Title: Making Nice
Author: Elizah J Davis
Length: Novel (314 Pages)
Blurb: 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, which 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.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am still smiling a day later. I’ve been sitting on this a few days because, you know…life. Of course, had I read it earlier, I would just be dreading that it was over that much longer. This is an incredible, feel good romance that has you rooting for both characters till the very end. Making Nice by Elizah J Davis is crazy good.
The author does a splendid job in summarizing this story in the blurb. It’s everything she says and so much more. Blake wants nothing more than for his twin sister to be happy and be loved as she deserves. Since they have always been together, have always been each other’s confidant and lean to, Blake can’t help but feel a little left out when his sister finds her one and only.
Finding out that Matt, Bianca’s fiancé is actually a pretty great guy only makes him feel worse for doubting him. However, Matt’s best friend Ryan, is a completely different story. He IS everything Blake thought. A jerk, a loudmouth, and an ass more times than not. He’s also sexy, gorgeous, very charming, and has Blake turned upside down from the first moment their eyes meet.
The doorbell rang before Matt could launch into his “dos and don’ts” list again, and Ryan popped up from his chair and grabbed the pizza money off the table. “Seriously, man. You need to chill out. It’ll be fine.”
“Hey, man, how much do I owe you?” Ryan stopped short, nearly hitting himself in the face with the door when he actually looked at the guy standing there.
Definitely not the pizza boy, and easily the most gorgeous guy Ryan had ever seen in a good long while.
Ryan turned his head and shouted, “Did you guys order me a hooker?” He turned back to the hooker/underwear model and grinned. “It’s not even my birthday.”
“What are you – Jesus, Ryan,” Matt said coming up behind him. “This is Bianca’s brother.”
I’m pretty sure from this point forward I had a continuous smile on my face. Ryan is hilarious always sticking his foot in his mouth. Blake is constantly being offended by him and yet he can’t stop thinking about him. Matt and Bianca want them to be friends so for their benefit, they try to work out a friendship.
Their chemistry is off the charts and the one place they work well together…in bed. And it is H.O.T. and you want more and more. They are a perfect matc
h, complement each other beautifully, while they are in the bedroom. Away from the bed, they are oil and water. However, for the benefit of the people, whom they love more than anything, they will fake a friendship. How hard could it be?
Of course, if it could go wrong it pretty much does. Miscommunication plays havoc with their feelings. Lies start getting buried and in order to shovel out from them they need to start telling some truths. Not only to family and friends but to each other. Blake battles past hurts from an ex he can’t seem to get past. Telling Ryan about it is out of the question, and he realizes too late that Ryan thinks it’s about him.
As the wedding gets closer, Blake and Ryan get closer as well. Their family and friends see it, but Blake and Ryan are blind to the others actions and things continue to get mixed up. Will they ever figure out both are head over heels for the other before it’s too late?
I love, love stories like this. The humor and banter are infectious between the whole cast. The jibs and jabs are endless and will keep you smiling and laughing from start to finish. The author does an excellent job fleshing out the characters and you will love every single one of them. The secondary characters are every bit as funny and contagious as the main. The execution of the plot flowed seamlessly and I was irritated every time I had to lay the book down to do something else.
The storyline is old as time. Enemies to friends to lovers, sometimes skipping the whole friend thing and just going from enemies to lovers. But, Elizah Davis has added her own originality and creativity to the plot that will leave you completely captivated with her story.
Would I recommend this to others?
It was gratifying, infectious, hilarious, and I could go on and on. Go get it, read it for yourself, you will see what I mean. It is a love story, romantic, funny, and there is no way you won’t be smiling from ear to ear when finished. I feel like the Grinch when he gave back the Christmas tree and his heart started getting bigger and bigger. Making Nice will make your heart grow bigger and bigger.