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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  605 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise somethi
ebook, 291 pages
Published March 31st 2014 by Teodora Kostova (first published March 22nd 2014)
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Stories that Tell rather than Show
2.5 Hearts-- Hot cover, right? Paired with a promising (albeit long) blurb. The cover is my favorite thing about this book. I can stare at it all day.

This is MF author Teodora Kostova's debut MM Romance story based on an insta-love moment between theater performers, Fenix and Jared. They have a lot of sex in short period. They go through volatile ups and downs and whirlwind love throughout the novel from the moment they are together and they are together for all but 15% of the book, so that is s
May 15, 2018 added it
Shelves: mm-romance, 2018, mm, dnf
No rating 😥

Calling it:

Time of book death at 21% 😔😔

Who is a quiter?


This is Insta , the kind i couldn't get into. I tried but it is Me! not the Book!.

I have nothing against Insta-anything, Lord knows Lucy Lennox has fed me Insta-everything in her books and i ate that shit up plus i did an encore. Here there was something missing, i guess i did not feel the spark between the MC's the moment they met.

I couldn't get into the Audio-book. The narrator's voice sounded the same for all characters. Thank
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, amazing-male, m-m
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The cover and the dance theme instant attracted me to this book, and WOW... Im so glad I read it!!
Was just what I was hoping for, such a beautiful love story with some great twists, some pain and some heartbreak but in the right measures.

The sex scenes between Fenix and Jared are incredibly sexy and off the charts, but also so beautiful and loving, the chemistry … oh my gosh!!
I loved the way they are honest with each other, they dont hide their feelings, they are truly perfect, for me it has
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

Not too shabby! This is a new author for me....and I noticed there were quite a few typos!

But the story was pretty good and the steam factor was high!

Fenix and Jared are both dancers in musicals in London. Jared's home is in London. He's happy on West End performing. He hasn't met anyone relationship worthy.

Fenix's dream is to make it to Broadway. So when his play gets moved to West End he jumps at the chance, knowing he's one step closer to his ultimate goal. And then he meets Jare
Len Evans Jr
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This is my second book by this author and it thoroughly proves that "Ten Mile Bottom" the first book I read was no fluke. From what the author states this was her very first M/M romance book, it is hard to believe because OMG she writes m/m romance like she had been doing it forever. The writing in this book is intense, emotional in the very best way and sucks you in so deep that you sometimes forget to breathe. The characters she created so very multi-layered, deep, flawed and so real that you ...more
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
DNF @ 6%

Well, that is some of the most awkward and clunky writing that I've come across in awhile. I'm already skimming. Onto the next book!
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
I really enjoyed the first half of this one but the second half killed it for me. This is my personal opinion, but I can't stand when an author takes time to establish a love story between two characters then when they are separated you have to read multiple detailed sex scenes with them hooking up with other people before they get back together again. I just feel like it takes so much away from their story. Bummed because I was really enjoying this and the theater dork in me wanted to love this ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am so disappointed. Whatever happened to 'show, don't tell?'

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Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, romance, dancers
I'm one of the few that didn't like this book, sadly. For me, it was another case of a fantastic cover and an interesting blurb with a story that didn't live up to them.
The beautiful cover is the first thing that caught my attention and from the blurb the book sounded like something I would like. Also, the reviews were very positive, so I decided to buy it. Unfortunately, I didn't like it at all and mostly that's because of two main problems: everything was rushed and there was too much telling
I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I read it in a single sitting. What a lovely way to start my weekend - curled up in bed with a good book. I only meant to read a chapter or two while I had my coffee but.....

Set against the backdrop of the theatre, Dance brings together Fenix, a rising star who dreams of Broadway, and Jared, who is living his dream on the stage in London.

