I never should have danced with a stranger.
A coming-of-age romance series from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy
Three things about me:
1. I’m not as innocent as everybody thinks. I know I’m shy and quiet, but like they say, still waters run deep.
2. I’ve been home schooled since freshman year. It was punishment, but I deserved it. My parents didn’t know what else to do.
3. I’m not the greatest dancer, but it’s the only thing I love with all my heart. Actually, there is one other thing, but it’s the biggest secret of my life. One I can’t tell anyone. Not even you.
Which brings me to a surprise bonus thing to know.
4. I met Blitz Craven, you know, the super famous reality TV dance star. His show is like The Bachelor, only he’s looking for a dance partner. He showed up at my dance studio after his big disgrace, thinking he could use the wheelchair ballerinas I teach to get back in the world’s good favor.
When he looks at me, I know what he’s thinking. (See item number one.) Everyone wants to protect me from him, their shy, innocent Livia. But when we dance, I want it, more than anything. Soon we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.
But I’m afraid. As thrilling as my life has become, I still have a secret. And if I stay with Blitz, the world will figure it out.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and following the story of Livia and Benjamin! First time I have read something from this author! I’ll be reading the rest of the series!
A beautiful dance and a forbidden love
This was the first book of Deanna Roy's that I have read and I absolutely loved it! It was sweet and innocent to a point, but there were some intense themes in the book that were very well addressed...sex among children, drunk driving, physical disabilities, overprotective and over-reactive parents, the fake Hollywood life, giving a child up for adoption, trust. Deanna introduced these issues so well.
The story itself is about Livia a girl who made a mistake when she was only 15 years old and it still paying dearly for it at 19. She's done so much to try to atone for it, yet cannot earn her parents approval. And she's keeping a huge secret? She had been kept away from everyone and everything because of that one mistake.
Livia's been a good girl for the last four years. But when a disgraced reality TV star shows up at her dance studio can she resist his allure? Is Benjamin (Blitz) Craven who she sees the real man or is he really like his TV persona? In a whirlwind romance that starts with an innocent dance, Livia falls for Blitz. But does he feel the same way? He says he does, but how can she know what's really the truth? And can she save Benjamin from Blitz?
Although there was a happy ending in this book, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that there is another book in this series. Yay!! I can't wait to read it too!
Amazing start to the series
Forbidden Dance is the first book in this new series and I absolutely don't want to wait for the next book to come out.
One mistake has led Livia's parents to keep her in near total isolation. She's homeschooled, doesn't watch TV, doesn't have access to the internet, and the only time she has any interaction with anyone other than family is when she goes to Dreamcatcher Academy or volunteers at her family's church. Her life completely changes when she meets Blitz. As much as she tries to avoid him, their connection is undeniable and he's reminding her of the girl she was before her family imploded. Blitz needs to have his time at Dreamcatcher be successful if he wants to get his show back. Like Livia, a huge mistake has changed his life and his time volunteering is just the positive publicity he needs to get back in the good graces of his fans.
From the first page to the last, I was captivated by this story. While this book could be a standalone, there are many unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed as the story goes on. I was immediately invested in these characters and am looking forward to where their story leads.
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*