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A rising pop star who can't let go of her emotional baggage, and a cocky dance partner who doesn't know what monogamy is.

She's inhibited.

He's free-spirited.

She doesn't want a relationship.

He doesn't believe in them.

She can't believe that anyone would love her.

He can't seem to stop himself from loving her.

When their differences collide and sparks start to fly, he's sure it's the start of something amazing.

And she's sure it's the end of her career.

Who will be right?

100,000 word standalone slow burn novel that features angst, passion, and two people exploring sexuality while stuck on tour together


First published February 19, 2020

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Stylo Fantome

27 books4,687 followers
Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

I also write contemporary romance under the name Penny Sixsmith

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132 reviews1,505 followers
September 26, 2020
4,25/4,5 slow-dance-me-to-the-moon ⭐️s

Aiight, I think I'm emotionally stable enough to write this review without turning it into a free therapy session (for me) or a she's-driving-me-to-drink-pls-shut-her-up-and-where's-the-fucking-vodka-when-you-need-it session (for you).

Song : Christina Perri - Arms

"Slow dancing in a quiet room with the only man she'd ever loved.
Was there anything more perfect?"

First of all, the only thing I knew about this book before starting is that it's by Stylo Fantome (huge girl crush on that woman) and that hero is called Woods (thank you, C). I usually hunt for spoilers because I hate surprises of any kind, but I decided that I was just gonna enjoy the ride this time.

First chapter, everything's good, we have Logan Cassidy, who's a semi-famous pop artist and ex professional dancer on tour. After just ending a show, she decides to wind down with her dance crew at a local gay bar and just have fun.
Enter Woods Donahue, a phenomenal dancer, her dance partner, our hero and...he's kissing a guy.

and in the words of our eloquent prime minister

At this point I'm thinking two things :

1. This is why you don't go blind into a book, M. You can't deal with the unexpected and that's why you always need to be in control. I hate that bitchy voice inside my head, btw. She's the worst.

2. You definitely have my attention, book. I'm intrigued, tell me more.

Turns out Woods is pansexual, and this was my first time reading about a pan character so I definitely perked up.

This is the story of an instant gratification guy-who's all about the now- that finds himself falling helplessly for a girl whose insecurities made her shields sky high and impenetrable.

“You're so lost, aren't you?”
“Let's see if we can find a little piece of you.”

Woods intrigued me. He doesn't have a sob story or a dark past, for once. On the surface, he's just an incorrigible flirt that likes to dance and have fun, but dig a little deeper and you find such a multi-layered character. He's caring, loyal, loving, funny, genuinely nice and honest, too honest even (will be back to that in a minute). He's not attracted to people based on gender, and he's not looking for a relationship. The fact that he can't get Logan out of his mind both baffles him and intrigues him, so naturally he chases. And he chases hard.

I genuinely felt the depth of his emotions towards her and his struggle to not mess things up, because this is uncharted territory for him.

Designed for me, and I'm still screwing it up. Help me out, babe, I'm in new territory.

I connected with him because he reminded me of myself, fumbling to not ruin the best thing that ever happened to me but resigned to the fact that I undoubtedly will. Spoiler alert : I did actually mess it up big time, and he almost did but managed to right things. Lucky him.

"I hurt your heart, Low, but I have a feeling you're going to break mine."

Logan, on the other hand, is an insecure girl that feels that she will never be enough for anyone.

I feel like I'm never enough for anyone, and now I'm falling for a guy who literally can't get enough of everyone.

Did I want to shake her a couple of times? yes. Did I connect with her? yes. Why? because I've walked in her shoes. And that is the part that opened up old wounds for me. It felt like a trip down memory lane, a painful one.

Feeling like you're never enough, no matter how hard you try. Hating yourself for being insecure, weak. Putting a mask of aloofness coated with a thick layer of sarcasm in front of the world. Thinking you've built impenetrable walls around you, only for them to crumble at the softest blow of wind. Picking yourself up off the ground every time and dusting off your armour. But dusting it off won't fix the dents, dents that grow bigger after every hit until there's a gaping hole that you simply don't have enough material to cover. I'm sure a lot of us have been there, but if there's anyone of you reading this that still feel this way, I just wanna tell you you're beautiful, you're enough, you're worth it, you're magical, you're special, you're unique and you're loved. Hold your head up high, you're you and that it the most incredible thing you could be. ✨🖤

While this was an intense, captivating, sometimes hard, sometimes sweet, always hot adventure, there are things that prevented it from being the 5 stars I want to give it.

As I said before, I believed in the feelings Woods had for Logan, I really did.

“I've made my decision. It's you. It'll always be you. No matter what happens right now, or later tonight, or tomorrow, or whenever. No matter how many times I fuck up, and no matter how many times you freak out. No matter how far away you go. It'll always be you.”

“I'll always like all the crayons, I can't change that, you're right. Wouldn't want to even if I could. But you will always, always, be my favorite color.”

My issue is that he just had to remind us of how he was still attracted to virtually everybody. Okay, buddy, we get it. You're pansexual, I respect your sexuality and I cheer for you to be unapologetically yourself, but could you please stop reminding us that you're attracted to other people besides Logan?

I also don't care one bit for the fact he kissed Jeremy (the guy he was making out with at the beginning of the book and Logans' bff).
Boy, first time you weren't involved with Logan, okay

Second time you were drunk

Third time??? TF is wrong with you

And the fact that you kissed someone else during the 2 months separation is not earning you any bonus points, either.

