Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan

Title : Dance With Me                Word Count : 113,505

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, but every time he turns around, dance instructor Laurie Parker is in his way. But when a bargain lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, everything changes.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them time and again to one another, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: exhibitionism/voyeurism, male/male sexual practices.

My Review : From the word go , this book had me on edge waiting to see what would happen next. I was riveted and very invested in the characters when I first met them.  Laurie is the stereotypical gay boy, limp wristed high energy  dancer,  everything that Ed despises since he is trying to break that gay stereotype by being a macho semi pro football player. Ed and Laurie butt heads right off the bat. Ed sees Laurie as high strung and prissy while Laurie sees Ed as a neanderthal who is very  crude. Once they get over their confrontation and start getting to know each other, they realize how attracted they are to each other.

They’ve both suffered trauma in their professional lives and this is heart-rending for both of them, because playing football and dancing is tied to their sense of self. When they lose this, they lost a vital part of who they are at their core. It is only through each other and being together that they have regained  some of what was lost. Laurie’s strength shines through his vulnerability and Ed ‘ s strength comes from his acceptance of change in his life. They really complemented each other perfectly,  because they pushed each other to live again despite their life choices and changes. 

This book was all about learning to live with ourselves and in the context of our new realities when trauma displaces our dreams. It shows us how love can pop up when we least expect it and how the unknown often holds the key to our future. Laurie was able to let go, live and truly love Ed who opened up his world to new possibilities with his cocksure personality which often led them to some very sexy situations. Loved this one. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.  

Favorite Quotes : 1. His finger pulled out, and he gripped the sides of Laurie’s ass again, pulling him open, and Laurie shut his eyes, shaking, knowing Ed was looking at him, wanting him. He let him look, and when he had the courage, he bent forward a little more, spreading himself, a silent invitation. Yes. Yes, Ed. Look at me. Have me. (Sometimes the act of teasing and being a voyeur is even hotter than the act of sex.)

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