Born to Dance… Dying to Love
At twenty-four, Samantha O’Brien scores her dream job as a dancer at the famous Moulin Rouge, only to arrive in Paris to find her well-laid plans in disarray. Fortuitously, Sam is rescued by the eccentric, tarot-card reading proprietress of Hotel Hollandaise, who cautions that Paris is for lovers, but not always love.
As Sam launches into her new career, the show’s super sexy, Sicilian stage director, Tony Di Falco reveals he is more than just a creative genius and hard taskmaster, leaving Sam to wonder whether secrets, specifically her own, are indeed best shared.
Meeting Philippe Lacroix, a struggling, young artist in Montmartre saves Sam from imploding under the pressure. He introduces her to the city of love, captivating her with his angelic good looks and sensuous touch. Yet the mounting attraction intensifies between Samantha and her passionate nemesis Tony, and a tense, sexually-charged relationship threatens to overwhelm them both. But the show must go on.
Filled with backstage bitchiness, tough rehearsals, a sprinkling of cocaine and the French addiction to cigarettes, Samantha grapples with her new life. Then without warning, Sam’s destiny changes literally before her eyes and she finally discovers that even in the most romantic city of the world, you don’t find love, love finds you.
What AusRom Today thought:
Hot off the heels of having loved book one in Diane Demetre’s Dance of Love series (our review can be found here), we had high hopes for this second novel and it certainly lived up to our hopes and expectations.
Tiny Dancer revolves around Samantha who has scored her dream job as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge but soon finds out that even the best laid plans don’t always work out as we hope. Whilst in Paris, she is met by an ensemble of characters, all of whom are well developed and suitably nuanced to fit into the highly creative and tough lifestyle of the most famed cabaret dancers in the world. Additionally, Demetre paints vividly the atmosphere of Paris and the Moulin Rouge with such detail that it adds yet another layer of intimacy to the story.
A wonderful read that we highly recommend.
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