Romance Reviews: Dance Off Duology

Look! Another set of romance mini reviews are just a scroll away. This time it’s all about Alexis Daria’s Dance Off duology which, not surprisingly, I absolutely loved. Check out my extended thoughts below!

TaketheLeadTake the Lead by Alexis Daria

Published by Swerve on October 3, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 321 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He’s handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Gina and Stone’s story in Take the Lead stole my heart and made me want to dance for joy. She’s a passionate, driven Puerto Rican dancer yearning to leave her mark on the world while he’s a ripped, reserved mountain man who shies away from the spotlight. The dance competition was definitely fierce and I loved the take on reality TV (the good, the bad, the ugly, etc). From grueling practices to sparkly costumes there was so much attention to detail that added depth to the narrative. Plus the romance was off the charts with a slow build up from partners, to friends, to lovers. I couldn’t get enough of their dynamic which is probably why this pushed into full five star territory. Clearly if you’re a romance fan I absolutely recommend picking this one up!

DancewithMe.jpgDance with Me by Alexis Daria

Published by Swerve on October 3, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 308 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to crash with the one guy she can’t quit. She accepts his offer with one condition: no sleeping together while she’s living with him.

Dimitri Kovalenko has never lived with a woman before. But when Tasha’s in need of a place to stay, he suggests she move in without a second thought. He accepts her condition, hoping she won’t stick to it. They’re good together, both in the ballroom and the bedroom. Since their first dance, she’s never been far from his thoughts. Sure, she’s a pro and he’s one of her show’s judges, but they’re not currently filming, so no one needs to know.

Living in close quarters shows Dimitri a side of Natasha he’s never seen before, and he likes it. A lot. Too bad she’s doing everything in her power to keep him at arm’s length. When an injury forces Natasha to take it easy or risk her ability to dance, it’s his chance to show her that the rules have changed, and she can trust him with her heart.

Daria’s second book, Dance with Me, is a completely different tale but just as enjoyable a read. There’s no competition and Natasha and Dimitri have been friends with benefits for years. After an unfortunate series of events the two end up roommates bringing their emotional baggage under one roof. Dimitri was such a caring guy and Natasha wants to be entirely independent but both of them have kept their feelings close to the vest. While they have history the romance was slow yet still intense and the laid back nature of the story added more dimension and heart. I wish there had been a little more dancing in this one but it was an excellent second installment that I totally recommend.

Have you read Alexis Daria’s Dance Off duology?

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