Talk about an emotional rollercoaster! Ben and Milo lost their parents in a devastating car accident. Now at 24 Ben is trying to raise his 11yo brother, and feeling like he's failing miserably. Torn between being a brother and a parent, he seems to be copping criticism from multiple angles at the same time. He still can't bear to step foot inside the house they all grew up in, choosing to live in the guest house. Ben knows he needs to move on, for his sake and Milo's, which means selling. In order to sell, the house needs a facelift. Cue Milo's teacher Jack (whom we met in book 1), who seems to be everything that Ben has ever wanted, and needed.
Jack needs to get out of the house he's finished renovating - especially given Luke, Sam and Jeremy have moved in. When he finds out Ben needs a handyman and that the house is currently vacant it seems like the perfect opportunity. What he wasn't counting on was Ben himself, and the chemistry between them. Jack slowly starts falling for Ben and Milo - but it can't go anywhere given the school's policy about fraternization with parents of students, and his shot at his dream home resides on him staying in the good graces of the school principal.
The storyline was fun, lively and also heartbreaking at times as we witness both Milo and Ben's grief. Ben questions himself and his ability to parent, and this second guessing starts to impact other areas of his life - something any parent can empathise with. It was beautifully written, and Jack was the perfect counterpart for Ben.
I loved the camaraderie between Ben and Milo - it wasn't always smooth, but their brother bond remained strong through all the adversities. I also loved Jack helping show Milo Ben's side of things, and making him open his eyes a little to see what Ben was giving up to put Milo first.
The story wrapped up well, and I loved the epilogue set 7yrs later. A great insight into their future and assurance their HEA continued.
I loved this book and would definitely recommend - just have the tissues handy if you're prone to tears in emotionally wrenching scenes. I'm not usually, but still may have shed a tear or two.
What I like about Anyta Sunday's writing, is that she doesn't rush her stories. She spends time developing her characters and make her readers feel connected to them. Made for You is a May/Dec, slow burn story that grabbed me from the start. The unresolved sexual tension between the characters was tangible. Secondary character, Milo, was endearing. If you enjoy stories with all the feels, I highly recommend Made for You.
I love everything written by Anyta Sunday and was so excited when I saw that there was a new book out. I loved all of the characters and enjoyed the slow pace of the book.
Ben and Milo's back and forth banter was hilarious and drew me in from the start. The birdwatching scene had me laughing out loud. The initial lust/slow burn between Ben and Jack was perfect and I loved the ending so much.