Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, #425)
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Max Laurent has always wanted Maddy Green. But he let her go once before rather than stand between her and her dreams. Now she's on his Paris doorstep, needing a place to stay. She's just as hot and he wants her just as much. How can he resist seducing her?

When Maddy's world falls apart, it's only natural that she turns to Max for support. But fall into his bed? Never unti...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harlequin (first published October 1st 2007)
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Oct 28, 2009 Dina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: K. ODoharty
I'm not feeling inspired to write a review, so I'll just sum up my biggest "problem" with this story:

"She's a mess. She needs you. You love her. Not exactly the best basis for a relationship."

Those words were uttered by the hero's sister, and I couldn't agree more. I'm sorry to say that I finished the book without truly believing that the heroine wasn't using the hero as a "security blanket". Which was a pity, because he was a wonderful guy and deserved better.
Maddy Green's world has crumbled with the lost of her career, knowing only one person who would understand, her best friend Max Laurent, but soon Maddy starts to see Max in a different light from friend to lover. Maddy must choose between her love for Max and a chance to get back her career.....

You always know you picked up a great book when the author offers great depth in their characters, a wonder plot and in such a format such as Harlequin Blaze. Sarah Mayberry is such a great surprise. Her...more
I haven't read/listened to many HQ Romances, but Amorous Liaisons is definitely my favorite to date. I was a little skeptical at the beginning knowing the hero was an ex-ballet dancer, but that was my own naivety because Max turned out to be smokin' hot!

The heroine is Maddy...a prima ballerina who, at 29 years old, is told by physicians she can no longer dance. Devastated, Maddy turns to Max, an old roommate she had become close friends with 8 years before. As the story progresses, Maddy realiz...more
[Audiobook: "Amorous Liaisons" (HQ Blaze#425) by Sara Mayberry; Gabra Zachman/Reader = 4*]

To my pleasant surprise, I ended up enjoying this HQ Blaze more than (most?!). I remember passing it by quite a few times when picking up the next in the audio series [*Hmm?!: french hero - "eh"; former male dancer turned artsy hero - "eh"; maybe too beta?! - "double-eh";)*]. Of course, because it's "Murphy's Law," it's the one I should have listened to a long time ago. This story reads like a 1950 romantic...more
I went into this expecting a lot. With such good reviews and an ex-ballet dancer hero, I was expecting something tremendous. Unfortunately, it was nothing like that.

It was a woman, Maddy who has lost her meaning of life (ballet) and shacks up with her old roommate (who is not gay, though he was a dancer), Max. Now, Max has always been in love with Maddy, even when they were living together and sleeping with each other without actually doing it(I know, weird masochistic French people stuff, I gu...more
Maybe Sarah Mayberry should have checked some ballet facts before writing a book about ballet.

She’s a great writer, but this book is a trainwreck.
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Sarah Mayberry is one of my very few category romance autobuys. Her Blazes are my favourites, and she is, in fact, the only Blaze author I'm still reading. After reading the first couple of titles I bought her entire backlist, and I'm doing my best to make them last.

Amorous Liaisons is a particularly good one. Maddy Green's entire life has been consumed by her determination to become a prima ballerina. It's all she's ever cared about, and she's pushed everything else out of her life. She's final...more
Setting – Paris.

Theme – ballet, passion, grief, new beginnings, love

Characters –
Maddy Green – 29 years old… prima ballerina – Ballet is everything to her. But she is at the end of her career, she hurt her knee, and the company doctor will not release her back…

Max Laurent – 30 years old – until 22 was in a ballet company, just starting out. But he gave up his dream when his father was in a car accident and a paraplegic – he returned to Paris to care for his father. He started working on sculpting...more
I didn't like this book, and I think it was a combination of a lot of things. Maddy's character was supposed to be strong and fun, but the audiobook narrator made her into a soft-spoken person that didn't match the tone she should have had. It was also like a cliff notes of a romance, it kept doing the "one month later" or "a few days later" thing, which was annoying. Also, because I was reading another Sarah Mayberry the same time I was listening to this one, it was really sad to see some reuse...more
Andrea Guy
This was one Blaze novel I was glad to have read. You really fell in love with Max and Maddy and their struggles with their lives. I really found I couldn't put this one down. It was nice and spicy too, but not overly so, that the plot vanished. Great bedtime read.
I enjoy Mayberry's books and will pull her first out of a stack of Blaze books. I especially enjoyed Below the Belt, which features a couple involved in the boxing world. This one, however, not so much. And it had nothing to do with ballet, although I felt the whole ballet-poses-in-the-nude scenarios a little preposterous.

Nope, the reason I didn't feel this one as much as others was the lack of communication between two supposedly best friends, enough so that they stay away from each other for...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
I liked this book for so many reasons...the primary one being the tiny glimpse into the world of the ballet. Also, I appreciated the introduction of an autistic child-a reality for so many readers, I am sure.

A sweet, steamy tale of a man in love for over ten years.
Max and Maddy. She's a ballet dancer who has to retire due to injury and he's a struggling artist in Paris who needs a muse. I called the ending pretty early on, career-wise, but how they get there works. Love Sarah Mayberry and love a friends-to-lovers story.
I loved the concept of a prima ballerina being forced into retirement due to an injury. She turns to another former dancer in her time of grieving and confusion. Friends turn to lovers....classic! I really, really liked this one.
Myra Wardhana
Love the story line, was not expecting to love it at first glance, but at the end love it, but would not be something I would look back immediately again until maybe in few months time when perhaps I am a bit bored.
The familiar friends to lovers trope, mixed with career transformation. Can love replace a career and provide total fulfillment? I think not.
Jan 03, 2011 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Sexual affair between 2 former ballet dancers (and old friends) leads to Paris!
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins...more
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