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We Danced

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  832 ratings  ·  97 reviews
For six years, Rex Payton has focused on two things: keeping his late father's small-town Kentucky bar afloat and raising his nephew, Tyler. After the tragic loss of his parents and sister, Rex has no interest in romance. He's respected in his community and regarded as one of Carlisle's most eligible bachelors, but he's accepted that his life isn't conducive to a romantic ...more
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Published June 1st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This Author used to be for me a one time wonder, I haven't been able to read all his books, and some of them weren't to my taste.

I decided to give this story a go, and Oh boy!! I do need to start reading his books from now on.
What a fantastic story, great plot, divine sex scenes, stunning ending.
This book once again brought to light the things people do and the lack of care of whomever they hurt under the name of religious beliefs. It brings extreme anger when they are hurting two adults that love each other, but when they hurt children in the process, it brings rage. At least in my case it's rage. Sweet love story, lovely characters and of course there is rage. The one small problem I found was the ending seemed rushed. 
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We Danced is an excellent book. I am yet to read a Book by this author that I don't love. Rex and Josh were great role models for Ty. The stuff that happened to them was so unfair, and I was hoping that Uncle Howard was going to step up and put an end to his wife's bitchism. She was a shrew who should have been locked up for telling lies. This is a great story of family and love. 10 stars. ...
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was not terrible but it was not original, it did not have any exceptional qualities, and it certainly was not memorable. In fact, it was full of clichés, insta-love, and magic problem resolution. There was the hunky cowboy bartender, the city-slicker student twink, and the bartender’s adopted son (his nephew) who of course behaved like a television child.

Throw into the mix a bigoted villainess, the child’s redneck and bigoted extended family, and a few more secondary charac
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay…confession time. I was itching for this book since it popped onto Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page. The little boy on the cover was absolutely adorable and I couldn’t wait to read his story. But, when I got We Danced in my hot little hands and started to read I almost didn’t make it through chapter one.

No. It wasn’t that the writing was that terrible. Jeff Erno is a fabulous storyteller. I had no trouble picturing a tired barkeep cleaning up at the end of the night. The smell of
3.5 stars This review is a little late because I stayed up late in order to finish this book and didn't have a chance to write a review initially. The bump down from 4 stars to 3.5 stars is due to the unnecessary (IMHO) drama near the end (view spoiler) ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, m-m
I am such a sucker for books with kids in them. This one definitely did not disappoint. Tyler is perfect. He is a typical almost 7-year old. He is being raised by his uncle, Rex, who gained custody of him when he was a few months old. Rex meets Josh by chance one night and the story begins.

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book but there are a couple of things I didn't. What I did like was how the relationship between Rex and Josh developed. It started out sweet (s
Madison Parker
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Little Ty was absolutely adorable and so darn funny! There must be a real-life Ty somewhere in Jeff Erno's life, because this little guy was so completely believable. His phrasing and the way he'd blurt things out, uncensored, was so realistic (“Sometimes I let them out of the cage, but Uncle Rex doesn’t like it. He gets mad when they poop on the curtains.”). I refuse to believe this little guy is merely a fictional character. That's how vividly he came to life for me. There were many laugh-out-loud moments for me thr(“Sometimes ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-have
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May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We Danced is the love at first sight story of Rex, a bartender who has given up his dreams to look after his nephew and the family business, and Josh a student of veterinary medicine. The story is well written and the characters are well developed, particularly Ty the nephew. I feel sure that all fans of the mm genre will enjoy this. I might make a trip to Kentucky to find myself a Rex or Josh to bring back to Europe.
Stephen Osborne
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on a long car trip. It's really hard to drive when happy tears are rolling down your cheeks. This book hit a lot of buttons for me, and I loved it to pieces. Finn Sterling does a very good job with the narration. Cover models: Rex...perfect. Tyler...yes! Josh...not even close to how I pictured him. Eh, you can't have everything!
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2013
2.5* Insta-love + Predictable plot + phrases like "Red Hot Poker", "Javelin", and "Volcano Erupting" and you have a head shaker. At least it was useful for a number of reading challenges.
Sammy Goode
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin…

“He had finally decided that is was time to start living his life by seizing every day…”

Rex was busy…busy living his life for the memory of his departed father…busy living his life for the boy who was his nephew—and by adoption, now his son…busy forgetting a broken relationship that left him alone and lonely. So busy running that he barely understood what happened the night that Josh left his cell phone behind at Rex’s bar and came by to retrieve it and the
As a result of a tragic traffic accident Rex Payton loses a mother and a kid sister in one fateful afternoon. He also loses his future plans for happiness as he becomes the caregiver for his sister's infant son Tyler. This instant responsibility also loses him his boyfriend and within the year, his father who basically dies of a broken heart.

