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Dancing with a Star

(Shore Thing #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Androgynous fashion model Quinn Bouchard knew this day was coming. Hours before one of the most important photo shoots of his career, his wife asks for a divorce—a divorce they had agreed upon before exchanging vows—causing upheaval in his otherwise happy queerplatonic relationship. As if the day wasn’t hard enough, Quinn learns Xander Engstrom, his childhood best friend n ...more
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Published March 13th 2020 by Grace Kilian Delaney
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True Loveislovereview
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
Quinn and Xander

What a story! Widely written, slow burn and enormously entertaining.

Quinn, a beautiful androgynous fashion model has a photo session with movie star Xander. They pick up there lost friendships from thirteen years ago where they met at a dance school. Xander was already a great dancer and helped Quinn who had other qualities than dance.
Friends they can be, nothing more. Quinn has a complicated life with three people, there is his platonic marriage with his best friend, their child
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4.5 stars
I got this for the genderfluid protagonist and queerplatonic relationship, and got so much more than I imagined! Totally loved it.

Content warnings include: past abusive relationship (featuring emotional abuse, substance abuse, controlling food and relationships and career, sexual coercion, drugging, fatshaming, gaslighting), homophobia, transphobia, abusive and unsupportive parents, meeting biological parent for the first time; mentions of rape a
Lena Grey
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." — Rumi

Quinn Bouchard and Xander Engstrom, of ‘Dancing with a Star’ by Grace Killian Delaney, met when they were children. Both were from dysfunctional homes, both desperate to find somewhere to belong. They became good friends, bonding in spite of their differences. Years later, they meet again. Although they both have their doubts due to the life choices they have made, neither can deny that the spark that was fostered whe
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Ahhh, Grace Kilian Delaney's second book in the Shore Thing series, Dancing with a Star, is a fabulous read.

Quinn and Xander are two former best friends who are reunited on a photo shoot. Love these guys and their complexity. Quinn's an androgynous model who's in a platonic polyamorous relationship with two women that is about to end in divorce. It's complex, and it's wonderfully explored. This is definitely something unique and worth a read. It's full of intense emotions that truly help drive
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.75 Stars

Xander and Quinn became childhood friends, but soon lost touch with each other. A photo shoot brings them together again and they find themselves wanting to recapture their friendship. Xander is trying to salvage his career and get away from his ex, while Quinn is going through a complicated separation in his own relationship. I loved how things progressed slowly as they both were trying to sort out their lives and get to know each other. I loved how Sasha and Yumi were there for Quinn
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance, kebb
What is “family”? To me, family is much more than bloodline or official court documents. Family includes those who add value, are supportive, are caring and provide you with unconditional love. It is whom you choose to help you thrive as you navigate life. Dancing with a Star by Grace Kilian Delaney is about family, blending gender-fluidity and queerplatonic bonds and incorporating asexuality into a beautiful slow-burn, friends to lover’s romance.

Childhood best friends Quinn Bouchard and Xander
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book one of this series, Living on a Dare, was my first introduction to this author's work, and I honestly enjoyed the story. But, the characters portrayed in this book have earned a fan for life. The development of these intense and uniquely beautiful and fierce individuals made me fall more in love with them with every page.

I have to admit, I was extremely intrigued by Quinn in the first book, and was really excited to get to the heart of his character. This book can be read as a standalone d
Kimmers of Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
I can always count on Grace Kilian Delaney to bring me a feel-good story full of hope. That’s just what she delivers in her latest edition in the Shore Thing series, Dancing with a Star. This slow-burn romance will have you not only rooting for the characters but leave you eager for a world where we can allow everyone to have the type of relationship their hearts desire.

Having read his brother’s story in book one, Living on a Dare, I was excited to get Quinn’s book and quickly discovered this c
Mari  Cardenas
3.75 Stars!

Xander and Quinn met when they were just kids and then lost touch. Now, Xander is an action movie star, who just broke up with his abusive, junkie boyfriend and is determined to turn his life around. Quinn, on the other hand, is an androgynous model, married and in a queerplatonic relationship, which is about to end. When Xander and Quinn meet again, the chemistry and camaraderie they always felt for each other is still there, but so are a whole array of problems, including them livin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grr
I enjoyed reading this.

Dancing with a Star is the second book in the A Shore Thing series but it can easily be read as a standalone. Book one actually runs a bit parallel in time to this one but I read it nearly a year ago so I didn't remember the details and had no trouble whatsoever following Dancing with a Star.

Quinn Bouchard is a fashion model and highly sought after for his androgynous looks. He's been in a queer-platonic (I had to look that up, but it's pretty much what you would think fro
Amy Stauffer
This book explored the friendship of two men after they reconnected on a joint photo shoot. They were childhood friends, all grown up, now. After the photo shoot, both knew they wanted to pick up their friendship again, despite both also secretly wanting more. Unfortunately, more wasn’t in the cards at the moment. Would it ever be?