Now, I understand that his hyper-sexuality played a big part in the book and that he had zero ill-intentions but I don't like my hero's lips on anyone other than the heroine, thank you very much. Especially once they're involved and there are feelings and shit. I also understand that you can't just go from sleeping with anything with a pulse to being in a committed relationship with one color. But boy, stick to that one crayon, please and thank you.

If you made it this far :

1. you're a saint and

2. I recommend this book if you want to get out of your comfort zone, I really did love it in spite of the minor issues I had with it.

Because that's what we've been doing ever since we first met. Just one long slow dance.
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Author 27 books4,687 followers
March 17, 2020
I wrote it, so I'm bias.

But Woods is one of my absolute favorite heroes from my books, and I hope lots of people love him, too.
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2,658 reviews3,255 followers
March 4, 2020
Something for Everyone Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This is a Strong Tale full of Surprises, Sexy Times, and Emotions. The Dance and Music World brings creative people together and boundaries become liquid. This is a Stylo Fantome style full-ride and as I promised I will not spoil it.

Go in full throttle and enjoy.
~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
Auditions Happen...
The Tour is Set...

When the Pop Star is Paired...
With the Strongest Man...
Oil and Water Do Not Want to Mix...

Inhibited Meets Free Spirit...
Both Agree, Relationships Never Work...

Her Reason, She's Unloveable...
He Sees it Differently...

It Might Take Some Quick Moves...
To Prove Her Wrong...
And He Has Just the Way...

He will Use What He Knows...

Slow Dancing-February 21, 2020

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1,331 reviews2,010 followers
February 27, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person

Logan Cassidy was a dancer turned an up and coming pop star. For most of her career, she put herself into a perfectly crafted mold until the new dancer Woods Donahue opened her eyes to other possibilities.

If there’s one thing this book excelled at, it’s the explosive chemistry between the main characters. The intensity permeated right from the beginning and carried throughout the book. This helped make the sex scenes scorching.

How are you going to settle for one person who isn't even whole?

I liked the dynamic when it comes to their career even though some aspects might be slightly cliche. I also enjoyed visualizing the dance moves.

Slow Dancing is a story of living life unapologetically. It would appeal to readers who enjoy a slow burn Contemporary Romance.

💜 💃💜 . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . . 💜 💃💜

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1,516 reviews816 followers
February 17, 2020
Funny. Steamy. Alluring. Exhilarating. Gutsy. Moving. Billowing
And still not enough adjectives to correctly describe the sizzling chemistry that sets the stage and the pages on fire!!
Stylo has written an enthralling love story set on soft crooning songs and panty melting erotic moves in the dance floor. I was so turned on reading them I wish I was Logan Cassidy-the tired popstar and oh-so-delicious as michele morrone, Woods Donahue.


He swaggers, smirks and swoons his way into her world, in everybody's world actually. A world class schmoozer who can charm bees off of their honey, knock the socks off anything fuckable and turn all people's a dark shade of pink when he turns his flirtatious charm full on! His bedpost are fill of notches of all varieties. If it moves; he fucks!!
“Maybe we could both be notches. I'm very good at fitting into tight places,”


Logan had no choice
Jeremy had no choice
I had no choice
WE face planted at his feet, totally smitten and horny moist!!
And his moves...🔥🔥🔥
his body is fluid and screams sex...hot sheet clenching, hair pulling sex🙄🔥
“I like both colors. Shit, I love every color in the box,” Woods said.
“So while you all think I'm strange for liking red and blue, I can't believe you like living in black and white. My world has so much more ... color.”


Their bodies are in sync but what about their hearts?
She is full of insecurities to his confident gait
Born with rhythm in her body and song in her heart, she's one of those rare multi-talented prodigies who shoots to fame with a accidental viral video
"Being a dancer was like being bilingual – dance was the language. Each new step needed to be learned. Translated into movements. Eventually, her body was fluent in it. No translation necessary."


Her sepia world is paint gunned by vibrant colors and it scares her so much, she withdraws in disbelief but Woods is persistent in his chose, infinite in his patience and total klutz in messing everything up without even trying
It's a disaster but it's succulent, sensational disaster and I I can find Woods at the end of the Rollercoaster ride, I'm ready to climb on and ride the King Da Ka monster coaster with a death drop....screaming all the way till cops come knocking!!!
5 glistening, sweaty stars for A Big Purple Mess
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1,544 reviews1,438 followers
Shelved as 'not-interested'
February 21, 2020
The hero is pansexual. There are scenes of him making out with a guy but no explicit M/M sex scenes.
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612 reviews108 followers
March 4, 2020

Slow Dancing exceeds my expectations. The characters are very well thought of; the interaction between them is realistic, bold, sarcastic, and witty. Logan Cassidy is one character I truly enjoy reading. The story is exciting, angsty, and the passion between Logan and Woods are sexy. A very enjoyable book with a wholly satisfying ending. One of my best read from this author. 
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819 reviews842 followers
March 20, 2020
5 “I'll always dance with you” Stars

This is a slow, sweet, sexy, shimmy of a story. When you find the one, sometimes it’s complicated. It can be full of doubt and confusion but also filled with passion and a sense of calm. I really must say that I loved the story. I liked the slow burn and pace of the story. The author brought the dance world alive with this story. I felt as if I was dancing and touring with Logan Cassidy.

This story is a romance. But it opens up on sexuality of individuals. I appreciate that the author wrote about a man who loves all. His name is Woods and he is cocky and sweet and never conforms to labels. Logan Cassidy is the dancer turned pop star. She has issues and doesn’t trust easily. We are on her tour, with her best friend Jeremy, when Woods comes into her tour. Oh, and the confusion starts when Jeremy and Woods hook up. Just an FYI, I loved Jeremy and his love for his BFF Logan and his whole personality of just wanting to find his true love.

