Knowing next to nothing about ballet dancers and having read other ballet-centric books by Annabel Joseph, I'm starting to think all ballet dancers have balls-to-the-wall sex lives. And shockingly enough, this book isn't all sex, all the time as with many of her other books. With Waking Kiss, it's all about the story and the anticipation. In another life, I'm going to come back as one of Annabel Joseph's broken down ballet dancers so I can have one of her tough-as-nails alpha males to fix me and sex me. Highly recommended. [June 2013]
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About This Book
A stranger in the wings, a traitorous pair of toe shoes, and a traumatic turn dancing with The Great Rubio… For ballerina Ashleigh Keaton, it’s been one hell of a night.
But it’s not over yet. When Rubio drags her to a private party at his friend’s house in the ritzy part of London, she meets Liam Wilder, a lifestyle dominant and frighteningly seductive man. Liam pursues Ashleigh, attracted by her strength and talent, but she has secrets—an abusive past and a crippling fear of intimacy that prevents her from connecting to anyone, especially a playboy reputed to be legendary in bed.
Eventually he wins her trust and sets out to heal the troubled dancer, awakening her to a world of sensual abandon in a series of “sessions” at his home. But how pure are his motives? Is he helping her or endangering her fragile soul? Liam hides his own destructive secrets, and so does Fernando Rubio, their temperamental friend. Over time the three become embroiled in a tangle of artifice, fears, and lies that threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.
Will Ashleigh and Liam find the strength to defeat their demons? Or are they cursed to sleepwalk through life, afraid to experience the passion and intimacy of love?
(This 81K word romance novel contains reflections on childhood abuse and violence which may disturb some readers.)