AUTHOR: Elizabeth Reyes
RATING: 4 STARS
PUBLISHED: December 2011 - Elizabeth Reyes
SERIES: Yes; Companion Series Still in Progress:
- Forever Mine (December 2010)
- Always Been Mine (June 2011)
- Sweet Sofie (August 2011)
- Romero (October 2011)
- Making You Mine (December 2011)
"Always in control, the meticulous and professional Salvador Moreno is thrown for a loop when the newly hired bartender Grace Zendejas suddenly invades his family’s restaurant, and infuriatingly, his every thought. For the first time in his life, Sal is fumbling. But after recovering from a few blunders he discovers his feelings for Grace run much deeper.
Things begin to heat up between him and Grace, but then the ever-perfect Sal does something even his brothers never did—screws up royally. Now he’s scrambling to cover up a mistake he knows could cost him dearly. As his relationship with Grace grows even more serious, Sal's secret is a ticking bomb, threatening to destroy the one thing he now lives and breathes for—his relationship with the love of his life—Grace."
Making You Mine, the latest novel in the Moreno Brothers companion series by Elizabeth Reyes, was fabulous. I have greatly enjoyed this series, but I have to admit that Forever Mine (Sarah and Angel) and Making You Mine (Sal and Grace) were my two favorites.
I have been dying to read Sal’s story, and the eldest Moreno brother didn’t disappoint.
Sal hasn’t ever had much luck in the relationship department. Oh, there have been plenty of girls but none of them had “meet the family” potential. Grace, on the other hand, isn’t very experienced. She’s had a few boyfriends, but none of them were ever around long enough to get past first base. Seeking a job as a head chef, Grace applies to Moreno’s. She hasn’t had much luck at other restaurants because of her age and lack of experience, but she thinks she stands a better chance at Moreno’s because she’s heard that the three brothers who run the restaurants are young too. Ten minutes late, Grace walks into the interview at Moreno’s with a headache from the glasses that she is wearing to make her look older and a resume that says she is two years older than she really is. Grace and Sal have chemistry, but Grace’s tardiness, her “trying to hard” appearance, her age, and the lie on her resume don’t get them started on the right foot.
Making You Mine was an emotional roller coaster ride that showed how misunderstandings, lies, and outside forces can ruin even the best relationship. I really connected with Grace’s character. Even though our lives are completely different, I strongly felt the joy and the heartache that she went through in her journey to find love. Grace and Sal’s story was sensational, and the epilogue was fantastic. It was wonderful to see how the couples were doing years later, and how many new Moreno’s have been born over the years. I am really hoping that Reyes does a new series on the new generations of Moreno’s. I am also hoping that Rose, Grace’s sister, and Vincent get a story of their own soon. There was also a phenomenal bonus story at the end of the novel, Eight Days Later. It was an emotional short story about Sarah and Angel's journey to conceiving a child of their own.
Elizabeth Reyes knows how to tell a realistic romance. Her fictional characters are mesmerizing and three-dimensional, and the conflicts in the relationships are extremely lifelike. I really enjoy reading her stories and falling for her characters. Both her stories and her characters are entertaining, sexy, humorous, and sweet.
I gave Making You Mine by Elizabeth Reyes 4 STARS. I strongly recommend the Moreno Brothers companion series, and I can’t wait to read more novels by Ms. Reyes in the future.