[KINDLE] The First Move author Jennifer Lohmann
EndMY GRADE It S A GRADE It s a Why s t 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 uestions are demanded when Renia s back story s 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 s again undeserving of his trust came too soon for me I could have read at least another 100 pages This book made me emotional n a good way I m not a crying sort of reader It rarely happens But there are moments The Creative Habit in this story where I was reading with a lumpn my throat and I really think that s on the strength of the heroine Romance as a genre tends to spend an The Rest of the Story 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 because at the end of the dayt s the heroine s journey It s a genre that relies on studs for the sex appeal but t gets ts running legs from the heroines Renia drives this story Renia pretty much makes or breaks this story And n my opinion She makes t She s stellar Great book Couldn t put Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand it down I enjoyed this story uite 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 majorssues resolved themselves too uickly Her ssues with her mother were deep had been festering for years and seemed to be wrapped up much too uickly I also had a hard time believing that Miles really understood how wrong his actions were and have a hard time believing he won t do the same thing n the future Even within the story I felt that he was a contradiction We see him thinking Did I really say that How could I have screwed up so bad However he doesn t understand why his daughter The Tears of Eros is upset with him If he knew he d screwed up why didn t he understand why his daughter was angry It just didn t work for me I felt like his attraction to Renia was due to his high school fantasy of her and he never really seemed to accept the reality of the messed up teen she was I m not entirely sure whether I believe that he and Renia will work together long term It was ok but not compelling I was not gluedn It s womens fiction than romanceThe majority of the story s about Renia s grief self doubt and related ssues She was pregnant at age 16 gave the baby up for adoption and Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success is still grieving aboutt 18 years later She has never been A Life in Two Worlds in love The reason was not explained other thant was somehow related to her messed up mental state Apparently the few times she was The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance involved with men she did not treat them well and uickly broke up with themMiles had a crush on Renia when they weren high school He s recently divorced uickly broke up with themMiles had a crush on Renia when they were n high school He s recently divorced their paths cross He now acts on that crush Renia treats him bad but he continues his pursuit and she softens toward him That was the best part of the story It brought the book nto the romance category but their relationship felt like a secondary story More time Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species is spent on other relationships like Renia wanting to meet her adopted daughter Ashley things going on with Sarah Miles 16 year old daughter and Renia s troubled relationship with her mother I enjoyed things happening between Sarah and Renia It would have been neatf happened with the adopted daughter Ashley This Feminisms at a Millennium is for readers who aren the mood for problems and emotions surrounding giving up a child for adoptionThere were three brief sex scenes I don t recall any emotional reaction to themDATANarrative mode 3rd person Story length 298 pages Swearing language strong but not often used Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes 3 Setting current day Chicago Illinois Copyright 2013 Genre contemporary romanc. Ith Renia Gwydion's Dawn is toomportant to let her past stand n their way He'll do whatever s necessary to help her accept her choices and move on even f that means a salsa lesson or two Because now that he's made the first move he wants the second to be hers.
Jennifer Lohmann ↠ 3 read & downloadHey so you know how I constantly ask for books that portray functional co parenting between divorced couples THIS IS THAT BOOKI would like Strahlend In Purpur Und Goldd. Heilige Reich Von Konstantinopel it for that alone how messy and complicated those kinds of relationships can be butt 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 ensueOverall the writing remains the weakest part of the author s work but she s putting together such Sierra Wildflowers: Mt. Lassen to Kern Canyon interesting things that I really don t care There s also some contentn this book that
be read as slut shaming I think El Guero Tellez/ Tellez the Blond: Reportero de policia!/ Police Reporter! it s of a perfectly rationalf sad self loathing than that directly The characters are messy Haunted Louisiana: The Most Haunted Houses in Louisiana in a good wayn this and so you have to make for allowances when they do stuff that sn t perfectI want a book about the brother now When am I getting one of those I lost nterest My problems stemmed from the series line rather than the author s writing style or plotting which was very good Cute book with lots of plot This A Mistaken Match 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 Harleuin SuperRomance but I ve read a decent numbern the line to know that not all of them are uite so packed It s not a bad thing to have a lot of plot but Lodz it does make for a lot of storylines to wrap up at the very end which I think lead to me being overwhelmed Our HEA didn t happen until the very last few pages madet feel slightly rushed even though t worked well with the way the story progressed I think I just kept seeing how few pages I had left and was worried not everything would be tied up nicely at the endI read this for my romance book club where the theme of the month was secret babies This book fit that theme well which s all I ll say to prevent spoilers I did think the baby The Diminished issue was handled with a lot of care and lot detail than I m used to This book wasncredibly realistic Both hero and heroine were ncredibly flawed major mistakes and dealt with them as actual real people would Not a terrible thing to read but not exactly what I m used to n a romance especially not n a Harleuin I bought this book because Jennifer Lohmann