In Review: Love Waltzes In (Dancing Under the Stars #1) by Alana Albertson

Posted September 13, 2013 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Love Waltzes In (Dancing Under the Stars #1) by Alana AlbertsonLove Waltzes In by Alana Albertson
Series: Dancing Under the Stars #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 282 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Selena is a professional dancer on Dancing Under the Stars, a reality show that partners professionals with celebrities. Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of the real-life version Dancing With the Stars. I’m more of a So You Think You Can Dance fan, myself. But, I’ve watched enough of DWTS to know the basics of the show. Selena is in a quasi-relationship with a fellow pro, Dima, and soon finds out her first love, her childhood dance partner and now Marine, Bret, will be joining them on the show.

Selena and Bret have quite a tumultuous history and it’s not long before their past is creeping up on both of them. Old feelings resurface and it begins to effect their lives in the present. Selena and Bret had such an obvious chemistry; far more chemistry than she had with Dima. I wasn’t a Dima fan. He just came off like a self-centered, cheating jerk to me. Their relationship never seemed real to me. Selena and Bret seemed real.

Bret was my favorite character. He was strong and sensitive. He was a good Marine and looked out for the men under him. That sense of duty to his men is what actually brought him to DUTS and back into Selena’s life. After the death of one of his men, he agrees to get back into dancing and go on the show to raise funds to help this man’s widow and children. Through the book it was apparent that Bret was torn between his love for Selena and his sense of duty as a Marine. Bret wanted to be with Selena, but he wasn’t sure he could give her everything he thought she needed/wanted out of life.

Parts of the book dragged on a little for me, but I found the overall story to be enough to hold my interest through these spots. I liked Selena and Bret and I wanted to see what life had in store for them. I wanted to see if they could get through their past and move into the present. Love Waltzes In combined three of my loves – romance, dance, and military men – into one book. It was fluffy and sweet and had just enough angst to make it interesting. If you enjoy a good (and somewhat cheesy) happily ever after, this one is for you.

Favorite Quotes:

“The thump of her heartbeat vibrated off his chest. He still knew every inch of her body. It wasn’t right, to get caught up in the past like this, to remember her this way. But dancing had a way of doing that, of grabbing onto any weak flame and igniting it.”

“Well, if you two are soul mates, you will find your way back to one another. If not in this lifetime, then in the next.”

“She leaned into Bret, her first love. He embraced her in his arms, and she remembered who she was when she started to dance with him. They built their world together. And she tore it apart. And now she was back where she should be. In his embrace. Swaying to the music as if they had never been apart.”

About Alana Albertson

Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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