Love Waltzes In (Dancing under the Stars #1) by Alana Albertson

Love Waltzes In (Dancing under the Stars #1) by Alana Albertson

Today as part of the Tour I have Love Waltzes In:Dancing Under the Stars # 1 by Alana Albertson.  This has been a long tour, you might want to check out the other tour stops to see what other readers thought! Don’t forget to scroll down to enter the giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card!  Drawing is tour-wide and ends on Dec 1.  Also- this is yet another addition to the list of my NetGalley November Challenge reads!

Book Review:

An old romantic attachment that is being rekindled around a story based in ballroom dancing Alana Albertson starts a new series with romantic attachments found on the dance floor. Using her ballroom dance background and lovely prose, readers who haven’t a background in dance can imaging and enjoy the imagery as they waltz the afternoon away.

Selena and Bret were early dance partners, and sweethearts many years ago. Now Selena is famous, with a recurrent spot on Dancing Under the Stars her life is good, but not what she envisioned. Bret hung up his dance shoes when he joined the Marines, although he believed the relationship with Selena would stand the trials of the separation. Unfortunately, Selena’s hurt feelings took over and she broke off their relationship.

Appealing to his sense of honor, duty to his comrades and skills, Brett is offered a chance to return to the dance floor and represent the corps, while simultaneously earning prize money to give to a fallen comrade’s family. Unfortunately, the partner he would dance with would be Selena, and the notoriety is not something Brett wants to deal with.

This rekindling story is lovely and feels honest, including the frustrations that both Brett and Selena have regarding the issues of fame and notoriety. Realizing that they never really lost feelings for one another, their unwillingness to find a compromise is a large source of the tension. Eased somewhat with the clever secondary characters who all make appearances, some in inopportune times, the story flows beautifully with insertions of dance, emotion and memory that build to a lovely climax.

Alana Albertson has taken a fairly predictable trope for a story, and given it life: the characters, the memories and even the issues that both Claire and Brett need to work out are easy to understand and empathize with, not at all hard to relate to for every reader.


Love Waltzes In (Dancing under the Stars #1) by Alana Albertson

Title: Love Waltzes In
Author: Alana Albertson
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 286
Rated: four-stars
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To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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About Alana Albertson

Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.


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