March 27, 2017

Forbidden Dance by Deanna Roy • BOOK TOUR & REVIEW

Forbidden Dance
Deanna Roy
(Lover’s Dance, #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived.
An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy

For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.
Then Blitz arrives.
He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.
At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.
He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.
I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.
But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.
Forbidden Dance is a full-length standalone HEA, although fans who fall in love with Blitz and Livia can continue the series to follow more of their love story

Review by: Leeann 

This book had the potential to be a 5 star read but just fell short for me.
I did enjoy the story but at times I felt frustrated at the situation Livia was in. At 19 years old she is legally an adult. Her father basically keeps her prisoner and has done since she made a mistake when she was younger. What frustrated me about this was Livia’s mother. This woman had absolutely no backbone where her husband was concerned. She allowed him to dictate their lives to the point that even Livia’s younger brother was being punished for something that had nothing to do with him.
In saying all of that, I did enjoy the story in general. It is at the very core a sweet and passionate love story. A forbiddenromance where only one participant knows it is forbidden & why.
There are a few twists in this book that are heartbreaking for Livia and at times I wanted to jump in & take her away from her family for what she has suffered.

Blix/Benjamin has been a player in his time. He is the stereo typical bad boy but you can’t help but swoon over him. He does a great job bringing Livia out of her shell & showing her how to live again and how to want more for herself than what she currently has. Even though everyone tries to warn her against him, the heart wants what the heart wants.
There are a lot of people in Livia’s life that could have taken steps to stand up for her & get her out from under her father’s thumb, but they all seemed to scared & wouldn’t think twice about ringing him to tell on her if she stepped out of line. Although that aspect of the story bothered me, it is a work of fiction & not real life!

The authors writing is good & the story flowed well. The main characters developed well throughout the book & by the end were 2 very different people than they were at the beginning of the book.

4 Stars 

Author Bio:
Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.
She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.
To learn about new releases, sign up for her subscriber list at She has regular giveaways in conjunction with major pregnancy loss events.


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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Leeann! This sounds like a good book overall! Glad you liked it! :)