I’ve had the pleasure of being an Alison G. Bailey fan since reading Present Perfect back in September 2013. Her books always provide the things I love best in romance reads – swoonworthy moments, witty dialogue, and memorable characters. All of these elements combine to produce a reading experience that is uniquely Alison and one that I look forward to every single time.
The Dance is realistic romance at its best. The plot was compelling and honest and I found myself breathlessly invested in Bryson and Hart’s story. Character development was superb – the profound transformation of all three of the leads as the novel progressed was skillfully portrayed and brought an added dimension of depth. I don’t know that I have ever gone from absolutely hating to being so completely heartbroken for a character as much as I did in this book. And as terrible as that heartbreak felt, it was also an equally uplifting experience.
What will stay with me the most from The Dance is the emotional impact of Alison’s writing. Her portrayal of the authentic nature of love is unbelievably moving. Her characters love when loving seems impossible. They love when any option other than loving would be easier. The Dance is a beautiful testament to both love’s redemptive power and Alison’s growth as an author, making it by far her strongest work to date.
“Bryson, the who and when of falling in love is unpredictable. But when you find that special person, the being in love is inevitable.”
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