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Making the First Move

(Bad Boys Gone Good #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a promotion that could make or break her. But the new job takes her back to her hometown to face the family she's distanced herself from, and forces her to leave behind sexy, mysterious philanthropist Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.

By the time Raine makes his move with Melanie,
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Carina Press
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The set up
Melanie Gordon finally gets the promotion she's worked so hard for and it comes with a few hitches. She's going to have to move back to Cleveland, her hometown, and make a decision about whether she's up for a long distance relationship. Her "best friend" Raine Mason finally makes a move (after two years!) and now Melanie is gun shy about starting up and maintaining a romance with 2,000 miles between them. Oh, and she's returning to the city where her heart was broken by her first and
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Love in the Margins.

Over the past five years, Melanie Gordon has worked hard to make a name for herself in her field of business. Dating, her social life, family relationships – everything in her life has taken a backseat to her career. When she’s offered a major promotion and named the branch manager of a brand new regional office, it appears that all of her work and sacrifice has finally paid off. There’s a hitch, of course, in that the office is in Cleveland – where she h
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
For a change of pace from my paranormals, historicals and sci-fis, now and then I'll pick up a contemporary romance that is almost solely about the romance. In this case, I found the story doubly appealing because the focus was set amongst the heroine's down to earth family. I enjoy a good cozy romance and this did the trick.

The story revolves around thirty-something career woman, Melanie Gordon. She just got the promoted and given a big chance in her firm that will take her back to her home tow
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

Imagine finding the man of your dreams but then instead of him making the first move you do, only your move is not the standard romance your way into his life move, it is moving away to a complete different town! Talk about getting out of Dodge!

But would you feel as if life is not fair or would you try to find a way to make it work and somehow get the guy's attention? Or how about if the guy comes after you to show you he is ready to make any move you want him to, would you consider taking the
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
A mere few DAYS after starting my blog, Reese Ryan took a chance on me and allowed me to author a guest post for Contemporary Romance Cafe. So I was so completely thrilled to get a chance to review her debut book Making the First Move.

Simply put, this book makes me smile. I love a strong-willed heroine, and that is exactly what you get with Melanie Gordon. The girl is determined. She is successful, has a good head on her shoulders, and isn't afraid to make tough decisions like moving across the
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raine and Mel, right on time redemption

Reese girl you wrote the mess out of Mel and Raine's story. You definitely took us there emotionally. I mean we all must carve out our own paths or get stuck living out someone's dream. That and reinventing oneself were keep elements to Making the First Move.

I love the second chance at love for Mel's mother. I love the dynamic of the family and the accountability. I appreciate the inner discovery of what it takes to move on. Raine's past was the most touc
Thomaidha Papa
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mf
Review written for Chocolicious Reviews



Yes, I know, it’s absurd when it comes from me, but every once in a while there are these books that hit that special spot in me and turn me to puddle. Normally such books belong to the most violent genres. Action, Mystery, Historicals with a cruel side and I’m sold. But sometimes there comes that surprise from the romantic genre and makes me rediscover that deeply hidden romantic side of mine.

Making The First Mo
Opal Mellon
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I really find it a nice change to read something so real and satisfying. I found it refreshing and well-written, with characters that quickly come to life and make you immediately interested in their stories.

Melanie is a heroine with a strong voice and real flaws that make sense. Like many people in real life, you tend to like her more as you come to understand her. I really enjoyed seeing a realistic portrayal of someone dealing with grief and trying to be
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans, book clubs, library patrons
Recommended to LaToya by: NetGalley
Shelves: arc
Growing up, Melanie Gordon had an incredibly close relationship with her father. Melanie has difficulty with relationships because none of the men measure up to her father or meet the demands of her "perfect man list." The death of Melanie's father and breakup with ex, Jaxson Payne, persuade her to get as far away as possible by moving to San Francisco, where she meets the altruistic and delectable Raine Mason. Melanie gets a promotion which gives her a month to move back to Cleveland, OH. When ...more
LaKesha Seegars
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I like the plot of the story. Friends to lovers to confusion to true love. Melanie and Raine were awesome together, it took him 2 years to do after what he wanted and was hell bent on keeping Melanie. So glad Mel finally so Jax so the ass that he really was.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely Romance

Really enjoyed slow pace of this read romance took my time reading because I really wanted to enjoy every detail.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
This is my first Reese Ryan story and I really like her style of writing; her characters were interesting and the pacing was fast. After getting her dream job promotion, Melanie Gordon is coming back home after a lengthy absence. But right before she leaves, Raine Mason makes the first move since their friendship began. He wants Melanie even if she’s going to another state while Melanie is resistant to starting something new that’s also going to be long distance.

Considering the premise is, at i
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Reese Ryan had me at the first line, “Damien Jasper is brilliant and asshole in equal amounts, wrapped in one stunningly handsome, well-dressed package.” There’s something to be said about a great opening line, one that makes you want to turn the page. I couldn’t wait to read. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Melanie Gordon has worked very hard in her field, giving it her all and putting work above all else. And it pays off. She is offered the job of her dreams, more money and more responsibility. The
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so gooooood :-). But I gotta say though, this book had me scratching my head halfway through, I almost put it down. THANK GOD I DIDN'T! But come on, who does something that radical anyway? :-)

It started our snatching my interest & holding it, I was surprised. Usually, it takes a minute, a bit more push/pull until sparks fly. I appreciate it showing up early.

