Review: Keep Dancing by Leslie Wells

keep dancingReviewed by Janell

This sequel picks up about a month after Come Dancing. Narrator Julia spends a bit too much time in the beginning recapping the events of the last book, but soon enough she and Jack are off to England to visit his mum for Christmas.

This book covers a lot of ground: a tropical vacation, a visiting nephew, Julia’s new job, Jack’s nationwide tour, plus a few other plot threads later on. I admire Julia for not kicking back and letting Jack take care of her. It’s partly because she doesn’t believe her relationship will last, but mainly because she really wants to excel at her career. Jack, as always, is sweetly supportive of all the time she puts in at work, as long as long as she has time to put him in at home (sorry).

I felt like the comedy ramped up in this second book. Julia tries to cook, for one thing. There’s also a mishap with some praying mantises, and Julia accidentally eats some pot brownies. We also get more scenes of the band altogether. What do they do on tour, in between hookers and blow? (Not really hookers, these guys don’t have to pay.) They eat at crappy restaurants and play Scrabble! Plus they bicker and sabotage relationships. Rock stars are just like us.

Jack slowly becomes more of a man and less of a child. His initial reaction to conflict is to storm out and party all night, but Julia helps him realize that that doesn’t seem to solve problems. He also comes to terms with the fact that the world doesn’t revolve around him, and he won’t always get what he wants, when he wants it. Unless it’s sex with Julia.

Julia progresses in her career, but is irritatingly stupid about a certain author. I think she has career blindness, honestly. It leads to an almost cartoonish episode of her trying to be in two places at once, and I wanted to “Oh, honey, no” her so much. That led to a predictable Big Misunderstanding, and while my heart was breaking for her, I also wanted to smack her to make her open her eyes.

I feel like I should warn you about a sex scene.

There is a tampon scene. I have not read FSOG so I don’t know how it compares to that scene. I will just say that there is removal. And then there is oral. And on one hand I was squicked out, but on the other hand I was proud of Jack for being so casual about it. Should I as a woman be more appreciative of period sex scenes? Even if I’m not jumping up and down about it, I shouldn’t be shaming it, right? So, there is blood. And then a practical shower, and changing sheets. Rock stars are just like us.

I didn’t love the ending. Well, I loved the final bit, but not the crisis that led up to it. Luckily everything worked out, because this is a romance with a happy ending and not a cliffhanger. But I had a dislike.

Still, the usual cast of characters was there, the plot covered a lot of ground, and I enjoyed being in that world again. Lately I don’t read a lot of series with the same main characters, but I wouldn’t mind time-traveling back for a third time.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Keep Dancing
by Leslie Wells
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Percambio Press

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