Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Book Covers by Design
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Hell hath no fury like a boyfriend scorned as sitcom star and comedian, CJ Edwards, finds out when his ex releases a sex tape he hadn’t even known was being filmed. Not to mention the headlines on every newstand accusing CJ of being an abusive alcoholic. His career in tatters, CJ’s agent manages to get CJ a spot on the Christmas special of Dancing with Stars in Your Eyes. Seeing it as a chance to possibly redeem himself, CJ accepts.
Lucien Moreau has been a dance professional on Dancing with Stars in Your Eyes for three years, and he loves it. Until the powers that be decide, in view of new marriage equality laws, the show’s Christmas special will include a gay couple. Finding out he is being partnered with CJ Edwards hits him like a fist to the gut. Six months ago his brother and sister-in-law were killed in an accident when their car was hit by a drunk driver. How the hell is he supposed to teach a man, not unlike the one who destroyed his family, to dance?
Follow My Lead is a delightful and quite emotional short story from Lisa Worrall. CJ Edwards is a disgraced comedian desperate to salvage his sinking career. He accepts a role on Dancing With Stars in Your Eyes which partners him with dancing professional Lucien Moreau. CJ has an undeserved reputation as an abusive drunk and Lucien, unknown to CJ, is trying to raise his orphaned young niece Melody after her parents were killed by a drunk driver. Can Lucien look beyond CJ’s reputation to the real man underneath and can CJ help Lucien and Melody heal?
The story sounds like an angst filled tear jerker but it’s not, far from it, it’s an engaging, very entertaining and at times quite emotional story. I loved how the relationship between CJ and Lucien slowly developed from mutual mistrust, through friendship, and into something more. The story is a novella of 26,000 words and considering its length it would have been easy to just push the two men together quickly but Ms. Worrall doesn’t do that, she develops both men putting in just enough back story to lay the groundwork for their relationship to develop realistically, both physically and emotionally. The sexual tension is paced perfectly and I loved how CJs ex-boyfriend gets his comeuppance in the end. I’m saying no more than that as it would spoil everything.
I must admit I laughed at the scene where CJs back locks up and Lucien rushes to the rescue, that’s happened to me exactly as Ms Worrall described except I didn’t get a hot young dancer as my knight in shining armour I had to settle for two paramedics and a trip to A&E! (Luckily I was wearing a nightie)
Lucien’s young niece Melody is fleshed out enough to make her an adorable character. She doesn’t take over the story but she’s also more than the token child, she’s integral to the story, literally bringing the two men together. Of course no story by Ms Worrall would be complete without a few tears which I duly shed at the appropriate scenes.
Follow My Lead is a feel good story, one to warm anyone’s heart, and perfect for a pick me up or when you just want to sink into the sofa and let the world drift by.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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