forgive him, he made him work for it. We do get the reasoning behind Eli’s departure and what was going on his mind at the time so I did soften towards him but I felt that he could have been a bit more emphatic in his actions when trying to win back Devan as he had so much to fight for. This does end up in a HEA and although not as solid as I would have liked, it was a rather pleasant read and on the whole an enjoyable way to spend a few hours and I would definitely read the previous two books in this series as I did enjoy the authors writing.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
About the Ringside Romance Universe
Deep in the heart of Toronto lies Ringside Gym. Once a safe haven for troubled teens, Ringside has gone derelict, a forgotten memory of past days. Until a group of friends set out to do what they can to bring life back to the ring and create a new home for LGBT youths.
But when their lives threaten to pull down their dreams, each man must turn to others to help make it a reality. Winners take all—but there are no losers in love.
Check out Ringside Romance! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/ringside-romance
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.
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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.
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