Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan ~ Review by Brandilyn

Dance With MeDance With Me by Heidi Cullinan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:
Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed strikes at the center lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Both Ed and Laurie have heartbreak in their pasts, but somehow dancing together eases their individual pain. For Ed, dancing with Laurie becomes a way to reconnect with his body after losing football. For Laurie, partnering with Ed has erased some of his fear of performing and brought back joy to a sport he wasn’t sure he could ever truly love again.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them into the arms of love, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.

 
Okay okay I relent, I really should have read this one much earlier in my MM reading career. It was fabulous. I was glued to my kindle from start to finish. Such a tender Enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract love story. the characters seemed very real with real insecurities and real problems, not just “I don’t want to talk about my feelings and I am dealing with homophobia” (both of which can be done well, but can also be over used). They were both coming out of very dark places in their lives and they use each other to help bring about the necessarily changes without even realizing it. Loved the hot tub scene (of course). The ending was perfect.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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