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The prequel story to the Divorced Men’s Club: Leif and Barney. My best friend is the love of my life … he just doesn’t know it yet. Ever since Barney finalized his divorce, I’ve been his biggest support. He needs a shoulder to cry on? I’ve got him covered. He needs someone to answer his late phone calls? I’m here all night. He needs to be fucked to within an inch of his lif The prequel story to the Divorced Men’s Club: Leif and Barney. My best friend is the love of my life … he just doesn’t know it yet. Ever since Barney finalized his divorce, I’ve been his biggest support. He needs a shoulder to cry on? I’ve got him covered. He needs someone to answer his late phone calls? I’m here all night. He needs to be fucked to within an inch of his life? Climb on up, big guy. But when he mentions he’s finally ready to start dating again, watching him meet up with guy after guy is not on my checklist. It’s time for the best friend gloves to come off.


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The prequel story to the Divorced Men’s Club: Leif and Barney. My best friend is the love of my life … he just doesn’t know it yet. Ever since Barney finalized his divorce, I’ve been his biggest support. He needs a shoulder to cry on? I’ve got him covered. He needs someone to answer his late phone calls? I’m here all night. He needs to be fucked to within an inch of his lif The prequel story to the Divorced Men’s Club: Leif and Barney. My best friend is the love of my life … he just doesn’t know it yet. Ever since Barney finalized his divorce, I’ve been his biggest support. He needs a shoulder to cry on? I’ve got him covered. He needs someone to answer his late phone calls? I’m here all night. He needs to be fucked to within an inch of his life? Climb on up, big guy. But when he mentions he’s finally ready to start dating again, watching him meet up with guy after guy is not on my checklist. It’s time for the best friend gloves to come off.

30 review for Making Him Mine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meags

    3 Stars This was equal parts sweet and frustrating, with a side of sexy AF. I love me a best-friends-to-lovers story, but I’m not big on the whole miscommunication thing… and this whole set-up was a bit cringey in that regard, with the lack of communication happening between these grown arse men. I almost gave up about 5 pages in, if I’m being honest, and readers will know exactly why. The story follows a guy named Barney, who wants a whole lot more with his playboy best friend Leif, whom he curren 3 Stars This was equal parts sweet and frustrating, with a side of sexy AF. I love me a best-friends-to-lovers story, but I’m not big on the whole miscommunication thing… and this whole set-up was a bit cringey in that regard, with the lack of communication happening between these grown arse men. I almost gave up about 5 pages in, if I’m being honest, and readers will know exactly why. The story follows a guy named Barney, who wants a whole lot more with his playboy best friend Leif, whom he currently shares a friends-with-benefits thing with. Leif wants EVERYTHING with Barney too, yet, time and again, he makes Barney believe he’s not one for relationships, (view spoiler)[making Barney believe that he’s still hooking up with other men, regularly, when he’s not (hide spoiler)] . Barney was sweet as pie and I just wanted the guy to be happy and loved. Leif, on the other hand, needed a good shake, but damn that fucker could put the moves on when so desired. And that declaration at the end? Someone find me a soft place to land, because I right about swooned on the spot. For a free short—available as a weekly serial for James’ newsletter subscribers—this did its magic and entertained me for the short time it was happening. I’ll likely be back to read more about the Divorced Men’s Club and its eclectic members as the series unfolds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mariam THE CLOWN (mini hiatus cus my brain sucks)

    Saxon is so stupidly hilarious, I had a grin the entire time I was reading this

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ping

    My favorite part was when they realized they were each other's perfect person. 🤗 Can’t wait to read Roommate Arrangement! My favorite part was when they realized they were each other's perfect person. 🤗 Can’t wait to read Roommate Arrangement!

