Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed strikes at the center lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Both Ed and Laurie have heartbreak in their pasts, but somehow dancing together eases their individual pain. For Ed, dancing with Laurie becomes a way to reconnect with his body after losing football. For Laurie, partnering with Ed has erased some of his fear of performing and brought back joy to a sport he wasn’t sure he could ever truly love again.
As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them into the arms of love, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.
(book reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/dance-heidi-cullinan/)
Ed meets Laurie as a way to work through his chronic pain through dance – an alternate form of exercise that spares his neck.
At first the dancer and the jock clash, each thinking poorly of the other.
Over time they come to realize how lovely the contrast can be and how perfect they are for the other.
I love this book so much!
I love that it’s real and doesn’t shy away from the imperfections found in each of the lovers.
Laurie finds sex to be funny and messy but still wonderful.
Ed has a hard time even having sex sometimes, his pain is so great.
Both have to wrestle with their pride and re-define their dreams when their original plans go awry. Together they find the strength to do this.
Heidi is a magnificent writer and this is one of her best books IMHO.
Iggy Toma has narrated a lot for Heidi and he does another really excellent job here. I love the depth of emotion he puts in to his characters. His pacing is wonderful and his voice is so easy to listen to. I highly recommend both the book and this narration.
I give it 6 of 5 stars – Amazing!
Copy Purchased for Review