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Dance with Me

(Dance Off #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  109 reviews
The second book in Alexis Daria's dancing duology finds one playboy charmer falling for his new roommate.

Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to cra
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Swerve
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I loved everything about the first book in the Dance Off series. TAKE THE LEAD had everything going for it: sexy hero and heroine with off-the-charts chemistry, fun reality TV show setting, competition, slow burn romance, #ownvoices WoC heroine whose cultural heritage adds to the book without feeling like a "diversity tickmark," and an amazing cover. Only an irritating Big Misunderstanding in the last act kept the book from getting five
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book is the second installment in the Dance Off series, and I loved it more than the first installment Take the Lead. I probably loved this story more because it follows two people who are friends-with-benefits that end up sharing a house together, due to unforeseen circumstances. Whenever two characters become roommates, I immediately fell in love with the story because that is one of my favorite tropes used in romance novels. There’s something about pushing the two love interests together ...more
Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I loved the first book in this series, Take the Lead. I gave it five stars. It's one of my favorite romances that I read in 2017. Dance With Me is the sequel, but it can stand alone. Though there are some elements that will be more satisfying if you have read book one (especially the plotline involving Donna).

Unfortunately, despite my excitement to read it, I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much. It still bri
Geri Reads
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
She’d shown him her shadows, and he hadn’t run screaming into the night.

Alexis Daria is a new-to-me author, and after reading and enjoying Dance With Me, she’s definitely one that I would watch out for in the future. Dance With Me is a sexy, character-driven, romance that will tug at your heart.

Natasha is pro dancer in a reality show called Dance Off, and is in an on-and-off again relationship with one of the judges in the show, Dimitri. Tash is stuck in a rut. Not just professionally but al
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-heroines

For the life of me I can't figure out why more people aren't reading these books!

Dance with Me was another great book in the series and one that left me feeling happy and satisfied. Both characters have a lot of growing to do and I love that this book was more character driven. Natasha's life has been a little crazy ever since her best friend moved out of their apartment. She's always been the kind of girl who tends to live in the moment without thinking of the later consequences. This of course
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arcs
Thanks to Swerve/SMP via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It has not influenced my thoughts or opinions.

Take the Lead, the first book in this duology, focuses more heavily on a Dancing with the Stars-inspired plot between a dancer and a guest competitor. In Dance with Me, Daria explores the on-again-off-again relationship between a dancer and a judge, but it deviates pretty considerably from the first book.

I loved this book because it explores the family you find, the
Maria Rose
This second entry in the Dance Off series is a sexy and fun romance between Natasha, a dancer on the reality show The Dance Off who is having a run of bad luck, and Dimitri, a judge on the show. They've had a few one night stands over the past few years but never anything serious, and nothing that stopped them from seeing other people. But when Natasha has an apartment emergency, it's Dimitri who comes to her rescue with a place to live and their close quarters results in something even more in ...more
This was very much a knock heads together romance. I actually related a lot to Natasha's desire to succeed on her own, but the stuff with telling Gina not to pay out the lease, that was just stupid. She signed a contract!! Taking money that she legally committed to paying isn't asking for help, it's what's right!!!

But other than that, they were very sexy together and I hope we get a F/F novel in this series.
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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I received an ARC of Dance with Me from NetGalley. I requested this dance romance book, as I am absolutely in love with the first book of the series: Take the Lead. You can check out my review here.

This book is #ownvoices for Puerto Rican American representation.


This book was so different to the first book. I was expecting a really wonderful romance, and I did not get that at all.

