THE DIRTY DANCING SERIES RELEASE DATES:
SECOND POSITION -- 11/12
THIRD POSITION -- 12/1
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
First Position is part one of a three piece serial from Melody Grace. It tells the story of Annalise when she goes on a field trip to Rome with her ballet academy. Whilst there, Annalise meets the sexy Raphael and he promises to teach her a lesson or two, on and off the dance floor.
I think the synopsis makes this instalment sound sexier than it is. Raphael really isn’t the driving force behind the story; it’s very much Annalise’s journey as she vies for a starring role in her company’s production. I think it was too much ballet and not enough Raphael that prevented me from loving the story; I wanted more of Raphael’s charm and less juvenile ballet drama.
I did like the setting of Rome, I think this added a great atmosphere to the story and it brought beautiful images to my mind whilst I was reading. I also preferred Raphael’s street dancing scenes, they worked really well with the feel of the story. I would have liked more of Raphael’s point of view but I’m hoping that comes in the next instalment.
This story was originally titled With Every Heartbeat, if you have read it, First Position doesn’t differ greatly from the first 30% of the full story, so I would perhaps wait for the second instalment and hope for some greater alterations.
First Position isn’t as sexy and fast paced as Melody’s other work, but it you like to read about dancing then Raphael will make it worth your while.
Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.
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