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Preview — Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham
Moving in Rhythm
Mark Apostolos 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 M...more
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It's a book about acceptance and self-discovery. Of overcoming your fears and social disorders to finally being able to be happy and content. Mark grows so much over the story. In the beginning he's miserable and alone, scared to come out of his shell because he's gay. Over the course of the story, he realizes being gay is not as horrible as he thought from being raised by a homophobic father. He sees there are people who accept indivi...more
Happily, this isn't the case here.
Throughout the book Mark grapples with his crippling shyness and even when he makes progress...more
He agrees to watch over his pregnant sister-in-law, Lisa, while his younger brother, Pete, is stationed overseas....more
Depression settled an arm around his shoulders like the old friend it was. Self-loathing swamped him and he felt trapped. Within his head he could be so articulate. Funny, even. But put him in front of an a...more
Mark is gorgeous, smart, and has whole lot going for him. He is also socially inept, crowds scare him, attractive men leaves him in crippling shyness and being in his quiet apartment is his solitude. Mark is also stru...more
A sweet romance between a man who is pathologically shy and attempting to step outside his comfort zone to support his sister-in-law, and a dance instructor who has a thing for quiet, muscle-y guys. One of those stories where not much happens and even the drama is limited, but it's perfectly sweet and an enjoyable stroll through their lives. What really brought this story to life is the characters and their earnest emotions and honest helpfulness. A great feel-good story.
Mark has never been able to have a relationship or even tell his closest family members that he's gay; a female friend has been his unwitting beard for years. (His guilt over her is yet another thing for Mark to f...more
I liked how I could relate to Mark because of how human he was. He wasn’t perfect; he had his issues and his fears like you and me. For my part, I could especially relate to his shyness, because although I’m not as shy as he was, I’m still very shy around people I don’t know. His weaknesses and strengths made him very real and easy to grow attached to him, and want him to come out of this story happy.
I liked the slow progression of Mark and Seth’s relationshi...more
To me, Marc's relationship with his brother was the most affecting part of the book. His brother is a soldier, is working overseas and will miss the birth of his first child. Having lost their own mother during childbirth, it's understandable that both men are scared stiff. The Skype calls between the two brothers are heartbreaking at times.
The other memorable part of the...more
Umm? I sorta didn't like it. I noticed in some reviews the phrase "cute" was used in referring to this read. To me "cute" is what you say when you are confronted with an ugly baby, but you don't want to be rude to the parent by telling them so. This read is not quite like the writing of a Siren Pub. Novel, nor does it have the big word or big story of more solid reads at Dsp and Looseid. For someone who knows of anxiety, it was not conveyed in a realistic way, in my opinion. I did not f...more
I so felt with Mark - poor guy to always be wordless when he needs them most. Again - the writing style was very good, the pace of the story was believable, although for me the end felt rushed. I would appreciate a sequel, not only to see how Mark's and Seth's relationship proceeds, but also to learn more about Claire and Lisa.
Mark Apolostolos is gay in and the closet. His father was extremely homophobic and so he’s never come out to his family, assuming they’d never accept his sexuality. He’s extremely shy, particularly around attractive men, to the point where it has crippled his social life. He has a career as a math teacher, however he teaches his classes online. His one steady companion is Belle, his dog. He gets a phone call from his brother that completely changes his life. Ma...more
One of the things I liked most about it was the female characters. They all seemed real - no crazy evil female villains here. I really liked Mark's relationship with the lesbian friend Claire and how she helped him deal with coming out. I liked that both Lisa and Claire had their own problems and that sometimes dealing with their problems helped Mark and sometimes they set him back.
I was a little annoyed by a few small err...more
Mark Apolostolos has a severe social disorder that has prompted him to live his life in seclusion, except for the companionship of his dog, Belle. He even manages to have a career teaching online. So, of course, he is unable to form relationships with people other than his family. To experience brief glimpses of intimacy he picks u...more
Shortly after the move, Mark's sister-in-law drags him to a Zumba class, where he first meets Seth, the sexy instructor. Mark...more
The moment I started reading Moving in Rhythm, I was drawn into Mark's lonely world. I don't know what else to call it. Other than his dog, Belle, Mark has pretty...more
The reason I found it challenging was because I found the story a little slow moving and it was hard to determine if this was mainly driven by the story itself or from the speed of the narration. I have a feeling that if I had been reading this myself and at my own fairly rapid pace, it...more
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 wit...more
I loved Mark and felt for him, because of his issues and I think their relationship with Seth were touching and hopeful. I wish there would've been more of that and less of Lisa and her pregnancy. Seriously it was getting on my nerves, it was really out of place in m/m romance book, in my opinion, and Lisa's insistence to drag Mark into her intimate issues - gosh, that was irritating! I mean he's just your husband's brother, a strange male per se, why would...more
The narrator was awesome! One of the best I've listened to. He was great with the different voices as well. Made it very easy to determine who was speaking. He added feeling to the reading, to the scenes. When a character was emotional (whether excited, aroused, sad, etc), you could easily hear it what they were sayin...more
I'm not sure I can sum this book up in my own words, so I would urge anyone inetersted to read Mandi Smexybooks' review.
A soft, sweet romance between a man with a horrible social anxiety disorder and a patient, gentle dancer. Mark and Seth were a wonderful couple and I loved that the courtship took up most of the book.