Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review ~ MAKE ME YOURS by Rebecca Brooks

Make Me Yours (Men of Gold Mountain, #4)
by: Rebecca Brooks
Series: Men of Gold Mountain
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Brazen


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.


Rebecca Brooks has been on my reading wishlist for awhile now.  Make Me Yours marks my first time reading her.  This is the fourth book in the Men of Gold Mountain series and is easily a standalone read.

Make Me Yours is a second chance love story mixed with a secret baby storyline.  I’ve been on a secret baby kick with my last couple of reads so I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, the story and I didn’t always see eye to eye.  For starters, I would have preferred to have had a prologue detailing at least some of Claire and Ryan’s backstory. Instead, I had to figure things out as I read the story.  This left me confused most of the time as to why Claire said and did certain things.

Claire and Ryan’s relationship is extremely complicated.  For almost half of the book, I didn’t like Claire.  It took me having to be objective to see her side of things and potentially understand.  In fact, I struggled with the book through about the first 100 pages or so.  But it wasn’t until the climax, when I saw myself in Claire that I could say that I truly became invested in this story.  I realized that I was looking at things all wrong.  I started reading Make Me Yours thinking it was going to be a cookie cutter story.  In fact, it’s anything but. Rebecca made this story real.  There are always reasons why couples break up.  Claire and Ryan didn’t break up for superficial reasons.  At a young age, Claire made a good, hard, tough decision to do what was best for her, her unborn child, and ultimately Ryan.  While I struggled with Make Me Yours, I loved that Rebecca didn’t make the reconnection between Ryan and Claire easy for them.  She didn’t act like the painful past didn’t happen.  She put them through real life trials and she made them work for the relationship that they both wanted and deserved.  

I was surprised to find myself crying at a certain part of this story.  It really did make reading this story worthwhile.  An added benefit is that the heroines from the previous books make appearances and prove to be true friends.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and reviewed the book voluntarily.**

Rating: 4

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Rebecca Brooks is the author of contemporary romance novels HOW TO FALL and ABOVE ALL. She lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books.

She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.

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