This is a story of a grand romance, the type of love that, when it hits, it hits hard and fast. It's love at first
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fenix and Jared are both stage actor/singer/dancers. The triple threat. Jared is performing in a show at Queen Victoria Theater in West London which he co-wrote with his best friend Adam. Fenix gets the lead role in another musical about a rock bad which will be sharing the theater with Jared's show. He and Jared will also share a dressing room.
Fenix's goal has always been to star in a Broadway show. His mother did it but was injured in a suspicious accident many years ago which cut her career s
Denise H.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***** Gosh, I simply absorbed this ! The cover alone is stunning !! ***** I didn't want it to end, and I loved every line. If the deep characters and smokin' hot sex weren't enough to keep your attention, the well written story would. Thought-filled emotions, intense, amazing character development, and a steady flowing plot will engage you. These terrific men are in established careers, intelligent and thriving. Teodora Kostkova writes a beautiful story of M/M love at first sight, and ...more
Mummy's Naughty Corner
Book gifted from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover :- 5 stars
Sex/steaminess :- 4 stars
Story line :- 5 stars
Characters :-4 stars
Overall rating :- 4.5 stars

Personal rating :- 5 stars

Book Pairing:- M/M
Did it give me a book hangover :- Yes
Is this a review book or personal read :- Review Read

Why I chose this book?

The author let me proof read and Beta read this book.

What I liked about this book.

* Hot and steamy
* It's not all romance there is angst thrown in.
* The author has created a g
The setting around dance and the theater created a vibrant background for the story. I wanted to see the musical, it felt that real. The two MCs made a hot couple. There were sparks flying off the page when they met. Although this was a story of instant love and lust, it continued for years. Their love deepen. Then heartbreak. The depths of sorrow and despair of the MCs felt as real as their love had.

One minor point that bothered me. The guys kept saying they each liked their love hard and dirt
Mary Mary
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
*1.5 stars*

it is a miracle I finished this book. and I am so disappointed I have no words, i wanted to read this story for years now and when i finally could it turnd out to be ridiculously close to soap opera, sappy, nauseating and simply STUPID.
I disliked both MCs. They are childish and weird. they don't act like adults for sure. the whole plot is based on the love at first sight but sure as hell it seems more like i-can't -take-my-dick-out of-you at first fuck.
it is terrible. naive.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is a first for me.
I love and adore Teodora Kostova's writing and literally can't wait for the next thing she is going to publish.
So, when I found out it was M/M, I was a little scared. Not because of her talent..but becuase this will be my first time reading it.
Now, as you start Dance, you immediately meet Fenix. I absolutely love the name and he is such a sensational character. He draws you in to his life; feeling his passions and desires. He is full of life and instan
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd read Nov. 2015:
I'm going to bump this one up to 5 stars after having listened to the audio. Not that the audio version was spectacular, but I really just love Jared and Fenix too much.

Original review from July 2014:
Jared and Fenix both have starring roles in a London West End theatre. When they meet, it’s love at first sight. Or at the very minimum lust at first sight. It gets very hot very quickly. And there are plenty steamy scenes throughout the book. Which I personally consider a good th
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-sex, review-copy, m-m
This may just be my favourite mm read so far, I loved it, wanted to devour it in one sitting but life wouldn't let me, so had it on my mind while waiting to get back to it. I love getting pulled into a book so much it takes over your thoughts.

The characters Jared and Fenix were so real to me, being actors and dancers they were passionate people but together they just sizzled.

Sex scenes were hot, but it wasn't all sex, the was tenderness and feelings and let's face it real life in this book.

The w
♥J ♥
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
This was an enjoyable enough read and although both characters are definitely male the story read a little like an MF love story.
There was a lot of sex in the first half of the story, and honestly I would have liked more about the MC's instead.
I wasn't able to connect with this book; I didn't like it. Too much insta-everything. Too over the top drama. Just wasn't for me. DNF
Chris, the Dalek King
Once upon a time, in a land far far away…

Fenix Bergman was sure that the musical Poison was just the beginning of his rise to fame. And when it got a contract with the Queen Victoria he knew that his trip across the Atlantic was worth the separation from the Broadway stage. Little does he know that the Queen Vic has more than just stage and fame waiting for him, because sharing a dressing room with the famous Jared Hartley sparks something deep and instant in both men. Some might think love at f
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
I picked this up because i was looking for a "performer" book for a reading challenge. Fenix is a singer/dancer/actor and Jared is an actor/writer/producer ((having co-written the play he performs in)) Not realizing it was "insta-love" i jumped in blind. I sort of inwardly groaned at it as it was happening.... bear with me here, I know this sounds negative, but it gets better...