The writing style is very organic and flows we
Adele Buck
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alexis Daria's second novel is another fun look inside the world of televised dance competition. Natasha, the best friend of the heroine in Take the Lead, is the star here. Tasha has had an on again/off again "friends with benefits" arrangement with Dimitri, one of the judges on the show. Deciding she needs to stand on her own feet, Tasha tries to end it with Dimitri, just as her apartment becomes unlivable and Dimitri's offer to put her up is the best of a bad bunch of options. To successfully ...more
Sara Oxton
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dance with me by Alexis Daria a sublime four-star read. This is the second book in the Dance Off series, and it’s just as good if not better that the first book. This book will have you dancing in the supermarket isles, it’s a great story and shows us what happens during the off season of reality TV shows, its shows how life isn’t all sparkles and bedazzled leotards. Natasha Diaz is having a hard time, her life isn’t what she was hoping and she has realised that when life gives you lemons you mo ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I actually thoroughly loved the first book in this series and the reality TV dancing world it introduced me to. It also introduced us to the protagonists of this book, who have an on-off hook-up relationship for years, but somehow the hero wants more. Now, I am not a big fan of the theme that people who have been with each other over a period of years, do not evaluate whether they have something deeper but I will say I really enjoyed this book. The heroine has a messy relationship with
kittykat (Jo Tortitude)
4.5⭐️ Even more men dancers... gimme gimme gimme.

Is it possible that Dimitri is even sexier than Stone in book 1? Maybe... because this man eats, breaths and lives not just dance, but his family. Oh, and he cooks too...!

Even though we didn't get any of the TV show in this book, it is still steeped in the dance world with Tash, unlike her BFF Gina from book 1, being one of the many who don't want to be famous or household names... she just loves what she does so much that all she wants is to ma
Maria DeBlassie
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those fun, breezy books that gives you all of the telanovela glamour of L.A. celebrity life as well at the realities of trying to make it as an artist (like Natasha struggling to pay rent and working a hundred side gigs to keep herself afloat, despite the fact that she is a mini-celebrity). I'll admit I'm not a big fan of Hollywood-type romances in general, but this book really pulled me in. I think it was because of all the dance elements. I LOVE to (Latin) dance and every time I ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adore this series, I really do. There's something so addictive and sexy about a dance world - and a Dancing with the Stars-inspired world was just what I needed.

This novel follows the previous Dance Off series female lead's best friend (Natasha) and her casual-turned-something-more relationship with one of the judges (Dimitri). It was less plot-heavy than the previous, and other, romance novel(s), due to it taking place during the off-season of the show. It focused more on the characters and
Mel González
"She's not going to want you because she needs you to make her life good, but because her life is already good and you make it better."

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

[3.5] This is the second installment of the Dance Off series. After reading these two books, I really appreciate Alexis Daria's writing and ideas. I enjoyed reading this book and what I liked the most was the relationship dynamics since we have a couple who are friends with benefits an
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
I was mad at the beginning because the power dynamics really pissed me off, and their logic was often truly bonkers. Dimitri often disrespected Natasha’s boundaries, which is just ughhhhhh, especially at the beginning. they talk it out and actually apologize, even tho I didn’t feel like he apologized for everything he did. And he still was like pulling the strings instead of letting Natasha do her thing and have her space, yknow? Anyway. I love Tasha, and she deserves SO MUCH LOVE!!! AND A THERA ...more
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)
*3,7 stars*
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
In one line - "I really want to love this book because it's so good but this particular collection of tropes is working against me, gaaaaah-"

It is good. The storyline has much more angst than the first book, though, and that's where you start to lose me. If you don't mind angst and (well explained!) miscommunication this is your jam.

The good:

- The writing is solid and little things that sometimes fall by the wayside are perfectly in place.

- The characterization is spun out slowly and realistica
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
This is Natasha's story. Natasha was Gina's best friend and rommate in the first book (Take the Lead). After an unexpected disaster, Natasha finds herself homeless. Her on and off lover for 3 years, Dimitri, offered her his spare bedroom.
So, having enjoyed the first book, I wanted to read this one too. A word of advice: Just skip this one. I had Issues. Big, Major Issues.
Natasha makes it known that she doesn't want to be lovers while she is living with Dimitri. Dimitri finds ways to constantly
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The only thing missing from this fiery friends-with-benefits-that-want-more story was a playlist. The way Natasha and Dmitri connected through dance was mesmerizing and I wished I could hear the music while envisioning the dance scenes.

