Author: Elizah J Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Twins Blake and Bianca Dunlap have always been there for each other, ready to lend support and make sacrifices. Blake can’t imagine a bigger sacrifice than getting along with Bianca’s fiancé, Matt. However, Matt turns out to be more than the meathead Blake had dismissed him as, but Matt’s best friend, Ryan Everett, is a different story. Ryan seems intent on being an insufferable jerk as often as possible. The fact that Blake is undeniably attracted to Ryan only makes the whole situation more annoying.
Since they’ll all be stuck together for the long haul, Blake is determined to make nice. Unfortunately he overshoots, and he and Ryan end up on much friendlier terms than Blake intended. While he and Ryan agree there’s no harm in having a strings-free fling, that changes when Matt and Bianca find out about it. As more complications arise, Blake and Ryan become more determined to do what it takes to avoid letting them down. But the only way to ensure getting through a joyous wedding and avoid the questions neither of them want to answer is to convince everyone it’s something more.
Love and hate are both strong emotions. They are two authors often combine to make some pretty powerful stories. This is the exact scenario we find in Making Nice by Elizah J. Davis. Two men who couldn’t be more different or antagonistic to each other finding a common ground in lust and eventually finding more.
Some people love this dynamic. Some people hate it. For me, it is completely based on whether the author can make me believe the pairing. Davis is able to do just that.
We see two love stories in Making Nice. First, is the existing familial and twin bond between the main character Blake and his twin sister Bianca (no this is NOT twincest. They are best friends). We also watch the relationship between Blake and his future brother-in-law’s best friend, Ryan (and therein lies the enemies-to-lovers aspect).
This isn’t a sweet, everything’s perfect, let’s ride off into the sunset type story. Blake and Ryan mess up… repeatedly. They are guys who can’t communicate to save their lives. They are guys who don’t want to put themselves “out there” for potential hurt. They are guys who would rather be pissed than talk. However, I didn’t feel like I was reading about adolescents. I sort of felt like I was reading about how I handle conflict sometimes.
On the Blake and Biana front, we get to watch the evolution of family and friendship. We get to see their relationship strain and ultimately grow stronger.
I enjoyed the time I spent in Blake and Ryan’s world and would be happy to read more from this author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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