Review: ‘Made For You’ by Anyta Sunday

45177210Published May 1st 2019
258 pages

Ben wants to find a new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parents’ death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?
Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.
But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…

Jack wants an old home to fix.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?
Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.
But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…

Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home –
– a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.

The Queen of Slow Burn strikes yet again! This book was an absolute dream to read. Anyta Sunday always manages to bring light and joy to every book, and this was no exception. Ben and Milo have been dealt a dreadful hand, faced with the tragedy of losing both of their parents in an accident. So now it’s up to Ben to be a parent to his younger brother and it’s a heavier weight on his shoulders than he wants to admit.

Jack is a more mature figure in Milo’s school life, someone who can handle his attitude and misbehaviour. Someone who can understand the changes he’s going through, the grief he’s carrying, and channel it into something productive. Someone Ben can look up to as well, someone he can lean on, and when Jack can’t stop himself getting roped into fixing up Ben and Milo’s house, he can’t stop himself leaning on them too.

Anyta Sunday’s characters always have such incredible personalities that burst off the page. Ben and Milo are truly funny, they’re quirky and silly, and Jack harbours this irrepressible warmth and wonderful sense of humour. They all just felt so real. And they really were made for each other. Jack tries to maintain a professional distance from the caregiver of one of his students, but it’s simply impossible when faced with the beautiful Ben.

Ben who’s the best for so many reasons. Ben who’s trying so hard to do what he’s supposed to, who loves his brother with everything he has, who lights up any room he walks into. Jack and Ben are both exactly what the other needs, and together they’re exactly what Milo needs as well. These men, this family, will stick with me for a long time.

4.5/5 stars