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Grease Monkey Jive

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A romance about changing the game, finding the truth
and fancy footwork

She thought love was make-believe and
the last person to prove her wrong would be a player.

When ballroom teacher Alex Gibson danced with Dan Maddox she’s reminded of the time she stuck a knife in the toaster, gave herself an electric shock and saw stars. He’s precisely the type of man Alex’s mother warne
ebook, 414 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Escape Publishing (first published July 4th 2012)
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The title is silly but loved the story. Relationship between Dan/Alex develops like a slow grin. The sexual tension when they’re together is like combustible energy. The romantic/sex scenes while sexy are not graphic. As a matter of fact, they’re so veiled I had to go back and re-read those scenes several times wondering “ok, they did the deed right?” Kind of unusual but didn’t take away from the story for me. After a while some of romantic scenes of the bks I’ve been reading lately just drone o ...more
Rosario (
Yep, I'm one of the many, many readers who bought Grease Monkey Jive after seeing the interviews with the publisher at Dear Author and SBTB (those interviews have probably sold a lot of books for Escape Publishing, I've bought 4 of their titles so far!). The way the book was described was as a romance "that mixes Strictly Ballroom with Pimp My Ride", all set in Australia. That sounded right up my street.

It was. It wasn't perfect, but I really enjoyed it.

Our two protagonists are two very differen
2.5 stars

I mostly enjoyed this while I was reading it, but the more I think about it the less I liked it.

* It's very long, and condensing some of the scenes would have improved the book a lot. Sometimes there's such a thing as too much detail, especially when said detail shows up out of the blue and is never mentioned again. (Like the names of the hero's uncles in the hospital scene. They're mentioned as if they've shown up before and do nothing but leer and argue as if they're auditioning for
Shallowreader VaVeros
If GR had a 2.5 option, I'd use it for this book. There were some lovely aspects to this book. I loved the dialogue which to me was More realistic than the majority of books I have read. The expletives were perfectly woven through the story. The sex scenes were gorgeous. They made my heart jolt yet they were not at all graphic. And I liked the whole suite of characters and their strong Australian identity. The main protagonists, Alex and Dan, are suited but for me this story was about Dan. He wa ...more
There is a lot to like about Grease Monkey Jive, there are two great characters in Alex and Dan, there is great funny snappy dialogue, the situation of mixing ballroom with a player, and the fact that the characters have an actual story to tell. I immediately got drawn into the story, and liked how it started with the first between Alex and Dan, creating all this chemistry, but then went back in time to show your where it started. It was great getting a glimpse of initial heat between them becau ...more
MB (What she read)
3.5 stars. An interesting pair.

Later: bumping this up to 4 stars. I'm reading the follow-up to this, "Desk Jockey Jam" which continues on with Ant's story and am realizing how much I respect Paton's calibre of writing. These books aren't shallow, even if they are romances. They are good value for money, and way better quality reads than a lot of the overpriced hardbacks I've been finding lately.

I changed my star rating because I decided that I was being internally snobbish by not rating these hi
Mandi Schreiner
I really enjoyed this one. A womanizing hero who wants more out of life finds love in his ballroom dance teacher (he was made to take ballroom lessons from a bet). The romance is slow to build and it is a great payoff once it happens. The supporting cast is great too. Really sweet and well done. I def recommend. Full review to come.
Really enjoyed this and I'm not a fan of dancing books or reality TV (although this is not a reality TV story). The story is long but you really get to see the characters fall in love. The book is more of a hero's journey as you see Dan, the playboy, resolve to reform.
Georgina Penney
I can't believe I forgot to write a review for this book. I loved it heaps when I picked it up and read it in one sitting.

Grease Monkey Jive was one of the first romances by an Australian author that I read and it totally converted me.

I fell in love with her hero within the first couple of pages and I'm afraid my memory of the heroine is a little blurry because the gentleman stole the show. (Which doesn't mean the lady wasn't likeable. It just means the hero was so perv worthy I ended up fanta
More lust than love. Interesting story but it made sleepy at some point and maybe because of that I missed the major signs of love.
I loved the guys, Fluke more than the others (too bad that Fluke, Mitch and Katie didn't get their own stories).
It was funny and a very good story about friendship. Also, Scott and Trevor were amazing.
I didn't like the abrupt way the author chose to handle Dan's relationship with his father, but maybe it was easier that way.
Alex isn't a very likable character, nor
M.A. Stacie
Dec 02, 2012 M.A. Stacie marked it as to-read
OMG! I have to read this! Sexy ballroom!!!
Kate Sherwood
I generally liked Dan - I mean, he was damaged and a jerk, but he was trying.

But I could not STAND Alex. I guess some of the most annoying snobbery was coming from her dance partner (Scott? I can't remember his name), but she didn't interfere. So they drag Dan into a situation where he's doing a HUGE favour for them, then act like TOTAL assholes to him, and there was no real reason for it. I actually would have liked Dan a hell of a lot more if he'd told them off and quit. I have no idea why he
I definitely enjoyed reading this, as in I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning trying to finish it (I did not succeed).