s a fellow librarian full disclosure I have met her on one occasion and have communicated with her on Twitter both before and after she published and I wanted to be supportive I was unsure what to expect but I really liked what I read This was a well written tightly paced story with realistic characters and real emotion If all her books are like this I will be checking out others Final grade B 45I 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 Claimed by a Cowboy 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 goodntentions he s just as likely to screw up as anyone Sarah Miles teenage Daughter Irritates Me At Times irritates me at times always and that Discipline is definitely the point Shes suppose to be caught Claim the Night (The Claiming in that awkward phase between childhood and adulthood I have a difficult timemagining a teenager actually saying some of snotty things she says Claimed by Desire in front of other grown ups because my children would honestly never do that they d thinkt but not say Say Youll Remember Me it aloud But I can be persuaded that there are teens who wouldI want to say again that the people feel real the emotions feel real the situations regrets second guessing everything And the pull between Renia and Miless so sweet The romance Accidental Bodyguard is wonderful and the sex scenes are really good Theres so much n this book but t all works so well together It s a book about finding a healthy place Mehr als das in relationships between mother and daughter father and daughter mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption between An unlikely encounterbut he'll taket It seems like fateor something When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on n 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. Man and a woman falling n love There Abby and the Bachelor Cop is hope fear rejection forgiveness and finally acceptance Acceptance that you do the best you can so forgive yourself and others and move on with your lifeMy minor uibbles are the following 1 just a bit of repetitiventernal monologuing by Renia on her feeling and 2 Miles got off the hook at the end with too little groveling My copy of The First Move was provided to me by the Jennifer Lohmann herself after I tweeted her to ask whether she knew Eye to Eye if the e version would be availablen the UK I d read Wendy the Superlibrarian s review you see and Accidentally Expecting it sounded like just my sort of bookRenia Milek s world was crushed when she was a teenager when her father grandfather and one of her brothers were killedn a car accident Her mum withdrew nto her own head and Renia Rey as she called herself then reacted by acting out There was drinking drugs and sleeping around It all ended with Rey getting pregnant and her mother shipping her off to an aunt to have her baby The aunt was very supportive and helped Rey do what she needed to screw her head back on ncluding giving her baby up for adoption At the time Rey thought t best to cut ties #to the baby so she opted for a closed adoption There was a provision for her daughter to contact her when # the baby so she opted for a closed adoption There was a provision for her daughter to contact her when turned 18 though and now that the time has come where she might receive a phone call from her Renia s both scared and terrifiedIt s a really bad time to come across Miles Brislenn again Miles was a shy kid who went to the same school as her and he had a huge crush on her He recognises her the minute he sees her but Renia has no dea who he s She only knows he calls her Rey so he must know her from her worst times But as things come to a head with her daughter Miles becomes a surprising source of supportThere was a lot to like here Renia Alaskan Nights is a reallynteresting character and at a really nteresting time n her life I really appreciated how sensitively the ssue of her having given her daughter n adoption was handled This s not yet another book saying that giving a baby up even when t s patently the right thing to do will screw the right thing to do will screw up for life It s true that Rey IS pretty screwed up about what happened but I d argue that Always Look Twice it s clear that thiss about her mother s abandonment of her teenage self than about her own abandonment of her baby That All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night issue with Renia s mother leads to my favourite aspect of the book whichs the very complicated relationship between the two They have a very civilised relationship now but a distant one and Any Man Of Mine it s clear Renia s mothers desperate to fix that but doesn t know how There s a long overdue conversation near the end that had me choking back tears In fact the family angst was the best thing about the book and Annalee And The Lawman it was really really good In addition to the sections about Renia s mother there s the stuff with her birth daughter Thiss developed really slowly and Lohmann doesn t make The Apollonides Mistress Scandal itnto some sort of And the Envelope, Please... insta connection It feels realistic both painful and hopeful at the same time and I really likedt I also liked Renia s relationship with Sarah Miles daughter Anything For His Son in whom she sees bits of herselfI was a bit less enthused by the romance Renia uestions whether Miles loves the real her or whether he s just reacting to his old crush on her 16 year old self and I must say I uestioned that at times Also although Miles was pitch perfect most of the time always being very accepting of Rey s past and her currentssues there was that fight at the end which seemed to show that deep down he wasn t uite as accepting as all that I m Anticipation in two minds about that On one hand I liked seeing he wasn t uite perfect but on the other that might have come a bit too laten the book and he didn t uite redeem himself from what I felt was a really mean almost unforgivable thing to sayOn the whole though I really enjoyed this The writing s good and flows smoothly and the pacing s generally good as well There s a bit of a draggy section round the middle but things got going again soon after and I raced To Renia Milek back then but he definitely does now And that's not the only thing that's changed Gone s the rebel Renia used to be In her place s a beautiful woman who's reserved cautiousand holding on to secrets For Miles this second chance .COULD BE READ AS SLUT SHAMING