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Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed str...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Loose Id
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
REVIEW COMPLETED AUGUST 17, 2012

"You don't just feel the rhythm," he'd told him. "You must feel the soul, both of the dance and of your partner. The tango isn't something you dance. It's a story you create with another."

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5+++ dancing stars!

Wow. Simply brilliant!


Ms. Cullinan has created a soul-deep moment of pure magic. Dance With Me is beauty in every sense of the word. There's beauty in a dance and body; you find beauty in inspiration and love; there's beauty in making love; and there's so muc...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I am a big fan of Heidi Cullinan. Honestly, her sex scenes are stolen right out of my brain (how did you get in there?!?) and I could read a book solely of her filthy, dirty bedroom talk. However, this book was a bit on the schmaltzy side for me. I am not a dancer and I appreciate dance in the way that I can say, "Oh, that looks pretty good" but that's about it. This book was a bit too "let's rumba our way to happiness" for me. Also, I really liked Ed as a character but Laurie was a...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This was such a beautiful story Photobucket 5+ stars from me :)


Ed and Laurie are complete opposites. Ed is a former football player, all butch and manly, while Laurie is a former ballet dancer, a bit feminine and totally stylish. They can't stand each other, and whenever their paths cross, they end up fighting XD Now I won't go explaining all the plot, but basically Ed asks Laurie for a favour, and in return he has to assist him with his dancing classes. Very soon, Ed finds he really likes dancing, and m...more
Ingela
5 Dancing Stars - so beautiful, so real and a very good touching M/M story

Another book that has been lying way too long. I'm hoping for a nice dance experience filled with sensual dance moves, beautiful movement and great sweet romance of course. ~ And I got it all!

My big romantic heart pounds for these two amazing men. And as they danced - so atmospheric and beautifully described. Ed and Laurie's story was great to read. As so often when I read a great great book, I have great ambitions to writ...more
Lauraadriana
4.75 just short of perfect.

This book was FABULOUS! I loved it so much! I have to admit that I am a sucker for stories with starting over themes, second chances, main characters reinventing themselves...I love all of that in a book. And Ed's and Laurie's story was all about that.

Ed and Laurie don't like each other...Ed had begun to teach a weight lifting class at the local community center in St. Paul...It makes him happy to do it, he hates his drony job and he can't play semipro football (his re...more
Heather C
An absolutely beautiful story!!

So...this was my first book by Heidi Cullinan and I must admit that I was a little scared in the beginning. But I really trust LA's recommendations so I knew I would be okay. Laurie and Ed were so beautiful together; their dancing, their kisses, their love making, their...everything!! They were so perfect for each. Yes, it had the famous dancer and the typical football player. You know...the usual stereotypes. But the difference was that that was no longer their ca...more
Susan

3.5 stars

I love Ed and Laurie together. I thought their friendship was sweet. I thought their romance was sweet. I thought their love was sweet. And I thought their union was sweet.

Ed alone is a stubborn idiot who jeopardized his health because of his pride. He’s a glory-days obsessed athlete whose saving grace is his aw-shucks charm...and his love for Laurie.

Laurie alone is an ice prince who was so uptight and emotionless, I fully expected him to shit diamonds. He’s a confused coward whose sav...more
Trisha Harrington
For some reason the blurb didn't draw me into this book. I held off for months thinking this would be okay at best. Boy was I wrong. Apart from one scene this book was perfect for me. I loved the couple, the plot, and the general feel of the book. I was drawn in from the first chapter and I fell head over heels in love. An added bonus was I found myself grinning through most of the book. It happens sometimes, but not quite that often.

Ed and Laurie are the boys here, and they were just so adorabl...more
Kassa
This is a bit of a difficult review to write because while the book is decent, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it. I’m not entirely sure why except I couldn’t connect to either character and thus never really cared about them together. Due to this the story somewhat bored me and I found myself sometimes skimming just to finish. There are a lot of great elements in the story that should work together to form a moving, memorable story. I like the individual characters but together I never real...more
Jenni Lea
Aug 27, 2013 Jenni Lea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was, quite simply, marvelous.