So as for Woods and his sexuality, the author made it seamless. He loves the person regardless of the sex which can be an issue for most people. He was confident, assertive and most of all a big ole flirt. And while he loves both men and women, he and Logan had a special connection that bloomed throughout the story. There were times I didn’t like Logan because she doubted herself so much and at times I didn’t like Woods because he was too pushy. It was a learning curve for these two and the author let their insecurities and vulnerabilities shine through.

While it’s not your typical romance, this author excels at delivering exquisite reads. While some won’t like because of the sexuality, I ask you to have an open mind and experience Slow Dancing, A Beautiful Purple Mess💜

*advanced copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
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564 reviews267 followers
February 26, 2020
"I want this more than I'm afraid of it."

I have always said I love when a book challenges me. Whether it's my thought process or my emotions, I want to read a book that makes me think about the consequences or the possibilities of what may be or what could have been. So when I originally saw the words that Stylo Fantôme put out about this book, I knew it was just the challenge I needed from her. She originally wrote:

“𝑺𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒔𝒕, 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆, 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒇𝒇. 𝑰𝒕'𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒚𝒃𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒙𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚 - 𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒔.”

So, naturally, I was drawn to it. What would make me question my sexuality? Like, where is she going with this, right? So I signed up and jumped in and let me tell you, I have never been more happy to jump into a book without a full description before. And she didn't let me down. After reading the excerpt that I posted on my blog before the tour started, I knew there was more to this story than we were given, and I *LOVE* that side of reading. The discovery is always my favorite part, and this book seriously made me smile. This one will stay with me a long while. The implications, the discovery, the journey these characters took made me think about a lot.

Woods was so intuitive....he was a watcher. So when he was there for Logan at all the right times, I got to see this protective side that could just about melt anyone, me included. I really, really loved his truth. His real truth. Unapologetic in every right, but sincere in the truest form - and if that didn't endear me to him, I don't know what can. LOVED him. Loved. He always saw the joke or the happy side of a comment; never the angry side. I loved his banter in that respect. His comebacks were on point and his mentality was written exactly how I feel I needed to read him because that's what made the book actually work for me. His strength mixed with his vulnerability was the perfect infusion.

"I hope you're happy with yourself, Logan Cassidy. You broke my sex drive."

Logan, poor thing. I felt like she was definitely a puppet in her own world and I felt bad for her. I wanted to see her break out of her shell, and it seemed to work for Logan with Woods. I love that there is sort of a release that Logan gets with the comfort - although different - that Woods gives her. The dynamic between them was strong and his intuition was spot on. Their intimacy was so sexy and so intense in the calm times, I can only imagine it at the peak of passion. Soooo delicious, like - give me more of them!!!! Everything about them worked for me in that aspect.

I know it’s always easier to feel safe and let your guard down when there is no chance of emotions coming to light.....right? It's easier to hide in person, but let loose behind a sort of "wall." That energy danced within this story and I could feel Logan feeling freer in the ability to let loose around Woods because of who he was. It added an element of curiosity that there was no way I could explain away. I wanted to know e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I read with interest beyond my wildest of understandings, and that discovery (there I go using that word again, but it's so true!!) was the best part about their world. Navigating their "relationship" was so much fun. The give and take was even compelling. There was just enough tension to give me the anxiety pangs deep within, but just enough ease to calm that nervousness as well. There wasn't any angst, but it was just a really great story to enjoy.

This book was perfect for exploring a love with different.... boundaries. It showed the fluid side of love and labels. I really enjoyed it. Whether it’s a real depiction of life or just one I thoroughly enjoyed reading about, she still gave a voice to a type of relationship I’ve never encountered, and for that I’m thankful. I loved this story so much.

So why is it a four if I loved it SO HARD? Because I felt like one of the sex scenes (of all things to complain about, I know) felt forced. And with that comes some forced connection issues for me. Were they hot? Holy hell, yes. They were on fire. But, ONE scene in particular pulled me completely out and it made me wonder where it came from - left field with no explanation or understanding. It was just....there. BUT!! I honestly cannot complain about much, because when it comes down to it, the insecurities were real, the drama was real....and the reality behind their situation was the most real. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I absolutely loved it. If I ever meet her, this book will be signed on my shelf and I will recommend it to anyone that will listen to me gush about a true love story.

I love the power of a real and true love; a place your heart can call home. This book was the perfect example of that.

"Everyone pushing me to do more, to be more. I just want to be enough."

"I'll always like all the crayons, I can't change that, you're right. Wouldn't want to even if I could. But you will always, always be my favorite color."

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1,344 reviews387 followers
March 2, 2020
**Slow Dancing generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "Thank you for dancing with me." Stars

Stylo Fantome has this magical way of story telling that really draws readers into worlds they may otherwise not have been exposed to yet and that's most definitely the case for me in Slow Dancing. This tale is as alluring and charming as it is funny and full of friendship and love. It's unique with low angst and engaging, colorful characters that you'll root for from beginning to end.

I loved how Fantome took an aspect of a globally dominate industry and turned it into a diverse and interesting story plot full of dynamic romance, good-natured laughter, and mind-opening honesty. These characters are forces in this story thanks to their wit, determination, and growth as human beings. The friendship aspect brought to light the importance of understanding, patience, and forgiveness which really resonates with everyone.

