Title: Dance With Me (Dancing #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan and Iggy Toma (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 23rd 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sometimes life requires a partner.
Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.
Laurie was once one of the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world, but now he volunteers at Halcyon Center to avoid his society mother’s machinations. It would be a perfect escape, except for the oaf of a football player cutting him glares from across the room.
When Laurie has a ballroom dancing emergency and Ed stands in as his partner, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Dancing leads to friendship, being friends leads to becoming lovers, but most important of all, their partnership shows them how to heal the pain of their pasts. Because with every turn across the floor, Ed and Laurie realize the only escape from their personal demons is to keep dancing—together.
Iggy Toma once again captivates me entirely. So much so I was resentful of intrusions that made me have to put it on pause. He manages to create a whole world that sucked me in and made me laugh, cry, and sigh. I can’t ask for more than that with a story.
The story centers around Laurie and Ed, who couldn’t be more different in some ways and more similar in others. The dichotomy of Ed and Laurie’s personalities perfectly explain how well they ultimately compliment each other. They are yin and yang to each other, perfect in their opposition, and in what they bring to each other.
One of the things I loved so much about this story is the realism that’s portrayed, woven seamlessly through the romance, so that it’s not heavy-handed or brought me out of the lovely romantic story-telling. There were so many things that spoke to me personally, particularly of learning to live with the pain you have, to accept the limitations of your body after an injury, of being afraid you’ll be less for it all…
Then ultimately learning to live with your own limitations and how to not just deal, but bloom under the strain of it all because of the love and acceptance of your own and your partner’s.
I love this and know it will go into my rotation for re-listen.