Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Guest Book Review: Love Waltzes In

By Michelle Drodge

I have to admit that there are few things in this world that I love more than reality TV, and my guilty pleasure takes up most of the space on my PVR. The only thing I like to sacrifice a good reality show for is a good book, and I was glad I chose to read Love Waltzes In.

I’m not sure how Ms. Albertson decided to merge the "military guy" with the "dance guy," but that’s exactly what she did for Bret Lord, a former competitive dancer turned Marine Corps. Ten years and three deployments later, he’s back to dancing, not only with his former partner and love interest, but starring on the hit reality series, Dancing Under the Stars. Selena Marcil has had a long dancing career post-Bret, however the spotlight is much different with ballroom legend Dmitri ‘Dima’ Volkov, who makes it clear that his partner must be nothing less than perfection, and the only goal is to win – no matter what it takes.

Now, the dynamic is changing and all of them are dancing with different partners, but who will reign as the Dancing Under the Stars champion’?

A dancer in my head is lean, dark haired, with a smooth Latin vibe. When I think "male dancer," I get the instant picture of Dima in my head. But there is something about Bret Lord that is so endearing to a reader. The idea that a macho, all-American guy who is not lean, but muscular, not dark haired, but blonde, can rock the dance floor is completely taking my mental image, throwing it out the window and making me wish I could meet this guy in real life. Because who doesn’t want their rugged man to know how to bust a move?

I completely adored this book, and I loved that it centered around Bret, with Selena in the background. I couldn’t put this book down until it was finished and have since read it again!

I definitely look forward to more from Alana Albertson, although I hope she can live up to my guilty pleasures!

Thanks to Kelley and Hall Book Publicity for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Michelle Drodge is 28 and lives in a small town north of Toronto in Canada with her daughter, who is three going on thirteen. She works in Restaurant Development during the day, but moonlights as an aspiring writer after her daughter goes to sleep. One day she hopes to see her own book on the shelf alongside her favourite Chick Lit authors!

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