I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Making Her Mine by Monica Murphy
Series: The Callahans #6
Published by EM Publishing on January 13, 2022
Genres: YA Sports Romance
Source: the author
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Star defensive Lineman.
Most popular boy on campus.
One of my best friends.
He’s always been off limits because I know a relationship with him could never work. Like, ever. He’s too perfect, too sweet, too good looking. Taking what we have a step further has the potential to ruin everything, and his friendship is too important to me.
So I keep it friendly, always with my feelings locked up tight. We talk. We date other people.
Until the beginning of senior year, one night at a party. When lines are blurred and eventually crossed. It was the best night of my life. A night I will never forget. Or regret. It’s all I can think about. He’s all I can think about.
But I’m also a little spooked. Beck says all the right things, and his sweet words make me feel…everything. He’s determined to make me his.
Should I let him? Or do I risk losing him as my boyfriend and my best friend?
So I haven’t read any of the Callahan series up until now. I’ve read the College Years series by this author, but this is my first in the Callahan series. Which means that I’ve heard of some of the characters, but don’t know all their stories, other than what has been hinted or just there as part of the story to be already known.
While this is kind of a YA book, the main characters being seniors in high school, it definitely has the steaminess I’d consider more for an NA level. Not that it’s bad, as this isn’t being advertised as for YA age, but just mentioning this. I liked the way that Beck and Addie got together. The way they’d both crushed on the other for as long as they could remember, but both were either unsure the other would feel the same or they were in other relationships. But boy were there some unlikable characters! Like Addie’s friend Emma, not a fan of her. And then Liam, not a fan of him. Both were unnecessarily mean and not good friends either. I don’t know if that means they’ll get their own story at some point and be redeemed, or if the author will just let them be the characters we can love to hate.
While it was steamy for sure, I like that most of it was just maybe what you might consider, or at least what my innocent at that age mind would consider, normal pre-sex type of activities. Dry humping, some bases rounded, but not making it to home till it was the right time. I liked that even though Beck didn’t want the first time to be in a car, even as close as it came, the first time wasn’t overdone like at an after-prom fancy hotel room either.
I will also say it was a little long at some points. And while I liked the ending, I kept feeling a little dragging in a way to build up to that final “first time”. But as I said, I really enjoyed it, and I know that I need to go back and read all of the books in the Callahan series some day as well!