Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Making Home
SERIES: Bay Valley U Book #1
AUTHOR: Dev Bentham
PUBLISHER: Loose ld.
LENGTH: 128 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2017
In his real life, Manu Contrares makes a decent living as a videographer in New York. But when his mother goes into hospice, he heads home to Bay Valley to help take care of her and ends up back at his first job on the janitorial staff of the local college. It feels like a long step down for a proud Hispanic man.
Chris Hall loves teaching but hates research. That’s becoming a big problem because his third-year faculty review is coming up and if he doesn’t make something happen soon, he’ll be out. He’s spending his nights working in the lab on a Hail Mary attempt to save his job.
When the two men meet, it’s explosive. And complicated. Chris is lily-white and culturally tone-deaf and Manu’s only in town for a short stay. It’s a recipe for heartbreak. Still, the pull between them is too strong for either to ignore. Can they overcome their different backgrounds and somehow surmount the geographical problems, or is this a fling that will leave them both more exhausted and lonely than before?
Making Home is a bittersweet tale of life’s unexpected twists and turns, chance meetings, coincidences, losing our most precious family member and falling in love at the least expected moment.
Manu and Chris are a very unlikely couple but they share some amazing chemistry and they wormed their way into my heart pretty quickly.
The writing is solid, the story has a good flow. The subject matter, namely Chris’s research project, might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I believe things are explained in enough details to be interesting and not overdone to be boring. I think a good balance is created not only with the job descriptions but also with the emotions.
We are witnessing Manu’s final weeks with his mother (who is dying of cancer) while he is forming a tentative friendship/relationship with a nerdy professor from the university where he works at night. The writer did a great job juggling with our emotions, waving those opposing feelings in a heartwarming, moving story.
I really enjoyed the build up of this budding relationship between our MCs. Their connection is deepening and changing with each encounter and their chemistry is proved to be explosive. The sexy-times are well written, very sensual and emotional with sparks flying everywhere.
If you are looking for a book with strong family ties, a slowly blooming love story, two lovable guys for MCs, and some great feels, Making Home is a good choice for you.