By Ariel Tachna and Nessa L. Warin
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On the reality show Dance Off, pro rugby player Olivier Gautier and Olympic swimmer JC Webster each have one goal in mind: to stay on the show as long as possible to earn his charity of choice maximum exposure and a larger donation. As the competition heats up, their goals expand to catching each other’s interest, but Olivier is firmly in the closet and plans to stay there. JC is willing to be discreet, but not to hide forever.
Starting a romance with another man is challenge enough for any celebrity, but doing it under the microscope of reality TV—and one majorly intolerant costar—is even harder. Add in meddling dance pros, JC’s overbearing family, and the need to play up chemistry with dance partners to win America’s hearts, and JC and Olivier’s time together is looking more and more like a recipe for disaster.
As the pressure to stay in the competition mounts, JC and Olivier must face their inevitable separation at the end of the show as well as decide whether a relationship as complicated as theirs can survive in the real world, outside the bubble of the set and practice studios.
Dance Off By Ariel Tachna and Nessa L. Warin gives the reader an up close and personal look at the ‘behind the scenes’ action of Dancing with the Stars. Olivier is a professional rugby player and every inch the sexy frenchman! His looks and accent may attract the ladies but Olivier is gay…but very much in the closet. Not ashamed of his sexuality at all, just not interested in being the poster boy for gay rugby players.
JC is an Olympic swimmer and very much out of the closet as bisexual. He isn’t flaunting it but doesn’t want to hide either. However, more than anything, he doesn’t want to do anything to crush Olivier’s dreams as a rugby player. Most of the people on this dancing reality show are very nice and seem tolerant but one homophobic conservative could ruin them if the truth got out.
Dance off is very heavy on getting you behind the scenes and onto the stage with these dancers. I learned a lot about different dancing styles, techniques, and even costumes appropriate for each one. The judges were fun to get to know, the commentary was engaging, and the other couples in the competition all seemed like really great people. I know alot more about dance now than I did before I read this book.
I loved the secondary characters that these authors created. JC comes from a very large Mexican American family and everyone from his Abuela to his Mama and even right down to his little sister were very well written.
The heat was very slow to build in this book but it was there. The primary goal for most of the book is to simply practice, perform, and recover from the physical exertion that it caused! Near the end of the book, the relationship built a little bit more and you could start to feel the love and passion these two characters felt for each other.
These was not alot of angst, drama, or tension in this book…just a slow burn and a lot of hard work by some very creative and talented characters.
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