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    A five-star review on Forbidden Dance by Deanna Ro

    Livia is nineteen and she has been grounded at home for the last four years. She is under constant vigilance by her parents. Dreamcatcher Dance Academy is the only place she is allowed to stay alone and of course the church. Blitz is the star of a dance TV show who has been kicked off the show. Now he is trying to get forgiven by doing some altruist work with a group of little ballerinas in wheelchairs. This is one of the best books I read lately. It got my interest from the very first word. It is very well-written and although I don’t like very much the first person story-telling, I have to say that in this book it is absolutely perfect. The characters are caring, loving, and good-hearted, but not only the main ones but all of them. Well, except Livia’s father. He is so focused on propriety, he doesn’t pay attention to what her daughter really feels or want. Livia and Blitz are so intense in their dancing that I love it. When they dance, they become one. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and most of the times I held my breath. I can hardly wait to see what is going to happen next. One thing I missed was Blitz’s POV at least in some chapters. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this book.
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    A heartwarming story

    "I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book" This is my first book by Deanna Roy and I was delighted to find it an amazing story. Livia and Blitz are very different characters and it was a heartwarming and at times harrowing journey from their first meeting to their very public confessions of love. Livia has a long journey ahead of her yet in her bid to reunite with family but I look forward to seeing the outcome in the next book, along with how she and Blitz deal with the threat to their relationship.
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    I truly enjoyed this story

    Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! Oh my goodness! This story was beyond amazing! It had my attention from page one all the way to the end. The author did a FANTASTIC job giving certain little details that make you think “Hmm, there is more to this let’s keep reading” and I LOVED it! The romance in this story is so sweet and raw and real. It kind of took me back to when I was first dating my husband and we were still really flirting and such. It brought back those butterflies I felt and the warmth that you feel when you realize you truly love, not lust, someone. It might have been forbidden but it was real. It wasn’t perfect and had its flaws. So I say great job to the author for writing their connection SO well! This book was heartbreaking in parts. It was heartbreaking based on her relationship with her parents and the past that she has been forced to hide. As a parent we always want what is best for our babies but what the female lead had to deal with was pretty maddening. The only thing I wish might have been maybe expanded was a little more detail regarding her past and a little more history about it. However, it wasn’t enough of a need to knock the rating down. The story is great enough to not necessarily need that information. Do I recommend this book to you? Absolutely without a doubt! I read it in a day and the last 60% or so was read in a single sitting – I couldn’t put the book down, I had to know what was going to happen! * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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    A great start to a new series!

    Forbidden Dance is the first book in a new series by the very versatile writer, Deanna Roy (she also writes as Annie Winters and JJ Knight). It's been a bit since she's had a new book and I couldn't wait to read this one. Her stories have never disappointed me, no matter what pen name she uses, and this one is no exception – I loved it. This story is told in first-person from Livia's POV. Livia made a mistake as a young teenager and has been paying for it ever since. Her parents have kept her on a very tight leash by homeschooling her and controlling all of her activities even though she is now 19 years old. Blitz/Benjamin is the disgraced star of a TV dance show and has returned to his home town to do penance. He's helping out at the dance school where Livia takes lessons and helps with the tine wheelchair dancers. While there is an instant attraction between Livia and Blitz this is not an "insta-love" story. There's a nice slow burn and build up to their romance. While Livia's past mistake is very easy to surmise right from the get-go, the slow reveal of the details was perfect and kept me glued to my ereader. I am not a fan of cliffhangers and I read a few reviews of this book that said it has a cliffhanger. If I review a book with a cliffhanger I always try to disclose this right at the beginning of my review. This book does not have a cliffhanger! There is a conclusion for Livia and Blitz's story with a HFN. But, Ms. Roy definitely left me wanting to read the next book so that I can learn more about their love story. If you don't want to be teased about the next story then don't read the sneak peek at the end of this book. But, don't miss the bonus chapter from Blitz's POV that wasn't in my ARC copy but is in the copy I purchased.
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    Good read

    Enjoyed this story. Romance, steam and forbidden attraction. This is the first in an enjoyable dance story, I know very little regarding dance and this was easy to follow. Am looking forward to the next.
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