by Tonya Plank
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Published by: Dark Swan Press
Genre: Romance, Dance
Rating: 2 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immediately re-kindled. Since being torn from his Siberian family as a child, Sasha’s life ambition has been to be world ballroom champion, a path he was destined for until his former partner pulled the plug on their partnership. She went on to win the world title, leaving him, without a partner equal in ability, forever in second place. The instant he lays eyes on Rory, he recognizes the depth of her passion and talent, and falls hard for her in more ways than one. But she also reminds him of great pain from his past. He must not only overcome his own demons but convince her to leave her demanding law career, and all that she has worked for in her adult life, to train with him full-time in order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to work. This is part one in a continuing three-book series.
I really wanted to like this book. I did. The first chapter didn't grab me, but I decided to press on. I was glad I did, because the story, and the writing, became much more interesting. I'm a former dancer and I identified with the main character longing for what "might have been" had she been able to pursue her career in dance. And then, the book got annoying again. I'm 36% of the way through on my Kindle, but I can't go on. So far, the MC has spent the first 36% of the book stalking a hot ballroom dancer. It's just creepy. I've been stalked and it isn't a fun, romantic gesture. Plus, every time she makes eye contact with him, she gets, um wet "down there." So basically, we've spent the first quarter of the book stalking someone and being wet. I can't go on. I'm honestly sure this book would be fine for a lot of people, so I won't give it no stars; it just isn't for me.