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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Make Me Yours by Rebecca Brooks + Song Selection

Claire finally gets her chance at happiness and it was worth the wait! And yes, I’m showing my age with the song that made me think of Ryan and Claire.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
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Claire Collins has always been good—except when it comes to bad boys. Or one bad boy in particular: a tattooed musician as skilled with her body as he is with his guitar. But he wasn’t ready to be a father, so she left him to raise their daughter on her own. Only fate had other plans, and suddenly, Ryan is back in her life, disrupting everything. This time, though, she’s determined not to lose her heart…even if she still craves his touch.

Ryan Thomas never expects to see Claire again—especially not in a small mountain town in Washington on the last show of his comeback tour. But when the lights come on, there she is, more beautiful than ever. One incredible night with her won’t be enough… But he’ll have to prove he’s not the man he used to be, if he wants to keep her—and his family—for good.

What’s it About? When Claire Collins was younger she fell in love with budding rock star Ryan Thomas, she was so in love that she dropped out of college and moved to New York to help him make it big. Instead of making it big, Ryan became an alcoholic, Claire got pregnant, and she walked away from him to raise their daughter alone. Years later, a chance gig at a small venue in Gold Mountain brings Ryan face to face with Claire again and this time he wants to show her that he’s changed and can be the man she needs.

Overall reaction to the story? Make Me Yours is easily the most emotional story out of the Men of Gold Mountain series with Ryan and Claire’s second chance romance. Rebecca Brooks took these two through the emotional wringer with their back story and their present angst filled reunion. Throw in their daughter Maya and you have the makings of a passionate but challenging romance. I really enjoyed it, actually I was surprised how much I enjoyed this story and I would definitely recommend it to readers looking for a solid second chance romance.

Describe the hero in five words: Kind. Talented. Charming. Fun. Considerate.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Ryan was the kind of character that you wanted to dislike just based on how he was in the past. However, I couldn’t do anything but love the guy because he really hit rock bottom before he started to drag himself up and recover from his alcohol addiction. I could appreciate a character that had the strength to pick themselves up and fight the temptation to fall off the wagon. He was charming in a boyish sort of way and he really wanted to be a better person for Claire and for Maya, I think that’s what sealed it for me. He tried his best and even with the mistakes he made it was clear he was a different man than he was in the past.

Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Stubborn. Caring. Intelligent. Strong.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Claire really tugged at my heartstrings, she gave up her dreams for a man she thought would be worth it and ended up having to make the difficult decision to walk away when she found out she was pregnant. I admired her for being honest with herself that Ryan wasn’t going to be a good father or a good partner for her even as it broke her heart. I loved that she put her daughter first but never became a boring cliché of a woman who forgot about her own needs because she was a mom. I loved her drive to succeed and provide for her family but at the same time she also made time for her friends and to just be an adult. I really wanted her to find a happy ending because she was just one of those characters who deserved it.

Let’s talk about the romance: Ryan and Claire had such a bad history together that it set the tone for the romance. It was an uphill battle for both of them because they were both having to deal with their past relationship all while struggling to find their footing in the present and deal with the fact that they’d never gotten over each other. The heat between them was undeniable and I liked that they didn’t just deal with their emotions, but also their physical chemistry. The blend of both made Make Me Yours feel like real romance rather than just a hookup between two characters.

How about that supporting cast? Ryan and Claire’s daughter Maya added a lot of motivation for both Ryan and Claire to try harder at, well, everything. Adding the much needed kick in the butt with their blunt truths were Claire’s friends Mack, Sam, and Abbi. I loved checking in with these ladies again, though I’ve never read Sam’s story. They added that extra love that Claire needed before Ryan reappeared in her life.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. It's worth seeing Ryan work hard to become the man he needs to be and to watch him and Claire fall back in love.

Theme Song Choice: I think that the Backstreet Boys' Drowning sounds like the perfect theme song for these two!

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