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Luna Tango

(Wandering Skies #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Tango, like love, is complicated

Journalist Dani McKenna delves into the world of tango to expose the decades of lies and deception that threaten three generations of her family. She’s desperate to understand the reason her mother abandoned her twenty years ago to become a world-class tango dancer, why her grandma lives in fear of all things tango, and how the brutal murder
Paperback, 325 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Kylie D
Luna Tango is a marvellous book by Alli Sinclair. It has everything, mystery, romance, angst, and it's a cracking good read. We follow newly heartbroken Australian journalist Dani to Buenos Aires to write a feature on the tango, but she didn't count on falling for sexy, yet enigmatic tango instructor Carlos while writing her story. Then there is her estranged mother who she hasn't seen for twenty years, a world famous tango dancer, now living as a recluse somewhere in Argentina. Dani isn't sure ...more
Daniela McKenna’s mother abandoned her when she was just five years old, and she hadn’t seen or heard of her since. Dani was a journalist so heading to Argentina to report on the famous and well-loved tango was a good cover story. After all, her mother became a famous tango dancer in that country. Her meeting with the legendary tango dancer Carlos Escudero, was fraught with difficulties from the start. Carlos no longer danced because of a past accident, but he taught. He also had a hatred of jou ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - "Tango is the journey of the soul." Stars!

Midnight Serenade is a beautifully written tale spanning three generations of women, crossing continents, and wholly different lifestyles.

If you like your romance a little different than I think you will love this one. Told in several points of view and in different decades you are given the love story of Louise Gilchrist in fifties Buenos Aires, having arrived there after being orphaned during World War Two, after a life of poverty she has fallen
Dale Harcombe
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Dani wants to know why her mother abandoned her when she was only five. Her mother then went on to come a world class tango dancer, leaving her own mother Stella to raise Dani. When Dani decides to try and find out more about tango and the hold it has on her mother, her grandma is appalled. Despite her grandmother’s objections, Dani fees to Argentina. There she meets Carlos Escudero, a legendary tango dancer. Dani finds more than she bargained for as she uncovers a murder
Jaylee Neal
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart. All I can say is I fell in love with Dani and Carlos this book got better and better with every twist and turn Alli had in this book. Again the world needs to fall in love with Alli's ability to storytell ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, read-2015
I am always on the lookout for books that feature dancing, especially partner dancing. I had my eye on Luna Tango for a while, and how could you not with a cover like that! The passion displayed on the cover continued in the novel, and had me longing to read the sensual dance scenes even more than the bedroom ones (though they were swoon worthy too).

I related most to the modern storyline and enjoyed seeing how the two timelines came together. I loved Carlos voice - I could just hear him speaking
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
The first thing about this novel that caught my attention was its striking cover. The second, that its backstory is based on one of the most passionate Latin dances around - the Argentine Tango.

With a present day timeline entwined within a historical one, which takes place in 1950’s Buenos Aires, Alli Sinclair gives us Dani and Louisa.

From the wide open spaces of Australia and the populous city of New York where she has lived for the last three years and, against the wishes of her grandmother, D
Bree T
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Journalist Dani McKenna has journeyed to Argentina to kickstart her career in writing features. Helped along by Tourism Argentina, Dani plans to write articles on the famous tango and she wants the help of Carlos Escudero. A renown tango dancer, an accident ended his career and now he famously keeps to himself. He has a known distrust of journalists and Dani needs to win him over.

Carlos offers Dani a deal – for every step she learns, he will answer a question. Dani has never danced. When she was
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Judge a book by the cover? Always! Sometimes the cover does tell you quite a bit on what the book is about and Luna Tango definitely falls within this category. Let’s not dismiss the title either though I can tell you that it’s definitely not about (literally) dancing the tango in moonlight ;) A gorgeous cover with bright colours and a promise of the exotic –what more can you ask for as cover for a romantic novel? And which girl can resist a sexy & broody hero?

Dani McKenna’s love life has just b
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
First book of Alli's that I have read. This book is set in South America and tells the story of Dani who is hoping to break into a key journalism role by reporting on the history of the Tango. It is also a way for her to escape a recent break-up with her boyfriend who is also her boss, and search for the mother who abandoned her when she was 5 to pursue her dreams of being a revered Tango dancer.

The time frame switches back and forth between two different periods and it took me a little while t
Michelle Heeter
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought this book for 2 reasons: I love the tango (though I never managed to master even the basics of the dance), and because I've written romantic short stories for magazines and I'm considering trying my hand at a romantic novella or novel. Normally, romance is not my preferred genre as far as reading goes.

