Dancing Lessons

R. Cooper
Dancing Lessons
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
January 2016
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he'd been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin's garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show.

He's not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor. Rafael is the studio owners' son and was once a well-known dancer in his own right, but now enjoys being a teacher. Although Chico likes him, he's afraid of taking a chance. But Rafael is determined, and it only takes one dance for Chico to start to realize he might still have something to learn.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Aug 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
A fun and sweet story, free of angst and with some lovely and extremely anxious main character.

Chico is trying to get over a breakup. After moving above his cousin's garage, a sudden turn of events put him in front of Rafael's dancing class. He start to feel something for the dance instructor, but is too afraid to take any chances. Rafael is also interested in Chico, but is Chico ready to overcome the fear and take the risk of a new relationship?

This was a nice and sweet story. It was easy to understand Chico's insecurities but sometimes it became too much and he started being a little frustrating. Most of the times he was a very likable characters, but there were those moments when I just couldn't stand him. He felt a little immature. The anxiety issues he had felt very realistic at times. Rafael was okay, but I didn't feel like I got to know much of him. He felt sort of the opposite of Chico, very self-confident and unafraid to ask for what he wants.

Their relationship was very nice. It's the kind of relationship development I like, taking things a little slow, giving enough time to make it believable. They had some moments together that were great. I wish it could be more, but I was happy with it.

I think I would have enjoyed the story a little more, but I felt like the narration took some of the sweetness from it. The moments of narration was good and had a nice pace. When the dialogues begin, I was totally lost. It was hard to differentiate the characters from each other and it became a little monotonous. Thus, I just had a very hard time with it.

Overall, the story was good. I think readers who like stories that are free of angst will like it.
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