But then the middle happened, & after grinding my teeth for it to hurry up to get back to the action, a funny thing ha
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bed-time-stories
Making the First Move Reese Ryan

Let me be one of the first to say Making the First Move by Reese Ryan is an engrossing fast read of first love, growth, reluctance and release and resilience . The characters developed by Ms. Ryan are so realistic that you see family and friends embedded in the personas of her characters. The story elements of Making the First Move have well blended components that places you on the stage with her characters.
Ms. Ryan brings a refreshing breath of freshness in the
I finished MAKING THE FIRST MOVE a little bit ago and as I reflect back on it, the first thing that comes to my mind is that it felt different than anything I’ve read in the Contemporary Romance recently…or maybe ever. And I mean this in a good way too! Was I absolutely blown away with the story? No, but it was still pretty good in my opinion and the fact that it was different was completely refreshing!

So as always, here’s a quick rundown: Melanie and Raine have been each other’s “plus one” to v
Jamie Rose
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
[b] Making the First Move [/b] Reese Ryan

2. 5 stars

This was Ok. Maybe I'm just getting too old for romances...

Mel gets a big promotion, the downside is it means moving back to her hometown, and all the baggage she left there. Family, a mean ex - all the usual stuff. Shortly before she loves, a good friend, Raine admits to having feelings for her. Eventually, they decide to give the long distance thing a shot.

I disliked Mel, found her quite annoying, she seemed to enjoy creating drama for the s
Hsiau Wei
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Melanie who have been promoted to establish the branch in her hometown. Having leaved the place after heartbreak that she hasn’t recover, she is rather skeptical about her adaptability back home. She worked hard for the past five years to arrive where she is now. But in course of achieving where she is now, she loses out the opportunity to get to know more people and establish any kind of friendship. Having said that, she have a friend with benefit relationship with ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2013
Making the First Move was a thoughtful story about a woman who's searching for the perfect life, and realizes that maybe perfect isn't all its cracked up to be.

I liked Making the First Move, but actually don't have a lot to say about it. It was nicely written, the story was good. It just didn't make a strong impression. I will say that the first half was a bit slow. I get that the characters and their lives needed to be established, but it felt a bit tedious. For me, there were too many details
Demetria Gray
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reese Ryan's debut novel has burst onto the literary scene with a powerful punch. I enjoyed reading "Making the First Move." This story is well written with great characterization. I enjoyed how each character’s flaws were strategically unveiled throughout the story, creating enough depth and intrigue to hold my attention.

The relationship between the main character, Melanie Gordon, and her love interest, Raine Mason, is very well developed. They have a nice blend of friendship, romance, and sexu
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed "Making the First Move"...the plot development, character development, and HEA were all masterfully handled. That being said, I did not care for Melanie at all. She just seemed too intelligent and too old to me to carry so much emotional baggage. We ALL have issues, and they make us who we are - but we'd all be knee deep in Xanax if we didn't put them aside. I might have given her some slack if she had been 18 or 19...Maybe. *LOL*

Loved, loved, loved Raine...but doesn't everyone?
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
After the first few chapters, I almost stopped reading the book. I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t really like the heroine too much. She seemed a little self-absorbed, but I decided to stick it out and hope she grew up in the book. I’m glad I did. She did grow and a lot of why she was the way she was got explained.

Making the First Move had an awesome last third of the book. It made up for the beginning and even made it worth it. Melanie matured a lot throughout the book and realized quite a
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love Is in the Air

Raine Mason and Melanie Gordon are strongly attracted to one another and have been for some time. A promotion and a move forces Melanie to move to another state. Do they finally acknowledge their feelings? Will they discover they are just right for each other or will secrets and distance get in the way? Only time will tell.

Reese Ryan’s “Making the First Move" was a very good novel. I really got into it and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The author held my a
Leigh Carron
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Forecast: Warm, funny and filled with Raine!

Making the First Move was a touching romance that captured me right from the start. In this story of family, friendship and finding love, Reese flexes her writing chops with the use of humor, emotion and an element of intrigue. I adored the very real family dynamics and the development of the relationship between the two main characters. Melanie, an independent career woman knows exactly what she wants, or so she thinks. She even has her “list” of the
Making the First Move by Reese Ryan

3 Stars
Making the First Move is a fast paced, contemporary romance. This long distance, friends turn lovers idea has been worked and reworked so many ways I thought I had read them all. Then I picked up this book and was pleasantly surprised.
The one thing that I wasn’t too fond of was Melanie’s characters. She was self centered, immature and quite frankly needed to grow up. Other than that character the book was pretty good.

This review is also posted on my blo
Jul 09, 2013 marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: netgalley, poc
Sadly, this is a DNF for me. I really wanted to give this a chance, what with brown people being on the cover and all, but it was a sloooow starter. The scenes are all quite long and overly detailed, and there's just not enough conflict/tension going on here, which is surprising given the premise. It's always a bit of a harder sell when the hero & heroine know each other before the start of the book, and are apparently attracted to one another but neither one made a move before for some nebu ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Have you ever liked a set of characters so much you couldn't bear to have them experience heartache? That was the case in this book. I got to the roughly 1/4 mark and couldn't bear for anything bad to happen to Mel and Raine, so I skipped to the last chapter and epilogue to get to the happy parts

While I didn't technically read the whole book, I still teared up in the epilogue. I liked the book, loved the characters, just couldn't handle any bad stuff happening to them
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always appreciate a sexy male lead character and, Raine, Melanie's love interest, was no exception. I enjoyed watching their "plus-one" relationship grow into a full-blown steam-fest albeit long distance.

Between Melanie's ex, her ambitious career goals and Raine's secret past, this made for a great read.
Angela Hodge
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning to the end, I was captured by every line. It was a great vacation read.
The Author did an amazing job writing this story. Take a romance journey with Making the First Move, you will not be disappointed.

Angela Y. Hodge-Author of Daybreak Rising Above It All With Praise
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Author of the Bourbon Brothers and Pleasure Cove series, Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional love stories with family drama and surprising secrets.

Reese is the recipient of the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter.

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