Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Book Review: Make You Mine


Title: Make You Mine 
Series: Love in Everton, 4
Author: Fabiola Francisco
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Trope: Hate to Lovers

By Sara Steven

“I’ve had a fifteen-year-plan since high school—get a degree in hospitality, learn the ropes working for a big hotel, before opening my own bed and breakfast.

Eli Hastings isn’t part of that plan. The sexy-as-sin contractor I hired to renovate my bed and breakfast is the kind of man I’ve learned to stay away from.

I can’t stand him most of the time, especially when he’s interfering in my dreams like a know-it-all. That doesn’t mean I don’t imagine what it would feel like to have him pressed against me, but those fantasies are my best kept secret.

I try to hate him, but one kiss is enough to give in to my desires. Eli challenges me to live outside of my box, until one major deviation in my plan is too big to ignore. I refuse for anything to stand in the way of my dream, even if it causes me to break my own heart.” (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I’m back in Everton, and there’s no other place I’d rather be!

The Love in Everton series just keeps getting better and better, and this time, we get to learn more about Averly and her love to hate, hate to love relationship with her contractor, Eli. They are both incredibly stubborn, not wanting to give an inch, and it only adds to the growing tension between them. I could relate to Avery’s personality, given her penchant for lists and organization. There is security and safety in always knowing what is coming around the corner. On the flip side, Eli doesn’t live his life by those rules, and it creates friction. 

For Eli, he chooses to live a day at a time, and as thoroughly as he can. His plan is to help Avery find a way outside of her comfort zone, to let loose, to live more. But given Avery’s past, it’s hard for her to even fathom letting go of the reins and letting someone else in, even if that someone happens to be a man whom she can’t seem to get out of her head. It’s interesting that the two contrasting personalities open up another lens within each character, widening their acceptance on how differing opinions are okay. It’s in that acceptance where we see real growth for both. 

Of course, there are obstacles present that would stun even the best of us. When Avery and Eli are faced with one of their biggest challenges yet, that’s where we begin to see how this couple will fare and whether they’d be able to survive together. It’s shocking, but it’s based on real-life issues that have been known to make or break even the best of relationships, and leading up to it, we see both characters in the beginning stages of a new relationship, where everything is perfect and wonderful. The question is, can those feelings sustain a long-term commitment?

As always, the Love in Everton series is full of white hot steamy scenes and moments that kept this reader riveted. Intertwined is an engaging love story with characters from the other books in this series, giving me the feeling that I’m not only learning much more about Averly and Eli, but I’m catching up with everyone else, too. A much-deserved five-star read! 

Thanks to Barenaked Words for the book in exchange for an honest review.



Check out the Love in Everton Series here.


Meet Fabiola Francisco

Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing as been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. Her novels include Perfectly Imperfect, The Restoring Series, Sweet on You Duet, and Red Lights, Black Hearts.  

Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.

Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.

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