A couple of weeks ago I posted an excerpt from Dance by Teodora Kostova. Click here to see the original post where you can also find details of the Playlist provide by the author and a link to a Giveaway.
I finally got around to reading the book today. I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I read it in a single sitting. What a lovely way to start my weekend – curled up in bed with a good book. I only meant to read a chapter or two while I had my coffee but…..
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life.
Until he meets Fenix.
Fenix Bergman has a dream – to perform on Broadway. When he gets offered the lead role in Poison – a new musical based in London, he accepts, immediately recognising the huge potential of the show.
Fenix thinks he has his life completely figured out – he will move to London, help Poison become the new West End hit and bide his time until Broadway comes knocking on his door. He has never wished for anything else but proving to himself and the world that he is a performer worthy of the biggest theatre stage.
Until he meets Jared.
Jared and Fenix’s lives collide and they fill each other’s missing pieces. Neither of them expects to feel so much, so fast for the other.
Neither of them expects to need someone so badly when love hasn’t even been in their plans.
But when Fenix’s star becomes too bright for London, will the dream he’s chased all his life ruin the dream he’s holding in his hands?
Will he survive getting everything he’s ever wanted?
So what did I think?
Set against the backdrop of the theatre, Dance brings together Fenix, a rising star who dreams of Broadway, and Jared, who is living his dream on the stage in London.
This is a story of a grand romance, the type of love that, when it hits, it hits hard and fast. It’s love at first sight and within days of meeting, Fenix and Jared are in love and inseparable.
“Come home with me,” he said quietly. Fenix hesitated. “Please. I…” he pulled back to look in his eyes. “I want to make love to you in a bed. Not that this wasn’t great, but fast and hard in a club’s toilet is not my idea of romance.”
“I wasn’t aware we were looking for romance,” Fenix replied, his voice teasing.
“Well, now that you are aware, will you come home with me?”
I loved the openness and honesty, the lack of trying to hide feelings, instead grabbing the opportunity for love with both hands and not wasting a minute of being happy – such a great motto for life! And when Jared and Fen are together, it is magic.
There is a lot of sex in the story. These are men with strong feelings who aren’t shy of being emotional but this doesn’t mean it is all gentle loving. Jared and Fen are passionate and their coupling is frequent – at times making love but at others it’s oh, so very hard and dirty!
It’s not all roses for Jared and Fenix and the book has its period of heartache as they make stupid decisions. Their world moves from perfect happiness to one filled with darkness and sorrow. I like how the author managed the choices made by these men and how the same idea of grabbing what life gives you with both hands brings them back together.
The story finishes with a lovely happy ending.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.
For more information about Teodora and her books visit her website.