Review: Make Your Move by Samantha Hunter

Make Your Move by Samantha Hunter
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Available: May 1, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book received from: Harlequin

Jodie Patterson’s posh bakery is all about satisfying cravings. Her signature aphrodisiac cookies have been flying off the shelves…and giving Jodie some delicious ideas of her own.

Behind his owlish glasses, Jodie’s business partner, Dr. Dan Ellison, is the male equivalent of the Naughty Professor. Jodie is more than ready to indulge her fantasies with this wolf-in-geek’s-clothing as long as they set some ground rules: sex is sex, business is business and nothing will change. Yeah, right! After that first addictive kiss, it’s time to see if they can really satisfy each other’s appetites…

As many of you may know I like Harlequin Blaze and I like keep one or two on hand for snuggle time on the couch on a lazy weekend.  They’re an entertaining read, nice and sexy, and a nice way to spend an afternoon.  So, when Samantha Hunter offered her May Blaze, Make Your Move for review, I happily accepted.

Jodie and Dan have been friends and business partners for years.  He is a scientist, and a dedicated workaholic who spends long hours in the lab, teaching and traveling.  Jodie runs a bakery that she co-owns with Dan.  Her bakery’s claim to fame is a special aphrodisiac cookie.  Dan developed a special formula to add to the icing that enhances female pheromone levels.  When a woman eats a couple of these tasty treats, her love life gets a little boost.  Needless to say, these cookies are flying off the shelves.

Although Dan is a bit of a nerd, he’s got that ‘I’m smart, a little awkward, but give me a chance and I’ll rock your world’ thing going on.  He’s carried a torch for Jodie for years but has never told her.  When he realizes Jodie has become involved with a work rival that is less than scrupulous he decides it’s time to make his move.  Jodie avoids serious romantic relationships, but still enjoys an active social life, dating and going out with friends.  Although she has never consciously admitted her attraction to Dan, it’s more than a coincidence that she likes to date nerdy types.  When they get together, sparks fly but but Jodie assumes the chemistry between them is only a result of the special cookies.  Dan knows it’s the real deal and is intent on winning Jodie’s heart once and for all. That is, if he can keep his rival from interfering in destroying all that he and Jodie have worked for.

Make Your Move is a fun story, with likeable characters who are average everyday people dealing with life, love and relationships.  Although they run into some trouble, and experience a few obstacles on their way to their happily ever after, there is no dramatic angst or massive relationship issues to deal with which I found to be pleasantly refreshing.  I admit was a little let down by the idea of Dan and Jodie’s romance being artificially enhanced.  I’m a romantic at heart and need to believe that when love is meant to be, it will be, no love potion needed.  However, Samantha Hunter put a great spin on this theme and totally made it work in a really fun way.

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  1. says

    Hey, thanks! Always enjoy your reviews.

    One comment, about the "enhancement" — I don't want to spoil (can you spoil a book that you know has an HEA? LOL), but I did address that near the end, but it might have been easy to miss. In Dan's presentation, with the reporter, they say that love can't be manufactured or enhanced — it has to be there, it comes from the heart (not from cookies! LOL) as you say.

    I guess I just felt I had to mention that since I completely agree with you — I am a romantic, too, and I want people realize Dan and Jodie don't fall in love because of the cookies — they are in love all along, but the cookies give them the boost they need to act on it. :)

    I do appreciate the great review, and always glad you enjoy the books!


  2. says

    Sam–I didn't want to spoil either so that's why I said you made it work in a really fun way at the end of the review. :) I loved how it all came out in the end.

  3. says

    If you guys check it out, I hope you enjoy it.

    Mandi, I think Dan is sweet, and the cookies are sweet, but a lot of the book is pretty hot, if I don't say so myself, LOL.

    My scientist hero knows anatomy extremely well. 😉


  4. says

    Aphrodisiac cookies…YUM! lol I can honestly say Ive never read a Blaze book…BUT I do have one…I need to try them out soon! Thanks fro the great review and Im glad you enjoyed it so well!

    Happy Hump Day! ;o)