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Title: Love Waltzes In
Author: Alana Albertson
Date of Publication: July 19, 2013
Series: Dancing under the Stars #1
Acquisition: Tasty Book Tours
Love Waltzes In shows the vibrant side of competitive dancing – the colorful and flashy costumes, the intricate makeup, the wonderful feeling of dancing. But it also shows the downsides – the rivalries, the fake relationships, the unwanted media attention. Selena Marcil gets lost in the whirlwind of all the competitions and dancing shows that has been her career and her life for years. But she has never forgotten her ex-fiance, Bret Lord, and the life she could have led as a wife and a mother. When Bret is hired to dance in Dancing Under the Stars, where Selena was also one of the dancers, their re-encounter will reignite their feelings for each other, but also bring up dark secrets and past hurts. And both Bret and Selena want different lifestyles. So they must both work together to be able to be together in the end.
Selena broke Bret’s heart when they were young, keeping a secret that hurt her and could hurt Bret if ever he found out. After breaking up her relationship with Bret, Selena only focused in her dancing career, which picked up and made her really famous. And she had her heart set out on simply winning competitions in dancing. She has worked many years in this business, but she finds that she wants something more. But she didn’t really want to leave the world of dancing either. She’s quite torn by what she wants and what she should do with her life.
I personally think it was hard to imagine the bulky and masculine Bret Lord to move so fluidly. But apparently he’s a really good dancer. He’s also a really great and nice guy. He joined the dancing competition simply to win money for the family of his friend that was lost in service. He was also sweet towards Selena.
There were a lot of foreign nationalities in this book, and I found it interesting how Alana Albertson was able to show that not only in their descriptions but also in their speech patterns. She was also able to vividly display the world of competitive dancing. I also like how she used different kinds of dances to start every chapter where she would name a dance and write a few lines illustrating the movements.
OVERALL, Love Waltzes In is a story that allows a reader to get lost in the world of competitive dancing – the glamour, the drama, the determination, the perspiration, etc. It is also a tale of love and forgiveness and finding one’s self and determining the choices in life that one might take. The attraction between Bret and Selena is unmistakable and the conflicts that stand in their way will cause some drama. But along with the other characters, they will all also provide laughter, love, wonderful thoughts, and exhilaration in the lives they all lead.
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- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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