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Dance With Me

(Dancing #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,414 ratings  ·  706 reviews
Sometimes life requires a partner.

Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.

Laurie was once one of
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 418 pages
Published August 28th 2015 by Heidi Cullinan (first published July 26th 2011)
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"You don't just feel the rhythm," he'd told him. "You must feel the soul, both of the dance and of your partner. The tango isn't something you dance. It's a story you create with another."


5+++ dancing stars!

Wow. Simply brilliant!

Ms. Cullinan has created a soul-deep moment of pure magic. Dance With Me is beauty in every sense of the word. There's beauty in a dance and body; you find beauty in inspiration and love; there's beauty in making love; and there's so mu
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I am a big fan of Heidi Cullinan. Honestly, her sex scenes are stolen right out of my brain (how did you get in there?!?) and I could read a book solely of her filthy, dirty bedroom talk. However, this book was a bit on the schmaltzy side for me. I am not a dancer and I appreciate dance in the way that I can say, "Oh, that looks pretty good" but that's about it. This book was a bit too "let's rumba our way to happiness" for me. Also, I really liked Ed as a character but Laurie was a
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 4 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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"You don't simply feel the rhythm. You must feel the soul, both of the dance and of your partner. The tango isn't something you dance. It's a story you create with another."

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Ed Maurer is an ex-semipro-football player that has had to leave his athletic glory behind due to a neck injury that bans him from ever playing again. Ed doesn't want to accept his fate that he is disab
I almost gave it up at 92% because of the hot tub scene. It was an over-the-top repulsive (kind of a) foursome with Ed, Laurie, Laurie’s UNCLE (!), and his husband, oh, and cum floating in the water… Just try to imagine having sex while your uncle watches… Just no…

I enjoyed the first few chapters:
- the theme was great and promising: a permanently injured, retired football player and a retired ballet dancer with destroyed reputation meet. I was really curious how they would overcome it.
- the rom
5 Dancing Stars - so beautiful, so real and a very good touching M/M story

Another book that has been lying way too long. I'm hoping for a nice dance experience filled with sensual dance moves, beautiful movement and great sweet romance of course. ~ And I got it all!

My big romantic heart pounds for these two amazing men. And as they danced - so atmospheric and beautifully described. Ed and Laurie's story was great to read. As so often when I read a great great book, I have great ambitions to writ
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ by: Temple
This book caught me off guard.

I never expected to fall in love with it and when I found myself CRYING at the end all I could think was, 'DAMN YOU, HC! And your feels sorcery!'

I thought it would be a nice little enemies to lovers dancing story! Y'know sweet and cute with some blazing sex. Uh ho ho! Never underestimate the power of HC. The sorcery is strong with that one.

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Laurie and Ed have been snarking at each other over a PA system at the community center they both volunteer at that's intrusi
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This was such a beautiful story Photobucket 5+ stars from me :)

Ed and Laurie are complete opposites. Ed is a former football player, all butch and manly, while Laurie is a former ballet dancer, a bit feminine and totally stylish. They can't stand each other, and whenever their paths cross, they end up fighting XD Now I won't go explaining all the plot, but basically Ed asks Laurie for a favour, and in return he has to assist him with his dancing classes. Very soon, Ed finds he really likes dancing, and m
Heidi Cullinan
Aug 23, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote-it
Second edition coming very soon. Audio soon to follow, narrated by Iggy Toma.
This review has been posted on Dirty Books Obsession

✮4.5 Stars✮
I love everything about this book..the story ,the character, and the cover beautiful.

Ed Maurer and Laurie Parker...they meet at a local community center where are both volunteers of Halcyon Center.
At first, they did not like each other and there is tension between them until the situation makes Laurie ask Ed if he wants to be his dance partner to a ballroom dance class where he is the instructor.
It is the beginning when everyth
4.75 just short of perfect.

This book was FABULOUS! I loved it so much! I have to admit that I am a sucker for stories with starting over themes, second chances, main characters reinventing themselves...I love all of that in a book. And Ed's and Laurie's story was all about that.

Ed and Laurie don't like each other...Ed had begun to teach a weight lifting class at the local community center in St. Paul...It makes him happy to do it, he hates his drony job and he can't play semipro football (his re
Trisha Harrington
For some reason the blurb didn't draw me into this book. I held off for months thinking this would be okay at best. Boy was I wrong. Apart from one scene this book was perfect for me. I loved the couple, the plot, and the general feel of the book. I was drawn in from the first chapter and I fell head over heels in love. An added bonus was I found myself grinning through most of the book. It happens sometimes, but not quite that often.

Ed and Laurie are the boys here, and they were just so adorabl
Heather C
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
An absolutely beautiful story!!

So...this was my first book by Heidi Cullinan and I must admit that I was a little scared in the beginning. But I really trust LA's recommendations so I knew I would be okay. Laurie and Ed were so beautiful together; their dancing, their kisses, their love making, their...everything!! They were so perfect for each. Yes, it had the famous dancer and the typical football player. You know...the usual stereotypes. But the difference was that that was no longer their ca
Damon Suede
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My full review is posted over at Jessewave:

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, Cullinan writes her books. She doesn’t merely type them and hope for the best; she doesn’t cobble them together out of half-digested borrowings; she doesn’t regurgitate the same bland book over and over in an Ourobouros of homoerotic hackwork. Cullinan writes; she writes beautifully; and she has written a marvelous book that you will enjoy if you have any interest in sex
Jenni Lea
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was, quite simply, marvelous.

I must commend Ms. Heidi Cullinan on giving me a story that was real and raw and sexy and so mature. I felt like a grown up reading it. Well done!

What was this book about? I can sum it up in one word:


Acceptance of friends and family and their idiosyncrasies. Acceptance of what life throws at you. Acceptance of the good as well as the bad. Acceptance of love; not just in each other but in one’s own self.