Slow Dancing is a stand alone, contemporary romance that will have you turning pages as fast as you can. You'll be entertained, charmed, and delighted at this relevant story and the awesome way in which Stylo Fantome unfolds it in her signature story telling ways.
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2,406 reviews208 followers
February 22, 2020
Logan has been a dancer since she was a young girl, it has always been her passion. She quickly went from a professional back-up dancer to a famous pop star after one singing performance thrust her into the spotlight. Ever since then she has been told what she can and can’t be, feeling controlled by her manager and pushed into a direction she really doesn’t feel comfortable going in.

Woods has a similar background story to Logan, dancing has been all he has ever known and he is very talented. When he ends up on Logan Cassidy’s tour as a back-up dancer, his professionalism and phenomenal dancing has him paired with Logan as her dance partner. He loves to push the boundaries and inject his own creativity into their dance routines.

Logan loves dancing with Woods, he seems to lift her performances to a whole new level and she loves how it feels working with him. He is incredibly good looking and knows it. Like a lot of male dancers in her team he is openly gay but seems to enjoy flirting with everyone. She may be portrayed as a good girl to her mainly teenage fans but Woods seems to bring out the adult she truly is.

‘It was like something happened when they danced together, like maybe all these years, she’d only been one half of a whole. All those performances, all those years, she’d been missing a partner she hadn’t even known she had. If felt… magical.’

A friendship between them begins to develop and they discover that they have much in common. They have both felt the weight of expectation and disappointment from their families. Like they have to prove their worth all the time. Woods recognised this instantly in Logan and he continuously probes her about her life.

‘Why does he always make such direct eye contact? I feel like he’s looking at me naked, or staring into my soul.’

There is something simmering between them, Logan can feel it and she feels conflicted about it, after all he is not interested in women. Turns out Woods is very interested in getting horizontal with the gorgeous Logan and when it happens, it is explosive. Things are about to get very messy and Logan will have to decide if Woods is worth risking everything she has worked so hard for.

Another fabulous page turning read from Stylo.
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254 reviews212 followers
February 18, 2020

This is my very first Queer book. When I started this book off I had no idea that Woods, the main guy is Queer. So when she was describing how hot he was while he was making out with another GUY, I was like okay cool all hot guys are gay, unfortunately. And then Wood’s kept on flirting with her and I was like hold up baby boy what is happening here, I don’t think this boy is gay, maybe Bi but definitely not into just dicks. And then I saw a review on Stylo’s Instagram story and was like OOOOOHHHHHHHH.

So Wood is Queer. Hot. Amazing. Lovely. Funny. Annoying. Sex on a stick. Has a dirty mouth. And a big dick.

Logan. Hot. Long legs. Dancer. Singer. Confused. Taboo past. Kitten. But got claws. And omg when she finally unleashes her claws.

All Wood’s wanted was to have sex. And move on to his next conquest. He doesn’t do relationships but something about our Miss. Cassidy makes him want to try monogamy.

Little Logan, a dancer/singer trying to find herself. Tired of being the good girl and pleasing others. Believes Wood deserves better. And just wants to figure herself off before diving into another relationship.

This book will make you laugh, pull your hair, cry, turn you the fuck on. Honestly Stylo’s sex scenes are always off the charts. If you have read other books by this author and you liked them then you will definitely like this one too.

Also the only reason I’m not giving this book a five star rating is because I wish the book started off with their first official meeting. Don’t get me wrong Logan and Woods chemistry is OFF the charts but I wish I could read about their first meeting. And their first dance rehearsal. You know? Also I felt like something was missing towards the end. Like I wasn’t fully satisfied with the climax and how the issue was resolved. I wanted more Angst.
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1,399 reviews380 followers
February 24, 2020
What a breath of fresh air! Are you tired of the usual romance trope? Then read this amazing new release from Stylo Fantome!
Logan has to be one of the most relatable and good natured heroines out there!!! She is a rising pop singer but also a passionate dancer. She is successful but she is surrounded by people who do not really know her. Her only true friend is Jeremy. Things get complicated when Jeremy's crush, Woods, finds his way into Logan's life. Woods is a dancer in Logan's tour and things will get heated and dangerous because Woods is...gay. Right? Or is he not?
What I loved about this book is how it shows that we really put labels on people and you known what? It sucks. This book makes you think , it makes you rethink your view on love and sexuality. I absolutely fell in love with every character. It was emotional, spicy and funny too. It was such a fun read. I recommend it if you want something different and refreshing.

4 Stars!
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207 reviews16 followers
February 27, 2020
5 Dancing Stars

Dance is the secret language of the soul. Loving is the universal language that connects souls equally.


Slow Dancing is the story of Logan and Woods, told in third person. It’s intense, emotional, angsty, captivating and sensual. Two souls who shared the same passion for dancing and a delicious chemistry that will wrap you.

Rather than highlighting the factor that Woods is a pan-sexual guy, I emphasized how the relationship between them evolved and the final outcome. From my point of view, I think Stylo wanted to send the message that love always wins and can catch the freest spirit.

If you understand what love is, how beautiful is the art of dancing and don't judge a person for their sexual preferences, you will love this story.
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509 reviews1 follower
August 28, 2021
To jest .. całkiem niezła książka. Jedna nieprzespana noc i nie mogłam się oderwać. Podobało mi się.
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207 reviews16 followers
August 18, 2020
Dance is the secret language of the soul. Loving is the universal language that connects souls equally.


Slow Dancing is the story of Logan and Woods, told in third person. It’s intense, emotional, angsty, captivating and sensual. Two souls who shared the same passion for dancing and a delicious chemistry that will wrap you.