As Tyler grows up Rex realizes all the joy that the boy has brought into his life but he still feels a bit isolated in the small Kentucky town where he now
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. Rex and Josh made such a beautiful couple and were perfect for each other. They were also pretty hot together (particularly in Rex's office at the bar). It felt like they were destined to be together, not only because of that initial spark of attraction, but because of how compatible they were. And refreshingly there were no communication problems here. You gotta love two guys who can actually express their feelings in order to move forward and build a life together. A ...more
Josh is the prefect student on his way to being the perfect vet and falls in love at first sight with Rex, the perfect uncle/ father, business owner, of Ty, the perfect nephew/son who is smarter than all get out. I love Jeff Erno's other works that I have read, this one was just a little too perfect. The major life threatening moment did keep me up reading and all quite plausible. Yet everything was tied up at the end in a shinny bow. Not quite like the real life I know and live. Books are fanta ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved that story!! It made me want to bitch slap someone though...Not you Jeff..LOL
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

I loved just about everything about this book!
It starts with a kiss and dance! Great story about falling in love in a small southern town. Rex and Josh have such great chemistry together. And Ty is a typical 6/7 year old boy. Had a couple of laughs with him. I do wish that Uncle Harold would have acknowledged what Aunt Kathy did. Great story!
T.M. Smith
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tams gives this one 5 Stars...

"It stared with a dance..."

What made the experience of listening to We Danced the most enjoyable?
Sterling's recreation of the characters Erno initially created with words on a page, truly bringing them to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Rex. Good lord, yum, wow, I want one, hot! But so tender and caring as well. Really the total package.

What does Finn Sterling bring to the story that you wouldn
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review

Josh and Rex are an interesting combination for a romance book. They both know and accept that they’re gay, but have never seen the need to proclaim it to the world. They’ve been working with such single minded focus toward their goals that they haven’t even entertained the possibility of a romantic relationship. Their responsibilities take precedence in their lives and romance isn’t even on their radar. When they suddenly meet, neither one of them understood how they could end
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 I admit, I was a little nervous to read something by Jeff Erno, as I only knew of him through the Puppy Love series, which isn't for me. I needn’t have worried, because as it turns out Mr. Erno can write a sweet, aggravating love story. Rex is a lovely responsible man who lost his sister and mother in car accident, and his father due a broken heart. He has put his dreams aside in order to keep his father’s bar going, and to care for his last surviving relative, his nephew Tyler. He was burne ...more
Chris Jeffreys
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This starts as a promising novel about the love among an unconventional family, but it quickly devolves into a melodrama that the worst TV show would not have accepted as a script.

Rex is a gay man who ends up being the adoptive parent to his nephew, Tyler, after the rest of his family dies tragically. Rex takes over running the family business, a local tavern, in a town called Carlisle, Kentucky. Josh is almost done with his studies to be a veterinarian, and he is doing an internship with a loc
Elisa Rolle
Quite a departure from the previous books I read by this author, We Danced is a mostly sweet and romantic story about young vet student Josh, who falls in love for single dad Rex. Now no, don’t get me wrong, Rex is not bisexual, he is actually the uncle of little Tyler, and he found himself the only relative of the kids almost soon after he was born. At the time Rex was only 22 years old, and now 8 years later he is all focused on Tyler and his personal life is no existent. It’s no surprise so, ...more
Dee Wy
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rex and Josh's first meeting could qualify as insta-love, but the way their story played out it didn't bother me a bit. Nine year old Ty added tension in the story as bible-wielding busy-bodies accuse Rex of sexually abusing the boy. Of course homosexuals are always sexual perverts and someone must save the boy from abuse. Right? There is no excuse for this kind of ignorance in today's world.

I enjoyed listening to this on audio. Really nice listen!
Miss Asima
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Romantic and entertaining. I really like Jeff Erno but this one was too... sweet? tame? too something lol even if I can't pinpoint it. Very well written though so if romance is your thing go for it! :D
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
Another great read by Mr.Erno!! I loved all three of these boys, maybe we'll see a follow up later. Great ending, reminded me of a country song.
Page Crusherz
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Light and fun...very sweet. Likable kid, cute MC's...not the most memorable, but definitely enjoyable!
Alexis Woods
A little too "telly" and "instalove" for me, but a sweet, romantic story nonetheless.
Amneris Cesare
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
It didn't impress me much.
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Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently pu ...more
“Does it bother you when you see Daddy kissing Josh?” he asked.
Ty shook his head and made a funny face. “No, not really. I guess you really like him a lot.”
“I do,” Rex agreed. “I love Josh.”
“I love Josh too, and so I don’t care if you kiss him. But I thought boys only kissed girls.”
Rex nodded. “Yeah, well, that’s how it is most of the time, but you know some boys kiss other boys and some girls kiss other girls.”
“Well, I don’t wanna kiss no girls!” Ty said emphatically.
Rex and Josh both laughed. “Maybe someday you will, though. If you do, that’s fine, and if you don’t, that’s fine too. For right now, you can just kiss Daddy.” He leaned in and kissed Ty on the forehead.”
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