I have read many a romance novel where the male and female lead don’t do the hibbety jibbety until over halfway through the book. However, I think this might be the first one ever where it’s taken over 50% of the novel before they even introduce themselves to one another!
What’s it About?
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.
I’ve gotta give props to the author for focusing so much attention on the intricacies involved with ballroom dancing. I only danced one year of jazz way back in the day, and I’ve watched a few seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Basically, I have no dance background to speak of. I’ll admit that there were times when I found it difficult to picture the exact movements being described in the novel. However, overall the author did a great job at describing the details of the moves so that I could easily visualize the steps of the dancers. Throw in some great ballroom tunes that I was actually familiar with, and even I found myself swinging my hips every now and again.
Sex on Hardwood
This entire book was a build-up of sexual tension. Rory and Sasha have an obvious connection, and a definite abundance of sexual chemistry. She can actually sense when he’s staring at her with his trademark devilish smirk. And don’t even get me started on when they dance. The close proximity of their hips moving back and forth; his hand around her waist; the gentle brushes of his fingers along her neck; the intense longing in their eyes…so delicious it’s like sex on hardwood. Even though these two never kiss throughout the entire book, it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before their sexual tension will explode into a wild flame of passion in a future book.
I do think it was too long of a wait for Sasha and Rory to officially meet. Although, considering his incredibly high status within the ballroom dancing community, I guess it’s more realistic that she didn’t just waltz right into his bedroom within the first 50 pages. See what I did there? Waltz into his bedroom? Had to make at least one dancing pun.
I will say at times I wanted to slap some people while reading this book. It goes into vivid detail about the unfortunate politics contained within the ballroom dancing world. Basically, the most talented dancers don’t necessarily win, but rather those who have the most money. This disgusting dynamic gave some bitches a sense of superiority, and I eagerly wanted to take them down a peg. Rory also needed to develop some backbone and stand up to them. Looks like she doesn’t just have issue with her posture when she’s dancing!
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Infectious Rhythm, book 1. I needed book 2 like yesterday! Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger, and I need to find out what happens!!
Should you read it? It’s pretty unusual for a romance novel to not even have our lovebirds kiss, especially considering the amount of sexual tension teeming between them. Dance is a major feature of the book, and although it can be difficult to picture at times, it’s an interesting tale of indulging in whatever makes you happy.
Smut Level: No kissing or sex, but my goodness I had to fan myself a few times. Sasha pushes Rory to be the best, and is very demanding on the dance floor. Imagine what he’ll be like in the bedroom!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. This Kindle book is free! Dark Swan Press. 416 Pages.