  4. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    Read this in the e-mails that you get if you're subscribed to this author. It was short, cute and sweet, these two best friends turned lovers. Barney is the divorced one, and for the past year, he and his best friend Leif have been having a friends-with-benefits relationship. Leif is a former playboy and Barney was getting over his divorce, so they haven't talked about any potential feelings (and because they're dummies). They both think the other doesn't want the other in a more serious way. Bar Read this in the e-mails that you get if you're subscribed to this author. It was short, cute and sweet, these two best friends turned lovers. Barney is the divorced one, and for the past year, he and his best friend Leif have been having a friends-with-benefits relationship. Leif is a former playboy and Barney was getting over his divorce, so they haven't talked about any potential feelings (and because they're dummies). They both think the other doesn't want the other in a more serious way. Barney is till under the impression that Leif has been sleeping with other guys during their casual sex relationship, and he hasn't been. Soon enough they do get their heads out of their asses to admit their love for each other and get their HEA. A cute introduction to this new series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    this had no right being a novella. but it was also maybe exactly what it needed to be

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This is a fabulous introduction to Saxon's new series and it's a delicious best friends to lovers romance that worked perfectly for me. It started off as a newsletter serial but I waited to grab it when the whole thing was available because I knew I wouldn't be able to cope getting snippets bit by bit. Moving from a friends with benefits scenario, Barney and Leif navigate their way through to realising that their perfect partner might just be in front of them. This is a fabulous introduction to Saxon's new series and it's a delicious best friends to lovers romance that worked perfectly for me. It started off as a newsletter serial but I waited to grab it when the whole thing was available because I knew I wouldn't be able to cope getting snippets bit by bit. Moving from a friends with benefits scenario, Barney and Leif navigate their way through to realising that their perfect partner might just be in front of them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ky

    Fun prequel to Saxon James's new series. It's the full story of Leif and Barney so it doesn't leave you hanging, just wets your appetite for what's coming! Fun prequel to Saxon James's new series. It's the full story of Leif and Barney so it doesn't leave you hanging, just wets your appetite for what's coming!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Imme van Gorp

    || 2.0 stars || The premise of Making Him Mine is right up my alley, so I was actually kind of excited going into this. And, although, this novella was a total disappointment in its execution, its basic premise was definitely enjoyable, just like I thought it would be me. This novella features a whole lot of pining and a best friends to lovers trope, which I both absolutely adore. The problem, however, is that there is no real starting, middle or end point. It all feels rushed and underdeveloped. || 2.0 stars || The premise of Making Him Mine is right up my alley, so I was actually kind of excited going into this. And, although, this novella was a total disappointment in its execution, its basic premise was definitely enjoyable, just like I thought it would be me. This novella features a whole lot of pining and a best friends to lovers trope, which I both absolutely adore. The problem, however, is that there is no real starting, middle or end point. It all feels rushed and underdeveloped. There's no true feel to these characters or their relationship, and their history is a complete mystery to me. Their untold history only makes it all the more annoying why these two aren't together yet, as right off the bat, this whole novella is just a big misunderstanding between both the MCs, who principally refuse to have a basic conversation together: Both of them are head over heels in love with the other, and it's entirely unclear why they wouldn't just tell each other or at least try to come clean about their feelings. It was so stupid, honestly. So, yea, good premise, bad execution. Maybe it could have been better if this had been a full-length novel, although I'm sure the dumb communication would have still been a problem for me then. I also think the MCs are a little bit too old for my liking, which doesn't have to be a dealbreaker, but a story has to be really damn good for me to still like it. Oh, and also, off-topic, but the whole chocking during sex was so random and really came right out of left field. I was like 'whoa, okaaaay', as it felt so off compared to the rest of their dynamic. It was weird.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Enay QueerBooklover

