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Illegal Moves Paperback – September 29, 2009
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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This book has pretty much everything one expects from a romance/erotica novel - lovers reunited, long-hidden feelings and attraction from one friend to another, an alpha male (actually 2 alpha males), and a great deal of super-hot sex. Happily, it is not sex devoid of emotion - you really feel how much Caroline and Jordan love each other, and how much passion there is whenever they're together. Plus, it's definitely interesting, emotional, and, again, *hot*, to see Seth struggling with his feelings for Jordan, and Jordan coming to terms with how being with a man (who happens to be his best friend) makes him feel. Jordan's exploration of a physical relationship with Seth is chock-full of his anxieties, fears, doubts, and eventually acceptance and, shall we say, extreme enjoyment. The relationships all feel authentic - we're told that Caroline and Jordan deeply love and want each other, and it becomes obvious very quickly that that's true. Jordan and Seth are best friends, and it's clear how much both value that friendship. Indeed, it's that strong foundation that gives Jordan the courage to explore being with a man, at first because Caroline wants him to, and later because he acknowledges that it's something that he wants to do for himself. This is a great book - it's pretty short, but the relatively few pages it does have contain plentiful, super-steamy sex (of the M/F, M/M/F, and M/M varieties), and lots of intense, organic emotions that ensure that readers care about these characters as they explore, establish, and solidify their relationship(s).
This was a pretty good story. I liked Jordan, Caroline and Seth and the story was hot while dealing with deep emotions.
Caroline is a lawyer that works in Boston. She hasn't had a decent relationship/sex-life in years...basically since college when her and Jordan had been involved. When he puts a bid in on a company she's represents she's not happy at all to have to see him again. He hurt her badly back in college and broke his word...she's unwilling to give him an inch and to be honest it's understandable (to a point). She decides to get sex out of Jordan but not to let him get to her past that.
Jordan has regretted his actions in college for years. He went on with his life and tried to find someone else but no one ever compared with Caroline and it was all just meaningless sex. After 15 years he's decided he has to try for her again and sets out to buy a company he doesn't need as an excuse to get near her. He's very unhappy when she agrees to see him but just for sex (she wont even let him kiss her on the mouth) and he struggles to try to find a way to get her to trust him again. I actually think I liked Jordan the best of the three...he made a big mistake when he was younger but I really like him now and cheered for him in his efforts to win Caroline back.
Seth is Jordan's best friend and lawyer. He's bi-sexual but never told Jordan because he's secretly been in love with him for years. When Jordan decides to win Caroline back, Seth knows it's the end of his fantasies but tries to help Jordan anyways. Seth's a good guy and I liked him.
Things are rough between Caroline and Jordan for quite a while. Caroline isn't willing to give Jordan an inch and he has to come to terms with just how badly he hurt her and the fact he may not be able to win her back. As the deal closes and Jordan is still failing to convince Caroline he makes a last ditch effort to make up for the past. Seth actually ends up helping things along and an arrangement is made that ends up with them all in bed together.
At this point there are still heavy emotions at play but it's nice because Caroline stops fighting her love for Jordan. I liked her and could understand her anger with Jordan but I was happy when she got over it because it was sad to see her pushing Jordan away when he's trying so hard to make up for the past. After things between Jordan and Caroline are settled, the feelings brought about by Seth's inclusion are dealt with and what this could mean for them long term. I liked the ending and thought it was well done but I was a little disappointed that they didn't end up as a trio.
Overall I enjoyed this story. Jordan, Caroline and Seth are all good characters and the story was well done. I'd recommend it. :D