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Making It (Ringside Romance #3)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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
ebook, 226 pages
Published August 7th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
3.5 Stars!

Making It is the third book in Christine d’Abo’s series entitled Ringside Romance. This was another good read! This sexy story about two men who rekindle what they once had definitely held my interest. I could not help but get wrapped up in this tale so I could find out how things would work out between our two protagonists.

This was an easy ready with a "second-chance at love" trope storyline. It was inevitable that Devan and Eli would eventually give into their lust-filled urges when
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When I first read the blurb for Making It, I was not too keen to read the story. I don't like long separations, followed by rekindled passions (unless the MCs are very young when they first meet).

In my experience, people don't change that much, and there's always a reason the relationship failed in the first place.

In this case, Eli left Devan following a whirlwind courtship and marriage because he couldn't deal with the pressure of their surrogate mother suffering another miscarriage. Or at le
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***2.5 Stars***

Nothing bums me out more then when a book I've been really anticipating just doesn't click with me.

The whole foundation of this book is Devan and Eli's marriage and how it fell apart three years ago. Everything about this book is built off of that. And therein lies my problem...I didn't feel anything. I wasn't connected to their relationship at all. That emotion that was supposed to pull at the heartstrings and carry you through the story was completely missing for me.

I wanted m
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

I'm a fan of the Ringside Romance series and I love Christine d' Abo's writing. Making It was a good, engaging read but I didn't love it as much as the first two books.

My main problem was that I couldn't figure out Eli at first. Why did he left? Does he want Devan back? Why did he leave that way? Is he a changed man? And then it hit me! Eli is...Big (don't laugh!). Have you watched Sex and the City, the film, where Big loves Carrie Bradshaw but he's too fearful of the wedding ceremon
Angie Elle
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

3.5 stars

So I love a hero who seems as though he’s beyond redemption before I even open the book. And it’s safe to say that a hero who has deserts his family fits that bill. But despite what the blurb led me to believe, that’s not quite what this story was. And I think it may have been better for it. Making It is the third book in the Ringside Romance series, and while I was able to jump right into this one and follow the story without reading the first two, I think there are p
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, mm, arc, published-2017
3.5 stars for book 3 of the Ringside Romance series

While it can be read as a stand-alone romance, the previous book characters do make appearances. If you read this one alone, you'll miss the boxing gym's background as well as the bar's background. Neither of those things will impact your understanding of this story, but I always prefer to know all the background in a series and enjoy reappearances of favorite characters.

This one features MMA fighter Eli. Pursuing a career in a still largely hom
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
2.5 stars

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 relations
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Devan and Eli's story is a total and complete picture of what it can be like when a married couple doesn't talk to each other, doesn't listen to each other, doesn't really know each other enough to see the little signs. This is when a married couple, or any couple really, doesn't communicate well. It's a frustrating thing for me to read because while I'm not in a perfect relationship, I am in one where I know that we communicate well. Sometimes people thing too well.

So when I read characters in
Without trying to be disrespectful, I genuinely think that Devan's character can be switched into a woman and this story still works. It did remind me a lot of secret baby books that I often found in category romance, when I still read a lot of those in my teens/early twenties.

Having said that, I deliberately picked Making It because the author said that she wanted to use secret baby trope (and all its glory) in MM romance (I read her explanation in a blog tour). SO, I read this while embracin
Jul 25, 2017 marked it as priority-queue
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Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club
Review also posted on my blog

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

MAKING IT is the last book in the romance series RINGSIDE ROMANCES, a series that can be read out of order or without having read the previous books. However I would recommend reading the previous books if you want a fuller picture and how and why Ringside Gym came to be. 

MAKING IT doesn't take it's time, starting with a prologue of the couple breaking up three years prior to the begin
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook, bgirls

Review by The Blogger Girls.

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 El
Lulu Forth
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
“He deserved better than what you did to him.”
“Yes, he did.” He looked over his shoulder at Zack. “That’s why I left.”

This is book 3 in the Ringside Romance Series and is Eli and Devan's story. Eli and Davan were married and trying for a baby via a surrogate Meg who is Devans best friend. After two failed miscarriages Eli ends things with Devan and leaves to concentrate on his career as an up and coming MMA fighter.

I found it a little hard to like Eli after that. I know he had his reasons and t

Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars Christine d’Abo has written a very fine depiction of a second chance romance, one of the most genuine I’ve ever read. The story offers the POV of both characters, and elements that each contributed to the breakup are clear. Another difference is they’re a married couple and neither the breakup nor the reconciliation is treated superficially. Eli and Devan went through a very fast courtship and marriage and the prologue opens on the night that Eli breaks down and walks away. He insulate ...more
I was super excited about this book. I love a good second chance story. Unfortunately this didn't live up to my expectations.

The book starts three years in the past. Eli and Devon are married and they're in a bad place. Things happen and Eli walks away from it all and the way he does it is truly horrible. My status update at this point said "Eli exhibited a bionic level of asshattery. He's going to need to crawl through broken glass while begging for forgiveness for this to work for me."

