Private Dances by BA Tortuga ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

privateTitle: Private Dances

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/02/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Romance


3rd Edition

Dale is working his way through college as an exotic dancer. While he prefers to keep his performances public, it’s tough to say no to the private dances, even though they’re risky. Three songs, just dancing, no touching—Dale can do this and be handsomely compensated.

For Italian businessman Adriano “Gen” Genovese, the handsome cowboy tempts him into wanting more than one dance. Gen convinces Dale to indulge in another dance and a night in his decadent hotel room. He introduces Dale to a glittering world of wealth on a scale Dale has never even imagined.

As the romance between the down-home Texas student and the millionaire playboy heats up, they come to realize the only risk they face is losing their hearts.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

Second Edition published by Smashwords Edition, 2012.

My View:

I enjoyed this story. I knew going in that it was going to be very sexual and that it was probably going to be plot light. However, I was very surprised that even with the heavy sexual content, the author managed to infuse emotion from the very start and I never lacked an understanding that this relationship would end up in love. Yes, most of the connection formed between these men happened off page, but the author gave me more than enough on the page to understand that it happened and that it was good and believable.

I did struggle with the repetition. After a while, the endearments and sexual talk started to blend together with the author focusing on the same phrases often. Also, the sex started become a bit too frequent and I had to force myself not to skip all the sex scenes because the author used those scenes to further the love. I think a bit more on the page getting to know each other would have been a good way to infuse a bit of story so that the sex didn’t become as redundant as it did towards the end.

However, the repetition was a minor thing compared to the rest. I loved the love and felt the love. Yes, it was fast, but it was good. I also loved that while Dale was naive and young and poor, the author never actually crossed that line into stupid hick/suave millionaire or into daddy caring for young. There was a power dynamic due to finances, but that is where it ended. These men were their own selves and that was great.

If you are looking for a sensual story where you can feel the emotions in the sex, pick this one up. It’s a good way to spend a few hours.


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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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