Forbidden Dance

· Lovers Dance Book 1 · Casey Shay Press
15 reviews

About this ebook

I never should have danced with a stranger.

A coming-of-age romance series from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy

Three things about me:

1. I’m not as innocent as everybody thinks. I know I’m shy and quiet, but like they say, still waters run deep. 

2. I’ve been home schooled since freshman year. It was punishment, but I deserved it. My parents didn’t know what else to do. 

3. I’m not the greatest dancer, but it’s the only thing I love with all my heart. Actually, there is one other thing, but it’s the biggest secret of my life. One I can’t tell anyone. Not even you. 

Which brings me to a surprise bonus thing to know. 

4. I met Blitz Craven, you know, the super famous reality TV dance star. His show is like The Bachelor, only he’s looking for a dance partner. He showed up at my dance studio after his big disgrace, thinking he could use the wheelchair ballerinas I teach to get back in the world’s good favor. 

When he looks at me, I know what he’s thinking. (See item number one.) Everyone wants to protect me from him, their shy, innocent Livia. But when we dance, I want it, more than anything. Soon we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.

But I’m afraid. As thrilling as my life has become, I still have a secret. And if I stay with Blitz, the world will figure it out.


Forbidden Dance is a full-length standalone HEA, although fans who fall in love with Blitz and Livia can continue the series as they unravel Livia’s past and figure out how to balance fame and love.<b></b>

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15 reviews
Laura Fidorowicz
April 4, 2017
Forbidden Dance is the first book in this new series and I absolutely don't want to wait for the next book to come out. One mistake has led Livia's parents to keep her in near total isolation. She's homeschooled, doesn't watch TV, doesn't have access to the internet, and the only time she has any interaction with anyone other than family is when she goes to Dreamcatcher Academy or volunteers at her family's church. Her life completely changes when she meets Blitz. As much as she tries to avoid him, their connection is undeniable and he's reminding her of the girl she was before her family imploded. Blitz needs to have his time at Dreamcatcher be successful if he wants to get his show back. Like Livia, a huge mistake has changed his life and his time volunteering is just the positive publicity he needs to get back in the good graces of his fans. From the first page to the last, I was captivated by this story. While this book could be a standalone, there are many unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed as the story goes on. I was immediately invested in these characters and am looking forward to where their story leads. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
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Buttons Mom2003
March 28, 2017
Forbidden Dance is the first book in a new series by the very versatile writer, Deanna Roy (she also writes as Annie Winters and JJ Knight). It's been a bit since she's had a new book and I couldn't wait to read this one. Her stories have never disappointed me, no matter what pen name she uses, and this one is no exception – I loved it. This story is told in first-person from Livia's POV. Livia made a mistake as a young teenager and has been paying for it ever since. Her parents have kept her on a very tight leash by homeschooling her and controlling all of her activities even though she is now 19 years old. Blitz/Benjamin is the disgraced star of a TV dance show and has returned to his home town to do penance. He's helping out at the dance school where Livia takes lessons and helps with the tine wheelchair dancers. While there is an instant attraction between Livia and Blitz this is not an "insta-love" story. There's a nice slow burn and build up to their romance. While Livia's past mistake is very easy to surmise right from the get-go, the slow reveal of the details was perfect and kept me glued to my ereader. I am not a fan of cliffhangers and I read a few reviews of this book that said it has a cliffhanger. If I review a book with a cliffhanger I always try to disclose this right at the beginning of my review. This book does not have a cliffhanger! There is a conclusion for Livia and Blitz's story with a HFN. But, Ms. Roy definitely left me wanting to read the next book so that I can learn more about their love story. If you don't want to be teased about the next story then don't read the sneak peek at the end of this book. But, don't miss the bonus chapter from Blitz's POV that wasn't in my ARC copy but is in the copy I purchased.
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A Google user
August 7, 2017
This is the first book I have read of Deanna Roy's. I found that I enjoyed very much and will be reading the next book in the series. At the beginning of the book I had mixed emotions but the further I got into the book I found myself actually liking it. I read a lot of the other reviews and noticed that a lot of people are put off by the fact that the main character is 19 and she just doesn't leave. I can see where these people are coming from but I can also put myself in the character's shoes and see where she is coming from too. I've known people that have gone through similar situations. Guilt and fear can be very powerful emotions. Enough so that they can keep a person from making decisions or taking actions that might be obvious or easy to others. Overall I'd say this is good read and if you don't mind cliffhangers I would recommend this book to you.
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About the author

Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of new adult college romance, heartwarming women's fiction, and books for children. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two daughters, her Little Dude, two cats, and three lava lamps.

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