Title: Dance (West End #1)
Author: Teodora Kostova
Release Date: April 23rd 2015
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…
For the past ten years, Riley Davis’s life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.
Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.
Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.
Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.
Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?
I love you just as you are, with all your broken pieces and all your sorrow and all your past.
Riley is not just a man in mourning. He is totally unable to let go of the past.Running his shop and his friendship with Penn keep him sane….but numb. Until he meets Sonnie. Sonnie in this story has nothing to do with the stuck up asshole/drama queen/ snobbish bitch we met in book 2.
Although it is kind of a long book it is well pace and I liked the time stretch.
Sonnie loves Riley but this love is not enough to save him from his grief. Eventually Riley hits rock bottom and realise that if he wants a real life with Sonnie he has to work on himself first.
There are only two things I didn’t handle well.
-So much crying!
-So much angst! Well, this is an angsty story, but sometimes the grief and the sorrow became too much for me and I had to take a short break.
The epilogue was great and I admit it left me a bit misty eyed…Overall it was a good read. I hope this wasn’t the last of West End stories.