Review: Dance with Me by Alexia Daria

dancewithmeTitle: Dance with Me
Series: Dance Off, #2
Author: Alexia Daria
Published: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Pages: 308
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

summary from Goodreads:
Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to crash with the one guy she can’t quit. She accepts his offer with one condition: no sleeping together while she’s living with him.

Dimitri Kovalenko has never lived with a woman before. But when Tasha’s in need of a place to stay, he suggests she move in without a second thought. He accepts her condition, hoping she won’t stick to it. They’re good together, both in the ballroom and the bedroom. Since their first dance, she’s never been far from his thoughts. Sure, she’s a pro and he’s one of her show’s judges, but they’re not currently filming, so no one needs to know.

Living in close quarters shows Dimitri a side of Natasha he’s never seen before, and he likes it. A lot. Too bad she’s doing everything in her power to keep him at arm’s length. When an injury forces Natasha to take it easy or risk her ability to dance, it’s his chance to show her that the rules have changed, and she can trust him with her heart.

Review:

I haven’t read the first book in the Dance Off duology but it wasn’t difficult following Dimitri and Natasha’s story. Dimitri and Natasha both work on a dance show; Dimitri is a judge and Natasha is a professional dancer. They have been friends with benefits for a couple of years. Dimitri has never given Natasha any indication that he wanted their relationship to be more than that and Natasha was seemingly okay wtih it. When Natasha’s life implodes, surprisingly it’s Dimitri that comes to the rescue. Soon Dimitri is realizing that he wants more out of his relationship with Natasha but Natasha keeps him at arms length.

I must admit that Dance With Me started off a little slow for me. I couldn’t understand why Natasha would not accept any help or let her friends know that her apartment was uninhabitable and that she needed a place to crash. Her insistence on figuring it out on her own was admirable but there is absolutely nothing wrong with accepting help from friends. But as the story progressed and more was revealed, I began to understand Natasha’s insistence in getting her life together without any help from anyone. All I have to say is, her mother sure did do a number on her.

Dimitri wants his relationship with Natasha to be more but like a typical guy, his words get in the way. He doesn’t know how to express himself because of something that happened in his past and he doesn’t want his feelings to be one-sided. I liked the push and pull between Dimitri and Natasha. Sometimes he was too overbearing but also Natasha was too stubborn.

I loved that Natasha was a heroine who didn’t have her life together. Too many times in romances, the heroine is written as perfect and damn near virginal. Natasha is hooking up with a co-worker with no expectations of commitment. Both Dimitri and Natasha continue to have other relationships outside of what they have. Natasha used to strip, she has breast implants (and she’s proud of them) and she doesn’t make the best decisions financially. It’s like she’s a normal human being who is still trying to get their shit together! I love it!

I loved the friendships that Natasha has with her fellow dancers. Dimitri has an equally good relationship with his family. Even though Dimitri and Natasha already have a physical relationship, the romance was a slow-burn. Natasha resisted Dimitri at every turn. They have great chemistry and they make great partners especially when they’re dancing together.

I really enjoyed Dance With Me and I like Alexia Daria’s voice. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. I am definitely going to go back and read the first book in this duology, Take the Lead. I hope this isn’t the end of us peering into the lives of the Dance Off dancers. I especially want to know what’s going on with Kevin Ray. We were given a little hint that there was more than meets the eye with the pro dancer. Definitely check this book out especially if you watch Dancing with the Stars. We all suspect there are hook-ups and romances going on behind the scenes. Dance With Me gives us hope that her suspicions are correct.

 

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