Dance for Me
Remmy Duchene & Allison Cassatta
Contemporary Gay Romance
Novel (228 pages)
MLR Press (March 19th 2014)
Solid 4 star read!
Alexander Benton is used to getting what he wants. With his wealthy parents MIA most times, he is left to rule Julliard and half of Manhattan with impunity. He hides his misery behind meaningless sex and condemning behavior.
Augusto Catalan grew up poor. To make a living, he dances at a local gay performance club and survives on the poverty line. His crappy New York apartment and simple life make him happy---except for the death of his lover, his brother being in a war zone and his life-long dream of getting into Julliard slipping away with each passing day.
When Alex meets Augusto, he knows there is no way this ghetto boy is getting into /his/prestigious school. Then he sees Augusto dance.
Alexander Benton is rude, ostentatious, entitled, domineering and handsome. He has spent his life with a silver spoon up his ass the product of money and an upper class life style. The only thing Alex has missed out on is love. True, unyielding, undying and unconditional love. His parents are never around and the one person that he trusted and gave his heart to, tore it apart. In an effort to remain indifferent, he's only done the occasional hookup or his latest friends with benefits, that is more benefits than friends.
Augusto Catalan is polar opposite of Alex. He has worked hard to get where he is and came from practically nothing. The Spanish American dancer wears his pride on his sleeve and has had the love of his parents and adopted brother, along with his boss and long term partners father for as long as he can remember. After the death of his lover to cancer, Gus never wanted to open his heart or his life to another man. He can't take a chance of being hurt that deeply ever again. That is until he meets Alex.
Alex and Gus butt heads from the start. They really, truly can't stand one another. The mutual disdain is insurmountable, and the sexual tension couldn't be cut with a pair of garden sheers! Gus knows he should walk away from the brash dancer, but he can't help himself, and one stolen kiss later, the two can't seem to stop thinking about each other. Sparks fly and passion ignites when they stop running, and stand still long enough to get their arms wrapped around each other. But can a person really change who they are? Will Alex be able to give up the control he so desperately clings too in order to capture and hold on to Gus's heart? And if he can, will Gus open himself up to love and be loved again?
Cassatta and Duchene have delivered a well written and highly emotional love story set in a world surrounded by dance. Alex is an accomplished ballet dancer and Gus is a striving fresh new dancer, just enrolled at Julliard. They really come together and compliment each other, learning from each others weakness's and gaining from each other's strength. My only teensy issue was the slight resemblance of insta love at one point in the story, and a little misplaced angst here and there. But overall this was a fun, fast read that got my blood pumping and left me with a smile on my face.
If you like a passionate love story between a couple of sexy guys that have to learn how to bend and move to please each other (pun intended!) with a Happy ending (!!) then this is the story for you.