Reese Ryan had me at the first line, “Damien Jasper is brilliant and asshole in equal amounts, wrapped in one stunningly handsome, well-dressed package.” There’s something to be said about a great opening line, one that makes you want to turn the page. I couldn’t wait to read. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Melanie Gordon has worked very hard in her field, giving it her all and putting work above all else. And it pays off. She is offered the job of her dreams, more money and more responsibility. The only caveat? It’s in her hometown, Cleveland. Initially, it seems that she’s apprehensive about heading “home”, but she happily accepts the challenge and prepares to move.
Then, her friend, Raine drops a bombshell on her. He wants her, even though their timing sucks and she’s moving. Let me just say right now that Raine is one of those heroes that walks into a room and commands attention. Not only did he make the first move, but he did it in a way that had me glued to the page.
What’s a girl to do with a new job and a new man who actually wants to make a relationship work, even a long distance one? Making the First Move takes us on a wonderful journey. Ms. Ryan has a way of getting the reader right inside the head of the heroine. Melanie is so relatable. Her struggles are no different than many of the women I’ve known in my life and that was great.
As Melanie and Raine turn up the heat, it becomes clear that Raine is holding on to a dark secret. I absolutely loved that aspect though because it made me want to know more about him. Where did he get those scars, and why the tattoos? Of course, the secret does come out, but it’s not rushed. He has many layers and Ms. Ryan peels them back slowly. Once everything is revealed, will Melanie be able to move forward with Raine? Then there’s the question: should people with a less-than-perfect past be condemned forever because of it?
All in all, this is a great read. The characters are well developed and the romance is HOT. I loved the supporting characters and the author did an excellent job weaving them into the tale. Family is family and I love complicated families in fiction. It just tends to take the drama up a notch, which I like. The author has a great voice and a fun sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading and I found that to be refreshing. I normally don’t gravitate toward novels written in first person, present tense, but I had no problem getting into the story. I’m looking forward to reading more from the author. I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of romantic fiction.
-Reviewed by Leslie