Title: The Journalist and the Dancer
Author: Liam Livings
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Christopher, a quiet, reserved, British journalist, reviews restaurants and night clubs in Ibiza. After a painful breakup and nervous breakdown in the UK, he aims to live a more spiritual possession-free life on the Mediterranean island.
Lucas flees an abusive ex in Madrid to live his dream of dancing in Ibiza’s large prestigious night clubs.
They meet at a night club and both feel an instant attraction which soon develops into an emotional connection neither of them feels ready for.
Sharing their painful pasts with each other brings them closer together, though neither of them planned on being in a proper relationship. But when a family crisis pulls Lucas back to Madrid and a painful encounter with his abusive ex, Christopher deals with painful experiences of his own.
This book is about giving love a chance and accepting life and what comes.
Christopher moved to Ibiza to get away from a long term relationship and a fast paced life that was headed towards a heart attack. He’s now a writer for an Ibiza travel magazine, mostly covering new clubs and nightlife. When he sees dancer Lucas at the club, he can’t take his eyes off of him.
Lucas was in an abusive relationship in Spain and moved to Ibiza to be free and to start his dancing career. When he sees Christopher, he hopes that he’ll contact him. After a couple of weeks go by, Lucas finally get the nerve to call Christopher.
I really got into the first half of the book. Both Christopher and Lucas had bad experiences in past with relationships and so they decide to take things very slow. That’s fine and all, but somehow the way this was written there was no slow burn, which always adds something for me.
There was mention of Christopher having anxiety about a physical relationship and that thread returned a couple of times, but nothing was ever attributed to that, nor was it really ever discussed, which was weird to me.
I also thought the first half went at a good pace, but the second half was disjointed. It didn’t flow at all. Months of time went by and nothing happened. Then an entire life changing event happened in the span of a couple of pages.