To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.
Selena's childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancé again, except on television and on the cover of men's magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena's dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can't refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.
When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?
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"We don't always fall in love with someone who is like ourselves. It would be too easy."Surprising. That's one word I'd use to describe this book. I honestly didn't expect much when I went into this book. Well, I was expecting it to be a cheesy, cliché romance and it was actually. But it was so damn good! It was a romantic, easy, fun read.
The characters were awesome. I liked how they reacted realistically to their situations. Selena, of course, felt guilty for ending their relationship the way she did. And I really liked that. Usually, when the girl screws up, she just sits around and whine and whine. This time, once she sees Bret again, she actually tries to make up with him. I was just like:
AND GOD! How at first sight she just remembered everything back then
"It was hard not to look at him and remember that he'd been her first love."And then all those hormones come up:
"Like what it would be like to nuzzle his neck, fondle his muscles, taste his kisses. Those strong hands exploring every inch of her body."And then there's Bret *swoons and sighs dreamily* He's apparently changed so much since back then when they were teenagers. He, as I quote, was a "shy, lean teenage boy", but now he was all man. HOLY SHIT.
Plus, he's in the marines. Nothing is better than a man in uniform. Trust me. They're freaking hot. And Bret knows that he's been hurt before. Of course, because he's a man, he doesn't bitch about it to everyone. He keeps his emotions under control and tries not to fall back in love with Selena.
But, well, we know how we just can't forget our first loves.
I really like Bret's character though. He was masculine, hot, and a marine! Okay, moving on. But he was really thoughtful. He was doing the show to help the widow of his friend and then he has a dog named Banjo who he brings almost everywhere. Also, he was a dancer! Mm-mm, I love me a man who can bust out some moves. It's not gay, especially if it's ballroom dancing. Meeting a guy who can actually dance in a formal event is just wow.
Despite their differences in character and situations, they manage to compromise an agreement. Their relationship goes up and down from the very beginning. With Selena being with Dima at first, their feelings from the past, Bret having to deal with being in the spotlight, their disagreements. It seemed as if it was never going to work! But it did.
I liked how the author went back and forth between their points of views. It gives us a chance to look into each of their minds and thoughts. The book was so beautifully written. The romance was fantastic. The sex was intense and steamy. The issues are all resolved completely in the end.
A great read for all romance lovers!
- Little grammar mistakes here and there, nothing big.
- When they first had sex, it was a bit too rushed. They just met a few days but then BAM! Sex.
About The Author:
Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, CA, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs.
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