Dance with Me was a great surprise to me because I usually don't care for romances set in the fake and weird world of reality tv and I usually don't find romances compelling when the MCs are already sleeping together. But the push-pull between Natasha and Dmitri
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — Well this was a fun sequel! I loved being back in the Dance Off world and finding out what was happening with Natasha, but the fun thing was that this was a completely different story to the first one! It may have been set in the same world, but it wasn’t during the competition this time. And I found I didn’t mind that, because there was still a lot of
Nicole Field
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
NetGalley Review

This was an enjoyable novel with some problematic parts, but I actually think I enjoyed the pacing of it more than I did the first one in this series. This is probably more to do with the fact that there was almost none of the reality TV show aspect, excepting when it was mentioned, and there was a vast reduction to the character of Donna (although she gets her comeuppance which I would almost give 5 stars for all on its own).

Natasha and Dimitri are both characters who readers will be familiar w
N.G. Peltier
Rating 3.5

Ok,my anticipation for this one was prettyyyyyy high, because book one is now one of my fave books i've read for 2017. i just adored it! But i have to say I didnt get that same feeling here, sadly. i liked Natasha and could so relate to her insecurities of wanting to do things on her own, and not knowing how Dimitri felt but I feel like i never fullyyy warmed up to Dimitri.

He was soooo pushy with Natasha that for a good portion of the book he sort of turned me off. Like, she gets inj
Leigh Kramer
I loved the first book in this series and I have no idea why I waited this long to read the next! Natasha and Dmitri had such palpable chemistry with their push-pull dynamic. They’ve been doing whatever they’ve been doing for 3 years and Dmitri has been secretly in love with her the whole time. But he’s one of those guys who always says the wrong thing. Hello, foot in mouth. So Natasha has no idea he wants more than a friend with occasional benefits. She wishes she could quit him, especially bec ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars

I read Rita Award-winning TAKE THE LEAD quite a while ago (GR tells me it was October 2017) and when DANCE WITH ME released, my plan was to read it immediately...but my reading never goes as planned so it ended upon Mt. TBR and stayed there until a few days ago, when I finished a novella and was looking for my next read on my Kindle. It jumped at me and demanded to be read immediately.
I started reading and was completely drawn in by the writing and the characters. I really love Daria’s
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rw, e-book, 2018, romance
I had issues with this book, it seemed to be a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. My big issue was how both Natasha and Dimitri were so caviler about their relationship, friends with benefits or maybe co-workers with benefits. Either way it bothered me how they would sleep with each other and other people no strings. The funny things is that both of them admitted in this book they wanted more from the other but were too scared. But come on…3 years, that is a lot of time to not have what you want.

***4 Stars***

This was one of those books that I didn’t really look twice at until an author I follow (which one, I now forget) put on SM how much she had loved it and my curiosity got the better of me and after reading the blurb I decided to give it a go and though it did take me a minute to dive in, I ended up really enjoying it. It was a quick, fun read that had a good mix of sweet, smexy and frustrating and kept me turning the pages.

I really liked Natasha and Dimitri, I did, but boy do th
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
As a big fan of the first book, I was sad to be disappointed by this one. I found the male protag's overly controlling and domineering behavior to be abusive. To start with, Dimitri's a judge on the television show the female protag, Natasha, dances on (basically like Ukrainian Simon Cowell). Then, when Natasha's apartment becomes unliveable, he volunteers her a place to stay. Generous, right? But instead of respecting Natasha's no-sex-while-cohabitating condition, he continually tries to break ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. The review below is entirely my own opinion.

I loved the first book in this series "Take the Lead" and was thrilled when I got an ARC for this one. And I loved this one too. Actually, to be honest, I loved this one even more. Here's why:

1) I'm a big fan of DWTS and I can totally imagine some of my favorite celebrity-pros playing Tasha/Dimitri.

2) I loved that Tasha's struggles to eke out a living as a dancer were realistically portrayed. I love that she doesn't
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Alexis Daria writes stories about successful Latinx characters and their (occasionally messy) familias. Her debut novel, Take the Lead, was a RITA® Award winner for Best First Book, and You Had Me at Hola, the first book in her Primas of Power series, is a national bestseller. Alexis is a lifelong New Yorker who loves Broadway musicals and pizza.

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