BOOK REVIEW + $25 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Ballroom Blitz by Natalie Cross
by Natalie Cross
GENRE: Romance Suspense
Anita Goodman has learned that lesson the hard way. With her studio and her
reputation on the line, she has to take a chance on the last person she ever
wanted to partner with: her best friend.
Patrick O’Leary has
loved Anita since high school, but he has languished in the Friend Zone for
long enough. He will take this last chance to prove to her that love is greater
Neither of them realize
that conquering their rising attraction won’t be their biggest obstacle.
Someone does not want them to be together, and will stop at nothing to get
Love, dance, and
danger. It’s a Ballroom Blitz.
The ballroom still thrummed with the clack of heels and the slide of suede, though its last inhabitants had vanished over an hour before. Applause and cheering from the final night party echoed across the hallway. The tables were strewn with hair pins, empty water bottles, and sweaty towels tossed with exhilaration before another heat. The perfume of sunless tanner and hairspray drifted toward the apex of the ballroom’s ceiling, and it almost seemed that a few notes of a Viennese waltz still clung to the utilitarian white hotel tablecloths.
Rapid footsteps broke the waiting silence. Stilettos from the click click click, glimmering with crystals, a few of which scattered from the shoes with a brackish clatter as the heels struck the parquet of the ballroom floor. Heavy breathing, panting. “No!” A stumble as one heel of the red satin crystal-encrusted stilettos snapped. Sobbing.
Then another pair of footsteps, flats, fashionable. Something hard, with an edge that might draw blood. These footsteps were measured. No panic. No anxiety. Calculating.
The sobs intensified. “Please, please, please, no, I didn’t do anythi—”
A gurgle, a grimace, a thud. The wash of silk from a bone-white evening gown susurrated along the cold parquet floor. The scent of copper flooded the air.
A grunt, a vicious exhale, an audible sneer.
Then the ballroom closed upon itself again. The tables, the cloths, the chandeliers, the lights. All waiting for its new secret to be discovered.
Ballroom Blitz is the first in the Dancesport Mysteries series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is easy to read with an engaging cast of
characters. The characters are likeable, realistic, and well-written. The
chemistry between Anita and Patrick was palpable and I love how they interact
with one another. The supporting characters were fun, and their backstories
gave them depth. I found myself wanting to be their friend too.
Secretly I’ve always wanted to be a professional ballroom
dancer and enjoyed being transported to this world due to the excellent word
building. The author did an excellent job of creating suspense using dance creating
the perfect vehicle for wondering will they or won’t they take it to the next level.
Written from the perspective of someone who has lived the
life. I felt like the descriptions accurately described the world of
competitive ballroom dancing and what it takes to win. I highly recommend and
look forward to reading more of this series.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
is an adventure.
Natalie writes romances and cozy mysteries featuring women who want to be seen and the men and women who cannot look away from them.
Natalie lives in Los Angeles, where writing is an acceptable way to avoid sunburn. She is mom to two lovely young munchkins who despise brushing their hair and eat way too much cake. She is unapologetically terrible at taking selfies.
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