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Moving in Rhythm

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  559 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Carina Press
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was a very cute and sweet story. I very much enjoyed it.

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
Do you know what's wrong in the world of MM romance today? It's the fact that majority of novels and novellas don't have an actual plot, or if they do, that plot dissipates the second sex is introduced into the picture. Erotica is all good and well, but it gets tedious after a while, and when a reader starts to skip sex scenes no matter how well written, things get ugly.

Happily, this isn't the case here.

Throughout the book Mark grapples with his crippling shyness and even when he makes progress
Mark is a painfully shy online math teacher who experiences panic attacks whenever he's around large groups of people and men he finds attractive. He was once engaged to his friend, Ruth, but that fell apart when he realized he preferred men over women. Now anonymous enounters outside of clubs and bars are his only forms of human contact, and they leave him feeling ashamed and dirty.

He agrees to watch over his pregnant sister-in-law, Lisa, while his younger brother, Pete, is stationed overseas.
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 19, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Mark Apolostolos is super smart, in very good shape and knows he is attractive but all he has in his life is his dog. Mark has a crippling shyness disorder, so when he sees someone he is attracted too, he literally can’t speak. He goes into a panic attack and must rush away to compose himself.

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
When I first saw the description of this book, I knew it was something I had to read. I knew I was really going to like it, and I am happy I wasn’t disappointed. I’m thinking if Dev Bentham is writing it, I’m gonna want to be reading it because for a debut novel it’s a freaking hit.

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
Apr 02, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
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.

The char
Mar 11, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, gay, done, arc, ebook, 2012
Very good m/m romance about a closeted online math instructor whose crippling shyness and social anxiety have him living a hermetic life. When his brother is deployed to Iraq, he agrees to take care of his pregnant sister-in-law during the deployment, and finds himself being forced, protesting, out of his shell... not always smoothly. This was a wonderful combination of sweet and serious.
Nov 16, 2013 Elspeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mmr, twenty-thirteen
This was a cute and thoughtful story I just wish it elaborated a little more at the end.
I am hoping the author does another set in this world so you can see how the family's are doing.
A lot was left unfinished.
Mar 28, 2012 willaful rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to willaful by: Dear Author
I might almost classify Moving in Rhythm as a novel, rather than a romance. Not that the love story or love scenes are disappointing, but the story is largely about the personal emotional journey of one person, Mark, as he struggles with debilitating social anxiety and with coming out.

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
I liked this book. It was very cute.

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
Mar 23, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2012
Mark suffers from debilitating shyness. He suffers panic attacks in crowded places. He is only able to converse easily with his brother (Pete), his sister-in-law (Lisa), his dog and then (later) a woman he and Lisa meet in Zumba (Claire). Due to his late homophobic father, he is deeply in the closet. The only sexual contact is with strangers in dark alleys or other anonymous places. After feeling repulsed by this one time too many, he decides to live a life of complete celibacy. His profession i ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Natalija rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
Dev Bentham writes one of the most ordinary, yet distinctive characters I have ever read about. While they may lead simple, mundane lives, they are also flawed, vulnerable, and therefore relatable. "Moving in Rhythm" is definitely a love story, but it comes with a brilliant cast of secondary characters that complement the storyline with fullness and depth. One of my favourite parts of the book is relationship Mark has with his brother Pete. In his letter to Seth Mark wrote, "Until now we haven’t ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
This is the second book I am reading from this author. I couldn't really connect with this story. The writing is good and nothing is wrong with the story but it didn't pull me in . I read Learning from Isaac and I was gripped by the story from the first page. I think the pace of this book was too slow for me and also it came to a point where I just felt a bit weary with Mark's problems. I think this is ok because books affect people in different ways. I am definitely going to read more from the ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
strong 4*
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.
Jordan Price
The characters in Moving in Rhythm were nuanced and engaging—damaged, but self-aware, and never stagnant. Even the secondary characters were fully-fleshed. I felt like they all had lives of their own beyond the rest of the story. I found myself very invested in Mark’s journey toward happiness.
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
I have to rate this around a 2.5. I so wanted to like this story and I thought I would because the premise was a good idea, but it was completely lacking in execution.

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
Sophia (FV)
Mar 20, 2012 Sophia (FV) rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Fiction Vixen:

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
Valentina Heart
May 13, 2012 Valentina Heart rated it really liked it
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

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
Sep 07, 2013 Nic rated it liked it
I found this book a little bit challenging to review, struggling to separate the story from the narration because I actually listened to the audio book (narrated by Charlie Belmont) rather than reading the story.

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
Mar 23, 2012 Marquetta rated it really liked it
Mark may look the part of a sexy, alpha male but he doesn't act like it. With debilitating shyness, Mark can not function in many social settings. He lives alone with his dog and closes himself off from people. When his brother is deployed from Iraq and asks Mark to move in and take care of his pregnant wife, Mark's lonely life changes.

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
Katie Michaels
Mar 17, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
Mark is a man plagued by crippling shyness. He can't function in large groups and he can't hold a coherent conversation with any man he is truly attracted to. As a result, he's never had a real relationship. He's not even out of the closet. His life is solitary and kind of sad, until his brother asks him to come take care of his pregnant wife while he is deployed overseas.

Shortly after the move, Mark's sister-in-law drags him to a Zumba class, where he first meets Seth, the sexy instructor. Mark
Julia ♥Duncan♥
I liked this. It was cute and Mark was a very easy character to root for.

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
Ms. Nikki

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
Mar 10, 2016 Brooklyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mm-romance
Sweet story. It was sweet seeing Seth be so patient with Mark when he stumbled trying to get his thoughts out. It was shorter than I expected and I wonder if it wasn't a bit rushed.

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
Oct 01, 2012 Alina added it
I have mixed feelings about this book.

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
Bitchie!!! on her behind
Mar 31, 2012 Bitchie!!! on her behind rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
I liked this one. I really identified with the main character. I've always been shy and had a hard time talking in crowds, thinking no one would want to hear what I had to say anyway, and the older I get, the worse that gets. I tend to avoid people other than my family, and so I go for months without talking to anyone in the world but my mom, kids, husband, and the cashier at the grocery store. So it was nice to see Mark grow a bit, see the strides he took, although I would like to know what fin ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Meggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This romance developed in slow sweet pace and was written with an intense emotional turmoil. I really liked Mark. He was interesting character, but the way his storyline developed simply didn't feel right. At the end it felt rushed and emotional unreal. Marks developing relationship with distance to Seth was pulling and unique. I liked that part. Seth was warm, calm character, but I missed his thoughts about Mark. I wouldn't mind reading more about Mark and Seth, because their story only began.
Mar 23, 2012 Norma rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This was a fairly short, sweet story of two men who find love kind of in an against all odds situation, although it's not quite so dire. The characters are well-written, the story is lovely and the pace was good.

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.

Feb 20, 2016 Susinok rated it it was amazing
I love the way the relationship builds in this book, through emails and phone calls because Mark is too shy to talk to Seth directly to his face. Seth is so patient and understanding.

Wonderful story.
Trisha Harrington
Nov 10, 2012 Trisha Harrington rated it really liked it
Shelves: disability
This was a good book, I really enjoyed reading it and the romance was sweet. I just wish it had been longer with a better HEA. To me it kind of felt like a HFN, it might just be me but that's how I felt. Lisa was kind of my favourite character though, Seth being a close second. :)
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I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experience ...more
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