And the
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4.5 Stars

Devan and Eli were happily married and working on trying to have a baby, until they weren't. Eli decided being a husband and a father weren't for him. Those things didn't fit into his life as an up and coming MMA fighter, so he walked away from Devan. Devan was heartbroken, but after pulling himself together decided he still wanted the family they'd been planning, with or without Eli, something Devan never had as a child, so his best friend and surrogate, Meg and he decided to go throug
Danielle Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. Making It is the 3rd book in Ringside Romance but can easily be read as a stand alone. This book centers around Eli who is an MMA fighter and his husband Devan. Usually, I like to see the beginning of a relationship and in this book we are dropped in after Eli and Devan had a whirlwind courtship, got married and are trying to begin a family. When their surrogate mother has a miscarriage Eli leaves Devan. He tells Devan it's because he doesn't want a family and can't deal with the pres ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars!
This was so good!! I loved the book!

Making It is a continuation of Ringside Romance series. This novel is a second chance romance between MMA fighter Eli and phlebologist Devan. They were married before Eli walked away but they never finalized their divorce. When Eli meets Devan after those years apart, he learns that Devan now has a 11 month old son Matthew. Beautifully written story about love, family, regret and second chances.

I love this book! It's my favorite in the series so far.
Christi Snow
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Review:

And this is where reading is subjective. When I go to write my reviews, I grab the cover and blurb off Goodreads. I usually try to ignore the ratings, although I'll see the overall score at the top. I was shocked when I went to grab those things on this book and saw the low rating...because honestly, I loved this book. I thought this was the best book in the series so far....but I'll be honest, I've thought this entire series has been fantastic!

So, this book is a second chance at love
Nile Princess
2.5 Emotionally draining. I was so invested in the outcome of this relationship, and maybe it was full of real life situations and stresses, but it just felt depressing to me and some of Dev's decisions made no sense. The MCs ended up together but I didn't get what I wanted out of the story. I guess it was realistic that Eli had to make a difficult choice between his career and his husband but, given all the build up with Stephan and his opponent, it would have been much more satisfying(view spo ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
An MMA fighter and a phlebotomist are estranged husbands who come back together after three years apart. There's a secret baby, there's a hero who seems beyond redemption at the beginning after walking away from his husband on the night of their surrogate mother's second miscarriage, and it somehow all works in less than 300 pages. How? I don't even know, dude, I don't even know.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, the-series, 2017
4.25 stars
Can't wait for #4
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series, and rounds off the three friends who trained together as youngsters and bring back to life their gym; either by running it. funding it or publicising it. They each find their HEA along the way - and whilst you could read them in any order, as they are loosely linked, there is a natural order. I would say this is the least connected of the three.

I enjoyed the premise behind the story
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

3.5 Stars

Devon thought he and Eli were on the path to the next big thing in their lives. Eli was perfect for him. All that was missing was the child he couldn't wait to raise with Eli. When the surrogate suffers another miscarriage it's too much for Eli. The stress he's been carrying around finally gets the best of him and he think Devon would be better without him.

The stress Eli carries between his manager that forces
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I find it incredibly difficult to engage with a romance when I thoroughly dislike one of the MCs from the start and Eli is unforgivably awful! He runs away from his husband after their surrogate miscarries their child. He runs away from his mother after she has a stroke. Even married, he stays in the closet because he prioritises his MMA career above everything.

When Eli comes back to town, he is followed by all his MMA publici
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I think my favorite part of this book was that it’s unique while not going so far outside the norm that it’s unrealistic. I’m always a fan of second chance romances and this one isn’t an exception – I really enjoyed it.

Eli and Devan are married shortly after only being together a short time. They’ve been trying to have a child together for quite a while and when their surrogate suffers another miscarriage Eli uses it as an excuse to leave Devan’s life. Eli is an MMA fighter who is being p
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I seriously had deja'vu when I read this book. I felt like I had read this story before. Maybe it was previously published or just so similar to something I have read before? The story was good. Eli and Devan were married, planned to have a baby and then Eli bolted. Three years later, they are thrown back together. You can tell there is chemistry and you want them to work things out. I do like how independent Devan is, he had a goal and he ach
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked 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 f
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to, Making It, as we've been getting bits and pieces of Eli from the previous books in this series. As a whole, I really enjoyed it overall, but there were pieces missing for me, things left unsettled, and the conclusion felt wrapped up too quickly.

Go back three years and Eli and Devan's marriage implodes with Eli walking out leaving Devan in tears standing in a hospital foyer after another loss of trying to have a baby. Devan has no idea what just happened but he m
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stars for the writing, correct (I barely spotted any misprint), flowing and not too pretentious. Otherwise, the romance is weak, formulaic, bland -- the fabulous setting in English-speaking Canada, namely Toronto, gets utterly wasted; there is not a shred of couleur locale --, and the plotting sputters a lot. How can a romance shine when both parties are utter twats with an egotistical side the size of Texas ? Just look at the sheer implausibility of the basic conflict: one character gets a ...more
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A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over forty 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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Ringside Romance (4 books)
  • Working It (Ringside Romance, #1)
  • Faking It (Ringside Romance, #2)
  • Losing It (Ringside Romance, #4)