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Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 7/22/13
Source: Received from publisher for review
Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a promotion that could make or break her. But the new job takes her back to her hometown to face the family she's distanced herself from, and forces her to leave behind sexy, mysterious philanthropist Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.
By the time Raine makes his move with Melanie, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is booked. He convinces her to take a chance on him long-distance, but can't yet trust her with the whole truth about himself.
Raine and Melanie slowly peel back each other's layers (starting with his bicep-hugging sweater). She is finally ready to give her heart to him...until she learns the dark secret of his past. He'll have to prove to her that love is worth the risk.
Making the First Move was a thoughtful story about a woman who's searching for the perfect life, and realizes that maybe perfect isn't all its cracked up to be.
I liked Making the First Move, but actually don't have a lot to say about it. It was nicely written, the story was good. It just didn't make a strong impression. I will say that the first half was a bit slow. I get that the characters and their lives needed to be established, but it felt a bit tedious. For me, there were too many details about Melanie's job and her family. I wanted more Melanie and Rains.
The second half was definitely more enjoyable for me. I liked Melanie's struggle to make a long-distance relationship with Raine work. Her struggle to balance her idea of independence and her ideal life and love seemed realistic and thoughtful. The synopsis hints at Raine having a dark secret. I assumed the secret would be obvious and typical, but it happily came out of nowhere, and seeing Melanie come to terms with it was great. And the story did wrap up well.
Not to be trivial, but my favorite aspect of Making the First Move was the steam! The author did a really fabulous job with the sexual chemistry between Melanie and Raine. Although I could have used a little more, those scenes were pretty hot, but weren't too explicit.
Overall, I liked Making the First Move, I just didn't love it. I do think many readers will enjoy it a lot.
There's an irresistible hunger in our kisses. The kind that comes from an intense craving for something you want so badly, but don't believe you can ever really have. Each kiss pulls me in deeper, makes me want him even more. ~eARC, 14%
He brushes loose curls from my face. "You're fucking gorgeous. You know that?" He kisses me again before I respond. "Do you know how long I've wanted to say that? To tell you how much I need you? I should've told you a long time ago." ~eARC, 14%
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