I connected with Ed and Laurie on a level I r
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheri by: Andrew
Occasionally you stumble or in my case, fall into a story that takes your breath away. I tripped, slipped and plundered into the depths of this story, and was stunned how far I fell. I was NOT expecting it to be so profound and so greatly layered.
Damn, do I ever love surprises!
See, here’s the thing…this is a gorgeous love story, it’s written with grace and style, and it’s real. It is so real I had to continue to remind myself it wasn’t. Then I was pissed at myself for raining on my happy dancin
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

I love Ed and Laurie together. I thought their friendship was sweet. I thought their romance was sweet. I thought their love was sweet. And I thought their union was sweet.

Ed alone is a stubborn idiot who jeopardized his health because of his pride. He’s a glory-days obsessed athlete whose saving grace is his aw-shucks charm...and his love for Laurie.

Laurie alone is an ice prince who was so uptight and emotionless, I fully expected him to shit diamonds. He’s a confused coward whose sav
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-contemp, own
Wonderful story about change and acceptance, and the beauty still inherent in life after things don't work out the way you first planned them. It's not a story about second chances, but metamorphosis.

Favorite quote:
With the right partner, it’s like I’m anchored, and I can do anything.”
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

"You don't just feel the rhythm. You must feel the soul, both of the dance and of your partner. It's a story you create with another."

This book is so difficult for me to rate. It's quite a beautiful love story, of that there is no question. Laurie and Ed are fantastic characters with depth and charm and a heartbreaking grief they constantly carry. But this was an exhausting and too somber for my tastes read. Even the beauty of Ed and Laurie's love and bond wasn't enough to lif
4,5 stars
Really loved this one. I just couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the dancing scenes as much as I enjoyed the growing attraction between the characters. We get many sweet moments but also extremely hot ones.
The writing is amazing! I got to feel the MC's pain, their struggles (depression and how to deal with physical pain). Great story!
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bit of a difficult review to write because while the book is decent, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it. I’m not entirely sure why except I couldn’t connect to either character and thus never really cared about them together. Due to this the story somewhat bored me and I found myself sometimes skimming just to finish. There are a lot of great elements in the story that should work together to form a moving, memorable story. I like the individual characters but together I never real ...more
Kaje Harper
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, favorites
I really liked the way Cullinan wrote a character who has a borderline disability, living in that grey zone where normal life should be possible but the injury sometimes brings normal crashing down. The characters and the relationship in this story really worked for me. The supportive football players were a nice (if slightly optimistic) touch. There was a little more "I'm not good enough for him" agonizing than I prefer as the motivator for some of the conflicts between these two men. But in th ...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was an amazingly beautiful book. It's angsty but it's not too angsty. It has descriptions that make you feel like you are actually experiencing each incident, each dance. It has so much sexual tension, you can feel it coming off the pages. And it's such a heartwarmingly sweet story, I just couldn't put it down.

I loved how this story progressed. It's a slow development in not just the emotional aspect of things but also the physical and mental aspects as well. It's different from Cullinan's
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I guess the old adage is true... it's never as great the second time around.

I still love Ed and Laurie but I didn't enjoy this as much as I did when I read it originally in 2015. I had forgotten how much pain Ed was in constantly and how that pain took over the narrative. I also forgot how early on the pain seeped in and took over.

I remembered the dancing and how much Ed loves it and takes to it and I still really enjoyed that part as well as their connection. Laurie may be a bit fussy but he
If you want to read about 2 twentysomethings in a foursome with 2 old men, one of them the uncle. This is your book.

Why do I continue to read this author writer garbage.

Ever reminding me, by woman for women but about me.
But I am convinced Cullinan has never met a gay male.

OMG, that NEW COVER!!!!

Review soon.
4.5 stars
I have never read anything by Ms. Cullinan before; her other stories' blurbs did not appeal to me. However, this one does. I like stories about dancers. I like to watch movies about dance. I still remember one ballet movie starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. "Fame" was one show, whose episodes I never missed (love Debbie Allen's choreography).

This one is short of PERFECT and touches me in all the right places. First, the opposite attract. They come from two different spectrum in life. Ed is a
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely story from Heidi Cullinan that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought this was a gorgeous romance that might not have been as kinkily hot as some of her others but it was still really sexy and sensual, just in a different way. I definitely had a few face fanning moments!

At the start we see the disasters that put an end to the promising careers they both had and loved. For Ed who was the consummate sportsman it was a horrible football injury, for Laurie the rising, professional ballet da
Denise H.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***** Amazingly beautiful M/M romance !!! ***** Ed volunteers at the center to teach weightlifting for teens. Laurie/Laurence/Laur is a famous ballet dancer who also teaches dance classes. With budget cuts the center's sound system leaves a lot to be desired. It is the arguments over the sound that brings Ed and Laurence together. To get the music off, Ed agrees to do anything Laur requires in return. Well, now he'll be helping instruct ballroom dance classes !

This novel has deeply thought-fill
Kade Boehme
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that's been on my to-read since last year and I have danced around it for months thinking the reviews were intriguing but those who know my taste know that I'm a big fan of angsty, rip my heart out and throw it against a wall while digging a knife in my gut books. This certainly was not hence the pussy-footing that lead to me being separated from this book for so long.

I'm dumb.

This book was beautiful. The whole odd couple vibe was fun and then made for an even more sa
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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I've owned this book for a couple years and forgot about it. Recently I was going through my books and ran across it. I picked it up, started reading it, and then questioned why the hell I waited so long start it. There are tons of amazing reviews for this book already that explain better than I ever could what a great story this is. All that I will say is that I can't recommend it enough. It was a beautiful journey. 4.5 Stars ♥

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