I must commend Ms. Heidi Cullinan on giving me a story that was real and raw and sexy and so mature. I felt like a grown up reading it. Well done!

What was this book about? I can sum it up in one word:

Acceptance

Acceptance of friends and family and their idiosyncrasies. Acceptance of what life throws at you. Acceptance of the good as well as the bad. Acceptance of love; not just in each other but in one’s own self.

I connected with Ed and Laurie on a level I r...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was an amazingly beautiful book. It's angsty but it's not too angsty. It has descriptions that make you feel like you are actually experiencing each incident, each dance. It has so much sexual tension, you can feel it coming off the pages. And it's such a heartwarmingly sweet story, I just couldn't put it down.

I loved how this story progressed. It's a slow development in not just the emotional aspect of things but also the physical and mental aspects as well. It's different from Cullinan's...more
Sheri
Occasionally you stumble or in my case, fall into a story that takes your breath away. I tripped, slipped and plundered into the depths of this story, and was stunned how far I fell. I was NOT expecting it to be so profound and so greatly layered.
Damn, do I ever love surprises!
See, here’s the thing…this is a gorgeous love story, it’s written with grace and style, and it’s real. It is so real I had to continue to remind myself it wasn’t. Then I was pissed at myself for raining on my happy dancin...more
Damon Suede
My full review is posted over at Jessewave:

http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/201...

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, Cullinan writes her books. She doesn’t merely type them and hope for the best; she doesn’t cobble them together out of half-digested borrowings; she doesn’t regurgitate the same bland book over and over in an Ourobouros of homoerotic hackwork. Cullinan writes; she writes beautifully; and she has written a marvelous book that you will enjoy if you have any interest in sex...more
Cory (Mishyjo's Always)
This is one of those times where I ask myself 'why did you wait so long to read this book????'

I loved it from start to finish. Ed and Laurie were a perfect fit for each other. I really loved Ed's old football team members as well.

When you are smiling throughout most of the book you know it's a winner! Two thumbs up!!
Shelley
3.5 Stars!

I enjoyed this book, the characterisation and the style. Unfortunately I was not able to connect with all the dancing. Ramba, waltzing, cocha something or the other? I really am quite clueless when it comes to dance steps and what they look like so I failed in a lot of the visualisation required to thoroughly enjoy this, I kind of skimmed those parts.

It takes a while to warm up to Laurie, and even then, I still thought he was a whiny little drama Queen at the end. He's the guy who ha...more
Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Another lovely story from Heidi Cullinan that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought this was a gorgeous romance that might not have been as kinkily hot as some of her others but it was still really sexy and sensual, just in a different way. I definitely had a few face fanning moments!

At the start we see the disasters that put an end to the promising careers they both had and loved. For Ed who was the consummate sportsman it was a horrible football injury, for Laurie the rising, professional ballet da...more
deirdre
It is official ... I am a heidi cullinan fan.

I really enjoyed this, it was a great weekend reading-wise.

Great MCs. Well developed characters. The dancer was completely believable! The tortured artist fits him well. I know a few tortured artists, the author did this dead on.
The drama.
The ex-football player, self described corporate drone, learning to live a new life without football, while managing chronic pain. Very believable.
Their chemistry. Great! I liked and believed their building relati...more
Ami
4.5 stars
I have never read anything by Ms. Cullinan before; her other stories' blurbs did not appeal to me. However, this one does. I like stories about dancers. I like to watch movies about dance. I still remember one ballet movie starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. "Fame" was one show, whose episodes I never missed (love Debbie Allen's choreography).

This one is short of PERFECT and touches me in all the right places. First, the opposite attract. They come from two different spectrum in life. Ed is a...more
Sara
Four months after I finished this book I am still thinking about it. So what does that say? It says it was a great read with memorable moments (Ed when he first sees Laurie in tights...hello!)that won't leave my brain. For someone like me that gets engrossed in books that says a lot!