Rather than highlighting the factor that Woods is a pan-sexual guy, I emphasized how the relationship between them evolved and the final outcome. From my point of view, I think Stylo wanted to send the message that love always wins and can catch the freest spirit.

If you understand what love is, how beautiful is the art of dancing and don't judge a person for their sexual preferences, you will love this story.
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1,055 reviews117 followers
May 23, 2021
this book does not handle sexual assault or pansexuality well at all

content/trigger warnings; ableism, internalized misogyny, misogyny, slut shaming, alcohol consumption, vomiting, mspec erasure, panphobia, gendered slur, nonconsensual kiss, explicit sexual content, mentions of sexual harassment, mentions of sexual assault, recounting of a sexual relationship between a 16 year old and an adult/statutory rape, physical violence, stalker, abusive relationship, on page sexual assault, victim blaming,

rep; woods (mc) is pansexual.

my main issues with this book are the handling of sexual assault and the treatment of woods' pansexuality.

we first see the fumbling of sexual assault when one of the main characters, logan, is taking pictures with fans and is groped. woods immediately wants to interfere, but jeremy stops him and says it's "par for the course for a pop star". issue #1: sexual assault is not part of the pop star package, thanks so much. nor is it a tool to showcase the hero's protective side. but wait, it gets worse! jeremy elaborates on that with a story about how one time a strange man came up from behind logan, picked her up, and tried to carry her off the stage. he shows no concern for logan throughout, and then he fucking laughs about how awesome it was to see the guy get tased. your friend was attacked and potentially traumatized, but hey, at least you got to see someone get tased.

then there's the whole backstory of logan's relationship with her teacher when she 16. in logan's words, the teacher was "twice her age, probably more". logan doesn't think of herself as a victim, nor does she ever acknowledge there was anything wrong with a grown man being involved with a 16 year old. the only reason she has issues with the relationship is because she thought she was special to him, but he did the same thing to other students. he'd prey on them; he'd get the alone, praise them, make them trust him, make them feel special, and then initiate a sexual relationship with them. as a grown ass adult, she only felt bad about this relationship because she didn't mean to him what he meant to her, and because her parents treated her badly once they found out. she never accepted or admitted that he was a predator and she was a victim.

and the situation is even worse, because like i said, her parents treated her like shit because of it. they blamed her, they said she seduced him, she ruined a good man, all that victim blaming bullshit. and the guy's wife knew about it the whole time, knew that he preyed on his students, but cared more about his talent or whatever, and she threatened logan when she told her. so basically every single adult in that 16 year old girl's life failed her spectacularly. and i'd be able to believe that that is why logan can't see the situation for what it was even as an adult, if it weren't for the fact that the narrative never calls it what it is, either.

and lastly in the sexual assault handling is woods' assault. woods is fed alcohol by fellow dancer, becca. she brings him back to the hotel and he's slurring his words and can't stand on his own. he's so drunk that he doesn't even know that she's becca, he thinks it's logan because they vaguely look alike. becca is walking and talking perfectly fine. when she starts initiating sexual contact, he's nearly unconscious. he eventually realizes it's not logan he's with, and he pushes her off him and yells at her for "trying to sexually assault him" while he "practically passed out". (note: it wouldn't have been any less sexual assault if it had been logan, considering just how fucking drunk he was.) and if you're thinking, how was that handled badly? let me tell ya.

logan saw all of it up until right before woods realized it wasn't logan. she saw how out of it he was, and it never crossed her mind that he couldn't consent to what was happening. she just assumed he was being his typical slutty pansexual self and ran away crying. he tries to tell her about what happened, but he can't find her. when he wakes up the next day, logan has her team fire him and she takes off without ever speaking to him. so, sexual assault and losing his job and losing his girlfriend. then he tells jeremy what happened, and jeremy's response is "why would you let becca do that?". yeah. but wait, there's more! after acknowledging it was sexual assault, jeremy tells woods that he's going to have to grovel to get logan back. yeah. because i guess somehow logan is the victim of woods' sexual assault.

the book then jumps ahead two months and woods is still cut out of logan's life. he finally gets an email from her where she says "i know you didn't do anything with becca". two months of radio silence after she fired him and left without a word because she saw him being assaulted, and that's all she says. assuring him that she knows he didn't cheat. instead of, i don't know, acknowledging what happened, checking to see if he's okay, anything that doesn't make it all about her???? especially considering she found out that becca did the same thing to other people and fired her for it???? he's a victim of a serial assaulter and all she has to say is that she knows he didn't cheat? seriously?

the treatment of woods' pansexuality is just as fucking bad. not only does jeremy instantly reject and dismiss woods' sexuality when he learns of it (woods has a great response, which i've included at the very end) and everyone regard woods as nothing but a slut or sex object (when he stops becca's assault, her response is "but you fuck anything!" as if she's entitled to his body because he likes sex), but woods' pansexuality is a huge source of conflict in his relationship with logan.

logan constantly questions him about how many people he's slept with and who they are. this happens from the very beginning of their relationship right to the very end when they get back together. logan's biggest insecurity, which stems from childhood, is never being enough, and she uses the fact that he's pansexual, a flirty person, and doesn't pretend to not find other people attractive to blame him for her thinking she's not enough, despite him repeatedly telling her that she is more than enough. the issue is hers, but she blames his sexuality and tries to make it seem like the issue is his.

