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Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  375 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Now LuAnn McLane follows her surprise hit with Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues. Despite her two left feet, waitress Abilene Harper joins a reality TV dance competition and cha-chas and rumbas her way into the heart of the TV audience-and into the arms of her sexy dance instructor.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Signet
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Just - The romance reader
Sep 15, 2009 Just - The romance reader rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really cute story. The main characters Abby and Rio star on "Dancing With The Rednecks", a show that is a cross between Hee Haw and Dancing With The Stars. I love Abby's close knit relationship with her family and the pride she has for her hometown. Abby is a funny, down to earth, and a character you can easily relate with. Up until she stars on Dancing With The Rednecks and starts up a steamy romance with her hot latin dance partner Rio Martin because let's be serious, how ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
Yes, yes, it's all chick-litty. But it was a cute concept. And it could have stayed a cute concept, especially because heroine Abby was generally pretty relatable and fun (except for the fact that Luann McLane falls into the trap of having her characters laughing ALL THE TIME... nobody is funny all the time).
My main problem stems from Mr. Rio Martin, who is from Mexico City but is obviously named after Ricky Martin as his initials are the same and Martin is not a real Spanish last name (and that
Nan Loyd
Jan 16, 2015 Nan Loyd rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I have loved it since I first read it. Time will pass then I'll remember it and while I may not always recall who wrote it, I'll will dig around until I figure it out just so I can read it again.

It may be light and fluffy but it such a sweet, feel-good story. The character is finding her confidence, having fun, developing a huge crush, and you'll just have to read it to find out all the funny, awwww-inspiring things that happen in this book.

I find it very well written, fast pa
May 07, 2008 Eastofoz rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like first person writing
I really didn't like this book. It's more of a 2.5-3 star rating.

The first person present only writing really got on my nerves. I've read other books in the first person that I enjoyed but this was very one dimensional--like a whole bunch of information was missing. I didn't like the heroine --too "aw shucks" and she didn't really believe in herself. It was irritating how everyone could "read her mind" regardless of what she was thinking which I thought wasn't believeable. I disliked the cop-ou
Sep 11, 2008 Brenda rated it really liked it
I am not a romance reader, but I found this book quite charming. I loved the characters, the story, the setting. The ending was a little too fairy tale, but all-in-all a good read.

A comedy cable channel has decided to do a rip-off of Dancing with the Stars and have chosen a small town in rural Kentucky as the setting for Dancing with the Rednecks. Abby is a waitress in the family diner but is hoping to win the $50,000 grand prize money to make changes in the business and help pay her brother's t
Jan 11, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
This is a cute book with a heroine and hero from two different worlds.
Elley Murray
Nov 15, 2015 Elley Murray rated it really liked it
cute little story, even if suuuuper contrived
Kelli Wheeles
Jul 25, 2014 Kelli Wheeles rated it it was amazing
Dancing with the stars with a country twist.
Apr 25, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
I would rate it 4.5.
Apr 11, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
Cute book
Nancy H
Oct 17, 2013 Nancy H rated it liked it
This was an okay read. A take-off on shows like "Dancing with the Stars", this romance follows a waitress from a small Kentucky town as she and her fellow townspeople participate in a dance contest/reality show that is brought to their town. Supposedly the town will become the laughingstock of TV as the producers try to make stereotypical 'rednecks' learn how to dance and participate in the contest. Of course, in the way of HEA stories, the local folks do surprisingly well, and romance abounds.
Apr 20, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Quite a quick and easy read! I really like the author's style of writing. First off, how can you not like a book titled "Dancing Shoes and Honky-tonk blues"? I have read several Luann McLane books, and while this one isn't my favorite (that would be "Trick my truck but don't mess with my heart", this was a solid 3 stars. Who doesn't wish they had a hot, latin dance instructor? Entertaining and easy read.
Feb 25, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Dancing with the Stars
Recommended to Linda by: Shannon
This is a complete take off of Dancing with the Stars. If you are a fan of the show, you will like this book.

No true laughs, but you see the judges in the characters and you know who they are immediately. The professional dances are depicted as those on the show also.

It is a good light read.
Ann Marie
Sep 06, 2009 Ann Marie rated it really liked it
Loved this book! The story evolved around a red neck dancing competition. Great characters. Abby was a small town girl with depth. Rio was tall dark and sexy but again with depth. This was a fun, fast story and I often recall.
Jul 29, 2008 Beverly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Beverly by: no one
this book had been laughing from the start. it was a fun read, more of a "beach" read but it was fun. get way to escape your worries for a while.
Sep 08, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
This book was a cute, fast read. I think LuAnn develops the characters really well, so you do start to feel and relate to the characters!
LInda L
Mar 05, 2016 LInda L rated it liked it
Fairly predictable, but cute and holds your interest. Good beach book.
cute story, came together a little easy in the end.
dancing with the stars at the country side
Heather Morris
It was very funny light reading
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LuAnn McLane writes southern bent romantic comedy for NAL/Signet Eclipse and is currently penning her eighth novel in her popular Cricket Creek series. Her books have appeared on best selling lists including USA Today, Nielsen BookScan, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Her books have been featured selections for Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs. Her love of country music led her to collaboration with
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