Monday, April 22, 2013

The First Move-Jennifer Lohmann

The First Move

Jennifer Lohmann

Harlequin SuperRomance, Apr 2 2013, $5.75

ISBN: 9780373718443

At his ex-wife’s wedding, Miles Brislenn recognizes by the reaction of his body the photographer. When he was in high school, he suffered from unrequited love of Renia Milek, a rebel without a cause. Though he doubts his teen crush will remember even his name, Miles says hello to Rey while vowing to himself to make a play as dreams fail to compare to the reality. Though Rey fails to recall Miles, she finds him charming and attractive. However, she fears he knows her shameful secret when he left high school for a year and plans on keeping her distance.

When they meet while he is with his teenage child Sarah, Rey realizes Miles is a good father and person. As he asks her out on a date, her teenage past returns with a haunting phone call that shakes her emotional equilibrium. Miles plans to be there for his beloved though she tries to push him away; instead he pushes her away when he fears his daughter follows Rey’s shaky past.

The key to this warm romance is that the strong cast deals with complex issues. As he says Miles is the Weird Science nerd while Rey is his fantasy Kelly LeBrock, but reality hits each of them in hard. Readers will enjoy salsa dancing with this couple as Jennifer Lohmann provides a wonderful deep tale.

Harriet Klausner

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