she even uses his sexuality to justify cutting him out of her life for two months without a word, saying he's used to having "multiple people at one time" so how could he "settle" for one person, let alone her who "isn't even whole". they have this conversation/argument so many times throughout the book, and the topic comes up again in the epilogue. she muses "woods was pansexual, he'd slept with just about every kind of person there was; logan was just one female. would he get bored? would he start craving something she couldn't, or wouldn't, provide?" and even though she explains how she's come to terms with his sexuality (as if someone's sexuality is such a hard, terrible thing that you need to come to terms with it), it's still a very basic queerphobic belief, the idea that a queer man dating a woman will eventually start craving something she can't give him.

other things i don't like: the amount of times women and men call women bitches is gratuitous, woods is consistently and unfairly blamed for everything, a gay man is always going on about how gross vaginas are and even says logan's vagina specifically is gross, a lot of general assumptions and miscommunications, some inconsistency in the writing, another instance of an mspec character comparing the softness of women to the hardness of men, and the epilogue jump right after they finally get together for real.

some quotes about woods being pansexual:

"i like to fuck people. [...] men, women, and pretty much anything in between."

"men, women, anyone, it didn't matter; he was attracted to human beings, it was as simple as that, really."

"what the fuck is it with you people!? why am i constantly explaining myself to you? [because you do fucked up things.] is that a fucking joke? because i like to have sex with different kinds of people, i'm fucked up? i've tried to explain myself to both of you as best i can! do i need a fucking banner with my sexuality on it? a fucking tattoo? fine. fucking fine. fuck me, right? whatever makes you two happy! i'm fucking queer, okay? i'm queer, i'm pan, i'm whatever it'll take to get you to shut the fuck up about it and just accept the fact that i'm this fucking way."

"figure it out, lover boy, or her next hit may be about some other pansexual sex god."

"woods was pansexual."
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2,036 reviews95 followers
March 19, 2020
4.25 stars

Dancing has always seems to me to be a version of foreplay.
Two bodies.
Inches apart.
Moving against one another.
Add some attraction between the two people and the sexual tension is intensified.

This story focuses on two people who think they just want the physical release. And discover their connection runs so much deeper.

Logan Cassidy is a bit of a reluctant pop star. Her past is centered on dance, but one mistake at the age of 16 changed the course of her journey. Singing is now her profession, but the passion for dance has never gone away, and is a major part of her current success. Add one very sexy dance partner, Woods Donahue, who shares an intense chemistry with her on stage, and Logan's path is elevated.

While the chemistry is there on stage, Logan is uncertain what connection to has with Woods off stage. The flirting is there. But he's gay. Or is he?

There is a little cat and mouse game between these two, and it is clear with time that their lust for one another is mutual. So, what's next? Do they take a chance? Neither is looking for a relationship. What would be the harm? Other than hurting their mutual friend Jeremy, who has his own connection with Woods.

When their selfish nature takes over, it is clear this is more than a one-night thing. But both handle the next steps horribly. Jealous rears its head more than one. Immaturity and excessive drinking don't help either. While I loved the connection these two shared together, I equally hated how poorly they treated each other when separated. No trust. No communication. A recipe for disaster.

There are many highs and lows the two share on their journey. And while I didn't like how some things were handled, they ultimately found a way to forgive and move forward. Overall, this is a sexy story with a good dose of angst, perfect for romance readers.

And then he lowered her to the floor, and it was like dancing. Because that's what we've been doing ever since we first met. Just one long slow dance.

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601 reviews95 followers
July 2, 2020

“It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Not slow dancing in dark rooms, and whispered confessions, and feeling so full of want that had nothing to do with sex. When did I fall? Why didn’t I stop it?”

My, oh my, this book is just as sexy and seductive on the dance floor as it is between the sheets. Stylo Fantome has given us something completely new and different in the utterly unpredictable Slow Dancing. The insightful and original love story breaks new ground in exploring sexuality and breaching sexual boundaries. Pan-sexuality is a preference I knew nothing about, and inwardly rejected because I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept without fear that I’d end up hating a story about a guy who’s attracted to any gender, but falls in love with one woman. It seemed inconceivable, unnatural, foreign, beyond my comprehension. How was I to root for a guy like that who appears to be unconditionally promiscuous? I should have known that Stylo wouldn’t let me down. Instead of being turned off by Woods Donahue, he became one of my favorite heroes and BBFs.

This beautiful, intense, emotional, and surprising love story gave me all the feels and taught me about the sexual rainbow of colors through pan-sexual Woods. He likes all the crayons in the box, but Logan only likes one color, which should make them an incompatible mismatch. She may like red and he may like blue, but their fabulous purple together became my favorite color, and it made ME think outside the box. Their slow, seductive dance to love had me questioning everything I thought I knew about sexual preferences and love. It opened my eyes and made me fall madly in love with this passionate couple and unique characters that flitted outside my comfort zone or understanding. I saw things in a new light. Beneath it all, I learned that “slow dancing” -- in every form – is not only a wake-up call, but also seductive foreplay in winning over the heart and body.

It was just supposed to be sex for fun between sexy dancer Woods Donahue and ex-dancer-turned-pop star sensation Logan Cassidy on her concert tour. Wasn't it? Can there even be love between an instant gratification guy who’s sexually attracted to anyone and an insecure woman who feels she’s not enough for anyone? Logan (25) is so lost. She doesn’t know who she is anymore -- too old to pose as 23 for her young fans, and definitely tired of being bossed around by her controlling uncle-manager when she’s finally on the cusp of fame. The concert tour changes everything when she and Woods (25) are inexplicably drawn to each other, but shouldn’t be. Their unconventional romance took me by surprise, as much as it did them.

