Sometimes life requires a partner.
Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.
Laurie was once one of the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world, but now he volunteers at Halcyon Center to avoid his society mother’s machinations. It would be a perfect escape, except for the oaf of a football player cutting him glares from across the room.
When Laurie has a ballroom dancing emergency and Ed stands in as his partner, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Dancing leads to friendship, being friends leads to becoming lovers, but most important of all, their partnership shows them how to heal the pain of their pasts. Because with every turn across the floor, Ed and Laurie realize the only escape from their personal demons is to keep dancing—together.
This novel has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
I love Laurie and Ed. Together they overcome so many things. They’re beautiful together but they also are wonderful on their own too. Ed finally comes to accept that his life will be painful. He goes through such a long process of mourning and denial, that epiphany moment is all the more profound. And Laure learns to accept himself. He needed Ed there to help him realize that who he is, is perfect and he shouldn’t change what he wants for anyone other than himself. What Laurie accomplishes is just as beautiful. It’s also interesting to see how some of Ed and Laurie’s struggles were due to when they had them. Like the note in the beginning mentions, their story would be irrevocably different if it happened at any time not their own. Their journey would have been different; not as profound.
Four and a half
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family.