This book was gorgeous. It was beautiful, it was sexy it was down right dir-tay at times...can this woman write some fantastic sex scenes or what? Um, someone hand me a fan, please? What was I saying? Yes, the story...more
Kaje Harper
I really liked the way Cullinan wrote a character who has a borderline disability, living in that grey zone where normal life should be possible but the injury sometimes brings normal crashing down. The characters and the relationship in this story really worked for me. The supportive football players were a nice (if slightly optimistic) touch. There was a little more "I'm not good enough for him" agonizing than I prefer as the motivator for some of the conflicts between these two men. But in th...more
MiʂħүJѻ (Cory's Forever)
Yes, another 5 star review, well probably 4.5 stars to be exact. I am going to say that I hope all of my 4 and 5 star reviews reflect that my GR friends make such great book recommendations rather than imply that I can't tell a great book from a mediocre one. That being said, this was a great book. I can't say what it was that captured me but I was sucked in immediately and wasn't let go until the story ended. Here's what I liked: there weren't any superfluous characters added just so that autho...more
Eva
Wow...just Wow...

I loved this book so much!

Ed and Laurie are fabulous together, the slow build up of the relationship was so brilliantly written, every emotion, everything just fitted together perfectly...

The pain ...


The doubt...


The hope ...


The amazing dancing...

The beautiful love...

"That night Laurie slept naked in Ed’s arms, and he dreamed they danced across the clouds, dressed in glittering suits that glinted as they spun across the heavens, and as they passed by, all the angels clapped
...more
Vio
I loved it, Ed and Laurie are fabulous together, the slow build up of the relationship was so brilliantly written everything just gelled together perfectly. The dancing was damn sexy!
Karen Booklover
Absolutely loved the book . A really nice emotional book that will stay close to my heart . I liked every single bit of it and have a special soft spot for Laurie :D

Kade Boehme
This was one of those books that's been on my to-read since last year and I have danced around it for months thinking the reviews were intriguing but those who know my taste know that I'm a big fan of angsty, rip my heart out and throw it against a wall while digging a knife in my gut books. This certainly was not hence the pussy-footing that lead to me being separated from this book for so long.

I'm dumb.

This book was beautiful. The whole odd couple vibe was fun and then made for an even more sa...more
Snowtulip
I have this incredibly soft spot for dance, when a dancer uses their body to communicate and create incredible art, it fully enraptures me emotionally when done correctly. Heidi Cullinan brought that same response from her writing.

I absolutely loved Ed and Laurie! Individually I loved them, and as a couple they just fit. Taking complex people (with their share of trauma and living and highlighting the effort that goes into just getting through the day) and showing the accomplishment of persevera...more
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Beautiful,Beautiful,Beautiful

I Cant not find the right words, this was an amazing story.

I fell in love with it from the 1st chapter and couldnt put it down,till the end! The Way every thing is told and put together is just AMAZING.

I laughed and Cried Ed and Laurie were Beautiful!!

If you havent read it yet, give it a go it might surprise you :)

A couple of fave Quotes..

"Ed~ "Why do you stay with me?"... Laurie~ "Because I don't want to dance by myself."

At last,though,he picked up the pen and held...more
Kathleen
Story Rating 3 Stars
Character Rating 4 Stars
Romance Rating 3 Stars
Heat Level 4 Stars
Overall Level 3.5 Stars

I don't know what happened for me and this book. I went into it wanting to love it but for some reason it just did not grab me. There was nothing wrong with the story except I just felt bored when I was reading it. WHY I ask? I have no idea. Maybe I was just not in the mood for this type of book at this time. The writing was VERY good, I really liked the characters but it just did not grab...more
Vivian Archer
Wonderful story about change and acceptance, and the beauty still inherent in life after things don't work out the way you first planned them. It's not a story about second chances, but metamorphosis.

Favorite quote:
With the right partner, it’s like I’m anchored, and I can do anything.”
Sheziss


Ok, so this is definitely an everybody-loved-but-sheziss book.



The beginning was promising but didn’t jelled. I read this book a while time ago, but I still remember it because it coincided with an epoch in my life I can’t forget. It was meh at best, and boring at worst. Things stopped being interesting at halfway of the story and from then on I had to make an effort to finish it.



It’s astonishing the number of positive to excellent reviews of this book, but I really couldn’t connect with anything...more
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