Come Dancing

Leslie Wells
Come Dancing
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Percambio Press
Release Date
June 2014
Book 1 of The Jack and Julia Series
Contemporary Romance

Julia is a book-loving publisher's assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star.
"Opposites attract" is an understatement.
"Like a well-oiled machine or a well-tuned guitar, Julia and friends work their way into your heart."
—Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
"Once you start, you are completely unable to put it down."
—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
"Wells builds an emotionally poignant love story, abounding with romance and humor."
—Smexy Book Reviews

It's 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash works in Manhattan as a publisher's assistant, and blows off steam by going dancing with her best friend. One night, a world-renowned British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack becomes interested in the bookish young woman.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her. Julia's torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she's never known—and plunges her into depths she's never imagined.

With a fascinating glimpse at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman's adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and steamy.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit I was hesitant to delve into COME DANCING, as so many books set in the recent past tend to be more of a parody than anything else. However I loved the direction that Ms. Wells went with this novel and am already jonesing for more from this enigmatic couple!

Picture this: It's NYC in 1981. Glitter, excess, music and partying are the name of the game. But for publishing assistant Julia Nash, it's more of a pipe dream than a reality. New to Manhattan, Julia loves the big city but is still trying to find her footing when she meets the guitarist for British rock group Four to the Floor, Jack Kipling. Jack is NOT used to girls telling him no, so he's wildly intrigued by the beautiful bookish chick who did just that. Jack pursues Julia with a single minded focus, and she's helpless to resist. As the two spend time together listening to music and getting to know each other, Jack realizes Julia isn't like the other women he's been with, and Julia finds herself falling head over heels and helpless to say no to his charm. But some pretty big misunderstandings leave Julia wondering exactly if/how she fits into Jack's wild world.

Holy fabulous ghost of 80's past, I adored COME DANCING!! It was SO much fun! Given that I was just a wee lass in the early 80's, I loved living vicariously through Julia's experiences, especially her career in publishing. Jack was so sweet in the beginning, working at breaking down Julia's walls. Julia remained aloof, but he eventually won her over. They were a great couple, though Jack's implied dalliances and prolonged absences really pissed me off on Julia's behalf! The way that Ms. Wells subtly and seamlessly wrote timely references to well known hot spots, items, music, etc could have felt forced and just thrown in there to "prove" her setting, but the entire story was elegant, on target and organic.

One thing that I did not understand was the comments on the book that called it steamy. It was very barely tepid, every single one of the sex scenes were glossed over and implied. It was quite disappointing, as I thought that some rock star shenanigan sex would've given this book a boost to a 5 star rating. I loved all the secondary characters, even the smarmy Patrick. They all added a nice depth to this story that I found irresistible.

Bottom Line: This really was an exceptional read despite the lack of sex. I think fans of any romantic genre will find this one fabulous.
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