“You’re so lost, aren’t you?” “Let’s see if we can’t find a piece of you”

The story is told in dual POVs, and is as much about the yearning they have for each other, as it is the profound, mutual change they cause in each other that neither foresaw. Logan buries all her fears to focus on career and no relationships. But, the way that Woods unsettles her, unlike anyone she’s ever met (and vice versa), was captivating, and she pulls away by making assumptions about his sexuality that could cause a messy scandal, making him off-limits. He’s just as stricken because he won’t stop chasing her – “I’ll always chase you”, and she can’t stop wanting him. It was just grand how he’s the only one who truly sees the real woman inside. His sexuality could be a deal breaker anyway because she can’t trust, or let herself fall in love with, a confessed pan-sexual.

“I’ll always like all the crayons. But you’ll always, always be my favorite color”

This opposites-attract couple totally captivated me with their seductive but bumpy road to love and dance as a metaphor for seduction. Oh, and the slow dancing, the dancing-dancing, the horizontal dancing… Be still my heart because Woods brings out so much in Logan that made me swoon, smile, and shed a bunch of tears with a little nail biting thrown in. Woods’ open honesty, his intuitive understanding of Logan, and his fun-loving nature were irrepressible. It was wrong of me to pigeonhole him initially, but I wanted to kick downer Logan more than a few times for her tendency to always think the worst, which caused needless problems. Even so, Woods just charmed me silly and his heart-stealing transformation in loving her wrapped tightly around my heart with unexpected surprises. Their off-the-charts chemistry, and his patience with her knew no bounds … and that yum-yum dirty talk. That he always knew just what she needed to open up was magical, and he wouldn’t stop fighting for her, despite her doubts. “Let go. I’ll catch you. I’ll always catch you.” There’s no lack of drama and misunderstandings sprinkled in the slow dance to love with so many fantastic quotes, but the couple always stole the spotlight and I loved how it ends, plus her gay bestie Jeremy was a winner.

“Dance with me. We’re best when we dance together.” “When we danced, we fell in love.” “I’ll always dance with you.”
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1,008 reviews119 followers
February 21, 2020
I wasn’t originally going to read this because I don’t read MM but I saw some reviews that made me want to pick this up. now there weren’t any MM scenes but Woods’ sexuality was a main point of the book (heroine logan didn’t know that he was pansexual, assumes he was gay because he was hooking up with her best guy friend). logan pushes woods away because she doesn’t think she will ever be enough for him and he has to explain to her that he is attracted to both genders and more but that doesn’t mean she’s not his favorite or whatever.

so I thought this was going to be a romantic read, just by the title alone and the cover. but I didn’t feel the connection between logan and woods at all. woods is a serial flirt and there were instances where he may have taken it too far (kissing another guy in front of logan, once on purpose, once because he was drunk and being a dick). logan confronts him the next day and benches him from the show that night. at least she stood up for herself eventually.

this was an okay read, it just wasn’t as romantic as I assumed.
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1,936 reviews46 followers
February 19, 2020
Stylo Fantome has created a truly beautiful love story with Slow Dancing. A book that is very timely with the decisions many have made these days with respect to their very being. Logan Cassidy as the somewhat reluctant pop star and Woods Donahue as her main back-up dancer find an uneven rhythm as they explore more than just new moves on the dance floor. Theirs is a complicated kind of pairing with Logan wanting to remain discrete and Woods wanting to shout his affection for her to the world.

The confusion that overrides Logan’s feelings for most of the book is relevant as Woods is the kind of man who believes in loving everyone. I suppose his anthem so to speak would be ‘love the one you’re with’. A very crucial notion that Logan has a hard time accepting with her own self-confidence issues. How could a sexually free kind of man like Woods ever have enough with a woman like Logan? Yet their chemistry is extremely addictive, their sweeping moves very much like making love for all the world to see. Fantome described their dancing perfectly and it made me feel almost as a voyeur, watching them co-mingle both in and out of the bedroom. Because, yes, those gestures translated to erotic trysts that were both passionate and at times desperate.

Although there were times that I thought Woods pushed Logan a bit too hard, in her decisions wrt her career and in bed where he was clearly the sexy dominant, I found those actions were warranted. Because as the book progressed, I realized that he did what he did because he genuinely cared for her and just wanted her to live her very best life.

There are plenty of ups and downs as Logan navigates her life on the road and her intricate time with Woods. Thankfully, in the form of a bestie in Jeremy, she has some semblance of stability even when she feels on shaky ground. His presence is a key component to how Logan works to finally accept Woods and his penchant for sexual freedom and how that will ultimately define her future.

I loved how Fantome guides us through this maze of confused hearts, using the art of dance as a way to communicate sincere feelings when words and other actions simply aren’t enough. Those scenes turned up the heat but you could still feel the deep emotion felt by both Logan and Woods and my own heart melted time and again.

I really enjoyed this book and how Fantome never writes the same story twice. Slow Dancing features well-written and thought-out characters mixed with a myriad of emotions I constantly yearn for.

5 stars!
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579 reviews6 followers
February 21, 2020
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*

I didn't know what to expect with this story, but I did know that I adore Stylo Fantome's story-telling.

Logan Cassidy is an up and coming pop-star who is currently on tour. She is used to being isolated, as an artist who got her start in dancing early in life she's never really experienced close relationships with anyone including her parents. Thankfully she has one real friend, Jeremy. Things get a little messy when Jeremy falls for one of the performers on their tour.
Woods is the aloof, cocky, sexy as hell male lead dancer, and he just so happens to be Logan's stage partner.