    I read this as a serial which was sent via the author’s newsletter. And LOVED it! Best friends to lovers is one of my fave tropes, so it was a win straight away with that because it was really well done. And I love seeing older, divorced adults with less-than-perfect bodies. Rippling abs are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not reality for everyone to be like that. The best of it? The nuanced discussion towards the end about self esteem, love, and what it’s like to be divorced later in life st I read this as a serial which was sent via the author’s newsletter. And LOVED it! Best friends to lovers is one of my fave tropes, so it was a win straight away with that because it was really well done. And I love seeing older, divorced adults with less-than-perfect bodies. Rippling abs are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not reality for everyone to be like that. The best of it? The nuanced discussion towards the end about self esteem, love, and what it’s like to be divorced later in life struck a chord with me, and will likely for many others too. The worst of it? It’s a novella. Which always feel rushed. But even as a novella, it flows well & wraps up nicely, as an introduction to the new series “Divorced Mens Club”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Airy

    This was a nice and funny read. I enjoyed it. It also was a nice prequel to Roommate Arrangement.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cat the bookworm

    The perfect "book" for my lunch break - not really a book, it's more of an appetiser for Saxon's new series, the Divorced Men's Club. Short and sweet, it's the story of two friends with benefits who both want more, but shy away from initiating the next step, afraid that a rejection might destroy their friendship. There's banter, there's sex, and quite a few likable characters. Definitely made me want to read more! The perfect "book" for my lunch break - not really a book, it's more of an appetiser for Saxon's new series, the Divorced Men's Club. Short and sweet, it's the story of two friends with benefits who both want more, but shy away from initiating the next step, afraid that a rejection might destroy their friendship. There's banter, there's sex, and quite a few likable characters. Definitely made me want to read more!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane (whatjanereads)

    Best friends to oblivious idiots in love. Just my jam. 😂 Can’t wait to read the real series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nelly

    2.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    magic_of_darkness_and_books

    3,5 ⭐ This was short, sweet, hot and a little bit frustrating. ❤️ It was interesting to see how the DMC was formed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    3 stars cute little prequel between Leif and Barney and gives backstory to how the DMC started

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacquie Stewart

    3.5 A great way to set up the new series though I did get frustrated and wonder why they just couldn't talk to each other 3.5 A great way to set up the new series though I did get frustrated and wonder why they just couldn't talk to each other

  17. 4 out of 5

    misz lei

    "I have no idea how he can miss just how perfect he is, but it doesn’t matter, I’ll love him enough for the both of us." sweet and cute "I have no idea how he can miss just how perfect he is, but it doesn’t matter, I’ll love him enough for the both of us." sweet and cute

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    3.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mia Sciberras

    Oblivious cuties are fun when they're starting to come undone! Oblivious cuties are fun when they're starting to come undone!

  20. 5 out of 5

    fishreads

    To paraphrase the lyrics of the immortal Elvis Presley if I had one sentence to describe this novella it would be "A little less action, a little more conversation please." Leif and Barney have been best best friends for years. Leif, the eternal bachelor, the casual hook up guy, has been in love with Barney since forever. Barney, the romantic, the relationship guy, has been divorced for two years and hooking up with Leif for one year and has been in love with him for the duration. Barney wants a To paraphrase the lyrics of the immortal Elvis Presley if I had one sentence to describe this novella it would be "A little less action, a little more conversation please." Leif and Barney have been best best friends for years. Leif, the eternal bachelor, the casual hook up guy, has been in love with Barney since forever. Barney, the romantic, the relationship guy, has been divorced for two years and hooking up with Leif for one year and has been in love with him for the duration. Barney wants a relationship with Leif so instead he pretends he wants to start dating again. Leif wants a relationship with Barney but pretends he's not bothered by Barney's desire to date again. Instead of two adult men talking to each other, and by talking I mean one sentence from either one would have been enough, we get the worst possible choice of conflict in romance, the miscommunication. I am really really not a fan of miscommunication because I find it completely nonsensical. Apart from my that big personal niggle I felt like the summary did the actual heavy lifting in setting up the story and the characters. Which I am pretty sure is something that should usually happen in the story itself. Instead we were thrown right in the middle of action and by action I mean sex scenes, which were somewhat kinky and body positive, but I might have preferred them a bit more kinkier seeing how sex scenes made for half (more than half?) of page count and I was not getting much else from the story. There was a a brief introduction to DMC aka the Divorced Men's Club in the last two chapters but it was somewhat perfunctory. In the end the only thing I really got from reading this novella was serious craving for Ford's story which I need yesterday, but I am not certain if it is even planned somewhere down the line in the series. I certainly hope so. Themes: dual POV, friends to lovers, fuckbuddies, plus size character, MISCOMMUNICATION