1. It was way too long. A third of the yakking could have been cut out and it would have still been a good story.
2. Despite the extreme length, the ending was a little rushed. How is this possible?
3. While it was written competently, it could have used a little more polishing up. A few misspellings and grammar boo-boos, nothing too egregious, some of the spelling bits could hav
Ellen (more books, please)
Why was I surprised? I don't really know. Maybe because I have never heard of the author. Maybe because I don't remember buying this which means it was either really cheap or free. Maybe because I don't think grease is romantic.

But let me tell you, this was a story that I immersed myself in. I carried my Kindle around sightseeing on spring break (I never take my Kindle out and about) just so I could READ every chance I got. Yes, I even sat in a museum and read a few pages instead of walking arou
Kat at Book Thingo
Click here for my full review at Book Thingo.

Most of the books I read nowadays are romance, so it’s not often that I find a one that makes me feel like I’m reading something new in the genre. Until a book like Grease Monkey Jive reminds me that, yes, this genre is more than capable of surprising me in all the right ways.

Grease Monkey Jive opens with ballroom dancing instructor and performer Alex Gibson having a bit of a moment with dance partner Dan Maddox, and as I read the first chapter, I set
Liz B
It's been a while since I finished this. And it also took me a while to read. That's a good thing--very few romance novels, especially contemporaries, seem to have any heft to them, and this one definitely does.

I think this is one that is only available as an e-book.

The premise is a fun one, especially for fans of shows like Dancing with the Stars. The heroine is a competitive ballroom dancer whose partner gets injured, so she has to train a new partner. The new partner has lots of talent but n
Lady Lioness
Bought this after reading Jane's Dear Author review.

I liked it, but the first half was much stronger. The fact that the 'conflict' stemmed from their relationship developing rather than outside forces was a refreshing change. I also enjoyed Dan's POV whenever it came around. I thought the supporting characters were very fleshed out and it was kinda nice reading about a romance that wasn't set in the USA for a change.

However, I would have liked a touch more ballroom stuff, like how they were gr
I loved this book! Love all of Paton's books!
I wanted to like this book. It had some interesting characters and good dialogue, but it was in desperate need of some editing to shorten it and tighten up the story.

The hero, Dan, was a tool. But since he knew he was a tool and tried to change, I still liked him. Alex, the heroine, was less likeable and I never really came around to thinking Dan should stick with her and her attitude.

I've now read two books by Ainslie Paton and both were nicely written stories that would be greatly improved wi
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
An enjoyable romantic contemporary set in Australia. The story revolves around a player-Dan, and a ballroom teacher-Alex. Circumstances led them together and the story unfolds as these two "dance" their way to love. Multiple subplots enhance the romantic story line along with some very wonderfully developed secondary characters. We watch as both Dan and Alex reevaluate their lives and learn that while we are the product of our childhoods, we are not our parents. A long story that reads quick and ...more
I liked Grease Monkey Jive. I enjoyed how the relationship between Alex and Dan developed; it was a lovely slow burn.

I do think that there were sentences and paragraphs that could have used more tightening up and some different word choices. I did wish that there were more descriptors of the characters as I did get confused. I think the author, Ainslie Paton, has a lot of promise and I look forward to reading more by her.
A really nice read featuring a mechanic and student/ballroom dancer. Very good characterisation for both hero and heroine and the secondary characters. I liked the beginning half of the book best because it seemed a little stronger. Another bonus is the length of the story since this is no novella! If you like contemporary romances you'll enjoy this one.
Nicola Marsh
The world of ballroom dancing intrigues me so I was immediately drawn to this book when I heard dancing was at the heart of it.

It didn't disappoint.

But for me, the hero made this book. Totally.

Dan is compelling, flawed, complex and completely HOT.
He is human, a real character you can't help but be drawn to.
Ryann Murphy
I'm still debating between three and four stars! Classic debate between writing and story, I'd give the story four stars and the writing three. It kept me up way too late so overall 3.75! I also liked that there was a playlist created by the author. Would be a great movie!
I'm kinda meh about this one. I guess was hoping for more of a lighthearted Strictly Ballroom vibe since it was set in Australia. There were sometimes when I felt like the heroine was just making up issues to push the book forward. Also, it was long. Loooooong.
Cate Ellink
This is more than a romance - it's their whole lives. Friends and family are swept into this sweeping story that's set in Sydney, Australia. Well worth the read for startlingly true characters, a good deep storyline, and a bunch of rag-tag mates I'd love to have!
Brie C.
2.5 Stars

Poorly edited and unnecessarily long, which was part of the editing problems.

I didn't dislike the story and I found the characters interesting, but the issues were too distracting. Basically: competent author; mediocre publisher.
Carrie (Rotten Banana)
Really sweet novel about a player who meets his match in a ballroom dance instructor. The novel takes it's time letting the hero try to change and be a better person. The result is like a long Sunday drive down a winding road on a summer day.
D.B. Tait
Wonderful, quirky contemporary Australian romance. A real hero's journey. Fast, funny dialogue and an unlikely setting that really works. Yes, there's a Strictly Ballroom feel to it, but it's about getting real and growing up as well.
Wonderful, quirky contemporary Australian romance. A real hero's journey. Fast, funny dialogue and an unlikely setting that really works. Yes, there's a Strictly Ballroom feel to it, but it's about getting real and growing up as well.
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Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

As Ainslie and as AA Paton, she writes cracking, hyper-real contemporary romances.
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