This is a story about complex characters: there is no black and white. Nothing is as it seems, and that kept my interest through the entire book. Every person has their mannerisms, some are inherited and others are learned, but at the center of everyone is their true authentic self. Some people are able to exhibit this from the beginning, others need the right situation/people to come out of their shell.
Time is ultimately all one needs to learn who they are, and they need color to truly express themselves.

I love that this story was so much more than just a "romance", and better yet, it was more than just another story about a musician. Yes, the main character is a singer but she has faults and some sharp edges, but she is just a real person. The same goes for Woods. They just seem so regular!
The romance was slow building and exciting, their chemistry is off the charts.
I can gush on and on, but ultimately I loved this story and you should check it out.
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1,222 reviews97 followers
March 1, 2020
Slow Dancing is here and it's different than a lot of the other books I've read by Stylo. I can't say that I connected to this one as much as I have with her other books. But Stylo definitely knows how to weave a story that'll absolutely suck you in.

Woods is here and is a pansexual. He's here to break all sorts of labels and that's just who he is. This was my first time reading about someone who is pansexual, I honestly can't say that I have a lot of knowledge about being pan. But I loved his absolute honesty with people and he wasn't afraid to speak his mind. He knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it.


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1,615 reviews129 followers
February 19, 2020
This book has me at a loss on what to write in a review. Not only has it left me inarticulate, but the words I might use will have the review bots all over this, so I’m doubly hamstrung. If you’ve read this author before, you know to expect the unexpected, and this is certainly unexpected. I suspect there will be critics on both sides, so I applaud Fantome for pushing herself and taking a chance on something different.

If you’re looking for a typical contemporary romance, you won’t find that here. And if you take a hard enough line on cheating that it includes kissing, you'll definitely want to look elsewhere. Our hero, Woods, likes “all the colors in the crayon box,” as he puts it. This includes fellow backup dancer, Jeremy, their beautiful pop star Logan, and a long string of hearts of every variety.

While it took me a while to warm up to Woods, Logan had me eating out of her hand from the very beginning. She's just the kind of broken but incredibly strong I adore in a heroine, and I loved seeing her get her HEA. Her road to forever is troubled, bumpy, and difficult, but angst lovers will hang on every word. If you’re looking for something different and have an open mind, this one should be right up your alley.
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3,377 reviews118 followers
February 21, 2020
The synopsis gives the bare bones about this book so when I read it the actual story came as a surprise. This has a different feel to the authors previous books and it took me quite a while to get into the flow of the writing and get a feel for the characters. I will tell you the story is relevant interesting thought provoking as well as passionate and emotional. I liked how the story mixed the dance and music world to show a different part of the entertainment world. Logan is a character who goes through alot of personal growth in this story. I found Woods a fascinating young man but I can't tell you why because telling you why would spoil a very important aspect of this story. This was a well written slow burn love story.
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244 reviews30 followers
March 17, 2022
I LOVE this book.

I love it so much after I read it I immediately turned to the beginning and read it again just in case I missed a small detail somewhere. I just...this book crawled itself into my heart and head and refuses to leave.

Logan Cassidy is a dancer turned pop singer on her first tour. And like every pop singer she has backup dancers, one of whom is Woods Donahue. And though Woods is currently sleeping with her bestie/fellow backup dancer Jeffrey these two feel drawn to one another.

Logan is a young woman discovering who she is in the world. She was a dancer but a video of her singer went viral so now she is touring and promoting. She is full of insecurities and doubts about herself, especially when it comes to her career. She wants to spread her wings, even carries around a journal with lyrics to songs she writes, but is too scared to sing them. She is afraid because she always feels she is never enough, except when it comes to Woods.

Woods is fascinated by Logan. What I loved most about Woods was how unapologetic he was about himself. He spoke nothing but truths about himself and those around him. He is openly pansexual and basically is known for sleeping his way through anyone he wants. He's charming and so honest and yet caring for those in his circle it is easy to see why he was such an *ahem* popular guy.

And so Logan and Woods decide to thrown caution to the wind even though they know it could go horribly wrong. Jeremy is Logan's best friend and she knows the man is still healing after their breakup and could end up hurt. And Woods technically works for Logan, and she could fire him should things go south. But these two, they just combust in scenes together.

"I like you, Logan. Since the first time we ever danced together, I've thought about touching you. Kissing you. Being inside you. I want this, and I want you."

I mean who could say no to that right? And yes this book has some deliciously hot bedroom scenes.

Yet what starts out as a one time thing becomes more....until they are slowly dancing themselves into something neither one expected. An actual relationship.

I loved the main characters of Logan and Woods. I loved how different they were, but yet they completed each other perfectly. Logan is full of insecurities and Woods is so sure about who he is as a person. Though they each learn from the other. Logan learns that she IS enough just how she is, flaws and all. And Woods learns that you can be attracted to someone but when your heart is involved one person can be enough to satisfy even the ferocious of appetites.

"Never feel ashamed for liking how something feels."

I also enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Jeffery and Honey. Logan may feel lost but she has some good friends in her corner.

I also loved how different this book was. I like my romance M/F and generally my main characters only have hetero leanings. So this was out of my comfort zone, and a big part of this book was seeing people beyond labels. Woods is pansexual, he was having sex with Jeffery and drawn to Logan as well.

And I loved watching Woods out of HIS comfort zone. For the majority of the book he is so confident in himself and his desires, yet being with Logan throws him through a loop. Suddenly he wants MORE.

"I'm saying, I'd rather not sleep with other people, than not sleep with you."

"I want this more than I'm afraid of it. "

Seriously I loved how this book challenged me. Itself is like a slow dance, beautiful and intense. Rhythmic and flowing. Just...Beautiful.

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