Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fever, A Ballroom Romance Book 1 by Tonya Plank

Title:  Fever
Series:  A Ballroom Romance #1
Author:  Dana Volney
Publication Date:  June 10/15 by Dark Swan Press
Length:  416pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immediately re-kindled.

Since being torn from his Siberian family as a child, Sasha’s life ambition has been to be world ballroom champion, a path he was destined for until his former partner pulled the plug on their partnership. She went on to win the world title, leaving him, without a partner equal in ability, forever in second place. The instant he lays eyes on Rory, he recognizes the depth of her passion and talent, and falls hard for her in more ways than one.

But she also reminds him of great pain from his past. He must not only overcome his own demons but convince her to leave her demanding law career, and all that she has worked for in her adult life, to train with him full-time in order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to work.

This is part one in a continuing three-book series.

My Review:

I enjoyed the realism of the story. Plank creates a well-placed world gives readers a real sense of what is happening around them. At times I really felt immersed in the world of dance. The difference between the different styles of dance was paramount to the tale. At the same time, its sensuality is apparent throughout. Her smooth narrative makes for an enjoyable read as her descriptions heighten the tale, taking it from real to vivid.

Although I enjoyed getting to know the characters, deeper development would have taken the story to another level. I didn’t feel as if I could connect with them enough to fully immerse myself in the story. The variety of personality types did give a sense of community throughout, and made for some interesting interpersonal relationships.

This was a fun and intriguing start to Plank’s Ballroom Romance series. I appreciated the way in which she developed the world in which her characters live. I’m quite intrigued to see what happens next.

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