  21. 5 out of 5

    SJ

    3.5 Good story about two hot MCs who have smoking friends with benefits sex without revealing they are in love with each other. Side characters were nice and the ending was romantic. If this had been longer it wouldn’t have been as good as the misunderstanding that Leif was hooking up with others, which he wasn’t, might have dragged on along with the push pull in Barney’s head about being with Leif. Didn’t like how Barney wouldn’t stay and sleep with best friend Leif after sex. I did like how Le 3.5 Good story about two hot MCs who have smoking friends with benefits sex without revealing they are in love with each other. Side characters were nice and the ending was romantic. If this had been longer it wouldn’t have been as good as the misunderstanding that Leif was hooking up with others, which he wasn’t, might have dragged on along with the push pull in Barney’s head about being with Leif. Didn’t like how Barney wouldn’t stay and sleep with best friend Leif after sex. I did like how Leif was into Barney with words and actions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Star Obimbo

    You're everything to me. Love isn't a big enough word. Divorce - We took a big step, and instead of focusing on it as the end, we should be celebrating it as a new beginning a safe haven, a chrysalis for the broken. You're everything to me. Love isn't a big enough word. Divorce - We took a big step, and instead of focusing on it as the end, we should be celebrating it as a new beginning a safe haven, a chrysalis for the broken.

  23. 5 out of 5

    wordsandblankspaces

    Originally released as serial through her newsletter to introduce the series, Divorced Men's Club. Making Him Mine is a great read and both characters are loveably oblivious. Loved watching them find their way to their HEA. Originally released as serial through her newsletter to introduce the series, Divorced Men's Club. Making Him Mine is a great read and both characters are loveably oblivious. Loved watching them find their way to their HEA.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Again the same old spiel, short stories just aren't it for me. But I still pick them up every time^^ It was interesting seeing how the DMC came to be. Just because two friends couldn't admit they had the hots for each other^^ Again the same old spiel, short stories just aren't it for me. But I still pick them up every time^^ It was interesting seeing how the DMC came to be. Just because two friends couldn't admit they had the hots for each other^^

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joan Haughton

    Five Stars!!! Leif and Barney were perfect together. I absolutely loved this book. It was a lot of fun. Short and absolutely steaming. Usually miscommunication is my major pet peeve but this one was not overly annoying. Happy for their HEA. It was well earned. Loved this one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Maurix

    Cute little prequel before starting the series. It was a quick and easy read and I really flew through. The authors writing style is just amazing and there's a lot of humor going on. Really loved the book, the storyline and characters. Can't wait for more in the series! 5/5 stars. Cute little prequel before starting the series. It was a quick and easy read and I really flew through. The authors writing style is just amazing and there's a lot of humor going on. Really loved the book, the storyline and characters. Can't wait for more in the series! 5/5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Newletter freebie. More sex than plot (her m.o.). Hope the series works.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    3.5 stars. Enjoyable quick read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anita _booktoread

    Perfect prequel/newsletter story about 2 best friends realising they want each other and how 1 of them helps start up the Divorced Men’s Club.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Rich

    An enjoyable read and prequel to the next Divorced Men's Club book "Roommate Arrangement" This series is gearing up to be an exciting one. An enjoyable read and prequel to the next Divorced Men's Club book "Roommate Arrangement" This series is gearing up to be an exciting one.

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