I had not read any previous titles by these authors and felt this was a good opportunity to do so and the cover was quite enticing
Author: Allison Cassatta & Remmy Duchene
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Lo… When they dance into your heart and falling can’t be helped …ve
Alexander Benton is used to getting what he wants. With his wealthy parents MIA most times, he is left to rule Juilliard and half of Manhattan with impunity. He hides his misery behind meaningless sex and condemning behavior.
Augusto Catalan grew up poor. To make a living, he dances at a local gay performance club and survives on the poverty line. His crappy New York apartment and simple life make him happy—except for the death of his lover, his brother being in a war zone and his life-long dream of getting into Juilliard slipping away with each passing day.
When Alex meets Augusto, he knows there is no way this ghetto boy is getting into /his/prestigious school. Then he sees Augusto dance.
I enjoyed reading the story of Augusto (Gus) and Alex and the blurb gives a slightly distorted impression as reading it I prepared to dislike Alex and root for Augusto, but in reading the story it was the other way round. Alex is from a very rich influential family, but has never been shown or experienced love. Brought up by Nannies and expensive gifts, his parents were either uncaring or absent and he had no siblings.
Augusto has grown up with very little material wealth but a wealth of love, from family and friends including real romantic love in the form of Kemar, who died young from cancer. Augusto now makes ends meet by dancing at a gay club, owned by his dead lover’s father, Luther, called Santos.
This is a very sensual work and the first part, in which Gus and Alex meet as Gus auditions for Julliard, and later as Alex and Gus become very aware of each other is maybe the best part of the story. The scene where Gus is onstage dancing on Santos’ BDSM night is very erotic. The sensuality is clearly important from the first pages where Gus, on his own, tries to cool down in his overheated apartment,
He lay on his back on the floor and dragged one cube to its death across his abs then up his neck. When it melted completely, he reached for another, tracing it slowly down his body, then between his thighs.
Their relationship grows very quickly and very sexually, and although there are a few issues to be resolved along the way as they learn about each other and each other’s pasts, this is not an angst heavy story. It really is, in the end, a story about how one who has never known love finds it, with one who is at ease with love.
What raises Dance for Me above many of this type, is the sensual way the intimate and sexual scenes are written, and there are quite a few to enjoy,
A raw sound he couldn’t control escaped his throat even as he deepened the kiss while caressing the back of Alex’s neck. His free hand was busy fondling Alex’s ass, memorizing the tightness of it, the beauty of it. Groaning, he slipped that hand into the back of Alex’s pants, feeling out the crack and tracing it lightly with the tips of his fingers.
One last point, the publisher mentions that the story is ‘interracial’. I’m not quite sure why this is pointed out as the issue of race, Gus I believe is Porto Rican, is not really relevant to this story as much as wealth is. Perhaps it would have been more of an interesting issue if we finally had a rich Hispanic with a poor white American.
I would like to thank MLR PRESS for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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