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Dance Like You Mean It

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
What if you wrote a steamy, erotic novel that was so hot bookstores couldn't keep it on their shelves? What if you couldn't tell anyone you wrote it?

At night, nurse Cassie Calabria pens a bodice-ripper novel, using an alias. She sends it to a few agents, then forgets about it. She's more than surprised when she gets an offer for a publisher to include her book, Wild Rose,
Published February 11th 2017 by Black Opal Books
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Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Fresh Fiction for this win.

This was a book within a book. I enjoyed the alternating chapters of Cassie/Caria writing a book that she doesn't want her family who she adores and is overprotective of her two daughters (who are 8 and 15) or anyone to know about it. She works in the ER as a nurse and loves her job and her co-workers who she is friendly with and is worried that since her book is a "bodice ripper" she'll be found out, and she will be and the results are hilarious.

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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dance Like You Mean It is the third book I've read by Jean Skartsiaris and without a doubt, this one is the most fun and my favorite. What parent exhausted by laundry, teens, and work doesn't dream of an alternate universe of luxury, freedom, and romance? And sometimes when your dreams come true, there is a lot to juggle. In the spirit of full-disclosure, I know Jean personally, but I do not think that colored my opinion of this book.
Sarah G
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book you can finish in a day. Well this was a fun read to storm through in a day, almost like a two for one deal too.

So Cassie is middle-aged ER nurse supervisor who feels like she needs a change. To do something new and exciting comes to mind after seeing an article in a newspaper saying that everyone has a story in them but few write them down. Looks like she is about to.

The starting point is always the most fun as its where you dec
Laura Godwin
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book like this! Dance like you mean it is split into two stories. Cassie’s story, and her character Rosemary’s story. Reading the two stories alongside makes Cassie’s story feel very “real” as Rosemary’s story is the story within the story. The book reminded me of Liane Moriarty’s works where you take a standard family, mum, dad, two children and throw Life at them. All mums will relate to Cassie. She had me cheering and rooting for her as well as feeling and sympathizing wit ...more
Linda Thompson
What’s not to love about this book? It’s actually two books in one, each very different from the other. I had to keep reminding myself that this book was set in the 70s, long before erotica became mainstream reading, and Dance Like You Mean It is very mild in comparison with the books of today. I love the strength and determination the author gives to her female characters. Skartsiaris’ descriptions of her characters’ personalities are second to none. As I reached the end, I felt as though Cassi ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dance Like You Mean it is such a fun read. I enjoyed watching Cassie navigate through her problems and stay true to herself in the best way possible.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read with the great character and storyline development that kept me totally engaged throughout the entire book!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance, family drama, women's fiction
Recommended to Rosemarie by: author
I read this book in one sitting, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to readers of romance or family drama novels.
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Melissa Carrigee
This is a fun book to read. Every woman can relate to something in this book - from an eye-rolling teenager, a distant husband, crazy co-workers, loving mother and guilt for trying to do/be it all. Skartsiaris is able to weave in and out of a 70s romance novel and a modern day mid-life crisis to create a funny, heart-felt story of a woman trying to figure out who she is and discovering more than she bargained for.
Jeanie Loiacono
Dance Like You Mean It by Jeanne Skartsiaris is a novel women will embrace, especially those who are closet writers, authors, journalists, wives, and mothers. It is a struggle between doing what you are passionate about and having success, and being able to take credit for it even though it compromises the morals and values you and your family hold dear. To be proud of a best-selling steamy novel or stay anonymous and not be able to stand in the spotlight? Can you have both and not feel ashamed ...more
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When not writing Jeanne Skartsiaris also works as a Sonographer. Prior to that she was a medical/legal photographer for a plaintiff’s law firm. She attended creative writing courses at Southern Methodist University and is a member of Romance Writer's of America and the local chapter, Dallas Area Romance Authors. Also the author of Surviving Life. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Look for Jeanne - on Fa ...more

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