(Lover’s Dance, #1)
Publication Date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived.
An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy
For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.
Then Blitz arrives.
He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.
At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.
He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.
I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.
But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.
Forbidden Dance is a full-length standalone HEA, although fans who fall in love with Blitz and Livia can continue the series to follow more of their love story
Laura's rating: 3.75 of 5 iScream Cones
Forbidden Dance is the first book that i have read by this author and though it can be read as a standalone, the reader finds out that there are actually another three books in this series that pertain to the two main characters. Although, I did enjoy the story line, I am not sure I will continue to read further into the series.
Livia world completely changed four years ago. One mistake has cost her nearly everything. Her life once was carefree and exciting, now she must do as her father says and not fall out of line. At nineteen, she is still in high school. She lost nearly a year of schooling because of the upset she caused her family. She no longer is allowed to do anything or go anywhere without her parent's knowing. When she finds Dreamcatcher Dance Academy she falls in love with ballet. Getting her father to agree to lessons is like pulling teeth.
Part of me was so frustrated with Livia's attitude. Here she is nineteen years old and still living under her father's thumb. Where is her backbone! She allows him to walk all over her and her mother and younger brother as well. The man is a tyrant in my opinion. The secret that Livia has really isn't a secret, well from the people at the dance academy it is. But we learn in just the first 25% of the book what she is hiding. Even her parents and best friend don't know.
The blurb and the cover drew me in, but the blurb leads the reader to believe that this secret is just huge and when you find out what it is so quickly, it sort of defeats the purpose. I get why she has to keep it quiet, but why do we have to learn what it is so damn fast? I did enjoy the premise of the story. I don't read to many books about dancers.
Benjamin "Blitz Craven" Castillo, reality TV star and dancer extraordinaire, has lost just about everything in a scandal. Now he finds himself tucking tail and saving face by volunteering at Dreamcatcher Academy. Laying low and showing the press that he really isn't the crazy, bad boy they make him out to be. Meeting the raven haired, shy and quiet beauty wasn't on his list of things to do while teaching there. One look at Livia and Blitz is hooked. Any chance he can get to spend time with her or be near her sets him ablaze. But, Livia has a secret, one that if it gets out could ruin everything that she has worked so hard for.
To me Benjamin is your typical guy. He sees a girl that peaks his interest and goes after said girl. They think with their crotch and not their brain...lol He is brazen and bold. He frustrated me with how quickly he staked his claim. I like a good love story, one where there is a build up. Forbidden Dance is very instalove. Something that I don't mind from time to time, this one just felt really rushed in a way and then I learn that there are still three more books to Livia and Blitz's story. I don't mind a series, I don't mind cliffhangers, but the first book needs to keep me fully engaged and I just wasn't completely all in with this one. The chemistry between Blitz and Livia is there, but she was constantly battling with what he made her feel and how it was so wrong. at nineteen she should be able to do what she wants, see who she wants and have a life for herself. Something that she constantly said she didn't deserve after all the hurt and heartache she caused her family. I get it. Grow up, get a backbone and move on. You are not the same young girl that messed up several years ago. I felt like all this was Livia whining and it wore on me after awhile.
Overall, this is a decent, relatively quick read. I just wasn't hooked by the entire story, like I was by the blurb. I am hoping that if I get the chance to read the next book in the series, the author will suck me in and have me not wanting to put the book down.
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Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.
She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.
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