Moving in Rhythm

Dev Bentham
Moving in Rhythm
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Carina Press
Release Date
March 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Mark Apolostolos should be able to have any man he wants. Handsome and smart, he's also cripplingly shy, especially around attractive men. Tired of waking up alone, he's desperate to conquer his insecurities and have a real, meaningful relationship.

He gets his first opportunity when he tags along to his sister-in-law's dance class and lays eyes on the sexy instructor. Seth Miller has a way of moving that takes his breath away. It isn't long before sparks fly and they share a steamy kiss, but Seth wants much more than just a casual encounter.

If Mark wants a real relationship with Seth he'll have to come to terms with his sexuality—but will it be enough to break through the walls he's built up around his heart?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
May 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
You've guessed it – mention dancers and I'm picking up the book. While this book wasn't quite what the title promised, the aspect of Mark's social awkwardness and his slow venture into something more was so much like dance itself that I didn't really mind missing those expected sexy body twists.

Mark is an online math teacher, a man whose best friend is his dog and who can't quite manage social interactions with strangers. His shyness and the fact that he turns into a stuttering idiot when in the company of anyone outside his comfort zone is something he's receiving professional help for. But it isn't something that actually stops his panic attacks or helps him have any other type of sex other than the dark-alley-corner kind.

With his brother leaving for war and no one else around to take care of his pregnant wife, Mark agrees to help and finds himself in a dance class, staring at the perfect ass of the dance instructor Seth. While good looking, Mark can't spit out coherent words in the company of someone he finds attractive to save his life and it doesn't take him nearly as long as I thought it would to find himself in an awkward situation without an obvious way out.

I like to read about shy characters as well as disabled ones and Mark definitely falls into that category because his inability to interact with people is both crippling as well as defeating. While a very nice and kind man, the isolation has turned Mark into a very insecure man who has accepted a lonely life without any hopes of ever getting things that he wants and needs.

That was what I liked the most about this book, the way Mark found his way out of the cocoon of isolation and took the step forward toward something he so deeply wanted. Since the book is from Mark's point of view I never got to know Seth well, but he was interesting and kind enough to fit well with Mark.

The troubles I had while reading weren't many, but I figure I should mention them. It takes quite a while for the story to reach some type of a point, and once it does, the ending seemed pretty much around the corner. While I do like long beginnings with much detail, I expect the rest of the story to follow the same tone and live up to the buildup. I can't say I found that in this book, and ultimately it somewhat spoiled the experience for me.

Another thing that bothered me was the author's decision to make Mark's issues a matter of his sexual orientation. I could understand that his inability to talk to others and to fear crowds was a condition he couldn't help, in fact I really liked that part, but the insistence of everyone around him that his issues were a matter of keeping quiet about his nature stung even me. I thought him grown up enough to be able to tell the difference and quite honestly saw everyone around him who pushed him as bullies. In that regard, the author lost me a bit, because I liked the original Mark, where his problems were almost palpable and where he was much more real that the individual he eventually became.

So while not quite what I was expecting, the issues this book dealt with were more than a pleasant surprise and something I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were firmly set in their paths, giving the reader enough spark to stay interested and the plot serious enough to set this book apart from a sea of others. There is something special about it that will intrigue people for sure and I for one can't wait for this author's next book.
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