Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

02_Come Dancing 
Publication Date: June 8, 2014
Allium Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star.
“Opposites attract” is an understatement.
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.

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Praise for Come Dancing

“Leslie Wells brings to life all the eclectic, edgy style of New York City at the dawn of the 1980s as she spins a story of spine-tingling romance and the complex issues that can threaten a relationship. Through her effervescent writing style she catapults the reader into a world of excess and indulgence, while delving into some honest and heartfelt struggles along the way. … Come Dancing is a love story with lots of heart and plenty of heat.”
—Casee Marie, Literary Inklings Book Reviews
“5 Blushing Stars!! Come Dancing is quite the story. I loved this story and could not put it down. I got lost in the story, imagining the rock stars and their groupies partying it up, while finding themselves and falling in love. Opposites certainly do attract and make for an explosive time! You will love the many layers of Jack; you will also want to smack him at times too. Julia will have you rooting for the underdog and wishing she had a better clothes fund :) Through it all, the many naysayers and people out to split them up, they make it work! Fate seems to finally take its stand and allows for this fairytale story to end the way it should—hot, sexy and combustible!”
–Kellie, Blushing Divas Book Reviews
“I’m never sure what to expect when I venture away from historical fiction, but I found Leslie Wells’ Come Dancing quite enjoyable. Though more contemporary than my usual fare, I think the novel has a lot of heart and is a story many people will be able to relate to.
By far, my favorite aspects of the piece were the atmospheric qualities of the narrative. This is a New York before cell phones and digital cameras. It has different rhythm to it and follows a social structure that is entirely different from the New York of today. There is a contrast in that, something both familiar and almost foreign that really appealed to me.
There is a tangible affection between Julia and Jack which I truly appreciated, and I admired the journey their relationship takes over the course of the story. . .. A pleasant fiction, Come Dancing is brimming with both humor and heart. A realistic romance that is sure to entertain.”
–Erin, Flashlight Commentary Book Blog

My review:
Copy received from Book Junkies Promotions for an honest review
Four stars
So much fun! First, I love New York City and believe there is no other city like it any where in the world!  The same can be said for its night life!  I use to be that dancing in the city girl!  So I could completely relate to this character-Julia!  Just like Julia I also got a job in NYC fresh out of college.  I loved how Wells portrayed Julia's experiences.  The excitement of a new job, the endless possibilities of what you can accomplish.  I felt the same way and really so do so many people fresh out of college when they get their first job and it's in NYC of all places!  The night life, as I mentioned before, is exclusive. 
Although this novel is set in the 80's and I graduated in 2000 I loved the atmosphere that Wells so masterfully depicted.  The 80's were a very unique time but in NYC it was a complete contrast to NYC in 2000.   (I have only run into one rock star lol).  Julia falls in love with a rock star.  One of the beautiful things about NYC is that there really are people from all walks of life and movie stars and rock stars love to live and entertain in the city.  This was a very nostalgic and fun read!  I really enjoyed Julia and her quest for self-discovery in a city full of fun and adventure with the endless possibilities of love! It also made me miss dancing! There is nothing more exciting than getting ready with your girlfriends for a night of dancing and all the adventure that awaits.  Fun and nostalgic read!

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About the Author

03_Leslie Wells Credit © Leslie WellsLeslie 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.

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Come Dancing Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 8
Review at Blushing Divas Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 9
Review & Giveaway at SOS Aloha
Wednesday, September 10
Review & Excerpt at What's On the Bookshelf
Thursday, September 11
Spotlight at Sizzling Hot Books
Friday, September 12
Review & Giveaway at The Boyfriend Bookmark
Monday, September 15
Review at Tea Cups and Book Love
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, September 16
Review, Interview & Giveaway at A Dirty Book Review
Wednesday, September 17
Interview at Romance Book Junkies
Thursday, September 18
Review & Excerpt at Shelly's Book Blog
Friday, September 19
Review at Must Read Books or Die
Tuesday, September 23
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, September 24
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, September 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Paranormal Book Club
Sunday, September 28
Review at Devilishly Delicious Book Blog
Monday, September 29
Review at Lustful Literature
Wednesday, October 1
Guest Post at Bibliophilia, Please
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Monday, October 6
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Review & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story
Tuesday, October 7
Review at Turning the Pages
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Wednesday, October 8
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Friday, October 10
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, October 14
Review & Excerpt at Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks
Wednesday, October 22
Interview at Room with Books
Thursday, October 23
Review at Lusty Penguin Reviews
Monday, October 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, October 28
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, October 30
Review at The Danish Bookaholic
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