I went on for the sake of finishing it for my challenge, and the fact that the audio narrator was English :D I gotta sa
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Potential spoilers ahead, proceed with caution (and at your own risk)::

WTF??!!!!?!! What just happened??!!!?? [Fenix] You say he is IT for you (too) and you go off and do THAT?!!!? Wow!! You would think you'd try harder ... you would think you'd hang in there and try to make it work ... you would think YOU WOULDN'T FUCKING RUN OFF AND FUCK SOMEONE ELSE!!!
Given how much these two feel for one another right off the bat, I just cannot forgive Fenix for what he has done. I can't. It's not like they
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This is a very nice story told from the POV of both MCs, Fenix and Jared. Both young men are starring in West End (London) plays held in the same theater. Jared's is a kid's show running four days a week, and Fenix's show is adult and based on the rise of a well-known rock band. The role is ideal for Fenix whose mother is a famous ballet dancer, and perfect for Fenix's goal of being recognized in London so that he'll fast track to Broadway, his lifetime dream.

It's love at first sight for these
OK. This book hit several of my "OMG I HATE THAT TROPE" tropes. 1. Instalove. I will almost never get behind this. My enjoyment from reading almost always stems from the relationship building. SOMETIMES, that happens in instalove stories but most often instalove stories rely on sexual chemistry to demonstrate the relationship and this story was no different than most. 2. This leads from the first trope...relationships where all emotional connection is based on sexual chemistry. 3. Extremely code ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From Valleys To Mountaintops, This Story Is Full Of Emotions.

Fenix and Jared completely grab your world and sling shot you into theirs. This story takes you on a journey from both of them. Teodora writes an amazing story with such detail that you are living with them and feel their happiness, sexiness, love, hurt, sadness and everything from the valleys to the mountaintops. These two men are amazing by themselves but when brought together, oh holy hotness!!! Let’s just say with Fenix as a dancer
Lisa J.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Major insta-love. Sex. Multiple jumps in time. Lots of telling, not showing. Inevitable breakup. Long separation. On-page sex with other partners. Insta-reunion. Sex. HEA.

That about sums up this book. Fenix and Jared's relationship was superficial, and it never adequately deepened. The reunion should have been a slow-build with the MCs taking the time to get to know each other, finding out who each had become. But the book merrily skips along without stopping to reflect on the impact of the time
Jack Pyke
Okay, I'm gonna have to DNF this at 50%. I picked it up to give Jared and Fenix another go, but couldn't get into it. Cover is stunning, drool worthy!!! It just seemeed like too much frosting and not enough cake for me. I coudn't move beyond the words on the page, and that's always a concern for me: imagery becomes abstract, and I'm forced to look at the words over diving into the world. Basicaly too much summary.

It is a DNF, and I don't believe in rating with a DNF as I put it down halfway thro
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: ❀~Amy~❀
Shelves: cover-color-blue
Probably more of a 3.5 stars but it felt like I was reading an insta-love M/F book with added penis parts so I decided on 3. Yes, it was entertaining. Yes, they had a whole lot of sex. Yes, they were both waaaay perfect. And you'd think after almost 300 pages we'd know them really well but I didn't feel like I did. Odd. And where I should have been really sad, I wasn't. All that whining aside, I will probably read the next one because it just has to be about Adam (I haven't looked yet) and he wa ...more
It was ok.. Took ages to get into and found it odd that the paparazzi in the uk would be sooo interested in the west end.. I personally couldn't name a single person performing on the west end. Everything was insta love and happy sappy. It got interesting mid way through and then reverted back.. Not a bad read but I like mine A bit more gritty
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Teodora is a bestselling, award winning author writing across genres, but has a soft spot for contemporary romance. As a passionate and vocal supporter of equal rights, LGBTQ+ themes are explored in most of her novels. A Creative Writing and English graduate, Teodora began writing full length novels in college, but only got the courage to show some of them to the world long after she graduated. Sh ...more

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