The author is not a great stylist, not that you'd expect it in this sort of book. The plot, although rather improbable, kept me turning the pages, and I found the descriptions of Buenos A
I enjoyed this book, but probably liked the flashback mystery more, as it drove the novel onwards. I enjoyed the parts about the Tango, and yes, even looked up what a bandoneon looks and sounds like - lovely music. At times I felt the modern day story wasn't motivationally and emotionally explained, and it had a rushed ending, but it was still a satisfactory ending. And such a gorgeous cover. It will be interesting to see what Alli Sinclair comes up with next. ...more
Kerrie Paterson
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Luna Tango, Alli Sinclair skillfully weaves a modern day story with one set in the 1950s. With its exotic setting and fascinating history, the two stories draw you into the tango world and have even someone with two left feet like me wishing they could dance :)

I devoured this in a few hours and am now looking forward to the next book in the Dance Card series!
Maureen McGowan
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait to read this book!!!!!
Dannielle Line
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned as a child, journalist Dani McKenna hates the beach, the Tango, and the melancholy tones of the Bandoneon, a concertina instrument, with a passion. Each reminds her of the mother who left her behind with only her emotionless grandmother to raise her after her father died of a broken heart. She knows there’s more to the estranged relationship between the three generations than either women will reveal, and she’s determined to discover the truth. Perhaps then, she can move forward with h ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting, well-crafted modern write of Australian provenance. unusually for a 'quick read' it is not soon forgotten. The author brings erudition and a clearly well-travelled background into a lightly engrossing romance. It is lifted from a 'chick-lit' category into something more appealing by virtue of the large element played by a knowledge of The Tango and its origins. The importance of this to the characters, as they deal with each others' pasts, creates the narrative.
An easy read but n
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you dance or love the idea of it, and the thought of dancing tango in a beautiful, romantic city far away, then you'll love Luna Tango. The author places her heroine in the exotic city of Buenos Aires where she has gone to solve a family mystery, and along the way finds love, learns about her heritage, and discovers herself. It's a gorgeous read which also tells us a little of the history of Argentina and the history of tango itself. The author weaves all of this into the story beautifully. I ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice story but some parts dragged for me.
Liv Arnold
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I learnt so much about the tango in this book. I particularly enjoyed the suspense of will Dani find her mother. She was a relatable character and I liked the flash back stories.
Cheryl Brown
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Entertaining but overly cliched chick lit. A good yarn with notable spots in Buenos Aires as background.
Emma Silver
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Just wasn't enough depth, good summer holiday read. ...more
Vicki Robe
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quite an intriguing read.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
* 4.5 stars

Luna Tango is the debut novel by Australian author Alli Sinclair and the first in a trilogy called the dance card series. It is sensual, colourful, has a touch of history and an air of mystery in the form of long held family secrets. The book opens when we are introduced to Dani McKenna, a journalist on an assignment for tourism Argentina, who is writing an article on the history of the tango. In conducting her research, Dani meets Carlos Escudero, once a world famous Tango dancer, no
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is always a joy to find a book that you can curl up on the couch with and soak up the atmosphere and relish in the characters. That is why I was so pleased to come across Luna Tango, a book, which from the start sent me flying on an exotic journey of discovery with its protagonist Dani McKenna. Dani sets out to try and find the truth surrounding her mother’s abandonment to far off Argentina when Dani was a young girl. While tracking her mother down Dani also starts to uncover the truth behind ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Serenade is a compelling story that combines adventure, romance, mystery and history, all set to a tango beat. Alli Sinclair deftly weaves together dual time lines:a murder mystery set in 1950s Buenos Aires that is linked to a young Australian woman’s present-day quest to uncover the truth about her family’s enigmatic past. I fell in love with the characters: feisty Dani, with her refusal to give up no matter how tough the journey; sexy Carlos, whose crusty exterior protects a generous ...more
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lately my reading has taken me to some gorgeous locations. This time I was transported to exotic Argentina.
This beautiful, wonderful story, Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair took my breath away, I was mesmerised from the first page until the last. I've always been enthralled in partner dances, the way they move and float across the dance floor is captivating. And in this glorious novel we learn the history of the tango, the most passionate dances of them all. We discover secrets and witness the heartb
Juliet Madison
I was lucky enough to read this before publication, and absolutely loved it! Alli Sinclair expertly weaves a modern day story with the historical, creating a rich, vibrant, mesmerising love story set in the passionate and mysterious world of the tango.
The characters are well developed (readers will adore tango teacher, Carlos, I'm sure!), the story intriguing, and the overall feeling of the book made me want to visit Argentina and learn the tango!
The story is so well crafted and authentic that i
Cate Ellink
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luna Tango is a gorgeous read that took me to Argentina and into the world of the Tango...and I didn't really want to leave. Dani, the heroine, is a bit goofy but she's strong and committed. She has a strange connection to Tango and to Carlos, the hero. Both Dani and Carlos hide secrets and as these start to be revealed, the book opens up to be something much bigger than just their story. There's secrets and mystery galore. And a nice sexual tension between Carlos and Dani that's at times intens ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-room
Luna Tango is a great quick read with the focus on romance, forgiveness and tango. The book follows Dani and her unconventional family and their secrets which she intends on steering clear of during a work required trip to Argentina. The book sees electric romance, a sweet family connection all combined to make a great story of love and loss. I really enjoyed reading this and is one of the nicest romance novels I have read in a while. Not only did I get some sweet romance I also got a little his ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Luna Tango! Alli Sinclair has cleverly intertwined two stories full of romance, mystery and of course, tango! With brilliantly rounded characters, an intriguing and suspenseful mystery and a wonderfully in depth look into the power and consequence of secrets, Luna Tango is a brilliant debut from this talented new author. I can't wait to read the next book in the dance card series. ...more
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Alli Sinclair is an Australian multi-award winning author published who has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada. She’s climbed some of the world’s highest mountains and worked as a tour guide in South and Central America. Australia has always been close to Alli’s heart as she loves the diverse landscapes and the rich multicultural heritage of this wonderful land.

Alli’s books explore history, cult

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