Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Cobalt Winslow lost two loves when his ex-boyfriend, Calvin Denvers, infected him with HIV, taking his health and his place as principal danseur in their New York ballet company when Cobalt became too weak. Now dealing with the aftermath as best he can, Cobalt teaches dance in Toronto with the support of his oldest friends, Conrad and Peridot. The one bright spot in his life is Malory Preston, his brother’s driver and a man who is always there when Cobalt needs him. Kind and attentive, Preston embodies everything Calvin lacks, but Cobalt can’t let go of his unhealthy, long-distance relationship with his ex.
Calvin brings a messy and violent end to their affair, but offers a chance for Cobalt to return to New York—as Calvin’s understudy—just when he’s on the verge of a real and lasting relationship with Preston. Now Cobalt faces a choice between two loves: dancing and Preston. Preston must show Cobalt that he has the power and support to make the life he wants and deserves, no matter what he decides.
Jaime Samms definitely saved the best for last in the Dance, Love, Live series. I was looking forward to Cobalt’s story and it didn’t disappoint.
There is something about Cobalt’s character that called to me as a reader. I loved that he was feisty and cold yet fragile and vulnerable. He worked so hard to hide who he really was especially after his lover cheated on him and then infected him with HIV. Complications with the virus caused him to walk away from his dance career, strengthened the walls of ice around his heart and left him lonely and unhappy. It also allowed his lover Calvin to continue to treat him badly as Cobalt’s own sense of worth hit rock bottom.
Malory Preston has been in and out of Cobalt’s life for over two decades. He has watched and tried to nurture from afar keeping his real feelings under wraps and watching as the man he loves self-destructs. Watching Cobalt’s lover leave him bloodied and bruised after a trip home is the last straw and Mal finally makes his move and shows his true feelings. Mal is so different from Cobalt – he is bigger, brasher, likes to take control and he wears the scars of an accident that involved Cobalt and his brother with a kind of pride.
Just as Mal makes his move and Cobalt is also ready to move on in his personal life a spanner is thrown in the works when the ballet ask Cobalt to return. This is Cobalt’s dream come true but it will take him away from Malory and means he will have to work closely with Calvin once again. It seems Cobalt is infinitely stronger for just having Mal in his life loving him and Mal knows him so well after watching silently for years that he is the perfect man to keep him calm as well as happy. If anyone can survive a long distance relationship whilst just starting out it appears to be this pair.
Great third and final book of the series and it was fun to catch up with all the characters from the previous books.
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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