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Publication: June 8, 2014
Publisher: Allium Press
Source: The Publisher as part of this blog tour
It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.
Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.
Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her.
As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.
With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.
Come Dancing is not your typical girl meets musician type of story. It revolves around Julia who works as an assistant editor at a publishing company. One night while at a club dancing, she captures the attention of a guitarist, Jake Kipling. Who just happens to be in her favorite band called The Floor. Though she is a little star struck, she doesn’t act like it, and she even declines his request to walk her to her apartment.
There is no insta-love here, but hey do develop an instant attraction to each other. Julia doesn’t give in easily though and Jake has to work for it a little, to get Julia to go out with him. Which he isn’t really used to since he is a famous musician.
Come Dancing was a fun and semi-light contemporary romance. I felt like it was missing a little something, but overall I enjoyed reading it. I did like Julia a lot and I was really hoping she would get a happy ending. She's her own woman. Very independent and smart. And doesn't really care for Jack to buy her things. Jack is a pretty interesting character as well. He does like to party, but there is more to him than just those things. He actually appreciates women who are smart and can hold their own, which is one of the things he happens to like about Julia.
There is music, hot sex, drugs, dancing, crazy groupies, misunderstandings, and romance all set against the backdrop of New York during the 1980s. It was an interesting world to read about. I haven’t read a lot of romances involving musicians, but this one was a good one. I’m glad I found out about this author. I will definitely take a look at future books by her.
RATING: 3½ out of 5.
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Leslie Wells left her small Southern town in 1979 for graduate school in Manhattan, after which she got her first job in book publishing. She has edited forty-eight New York Times bestsellers in her over thirty-year career, including thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. Leslie has worked with numerous internationally known authors, musicians, actors, actresses, television and radio personalities, athletes, and coaches. She lives on Long Island, New York.