The Right Move | By Liz Tomforde







Book Review | Contemporary Romance

The Right Move
RYAN She’s a distraction, that’s what she is. I’m the newest Captain of the Devils, Chicago’s NBA team, and the last thing I needed this year was for Indy Ivers, my sister’s best friend, to move into my apartment. She’s messy, emotional, and way too tempting. But when the team’s General Manager vocalizes his blatant disapproval of my promotion to Captain, referring to me as an unapproachable lone wolf with no work-life balance, I can’t think of a better way to convince him otherwise than pretending to date my outgoing roommate. The only problem? Faking it feels far too natural. Having a fake girlfriend wasn’t supposed to be messy but having Indy under my roof and in my bed is complicated, especially when she wants all the romantic parts of life that I could never give her. INDY I never imagined I’d be living with my best friend’s brother, NBA superstar Ryan Shay. Even more unbelievable? He needs me to act as his loving girlfriend who’s suddenly changed him into a friendly and approachable guy. Because, well…he’s not. He’s controlling of his space and untrusting of others. Our arrangement isn’t one-sided, though. I’m in a wedding coming up, one where every one of my childhood friends, including my ex-boyfriend, will be in attendance, and there’s no better date than my ex’s celebrity hero. Blurred lines make it almost impossible to separate real from fake. Falling for my roommate was never part of the deal, especially when Ryan is quick to remind me that he doesn’t believe in love. I’m a romantic and can’t help fantasizing that he’ll change, but soon enough, I find myself questioning if sharing a roof with my best friend’s brother was the right move after all




My thoughts







Narrative and Plot










With my positive experience of Mile High, the first book in the Windy City series and all those positive reviews for The Right Move in the bookish community, this was a highly anticipated romance read for me. Ryan Shay and Indigo Ivers were recurring characters in the first book and here we get to see their love story flourish.

It has all those romance novel beats that you look forward to while picking up a book like this. It covers the whole fake dating and roommates to lovers trope as well. However, what I love most about these books is the time and effort it takes to develop strong characters while managing to tell a charming love story.















Characters and Conflicts











Ryan is a high stake celebrity with his guard up and Indie on the other hand, is a regular extrovert with a shitty past. They both cannot be more different from each other. The book is all about the journey it takes for them to find that they might not be too different from each other when all the layers are peeled off.

Indie has her own arc where she learns to be comfortable with herself. Meanwhile, Ryan learns to let people in his life, despite his insecurities. The final conflict started as something organic, but I am not sure I am fully onboard with how it was resolved. But this is a rom-com and sometimes you just have to give into the cliche.
























Overall, I enjoyed The Right Move. It was fun, entertaining and a comfort read. The whole ensemble cast with their main character energy from their own previous books or potential sequels makes this even more enjoyable to read.















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