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review 2020-06-24 14:00
Dance All Night (Dance Off #2.5)
Dance All Night - Alexis Daria

Title: Dance All Night

Series: Dance Off #2.5

Author: Alexa Daria

Publish Date: December 18, 2018

Publisher: NYLA

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 156 pages

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: June 6th and 11th, 2020

 

Review

 

A cute, quick holiday novella involving Jess Davenport, a professional dancer on the reality tv competition show Dance Off! and Nik Kovalenko, also a professional dancer but not on the show. Nik and Jess share one incredible kiss at midnight at a New Year's Eve party and then go their separate ways (her to her job on the show and her volunteer work with at-risk teen girls; him to go on tour with a national Broadway show). They somewhat keep in touch via "likes" and a couple comments on each other's social media pages (ah, love in the time of IG, LOL). But Nik is back in town after the tour and decided Jess is the woman for him; so he goes about wooing her via dates to get her Scrooge mood into the holiday. 

 

I loved Jess - she was such a great contemporary heroine. I thought Nik was a fine hero and someone who would do right by Jess. They had chemistry both in their clothes and out - the sex scenes were hot but not OTT. There are also appearances from the couples from the first two books, so you see a glimpse of their HEAs as well. Overall, I really liked this book and want to read the other books even though I am not in any way a dance show fan. 

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text 2020-06-18 14:00
TBR Thursdays* - June 18, 2020
The A.I. Who Loved Me - Alyssa Cole
New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep (A Vintage Short Original) - Samantha Irby
Dance All Night - Alexis Daria
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder

*meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Doing this weekly blog post again so that I can keep track of my TBR of books I own. Library books will be featured on Tuesday's Library Love blog posts.

 

Incoming:

+1. The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole - originally written for Audible, now available in ebook, Kindle, and print formats. I picked this up for #BlackoutBestSellerlist & #BlackPublishingPower challenge - the purpose is to populate the best seller lists with black authors. COYER will be doing a special RAT from June 20th - 28th focused on reading the two books purchased between Monday and Friday of this week. 

 

TBH, I didn't want to add any of the books mentioned on the lists going around - for one, I have read and absorbed a lot of those books already and for two, I wanted to read about black life that doesn't involve pain, humiliation, or death - I get enough of that from the news media. I wanted to read about the other parts of black life, like love, joy, and laughter. So my first choice was a romance, and one by one of my favorite authors. The other one....

 

+2. New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep by Samantha Irby - I read We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by the author back in December and enjoyed it. Irby is a hilarious and honest essayist, so it will be a quick read in keeping with my overall theme for the summer reading.

 

Outbound:

-1. Dance All Night (Dance Off #2.5) by Alexa Dare. Unintentional winter holiday reading, but I loved it.

 

-2. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Aka the book that is going to convince me to read Hannah Arendt.

 

NOOK: 224 books

Kindle: 61 books

Print: 52 books

 

 

 

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review 2020-06-09 06:32
Swing
Boyfriend Material - Alexis Hall

Luc is working for a charity who does not appreciate seeing his mistakes in the gossip rags.  While he does try his best, his semi-famous father is trying to make a comeback that is putting him in the sort of spotlight.  His friends and co-workers think he should try to date someone respectable and fix his good name.

 

Oliver has always been interested in Luc.  This chance to get to know him, and play his significant other is not one he could pass up.  Knowing it won't be easy they agree and get on with their lives.  Then the hard part happens......

 

I liked that this story told the truth.  Each characters felt real, open, dark, and rich at the same time.  I also loved the friendships, and I cringed at the families who made them hurt.  I also really liked the banter and sexy heat.  I give this read a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2020-06-05 22:04
#FridayReads - June 5, 2020
Because He's Perfect: Anthology for the Movember Foundation - Danielle Dickson,Anna Blakely,Ally Vance,Alice La Roux,Renee Harless,Sienna Grant,Claire Marta,Lexi C. Foss,Tracie Delaney,Dani René,K. L. Humphreys,Elle Boon,Carrie Ann Ryan,Victoria James,Samantha Lewis,Lexxie Couper,Anne Joseph,Victoria-Maria MacDonal
Rainy Day Friends: A Novel (Wildstone) - Jill Shalvis
Proper English - K.J. Charles
Where Snowy Owl Sleeps - Mimi Milan
Birth of the Butterfly - Mimi Milan
Dance All Night - Alexis Daria

Working through the last quarter of Because He's Perfect anthology; hopefully I will be finished with this monster by the end of this coming week. For BL-opoly, I am reading Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis. For COYER's Diverse RAT I'm reading Proper English, Where Snowy Owl Sleeps, Birth of the Butterfly, and Dance All Night.

 

Stay safe, stay strong, stay hydrated (we are hitting the 90s here in Kansas). 

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text 2020-05-22 19:49
#FridayReads - May 22, 2020 Last Day of School Edition
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal
Dance All Night - Alexis Daria
Love by the Letter - Melissa Jagears
Proper English - K.J. Charles
Mail Order Cowboy - Maisey Yates
The Cost of Hope (The Cost of Love Series #1) - G. S. Carr
Because He's Perfect: Anthology for the Movember Foundation - Danielle Dickson,Anna Blakely,Ally Vance,Alice La Roux,Renee Harless,Sienna Grant,Claire Marta,Lexi C. Foss,Tracie Delaney,Dani René,K. L. Humphreys,Elle Boon,Carrie Ann Ryan,Victoria James,Samantha Lewis,Lexxie Couper,Anne Joseph,Victoria-Maria MacDonal

Last night I registered myself and the kids for our local public library's Summer Reading Program, which starts June 1st. I already received my first "badge" which was "Coffee and Books" - very fitting Beanstack, even if I drink tea not coffee. The program for the kids will be done via two ways: FB Live for story time, and then parents go the library and pick up materials for the hands on part of the program to do at home. Honestly, this works for me and the kids - who knew the social distancing methods would work so well with mine and the kids temperaments?

 

Today the kids and I participated in the "reverse parade" where parents drive their kids to school to caravan along the sidewalk and say goodbye to the teachers and staff (the last two social distances parades had the teachers caravan through the different neighborhoods that feed into our school). I received a succulent from Sophia's teacher as a thank you gift for helping out in the classroom this year.  After, we went to Starbucks for apple juice and cake pops to celebrate - Joshua is now a 4th grader and Sophia is now a 2nd grader! 

 

Looking towards this holiday weekend, I am working my way through 1666, which will be my prime reading choice so I can officially finish Snakes and Ladders 2020. Then on Monday, I start my summer reading project with daily reading in the anthology Because He's Perfect. The novellas Random Number Generator picked for me this upcoming week are Dance All Night, Love By the Letter, Proper English, Mail Order Cowboy, and The Cost of Hope. So that is what I'm reading this weekend/week. 

 

Happy Reading and if you are in the US, Happy Memorial Day!

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