The Right Move
Author: B.L. Dayoff
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: January 25, 2020
Genre(s): New Adult Rromance
Page Count: 56K Words
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb: Read book blurb here
College seniors Trevor and Chase meet over spilled Scrabble tiles and Trevor is immediately captivated by the tall, model-gorgeous man dealing with what appears to be a heightened startle response when touched. As his friend Jorge says, Trevor gets his "I've spotted a puzzle!" look and is drawn to learn more about Chase in order to solve the mystery of his behavior and wonders "Was it a sensory thing like kids with autism sometimes had?"
Over the course of the book as he is integrated into Trevor's close group of friends, Chase's internal monologue hints at the reason he transferred to a new school in his final year of college, while Trevor slowly tries to push the boundaries of Chase's issues with touching. I do like how we get both men's POV throughout and bit by bit, Chase becomes more relaxed with Trevor, and each hopes and wishes that their friendship becomes something more.
Around 65% through the book, Chase and Trevor's physical relationship (finally) begins, and because so much of the book is solely focused on the relationship with no other subplots, to me it feels like the pace of the book drags quite a bit in the middle.
Then there is a Huge Misunderstanding (one of my literary pet peeves) that temporarily derails the relationship and seems very overblown. Also, after hinting why Chase transferred and he is so sensitive to touch, we learn the answers and I guess I expected something more .... complex? Of course, I realize other readers may not feel the same and would love to hear your thoughts if you've read the book.
Overall, I liked the main characters and became invested in their love story but felt the pace of the book was overly slow with some unsatisfyingly developed plot points. 3 stars for "The Right Move."
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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