Guest Review: Waltz This Way

Posted March 21, 2012 by Jen in 3 stars, Contemporary Romance, Guest Review, Rating B Tags: , , ,

Please welcome Angela, who brings you today’s Guest Review of… 
Waltz This Way
Author: Dakota Cassidy 
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Ex Trophy Wives #3
ISBN: #978-0425245507
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Left without a partner…
When former ballroom champion Melina Cherkasov found out that her famous husband was cheating, she was devastated, especially since she was informed by a sleazy reporter on national TV. Thanks to an ironclad pre-nup and a scumbag ex, Melina has to pack up her dog and her dignity and take refuge in her dad’s retirement community in New Jersey. 
…it’s time to take the lead.
To make ends meet, Melina puts her dancing shoes to use as an instructor at Westmeyer—a private school for boy geniuses. Teaching a bunch of hormonal teenagers the waltz is trying, but the school’s sexy handyman proves to be an ample distraction. Drew McPhee is perfect, except for one thing: he doesn’t like dancing. Thankfully, the finesse Drew lacks on the floor is more than made up for by his skills in the bedroom. And after one steamy night, the ballroom diva is the one getting swept off her feet…
What Ang is talking about:
I would truly like to give this book a B- rating, so like 2.75 stars. The parts of the book I enjoyed, I really truly enjoyed, but the parts that fell flat didn’t just fall flat–it’s like they were launched off the empire state building as they came crashing down. Since B- isn’t a real rating I gave it a B. If you want a beach side read for the summer and aren’t put off by the F bomb being dropped 1, 2 or 30 times (seriously I counted) or you’re a fan of Jersey Shore you’ll probably enjoy this book.
It comes complete with a variety of characters, mostly women who are strong and foul mouthed, who find empowerment and self discovery after nasty often public divorces. The main character Mel is mostly believable as a ballroom dancer turned humanitarian in her own way, and her love interest Drew makes for a believable gentleman with cave man tendencies and more baggage then even Louis Vuitton can take care of. Together it makes for a decent amount of tension and chemistry between the pair as the plot moves along. 
The humor, especially in the last half of the novel, was completely enjoyable and well placed as we learn of Drew’s issues and Mel draws her line in the sand. 
I love Mel’s best friend Jackie and honestly believe everyone needs a friend like her. Someone who’s got your back, tells you exactly as they see it and helps you pick up the pieces when life is completely unfair. 
I also appreciate the voice of reason Mel’s father is in the various places he is needed. He helps keep the book grounded when it become just a little too reality TV for my taste. The pop culture references become a bit much at times, almost to the point of distracting, especially if you aren’t as up on what is on TV at the moment as our author is. 
I also didn’t completely buy into Stan or Neil’s characters and the bows that were tied around them at the end of the novel. They were just a bit too stereotypical for my taste, and although I enjoy Drew’s son Nate, I also found him a bit too far fetched, especially when he becomes the voice of reason for this dad. He’s 12 and I really felt like Myraim, the aunt, should have stepped in and had that conversation with Drew not Nate. The story became so sweet at the end in reference to these characters, and everyone for that matter that it nearly sent me looking for insulin.
Of all its faults though the language was by far its worse issue. Too often it felt forced or like it was thrown in for effect, which never sits well with me. For example there are variety of places where Mel drops the F bomb which seems completely out of place for her. She is portrayed as a lady, maybe a damaged one, but ultimately a lady. And in my mind a lady wouldn’t throw that word around as frequently as our Mel does. Jackie–maybe, but for Mel it seemed especially out of place. It wasn’t just the F bomb that was dropped either, if this novel actually made it to TV the audience would likely have a hard time following the dialogue the cease would be bleeping so much out which is unfortunate given that the overall premise of the novel has such potential.
In the end I’d have to say if you are looking for a more traditional romance you probably won’t love this book, but if you are looking for a contemporary piece with good humor, a fair amount of raunchiness and sex scenes that get your motor running, then you are likely to enjoy this book. Although I’d wouldn’t give it any prizes, it kept me entertained enough that I wouldn’t be afraid to pick another of Dakota Cassidy’s novels up. Nor would I be afraid to pass this one along to friend especially if they are a fan of reality TV and/or Jersey Shore.
Angelas Rating:

Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)
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