This week, let’s talk about Make You Stay, by M.L. Broome. It’s a single dad romance novel which was released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s definitely going into my re-readables shelf!
Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksirens in exchange for providing an honest review.
Make You Stay – M.L. Broome
Goodreads rating: 4.52 stars / 33 ratings / 23 reviews
My overall rating:
This book was surprisingly great!
Okay, that’s not fair. I shouldn’t say “surprisingly”. What I mean to say is that the book follows a traditional format for single dad romance and doesn’t really have a lot of plot development surprises. But I still found myself captivated – largely due to the great characters – and it turned out to be a wonderful palette cleanser. It’s the type of book that I would absolutely re-read if I needed to read something short, sweet, and satisfying.
Chloe and Aiden were both written as flawed humans, perfect for each other in so many ways right from the get-go, but both of them needed to grow a bit to fit each other’s needs. There was insta-attraction versus insta-love, and we got to watch two people figure out what they needed from themselves and each other. I love stories like that. I love watching people evolve. It’s much more interesting to me than a straight “fell in love on page 2 and never changed” type of book.
The secondary/background characters were great, too. I’m always a sucker for a precocious child, and this book had three of them! Those girls were pinch-their-cheeks adorable. The only thing that I regret is that we didn’t get to learn more about Chloe’s mother. She’s such a huge presence in the story and in Chloe’s evolution, and it feels like we only scraped the surface of their relationship and how it impacted Chloe during her upbringing. But I also get that this was a relatively quick read and sometimes sacrifices have to be made to keep things simple.
I was also a huge fan of the relationship between Aiden and his ex-wife. I’m so tired of reading books that feature the ex as a fire-breathing monster looking to make life hell for the new girlfriend. That hardly ever actually happens in real life. These were two people who realized that they wanted different things out of life and wanted to make each other happy at the same time. It was touching to experience the family that they made out of the ashes of their divorce.
TL;DR This book made me laugh and cry and feel sadness and rejoice in happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick but satisfying read, with some emotional content but not something that will need a recovery period.