In addition to romance, Alicia and Roy Street write humorous mystery and are winners of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
Kiss Me, Dancerby Alicia Street, Roy Street
Ballet instructor Casey Richardson takes an immediate dislike to the wealthy, arrogant Drew Byrne when he pulls his nine-year-old son out of her "silly" dance class. Still, she cannot help noticing his smoking hot body and bedroom eyes. The last thing she needs is for him to be the
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A roller coaster of a romance between a divorced dad and a dance teacher.
Ballet instructor Casey Richardson takes an immediate dislike to the wealthy, arrogant Drew Byrne when he pulls his nine-year-old son out of her "silly" dance class. Still, she cannot help noticing his smoking hot body and bedroom eyes. The last thing she needs is for him to be the only one who can prevent the disaster of losing her dance academy, the dream she has worked so hard to turn into a reality.
Can she save her school without losing her heart?
Remarrying is definitely off Drew's list of things to do. A wealthy trucking mogul, he has no problem keeping it a game with some of the world's most beautiful women. So why should his son's challenging, straight talking dance teacher get under his skin in a way no other female has? He tells himself it's because Casey is the only one able to bring his shy, uncommunicative son out of his shell.
Or is it because Drew has finally met his match?
Add in a stint on a hit TV dance-off series, a cozy local coffee shop, a narcissistic rock star and a protective big brother to make KISS ME, DANCER a sexy, heartfelt and fun read.
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Kiss Me, Dancer by Alicia and Roy Street This romance caught me a little off guard, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Casey has had some hard knocks in the romance department as well as life. She is the sister who took care of everyone else first and always placed herself second. She is not naïve, she is strong willed and steadfast. Her biggest problem is she doesn’t think she deserves the things she has fought so hard to have. She believes that all of her dreams are just pipe-dreams that will never come to fruition and she is too willing to accept this as a truth of her life. Drew Byrne is a millionaire playboy, there is no doubt about that. However, he has come to a time in his life when friends are starting to call him out about it. The cast is full of secondary players that are as well developed as the main characters. Their dialogue is realistic, sharp witted, and doesn’t pull any punches. There is something about Casey that has broken through Drew’s well-constructed defenses and he feels like a weak man because of this. Author Roy Street does an excellent job expressing the male perspective in his stories, which I think is an added bonus. Both Casey’s and Drew’s journey to accept the inevitable is a roller-coaster ride through misbeliefs, miscommunications, and pride. There were more than a few times I wanted to knock both of their heads together. Family dynamics play a huge part in this heartwarming tale of two people that are really easy to care about. FYI: Steamy adult situations and three F-bombs are dropped. So, not really PG rated. This is the first book in the Dance 'n' Luv Series that include stories for Casey’s older brother, Parker, and her younger sister, Jenna. Both of whom I would love to read more about. Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant editing or formatting issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** October 30, 2014
Casey Richardson and Drew Byrne go toe-toe when Drew literally pulls his son, Josh, out of Casey’s ballet class. None of this “namby pamby prancing in tights” business for his son; what was his ex, Heather, thinking? Apparently she wasn’t. As usual, the variable Drew forgets to consider is Josh. Casey has a lot on her mind. A letter she’s received in the mail has put her dance studio, home, and dream in jeopardy. Once again Casey feels she’s fallen short, so why, with all she has on her mind, did Drew Byrne make such an impact on her? Casey knows all about rich guys and what a mistake that would be. Drew’s attempts to connect with his son, deal with his domineering father, and understand the conflicting emotions stirred up by Casey belie the rich playboy reputation, though it’s well deserved. Having been burned once he’s convinced that marriage isn’t for him but now he’s a mass of confusion and awkwardness. That doesn’t set well with Drew. The person he confides in and turns to for advice is surprising. Casey may not have realized her dream of becoming a prima ballerina but she has realized another dream. She’s sunk everything she had into creating North Cove Dance studio and with the help of Parker, her brother, the dream is now reality. Unfortunately her landlord is selling her building putting Casey’s livelihood and home at risk. For me, KISS ME, DANCER, read as more than your common garden variety contemporary. A large part of the appeal is the genuineness and sense of immediacy created by the characters and setting. I felt I could go to North Cove and find Natalie and her eatery, Casey’s beleaguered North Cove Dance studio, along with all the places and people mentioned. I appreciated that the book is set in New York and showcases the reality of life outside of New York City, just how rural and small town it actually is. KISS ME, DANCER has a strong sense of community, so while you read about Drew and Casey, you’re also reading about Natalie, Parker and others in North Cove and the surrounding area. Add plenty of conflict, chemistry, steaminess, humor, warmth, wit, spunk, and sheer determination to the above and you have one helluva good read. Reviewed by IvyD for Manic Readers