Dance with Me: A Dance Off Novel

Dance with Me: A Dance Off Novel

by Alexis Daria
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Dance with Me: A Dance Off Novel

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Dance with Me: A Dance Off Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sweetpotato101 3 months ago
Alexis Daria’s Dance with Me is the final book in her Dance Off series. I just adored the original storyline of the first one, and this installment adds another emotional layer. The combination of dance and romance is a guaranteed winner. Natasha is having a bad week, and it ends up with her shacking up with her occasional hookup, Dimitri. But Natasha can’t deal with the no-strings attached arrangement anymore so sex is off the table. But Dimitri has other plans and when these two come together, it’s a delightful tango. I loved the mix of cultures here. Dimitri has a Russian background and Natasha is Puerto Rican. I think this one was much more relatable for me, personally. Natasha doesn’t expect love. In fact, she doesn’t think she deserves it, and Dimitri’s take-care personality has her running scared. That’s before a new rule with her dance show comes into play, the mess of her living situation, and her finances being in shambles. Dimitri stole my heart! This guy is awfully good at sticking his foot in his mouth, but when he gets it right? Let’s just say Natasha (and the reader) are completely swept off their feet. My only issue was that they seemed to dance around the same conversations time and time again. It made for slow reading in portions. But that’s really a minor thing when considering all the vulnerability and heat that’s on the page. Alexis Daria is a force to be reckoned with, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Maria-Rose 3 months ago
This second entry in the Dance Off series is a sexy and fun romance between Natasha, a dancer on the reality show The Dance Off who is having a run of bad luck, and Dmitri, a judge on the show. They've had a few one night stands over the past few years but never anything serious, and nothing that stopped them from seeing other people. But when Natasha has an apartment emergency, it's Dimitri who comes to her rescue with a place to live and their close quarters results in something even more intimate than a night in bed together - a chance to reveal some of the aspects of their lives that have shaped them. In a way, that's even more scary because being able to trust and rely on someone is at the heart of what they'll need to pursue a real relationship - if they have the courage to do so. As this story takes place during the off season of the reality show, there's more of the other aspects that take place behind the scenes. The friendships, the contract negotiations, the training to maintain physical peak form, and for Natasha, a lot of stress related to her own success or failure on the show and what might happen if her live-in relationship with Dimitri is discovered. I really enjoyed learning more about the characters and their motivations, and how Dimitri's playboy image is a front for a man who secretly longs to be a compassionate and encouraging partner to one woman - Natasha. He makes mistakes along the way, as does Natasha, but eventually they find the right formula to make their relationship a success. Their ethnic heritages, Dimitri as a Ukrainian national who came to America when he was a boy and Natasha as a woman proud of her Puerto Rican background, also play an important role in the story. It's a fun romance with plenty of sexy scenes, characters that show real growth and a really lovely happy ending. I hope there will be more stories to come in this series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
“Who are you if you’re not a dancer?” I enjoyed the second entry in the Dance Off series even more than the first! I loved that they were already friends with sometimes benefits when the story started, and things are accelerated by a mishap that ends up with Natasha moving in (temporarily) with Dimitri. Only, neither is content with the state of their relationship, but they’re certain the other doesn’t return their feelings. Both Natasha and Dimitri are strong, driven characters, and it was so much fun as they learned to lean on and support each other. I loved the mixtures of their Puerto Rican and Ukranian heritages. I found Dimitri frustrating, but in a good way. Dimitri’s main goal in life is to take care of those he loves, and he was constantly baffled by Natasha’s insistence on standing on her own two feet. He was constantly putting his foot in his mouth around Natasha! I found this very endearing, as finding a balance between mothering and smothering is something I struggle with, personally. Watching him gradually come to an understanding of how to best support her, and her acceptance of it, was sweetly adorable. I loved the growth of their relationship, the descriptions of them dancing together, and, holy crap, the sex was hot! At heart, though, this is a story about dealing with failure. Natasha is convinced that if she can’t support herself - by herself - as a dancer, she’s a failure. She attributes most of her success to following in Gina’s wake, and is convinced that now that she’s on her own, she’ll fail. Dimitri has been both a colossal success and a failure, and the fear of failing again has led him to postpone following his dreams. It’s also kept him from sharing his feelings with Natasha for fear of rejection. With some interference from Dimitri’s family and F***ing Donna, though, Dimitri and Natasha are forced to face their fears of failure. In minor spoilers, I was glad to see F***ing Donna get her comeuppance. But - what the heck was up with Kevin? I’m hoping a third book is planned for him! Overall, tons of fun, and I’m looking forward to more books from Ms. Daria! I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
ljtljtljt 3 months ago
4.5 Stars! Dance with Me by Alexis Daria, tells the story of what goes on behind the scenes of a very popular dance competition TV show. This book follows professional dancer and choreographer Natasha Diaz during the off season. Natasha and Dimitri Kovalenko, a judge on the show, have been seeing each other secretly for a few years. They both find have strong feelings for each other, but due to their own vulnerabilities and the show's fraternizing rules, their relationship never progresses from the booty call stage. Natasha's life is thrown into a tailspin when her best friend moves out, her bedroom ceiling collapses, and she sprains her ankle. She needs help and against her better judgement, she asks Dimitri for assistance. Dimitri is more than overjoyed that Natasha will be staying with him, and he plans to show her how much he loves her while she recuperates. Natasha does not believe she deserves to be loved, which makes Dimitri's job that much harder. Natasha and Dimitri are a hot couple, both in and out of the bedroom. Their completely opposite upbringing adds an underlying intensity to the story. Ms. Daria does an excellent job of describing the sparks that ignite when they dance together, as well as the awe from those that observe Natasha's unique choreography. Dimitri is a wonderful character and his artistic talents and kindness create the perfect partner for Natasha. This is a well-written love story with an engaging plot and well-defined characters. I found Natasha and Dimitri to be sensitive and genuine, and I loved the way Ms. Moore developed them both as individuals and as a couple. Their time together was replete with warmth and lustful desire. The secondary characters round out the story quite nicely. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.