[Book Review] The Right Move by Liz Tomforde



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.


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

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Published: Feb 2023
Length: 530
Genre: Romance
Format: e-Book

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This was a classic “TIKTOK made me read book” the tiktoker reviewing this book said something along the lines of this was the first 5-star romance book she’s read in the last 2 years! So, my expectations were super high, even though I’d never heard of the author.

Unfortunately for me it wasn’t a 5-star book.

First the good:

  • I thought the writing was very good.
  • The general storyline was enjoyable.
  • Fake dating is one of my favourite troupes so loved that.
  • Zanders!! God this guy was hilarious, and I’d happily read a book dedicated to him.

The bad:

  • Can we say miscommunication!! This is one of the mains reason’s this wasn’t a 5-star romance, I absolutely detest this troupe.
  • I found Ryan and Indy annoying in totally different ways. Ryan is very rigid, and I just couldn’t relate to that. Indy’s emotional intelligence was lacking, and I found her a little bit whiny.  
  • It went on for too long, it could have been shorter if the characters just communicated better.

Overall, this was a tough book to get through, I only finished it in the hopes that it would get better. The positive that I’m taking away is that I haven’t yet read the first book and it supposed to better so I will give it a try.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

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About the Author

Liz Tomforde writes sports romance novels that depict realistic and healthy relationships. Her books offer a mix of witty banter and real-life struggles. Her heroes are alpha yet vulnerable, and her heroines are strong.

Born and raised in Northern California, Liz is the youngest of five children. She loves all things romance, traveling, dogs, and hockey.

When she’s not traveling or writing, Liz can be found reading a good book or taking her Golden Retriever, Luke, on a hike in her hometown in Sonoma County, CA.

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