Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review for Wounded Dance by Deanna Roy

For four years, I’ve had a terrible, wonderful, beautiful secret.
But now it’s out.
My brief brush with fame caught the attention of a boy I once loved. He was ripped from my life at a tender age by my father, who moved us and hid me away so that we could not meet again.
Only after he was gone did I learn I was pregnant with his child.
He’s spent years trying to find me.
And now he’s at Dreamcatcher Dance Academy.
He’s going to find our baby, he says. The adoption wasn’t legal since he didn’t know.
He has no idea how close our little girl really is. That I secretly teach her ballet.
He can’t know how important it is that I keep the secret.
But when your boyfriend is Blitz Craven, the reality TV dance show star, the press follows you everywhere.
And no matter how much Blitz wants to protect me from my old love, from the threat he poses to our happy life, there’s one fact I have to face.
My past has caught up with me.


After years of being oppressed by her father for a teenage indiscretion, things had finally gotten happier for Livia.  She finally broke free from her emotionally abusive father to claim the man who brought light to her darkness in a Grand Gesture that left readers cheering.  That happiness was short-lived though after the jaw-dropping encounter that brought the previous installment in the Lover's Dance series to a close.  The fallout from that encounter drives this story and often left me frustrated and screaming at the actions of both Livia and Denham, the father of the baby she was forced into giving up for adoption years ago.  With Denham back and making demands the fragile house of cards that became Livia's life slowly starts crumbling.  With her emotions in turmoil Blitz continues to prove his devotion by protecting and supporting her every step of the way to remind me of why I fell for him in the first place.  As the story dramatically wraps up Livia's left at a crossroads regarding her daughter, and with Hollywood again calling, she and Blitz will also see their relationship changing which will keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting for the next installment.

After claiming her man in a bold gesture on nationwide TV Livia and Blitz have fallen into a comfortable routine of loving and dancing.  Spending extra time with her daughter under the guise of private lessons is enough for Livia, but with the arrival of Denham that time is put in jeopardy.  His desire to gain custody and be a family brings Livia's past to the forefront in glimpses that made me dislike Denham immensely.  Livia was once a carefree young girl and he was a tempting bad boy who used her awakening hormones against her, leading her to careless decisions by keeping a big secret, which led to her life being upended.  He was older and wiser and their youthful encounters felt dirty rather than romantic, which is how she ultimately comes to see that time.  Looking back at that time has her pulling off her rose colored glasses, removing the youthful bliss of love and showing her the cold hard truth of the boy he was and the man he still is.  It's a disillusioning journey for her but it's a maturing moment that she greatly needed as she had moments of weakness regarding his arrival that dimmed my opinion of her and her feelings for Blitz.  Denham's final act too reinforced the selfishness I saw in him as a boy and left his role in Livia's future quite clear.  From start to finish this book took my emotions on a roller coaster ride, leaving me frustrated and annoyed at times, but always rooting for Livia and Blitz to keep working towards their HEA.  The conclusion of this book, and the fallout from Denham's actions, will linger into the next chapter in this romance where I anticipate Blitz will once again take center stage.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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