Photographer: Abigail Marie, Non Pa'Reil Photography
Cover Design: Murphy Hopkins, Indie Solutions
Cover Design: Murphy Hopkins, Indie Solutions
The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever.
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college, and married him soon after graduation.
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple, until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in reality.
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again, causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
Every once in a while, there comes a book that you feel on a bone deep level. It reaches into your soul. The story embeds so deep within your heart that you feel a loss when you read the final words on the page. The Dance is such a story for me.
Bryson and Will have been together since their junior year of high school. When they get married, it just seems like the next natural step in their relationship. At first, I had a love/hate relationship with Will. He could totally be a selfish jerk, but then he would turn on the charm and the sweetness and, like Bryson, I would forgive him. That is until certain events happened and I just couldn’t get past them. My heart went out to Bryson. She tried so hard to save their marriage, but without a willing partner it was a losing battle. I felt her loneliness, anger, heartache, and numbness.
I really enjoyed Hart. He is such a strong character. From the glimpse of their very first moment in high school my heart yearned for him. That moment was so sweet, so perfect. The way Bryson and Hart found their way back to each other was nothing short of beautiful. He became her encourager, her strength, and her rock. He was always there in whatever capacity she needed.
Last but not least, Bryson. She grew SO much in this book. Her journey to the character she ended up as was rough. There were up and downs, but she weathered each storm and came out even stronger and more lovely. The ending of the book really got me. As someone who has gone through a somewhat similar situation I felt what she went through. The process that the author takes you on stirred up my own memories with each step. Honestly, it was very difficult for me to read; I had to stop and start that last chapter several times.
I know I read fiction, but that doesn’t mean that authors don’t put their characters in real life situations and have them react in real life manners. This story is about life when you think you’ve found your happily ever after, when it crumbles, and what comes after. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional story with a lot of character growth.
I stood in front of the glass wall, mesmerized. The fake sunlight shimmered down through the water, bouncing off the yellow, green, and pink coral. The blue glow of the tank gave the dimly lit nook a mystical dreamy feel.
The prom committee had pulled off an epic feat this year. Instead of having the dance in our gross school gym it was being held at the new state-of-the-art aquarium downtown. Once the student committee agreed, Megan Sims, head cheerleader and overly developed youth, was given the task of presenting the new location idea to the faculty advisor, Mr. Hall. During the meeting, as Megan waxed poetic about riding the waves of hope out into the ocean of the future, she hoisted her massive boobs up to meet Mr. Hall’s sightline. Three seconds into Megan’s spiel the dude was so titnotized that he would have offered up his first born in order to pay the rental fee.
At first, I had my doubts about spending my final prom at the aquarium. The fishy décor didn’t exactly scream romance, but I had to admit, it was pretty cool. The dance was in Ballroom A, which opened up onto a huge deck facing the Charleston harbor. Inside three giant purple octopus chandeliers hung down from the ceiling, casting cool shadows on the walls covered in varying shades of blue. Big white coral sculptures were at the four corners of the room. Tables draped in white linen with candles and seashell centerpieces outlined the room, leaving a huge space in the middle for dancing.
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I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school I began writing one-act plays, which I later produced. My debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon’s Best Seller List and appeared on many “Best Reads of 2013” Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. My second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set. My fourth novel, Stop!, released in June 2015, becoming a bestseller in YA/Teen category.
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