by Heidi Cullinan
Narrator: Iggy Toma
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.
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I really enjoyed this standalone story about two individuals who are on their own journey of figuring out who they want to be and not who everyone else wants them to be.
Both Ed and Laurie are great characters on their own. They each have found something they love; Ed volunteering at the local community center and Laurie also enjoys working at that same center. However, it’s when they are together dancing they truly find love and together they learn and find out that with each other’s help they can truly be happy.
I loved that both characters were independent yet could rely on each other for additional strength. There wasn’t the traditional/norm angst or “couple” problem of “another person” or “jealous” that could cause them to part. One of the things I love about Heidi’s books is she brings “real life” into her stories and characters’ lives. She gives them “in-depth” issues and provides them scenarios we can all relate to even if we are not in that particular situation.
I must say that the ending did feel a tad bit rushed. However, that could also be me wanting more. Though I’m glad things worked out for the characters, I would have wanted to see more of the “end”.
Overall, a great story that if you never read a Heidi Cullinan book before, I’d say start here - great example of writing style, character development, story arc and yummy, steamy scenes.
Narrator's Review: Sigh… Iggy Toma does a fantastic job of providing each character with their own unique voice and tone. His performance adds to the already good story. He is definitely a narrator that I follow! I love his interpretations of characters and his performance overall.
Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED IT
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Heidi Cullinan via Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.