Making It (Ringside Romance #3) by Christine d’Abo

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.

The beginning of Making It was heartbreaking and it didn’t get much better from there. This is one of those books where I was exceedingly glad that readers got both POVs. Otherwise Eli wouldn’t have stood a chance, I would have totally sided with Devan after Eli broke his heart and his trust. Because Christine D’Abo let us into the turmoil surrounding Eli’s heart and mind, my heart was breaking for both of these men.

There was a lot to love about Making It. I loved Devan’s relationship with his son. I loved the growing relationship between Eli and the baby that may or may not be his. I loved the cautiousness from Devan that was totally warranted and believable in their situation. He didn’t want to risk his heart or his son’s, which made me love him even more. I loved Eli’s determination to make things right because he knew how bad he had hurt Devan, even though neither one of them had all the facts. The only thing that frustrated me was what it took to knock some sense into Devan… What I really, really loved was how Eli’s friends didn’t cut him any slack for his actions, both past and present.

I think what I love most about the Ringside Romance series is the sense of family. These guys have had each others’ backs for a lifetime and the new men in their lives just added to the circle. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m not sure why I thought that Making It was the last book in this series, but finding out that Losing It is coming next was a pleasant surprise.