Dance Off by Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin ~ Book Review by Christine

DanceOffCoverTitle: Dance Off

Author: Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/20/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


On the reality show Dance Off, pro rugby player Olivier Gautier and Olympic swimmer JC Webster each have one goal in mind: to stay on the show as long as possible to earn his charity of choice maximum exposure and a larger donation. As the competition heats up, their goals expand to catching each other’s interest, but Olivier is firmly in the closet and plans to stay there. JC is willing to be discreet, but not to hide forever.

Starting a romance with another man is challenge enough for any celebrity, but doing it under the microscope of reality TV—and one majorly intolerant costar—is even harder. Add in meddling dance pros, JC’s overbearing family, and the need to play up chemistry with dance partners to win America’s hearts, and JC and Olivier’s time together is looking more and more like a recipe for disaster.

As the pressure to stay in the competition mounts, JC and Olivier must face their inevitable separation at the end of the show as well as decide whether a relationship as complicated as theirs can survive in the real world, outside the bubble of the set and practice studios.

My View:

I hate to submit a Did Not Finish for this book, but at 25% in, I simply couldn’t find anything in it that kept me interested enough to continue.

I have enjoyed other titles by Ariel Tachna, and Dance Off sounded like a fun story with an intriguing premise. I love to watch men dance and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to lose myself in a pleasant m/m romance by an author I had grown to greatly appreciate. Unfortunately, there was so much emphasis on the competition itself that the connection I needed to make to the main characters as a reader simply couldn’t develop.

At 25% complete, I had learned all the competitors’ names, their celebrity status, and the charities they were hoping to assist. I learned who the judges were and got page after page of their trite commentary and critiques. I learned about the costumes, how they were designed, and how and why they were worn. I learned about the dances, their steps, and the rehearsals for said dances. I learned more than I wanted to about the contestants and the contest itself. What I didn’t learn much about, sadly, was who the main characters truly were.

I did learn that JC was a former Olympic swimmer with a strong Hispanic heritage and that Olivier was a French rugby player. Beyond that, their stories were absent. I expect that there were further details about these men, their backgrounds, and who they were as people. However, with a quarter of the book completed, I should have had more than I did. I simply couldn’t take any more of the endless minutia of the contest, its participants, and the judges’ prattle. I wanted my characters. I wanted their stories. I wanted to meet them, to understand them, to want to know more about their passions and reasons for being a part of the Dance Off. I wanted at least to feel a sexual tension between them in order gain some sort of emotional connection to the story. Alas, nothing significant had been delivered by 25%, and my patience wore out.

If a reader is truly into the celebrity dance competitions and enjoys the details of the competition itself over the development of characters and their stories, then this may be appealing. Unfortunately, this book simply didn’t provide me with enough actual story to keep my interest. Though it certainly won’t preclude me from picking up another Ariel Tachna title, it doesn’t showcase what a gifted story-teller she truly is.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Dance Off by Ariel Tachna & Nessa L. Warin ~ Book Review by Christine

  1. I’ve got this to read so will be interested to see how I get on. Whilst I am glued to Strictly on a Saturday on TV and I would enjoy some show info I do want to read about the two guys also!

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