I received this book for free from Book Unleashed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wicked Dance by Olivia Boothe
Series: Chronicles of a Dancing Heart #1
Published by The Wild Rose Press on October 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Book Unleashed
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She never imagined her heart could ever dance again
Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an ungratifying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart—and her body—into hyperdrive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything.
He’d stopped believing in love …
Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous. He lives the life of the perfect bachelor—partying hard and dating the most beautiful women in Manhattan. But he has one golden rule–no commitments. Ever. Then he meets sexy Sara Hart, and something about her makes him want to throw the damn rule book out the window. Every time she’s near, the blood in his veins pulses with a raging fire he can’t contain. But Tom’s shadowed history is resurfacing, unearthing ghosts he’d rather remain buried.
Will this wicked dance be their last?
This wasn’t about an undeniable physical attraction; it wasn’t about lust or need. It was about the bond growing between us. The possibility of a love so strong it could hold us together and potentially even tear us apart. by Sara
- Cover: It is great. New York is a major part of the story and is has been well showcased here. Also to the couple is sexy but in shadows, which is how it feels for us.
- Plot: Great setting, right pace, kept me guessing and wanting more. The story is cohesive with a bit of smut all pertinent to the story.
- Characters: They are the star here. They are multi-dimensional with so much to tell. Their emotions are strong and we feel with them. So easy to connect and understand.
- Heat: Their attraction is undeniable. This is more than looking at someone and finding them hot. This is meeting of souls. They are the missing piece of each others’ puzzle.
- Freshness: There is something unique in this book. This is an unforgettable story.
- Addictiveness: Wow! This was a long night for me. This book was long, but I couldn’t sleep before finishing it. My husband woke up at 2.20 a.m and said “Are you crazy? Don’t you have to wake up at 5.30 a.m. ?”. Yes, my husband has no idea how a book can be addictive and feed a soul.
- Plot: I took half a star because of the end. I know there will be more books, but it does leave the readers hanging a bit and there was no warning anywhere. Usually the end has to be the best part, but here it wasn’t.
- Characters: I guess book one is all about Sara since we have only a couple of chapters with Tom. I’ve missed knowing him better. There are a lot of pain from his side also and not everything has been fully explained.
Wow! I’ve finished this book last night and still haven’t been able to find the right words for my review. Lots of emotions, and a bit loss for words.
So I guess this is going to be a work-in-progress, with me veering out of my “script”.
At the same time, I don’t want to spoil anyone from the journey this book has taken me on.
I read somewhere this was Ms. Boothe first book, which I know it must be mistaken. I mean this is a love story. This is about meeting of souls and hearts in the middle of chaos and loss.
Sara and Tom are two lost souls wandering in the world until fate, Ms. Boothe totally made me believe in fate, brings them together. No, this is not an easy path. The right ones, are never easy. Their journey hurts and heal. Their path brings you joy and sadness. You are not a spectator, you have hopped on the roller coaster cart right at the beginning of the book and you are unable to jump out until it crashes and mends you again.
Yes! Besides all that, Ms. Boothe’s plot is well constructed and the setting description is amazing, you really believe you are walking down the streets of New York and riding on the road to New Jersey.
Both characters are so complex that I’ve ended the book feeling like their best friend. I love them and I totally understood them.
What else can I say…. this journey doesn’t end here. I know there will be more and I can’t wait to be part of it again.
Whenever book 2 is coming I will be riding along with them!!!
A long time ago, I threw away the key to the towering prison housing my feelings, hoping no one would ever find it. Somehow, someone did, and he was outside on a proverbial white horse, waiting to whisk me away to freedom. if only I could tell him why I denied myself the liberty of being loved. by Sara
You MAY read this because you like love stories; you SHOULD read this to meet a new wonderful author; you MUST read for a thrilling roller-coaster ride!!!
There, blazing like fiery suns, and staring at me while their owner waited in line to place an order, was the most mesmerizing set of olive-colored eyes I had ever seen.
Then I saw the rest of him, the man who owned those eyes. My heart stopped. No, I mean it. It really did stop. All the oxygen was sucked from my lungs. Stunned, my body was boneless yet stiff at the same time. Flustered face aflame, my cheeks burned as our eyes locked for an eternity.
Fine. It was a mere second, but it’d been a cosmic second. One in which I was weightless and lifted off the floor in a trance. As my disembodied-self floated toward him, he glanced away and headed straight to the counter, deflating me and planting me back on solid ground.
Yep. As quickly as the spell was cast, the enchantment was broken.
Or so I thought. As soon as he spoke, the hands on the clock stopped spinning once more.
“An iced double. Large,” he said to the barista. His voice was velvety chocolate melting on my tongue, smooth and sensual.
Motionless, I gawked at the mysterious stranger as if I was some high-schooler ogling her crush.
I should be flying back to the dance studio.
And peel my gaze off that man? Good luck. Broad shoulders, definitely over six feet tall and golden brown mussed up hair—yeah, don’t see many such fine specimens around here. And the fragrance trailing behind him? Surely it had to be some foreign cologne I wouldn’t know how to even pronounce. Dressed in a ludicrously expensive, tailored gray suit, no doubt he was the CEO of a very important corporation. This guy oozed of success and power.
They didn’t take long to prepare his coffee. Figures.
He retrieved his order and turned to leave.
Oh, crap. He’s coming back my way.
“Excuse me, miss,” he said as he stopped in front of me.
Everyone freeze-framed around us, all sound completely muted. Even the dust particles dancing in the sunlight were suspended in time. I peered up into the deep, green ocean of his eyes, my eyelids batting in slow motion, entranced by some unknown force. I curled a smile at the corners of my mouth, expecting that he was experiencing the same thing—we were spellbound in a magic universe and were sharing a moment.
Then he smiled. “Um, do I know you?”
The room came alive again—very quickly.
“Ah…no. I don’t think so.”
“Oh?” A glimmer of disappointment settled over his eyes. “You always block the door for random strangers?” he asked, a sparkle returning to his gaze.
As he spoke, I could barely keep my eyes off his mouth. I fumbled through my words, realizing I was keeping him and the patrons behind him from leaving the coffee house. “Oh, um…yes. I mean, no. Sorry, I just—”
His lips stretched into a crooked grin, perhaps amused at my stutter. Or maybe he knew the effect his body had on me, but before I could say another word, he leaned down and whispered in my right ear, “While I’d love nothing more than to gaze into your pretty brown eyes, you are going to have an angry mob on your hands in about two seconds.”
I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. He locked eyes with me, winked and with one look, nudged me to the side. Speechless and dazed by the melodic chime of his sultry voice, I slid to the side and let him pass.
“See ya ’round,” he said with a playful smile as he rushed out the door.
Okay. Who was that and what the hell just happened?
Compelled to know, I followed after him, but lost him in a sea of corporate suits. My heart squeezed in my chest, and for the briefest second, I was sad he was gone.
My phone rang, shaking me out of the bewitchment, the office number bleeping on the screen.
“Um…hello?” My voice nearly trembled.
“Sara, girl, where are you?”
“Martha? Oh, thank God. I thought you were—”
“The Witch? No, but if you don’t get your ass over here, the gates of hell will open. Alexei is at it again.”
“Why am I not surprised? I’m on my way. Be there in a few minutes.”
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