Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Rank & File
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point, #4
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Releases On: September 25th 2017!

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.

But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except—too late.

Why I'm waiting: I've read all of the previous books in this series, and I can't get enough of them.  I read just about every book I see from L.A. Witt, even though a lot of her books are hit or miss for me.  I've been enjoying all of these so far tho, and I can't say no to a forbidden romance.

What books are you excited for?

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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