Title: Dance With Me
Author: Billie Bierer
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Pages: 416 pages
Obtained from: Received from Author in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Charlie (Charlotte) Rossi’s only inheritance from her estranged Uncle Mike is Run for the Roses, a stallion her deceased uncle claims is magic. Though what Charlie finds when she visits her horse is veterinarian Dr. Wade Phillips and his mesmerizingly blue eyes.
Within weeks, Charlie purchases a ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona, quits her advertising job, sells the New York condo, and heads west in her little BMW convertible. Roses-now heartier and some how younger looking-anxiously awaits her arrival at Wade Phillips’ veterinary stables.
Meanwhile, Charlie’s cousin, Tony Lambini-aka the short dude from New York and the sorriest Mafia member ever-plots to steal Roses. While tailing Cousin Charlie cross country, Tony gains a hitchhiker, Chief Flying Eagle, who demands Tony take him to his reservation in Phoenix.
In New Mexico, Charlie picks up Bluebird Smith, an eighteen-year-old Apache running away heading to California with her Great Dane, Tiny. Charlie’s plans sound like adventure to Bluebird and she detours her life to Cave Creek and takes up residence with Charlie in her quaint-but-somewhat-cramped apartment above a barn.
Once in Phoenix, Tony makes his move for Charlie’s magical horse, with the “help” of the chief’s nephew, Mad Coyote Joe.
Charlie has more than Cousin Tony to worry about when she falls under the “spell” of cowboy and woman-chaser, Jeff Olsen. Jeff’s spell includes dumping her friends and her responsibilities to Roses for dance halls and two-stepping. Charlie’s fun-filled nights carry a price and her magical stallion begins to age once again. She is reminded that if she fails to choose the right man, Roses will die. And Doctor Wade Phillips decides he’s had enough of Jeff Olsen.
This book was a very fun, good read. It took a while to get into the book, I found the first few chapters dragged on a bit, but after establishing the characters and getting a sense for the book, it took off and was fun and adventure packed. I really enjoyed reading about Charlie and felt like I could connect with her really well. The writing style was great and fun. The book was full of twists and turns you didn’t really see coming.
The characters were a lot of fun and you could connect with them (except for Jeff Olsen because he was just plain URGH!). Charlie’s character was a lot of fun and seemed to make sensible decisions for herself. It was great getting to know her and going on an adventure with her.
I fell in love with Wade Phillips- he was such a gentleman and we really don’t have many of those these days (I mean what guy gets two rooms when he wants to stay over at a hotel with a girl?!). He was sensitive and loving and just wanted to best for Charlie and for Roses.
Cousin Tony is a bit of a nuisance at the beginning, and you just want him to go away, but by the end of the book, you kind of love him. Rita is an awesome friend, and I was sad when she kind of disappeared during the novel and only made small appearances. I felt like she would have been a good character to expand and include more of in the novel.
Jeff Olsen. I really don’t know what to say about him. I hated him from the beginning- mostly because of his view of women as a commodity (I HATE it when guys do this!). I thought he added a lot to the book, but I was kind of annoyed because it wasn’t really explained as to why he was doing some of the things he was doing. I wanted to know why he did what he did and what he was trying to gain from it- but it wasn’t explained.
Overall, this book was a really nice read. It was fun, humorous and romantic. This is a great book to curl up with on the coach with a blanket and a hot chocolate during the upcoming Christmas holidays.