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Friday, October 7, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Enjoy the Dance by Heidi Cullinan

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Blog Tour, Review1 Comment

Blog Tour Review: Enjoy the Dance by Heidi Cullinan

Blog Tour Review: Enjoy the Dance by Heidi CullinanEnjoy the Dance by Heidi Cullinan
Series: Dancing, Book 2
Also in this series: Dance with Me
Published by Self-Published on October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Love & Romance, Performing Arts, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Setting: St Paul, Minnesota (2012)
three-stars
Also by this author: Love Lessons, Fever Pitch, Lonely Hearts, Short Stay, Dance with Me

First Line(s):  One cool October day, after a dispiriting seven hours of teaching privileged kindergarten children, Spenser Harris returned to his apartment to discover a teenage boy – battered, bruised, and coiled into a ball – in front of his door.

ENJOY THE DANCE is the second book in Heidi Cullinan’s Dancing series and takes place about a year after the events in DANCE WITH ME (my review) ends. While this book features cameos from people that we’ve met before the two main characters are new ones to the reader, Spenser and Tomas. Both of whom I really liked and I also really liked their story and the journey that they took over the course of the book. I liked how they became friends first and then worked up to something more. I liked the slow burn aspect of this book but also liked that it wasn’t so slow that I lost interest. I also liked how Spenser and Tomas interacted with the people around them.

What I didn’t like about ENJOY THE DANCE was just how much was going on in this book. There was the issue with Duon, there was the political aspect, and then there was what was going on with Tomas’s family. Just one of those plot points would have been a lot but all three together and it all got a bit jumbled and distracting. The political portion of the story line, while an important part of modern history, isn’t something that I really want to encounter to the extent mentioned in this book. As a bit of filler here and there fine but it was just so much. Although, I do think that part of this dislike of mine comes from politic fatigue. We are in the midst of Presidential election season and I’m just really really really tired of politics. So this portion of the story may not have bothered me if I’d read it at a different time.

ENJOY THE DANCE is a quick read and I liked it I just didn’t love it as much as I would have liked. I think if there was more focus on the romance and less on the political situation than I would have liked it more. I enjoyed the cameos of the characters we knew and I won’t be surprised if Duon eventually gets his own story. The boy has been through a lot of the course of the two books in this series and ENJOY THE DANCE ends in 2015 so there is potential for it. Speaking of the ending, ENJOY THE DANCE had an epilogue that did not suck. You know me reader, I am not a fan of epilogue but I think that Cullinan did a good job with this one. Although I did think that the timing of things didn’t seem entirely plausible for a 3 year stretch from the start. A year, maybe, but three? It just seemed forced. But overall, I liked it and I liked how Tomas and Spenser’s story ends. Unlike make of Cullinan’s books I didn’t find this ending to be too sugary although it does end in a way that is so very Cullinan.

If you are a fan a Cullinan, then you will like ENJOY THE DANCE. There is a lot to like about this book and I think that new fans and old will enjoy it. ENJOY THE DANCE can be read as a standalone book but there is something added when you know the other characters involved. This was a quick read for me and I do look forward to reading more of what Cullinan comes up with.

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Rating Report
Plot
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Characters
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Writing
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Pacing
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Cover
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Overall: three-stars
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Breathe with Me by Kristen Proby

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Breathe with Me by Kristen ProbyBreathe with Me by Kristen Proby
Series: With Me in Seattle,
Also in this series: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Tied with Me
Published by Self-Published on 23 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
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three-stars
Also by this author: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Safe with Me, Tied with Me, Listen to Me

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Las Vegas, Nevada

First Line(s): Meet u at ur place in 30.

Breathe with Me is the seventh book in Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle series and features Mark Montgomery and his long lost lady love, Meredith. Years ago Mark and Meredith were M & M a power couple in their high school and things were looking like a forever kind of love. Until Meredith just disappeared and decided to dump Mark without an explanation leaving him heartbroken as she went on to follow her dream of dancing. Years later, she is back in town and there is still an attraction between them and they agree to start again.

As a couple, Mark and Meredith are pretty believable and cute and I do love a good second chance story. I also love Meredith’s best friend although didn’t like how all the Montgomery women just made the assumption that because he was gay he must be into things that are more girly. Yes he was a dancer but he was still a guy. I also felt that Mark and Meredith fell back into love too quickly and I would have thought that there would have been a bit more tension over the way things ended originally.

There was tension, and of course that pointless conflict that you all know I love, but it all came from Meredith. Meredith had some crazy trust issues that boarded on insane. Mark would have dinner with an old friend who was a very married woman and she’d jump all over him and accuse him of cheating, not loving her, and then storming away and breaking up. So many times her reactions were enough to give me whiplash and I don’t know why Mark put up with it. Especially when, in my opinion, Mark is the one who should have had all the crazy trust issues.

Overall, Breathe with Me is a quick read and I enjoyed seeing all the Montgomerys again. I am a bit sad that the next book will be the last book as I will miss this family. For me, the best part of this book was the secondary characters and Mark as Meredith did annoy me. Breathe with Me may not be a book I re-read over and over but it isn’t a bad way to spend an evening.

 

 

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