From the blurb:
Natasha is one of the most promising ballet dancers at the prestigious Fenbrook Academy of Performing Arts and she’s just landed a life-changing audition. But no one knows the guilt she carries... or the damage it makes her inflict on herself when she’s alone.
Darrell is a multi-millionaire designer at 25. But past traumas have pushed him into isolation and the intense pressure of his work has brought him to the edge of burnout. Seeking inspiration, he sees Natasha dance and hires her as his muse.
As she dances for him, the two become entwined in a passionate but troubled relationship. He starts to see the pain inside her and helps her gradually lower her defenses...but Darrell has demons of his own. Can two broken people save each other? Or will the darkness they’re hiding consume them both?
An author-requested book to review that I actually liked?!?! Be still my heart! Bravo to Helena Newbury for putting out a really impressive debut novel
"Dance For Me" was a wonderful addition to the YA genre. This book falls into a similar category as The Sea of Tranquility in my mind. Past horrors that are emotionally scarring? Check! Instant chemistry between two damaged individuals? Check! Angst up to wazoo? Double check! Despite the fact that this was an angst-fest, it never became annoying or overbearing. It was really captivating, actually. I couldn't put it down all day today.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out the story of what happened with Natasha and Darell's personal lives. However, the lack of surprise didn't really bother me. I liked how the author handled each of the characters and made them really made sense. Their personal demons felt real and devastating. I also really dug the secondary characters (are those the ones that are getting their story next??). The book as a whole really worked for me.
So any minor flaws? Sure. I thought the sex could have used a bit more umph. What can I say, I like my books pervy! And the speed at which they progressed from "like" to "love" was far too rapid for my tastes. I like romances that have a sloooow burn. The fast move to love-town rang a bit false. However, this book was really well done, and it was a great surprise for me. Hopefully this book gets the hype that it deserves.
Enjoy everyone! <3
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