Book Review | Take the Lead

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria is live!

Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin

From Alexis Daria, author of the critically acclaimed, international bestseller You Had Me at Hola, comes a fun, sexy romance set against a reality dance show.

Gina Morales wants to make it big. In her four seasons on The Dance Off, she’s never even made it to the finals. But her latest partner, the sexy star of an Alaskan wilderness show, could be her chance. Who knew the strong, silent, survivalist-type had moves like that? She thinks Stone Nielson is her ticket to win it all—until her producer makes it clear they’re being set up for a showmance.

Joining a celebrity dance competition is the last thing Stone wants. However, he’ll endure anything to help his family, even as he fears revealing their secrets. While the fast pace of Los Angeles makes him long for the peace and privacy of home, he can’t hide his growing attraction for his dance partner. Neither wants to fake a romance for the cameras, but the explosive chemistry that flares between them is undeniable.

As Stone and Gina heat up the dance floor, the tabloids catch on to their developing romance. With the spotlight threatening to ruin everything, will they choose fame and fortune, or let love take the lead?

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I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is my first time ever reading a book by this author, and it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style and the overall storyline. This book was incredibly fun and interesting to read. I mostly read darker themed books, however, I need a palate cleanser every once in a while, and this was the perfect book for that. If you’ve ever seen or heard of the TV show Dancing With The Stars, this is basically that but in a book. Now, I’ve never watched that show personally but I know the way the book spins it, no pun intended, what clips I have seen of the show 

This book was incredibly written, and unbelievably entertaining. I can’t wait to read more by the author!


About the Author:

Alexis Daria is the award-winning and international bestselling author of You Had Me at HolaA Lot Like AdiósWhat the Hex, and more. Her books have been featured on several “Best of” lists from outlets like Oprah MagazineEntertainment WeeklyNPRBuzzfeed, and Washington Post, and have received starred reviews from trade publications like Publishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. A former visual artist, Alexis is a lifelong New Yorker who loves Broadway musicals and pizza. Her latest release, a special edition of her debut novel Take the Lead, is now available in print for the first time.

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