This book touches on sensitive topics, and may not be for everyone. I didn’t see any content warnings, so I just wanted to point it out. It discusses an abusive relati
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful slow-burn romance with incredible characters and all the feels.  Quinn and Xander are wonderful characters that you will fall in love with.  Quinn has amazing strength and Xander is just a beautiful and caring person.  Their friendship is truly amazing and how it grows into a love match for these two men is a journey you will want to be a part of.  The writing flowed and the story-line kept me engaged.  I found the characters had unexpected responses and needs that i found interesting ...more
Ana  Nimity
While this book can be read as a standalone, don't do that. Go read Living on a Dare first, because it's an excellent book. This story changes gears because brothers Quinn and Julien are radically different people. Quinn is genderfluid and yet married a woman and has a child. There is technically no cheating in this book since Quinn's marriage is more of a social construct than an intimate relationship. It took me a bit to wrap my head around the queerplatonic concept, but I've read enough mm ro ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this slow burn romance and the complex relationships in this book. Quinn, in particular is a very unique and refreshing character who is totally unapologetic about who he is in terms of gender and sexuality and the relationships he forms. Xander, from the beginning, is also a very lovable character and, he is totally supportive and accepting of Quinn's family dynamic and is more than happy to take things at Quinn's pace.
I can honestly say that this book is unlike anything else I've read
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Slow Burn!!!

Slow burn is my favorite trope. I loved this book. Xander and Quinn are perfect. When I say slow burn, it's wonderful and painful! Lol. Xander is such a strong character. He sucks you in his orbit and you can't help but feel sorry for everything he's been through and fall in love. Quinn is an androgynous model who is sexy and electric. He also has a lot going on in his life. You can literally feel the attraction and chemistry radiating off the pages. There's not a lot of sex in
Belinda Zamora
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quinn is having the absolute worst day of his life.
Everything is changing and he's not quite sure how to handle it.
An unexpected reunion with a childhood friend brings immediate relief.
Xander has just ended a horribly abusive relationship that brings to light the destructive and dark underbelly of the Hollywood film industry.
He secretly bore the abuse, ashamed and terrified of the repercussions for his film career.
Quinn has also suffered horrific abuse and it molded him into the strong, confiden
Coline Peterson
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this fast reading well written slow burning love story. I couldn't have ran into my old childhood friend at a better time, my life is changing because it's time for my wife to have her hearts desire so our marriage is over but I still want to be involved in their lives for my son. It is so hard when things change, moving forward and learning to be who you really are is even harder. But there is just something about Xander that keeps drawing me in, yes we were friends then and our ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

Quinn was fascinating to me in the first one as I wondered what else was hidden behind his model expression. And boy, was there lites. Xander has not had the easiest year and when he encounters Quinn during a photo shoot it takes him some time to recognize his childhood friend. The relationships in this book are so beautiful that it will take your breath away and the slow burn is perfect.
Kathryn Manzella
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dancing with a Star by Grace Kilian Delaney is the second book in  ​A Shore Thing series but canbe read as a stand alone. It is a contemporary LGBTQ+ romance that had me feeling emotions and living every page. These characters had me hooked on their story and I love them together - childhood friends who find a second chance. There is a sweet exploration of different kinds of love and relationships and sexuality explored here. Overalthis is a fantastic story that Ihighly recommend.
Patricia Nelson
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic, grab-you-by-the-feels, fast paced, grab-you-by-the-feels, emotionally charged, snarky, quirky, poignant, off the wall, slow burning, unconventional, delightfully different, and totally awesome story. It had me hooked from beginning to end, and I can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Trigger Warning Database
Trigger & Content Warnings

Fatmisia & body shaming recounted
Parental abandonment
Abusive relationship recounted, including emotional abuse, gaslighting & control over relationship, career and food choices
Rape & statutory rape mentioned
Drug use & abuse
This was such a fascinating book!
I loved the fashion insights.
I loved how they made their relationships work.
I loved the complexity of the relationships and the roles each fulfilled.

A simply wonderful story.
Lillian Francis
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable prequel/sequel to the first book in the series where we catch with the events in Quinn's life while Julian was falling in love in book one.
The relationship situation here is an unusual one but nicely done.
Quinn and Xander make a great couple.
Julie Bedwell
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved Quinn & Xander's story! I really like that Quinn is fluid and has a QPR. It's good to see a variety of people and types of relationships. Quinn is so feisty, and I love his Brittany scale. I would definitely recommend this book! ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This author is turning into a must read for me. I enjoyed the first book in the series and when this came out was anxious to read this one because I was curious about Quinn. I really liked his character and it was something different for me.
Hoping for more in this series!
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Author, musician, and human slave to the dog and cat that rule her house, Grace Kilian Delaney enjoys giving her characters a dark sense of humor and a happily ever after.

Other books in the series

Shore Thing (3 books)
  • Living on a Dare (Shore Thing, #1)
  • Flirting with Fire (Shore Thing, #3)

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