The First Move

An unlikely encounterbut he ll take it It seems like fateor something When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on in high school at his ex wife s wedding, no less he can t let the opportunity pass He might not have had the courage to talk to Renia Milek back then, but he definitely does now And that s not the only thing that s changed Gone is the rebelAn unlikely encounterbut he ll take it It seems like fateor something When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on in high school at his ex wife s wedding, no less he can t let the opportunity pass He might not have had the courage to talk to Renia Milek back then, but he definitely does now And that s not the only thing that s changed Gone is the rebel Renia used to be In her place is a beautiful woman who s reserved, cautiousd holding on to secrets For Miles, this second chance with Renia is too important to let her past stand in their way He ll do whatever is necessary to help her accept her choices and move on even if that means a salsa lesson or two Because now that he s made the first move, he wants the second to be hers.
The First Move An unlikely encounterbut he ll take it It seems like fateor something When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on in high school at his ex wife s wedding no less he can t let the opportunity

  • Title: The First Move
  • Author: Jennifer Lohmann
  • ISBN: 9781460310595
  • Page: 106
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “The First Move”

    1. 4.5*I like just about everything about this book. Every characters feel real. The challenges, past and present, that they face felt normal, like things I can relate to. Renia is damaged, but not broken and not self-pitying. Miles starts off seeming maybe a little to good to be true, but his human failings show up, and we learn that even with all his good intentions, he's just as likely to screw up as anyone. Sarah, Miles' teenage daughter irritates me at times (not always), and that is definitel [...]

    2. It was ok but not compelling. I was not glued in. It’s more womens fiction than romance.The majority of the story is about Renia’s grief, self doubt, and related issues. She was pregnant at age 16, gave the baby up for adoption, and is still grieving about it 18 years later. She has never been in love. The reason was not explained other than it was somehow related to her messed up mental state. Apparently the few times she was involved with men, she did not treat them well and quickly broke [...]

    3. This book made me emotional, in a good way. I'm not a crying sort of reader. It rarely happens. But there are moments in this story where I was reading with a lump in my throat, and I really think that's on the strength of the heroine. Romance, as a genre, tends to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy focusing on hunky, beefcake heroes who are emotionally screwed up because their Mama, Daddy, Brother, Pet Goldfish didn't love them enough. Yeah, heroes are great - but romance works becau [...]

    4. Cute book with lots of plot. This is a very full story and honestly, I was a little overwhelmed. It felt long to me, but anytime I tried to look for someplace I would cut, I couldn't find one because every page seemed essential to the story line. Truly, this book was packed with plot. That's common for a Harlequin SuperRomance, but I've read a decent number in the line to know that not all of them are quite so packed. It's not a bad thing, to have a lot of plot, but it does make for a lot of sto [...]

    5. I enjoyed this story quite a bit. The realistic aspects of adoption, divorce and childhood trauma were very believable and set the stage for both characters' personalities. However, while I liked seeing Renia come out of the secretive shell she'd wrapped around herself, I felt like many major issues resolved themselves too quickly. Her issues with her mother were deep, had been festering for years and seemed to be wrapped up much too quickly. I also had a hard time believing that Miles really un [...]

    6. Why is it we have such negative feelings about women who "give up" their babies--even when the child now grown could never have had a good life other than with the people who raised her? Answers to this and other hard questions are demanded when Renia's back story is revealed and why she has closed herself off to closeness with anyone ever since. The climax when she confronts her mother who sent her away and Miles acts like Renia is again undeserving of his trust came too soon for me. I could ha [...]

    7. I lost interest. My problems stemmed from the series line rather than the author's writing style or plotting (which was very good).

    8. My copy of The First Move was provided to me by the Jennifer Lohmann herself, after I tweeted her to ask whether she knew if the e-version would be available in the UK. I'd read Wendy the Superlibrarian's review, you see, and it sounded like just my sort of book.Renia Milek's world was crushed when she was a teenager, when her father, grandfather and one of her brothers were killed in a car accident. Her mum withdrew into her own head, and Renia (Rey, as she called herself then) reacted by actin [...]

    9. Jennifer Lohmann, AB'01AuthorFrom the author: "An unlikely encounter…but he’ll take it! It seems like fate…or something! When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on in high school-at his ex-wife’s wedding, no less-he can’t let the opportunity pass. He might not have had the courage to talk to Renia Milek back then, but he definitely does now. And that’s not the only thing that’s changed. Gone is the rebel Renia used to be. In her place is a beautiful woman who’s reserved [...]

    10. Hey, so you know how I constantly ask for books that portray functional co-parenting between divorced couples? THIS IS THAT BOOK.I would like it for that alone, how messy and complicated those kinds of relationships can be, but it also does a pretty good job with the complexity of balancing doing the right thing for your child versus the feelings of abandonment that can ensue.Overall, the writing remains the weakest part of the author's work, but she's putting together such interesting things th [...]

    11. Really a 3.5 star review - wish would just let us do half-stars. Disclaimer #1 - I am friends with the authorDisclaimer #2 - I really don't like romances as a wholeSoI still don't like romances (though I've now read 3 this year - somehow, Jennifer, this is All Your Fault). But, I did like The First Move better than Reservations for Two, hence the wishing for the half-star.I found myself actually caring more about the characters in The First Move - the story moved things along enough in a way th [...]

    12. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Lohmann. Her character development is intriguing and keeps the reader engaged. I thought the book had two weaknesses, however. For those of us who read Lohmann's first novel where we meet Rey's sister Tilly, Tilly and Dan make no appearances in this story and only a couple of references are made to them. Finally, I thought the ending was almost too abrupt. I felt we needed just a little more assurance of Miles' and Rey's relationship going forward, perhaps with [...]

    13. Realistic characters, fascinating story. Didn't 100% love Miles; his flaws were just a little too flawed. But on the flip side, he's very aware of that, and his self-reflection was fascinating (okay, it doesn't sound fascinating, but it was! Not too dwelly, just the right amount of insight). Didn't see the final conflict coming. Should have. That took the book from a 3 to a 4 star.

    14. I liked this book. It had a good story line and kept my interest. It was a little too heavy for me. It dealt with a very serious subject that does deserve consideration, however I didn't feel like there was a lot of good humor and lightness to balance. All in all, I enjoyed it.

    15. I read this for review at All About Romance and gave it an A-.My review is here:likesbooks/cgi-bin/boo

    16. This book was also a fast read for me. I did wonder a little about the realism of the story. But, I didn't think it was bad.

    17. I LOVED this book. Although I really enjoyed Lohmann's first book, "Reservations for Two" I found her second book to be even better. I can't wait for a third.

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