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review 2017-04-12 02:29
Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson
Dancing in the Rain - Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson’s DANCING IN THE RAIN is an incredible heartfelt read.  NHL star, Drew Sellers, is forced to retire due to a knee injury.  He discovers he has a twelve-year-old daughter, a result of a one-night-stand in college. Then he reluctantly finds himself attracted to his daughter’s aunt, Payton Watt.   This contemporary romance takes place in Chicago and New York.  


I adored DANCING IN THE RAIN.  The story was genuine and profound.  I love how everyone grew and seems to learn from each other. 


My heart went out to Sara; she was a good mother to Chloe and sister to Payton.  She is a strong heroine with wonderful values. 


Chloe is an amazing girl.  I love that she fights for what she believes in.  My heart broke for her loss.  I was glad Drew came into her life. 


Peyton is a wonderful sister and aunt.  She is a determined business woman who ends up reevaluating her priorities.  She is smart and determined. 


Drew is a great guy.  He has a difficult time with having to retire early and having gone through a divorce.  He understandably goes through an identity crisis.  Sara, Chloe, and Payton seem to come into his life at the right time.  He grows tremendously throughout this story.


Drew and Payton have amazing chemistry.  It is understandable why they are reluctant to get together.  They are an amazing couple.


Kelly Jamieson did an astounding job with DANCING IN THE RAIN.  It had me laughing and crying.  I was invested in the characters.  I enjoyed the plot.  The story dealt with hard issues and had worthy life lessons. The ending was perfect.  I loved this story.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-04-07 21:19
Dumpy La Rue (Owlet Book) - Elizabeth Winthrop

Dumpy is a pig who loves to dance, but everybody tells him that pigs DON'T dance. Dumpy doesn't listen to them and dances anyway. Soon after Dumpy has inspired the rest of the animals whom after watching Dumpy dance have come to love dancing themselves.


This would be a great book for career day. This can be used to tell them the message that they can be whatever they want to be.


The lexile level of this book is AD380L

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review 2017-03-23 00:02
For fans or people looking for a general introduction.
Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You - Misty Copeland

I'm somewhat familiar with Misty Copeland after reading her autobiography, watching a documentary on her (have never seen her perform though), etc. I was curious to see what this book was about since she told her life story before. What could be new here?


Turns out she jumped on the fitness/book writing trend among celebrities/well-known figures. Copeland takes the reader through the story of her life as well as expanding on exercise, diet, meditation, recipes, etc. There are pictures of her performing and posing as well as how to perform the various exercises, motivational tips and more.


I liked the book but I figured it wasn't going to be something that I'd want to keep or really read in-depth. Her story and background was already known to me so that information was a bit repetitive. And while I like the concept I could have used a few less photos of her eating or performing and more of the exercises she was doing. 


Still, it's a nice book for fans of Copeland or aspiring ballerinas. I don't know how effective or useful her tips for exercising and diets are but it would probably make a great gift. I borrowed this from the library as it's out now and would recommend you do the same to see if it's really for you.

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review 2017-01-30 00:00
Wildwood Dancing
Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier I have not hated a character as much as I hate Tati in a long while. She is a complete idiot and way too-stupid-to-live. Apart from the insta-love, her sheer egoistic behavior throughout the book, and thoughtlessness towards her sisters, her then literally wasting away for no good reason and almost killing herself in the process cemented my hatred for this character. Really there should be limits to stupidity, had I been her sister, I'd have washed my hands of her, good riddance in my opinion.

Unfortunately the whole story was ruined by Tati and her stupidity and by the one-dimensional villain of a cousin, who was so over-dramatically mean and overdone. We get it, he's an asshole, you don't need to rub it in our faces quite as much.

I did enjoy the story overall, my main disappointment lies with my not absolutely loving a book by Juliet Marillier. I hope that I'll enjoy the next book in the series a bit more, since there is much potential here, with interesting characters and an amazing magical world.
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review 2016-12-26 15:31
Favourite in Series so far
Dancing on the Edge - L.M. Somerton

This story is different from the first two in that the two main characters are already in a committed and very close relationship when the story starts. In fact, the reader is almost lured into a false sense of security in the first few chapters of swoon-worthy love and steamy scenes. Alistair and Carey are clearly made for each other and their issue isn’t whether or not they’ll get together but whether they’ll manage to stay together when faced with Alistair’s father who is very determined to not only break them up but also cure his son from his gayness.


And that brings me to the second difference between the earlier titles and this one. This book is heavier on the angst and feels than the first two stories were, or maybe it is just that the tension lasts longer. But my heart bled for Carey as he barely manages to keep himself functioning without Alistair. As for poor Alistair; his situation hurt me as much as it infuriated me. To know that there actually are parents who would put their kids through torture as described in this book, that there are people who believe that reversion therapy is actually a viable option, is almost impossible to believe.


Mind you, this book isn’t all angst and fear. We get glimpses of all the other characters we’ve come to love in this series as they all work together to save Alistair and see two new relationships starting. And I especially appreciated the emphasis on the strength of submissives in this story.


““Carey, who is the stronger in a D/s relationship?”

“The sub”, Carey responded automatically.

“Who holds the power?”

“The sub,” Carey cursed as her realised what Joe was doing.”


While this was very much Alistair and Carey’s story, Olly—as always—played a starring role and managed to be both endearing and totally hilarious in the process. In my previous reviews of books in this series I have more than once referenced Olly’s bratty and oh-so funny attitude towards life and submission. I think the time has come to back my words up with an example, even if he does make a valid point.


“Olly snorted. “Doms like to think they know best, but half the time they are too blind to see what’s right in front of their alpha-male noses.””


While I loved the first two books in this series I have to admit that this one is my favourite so far. For me this story held just about the perfect balance between wonderful love story, hot scenes, angsty moments, and intriguing suspense. I’m so very happy I still have a good few (long and shorter) titles to go in this series. This is, for me, reading delight at its best.

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