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Poll Dancer

(Push and Pole #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When politics meets pole fitness, Mel's life flips upside-down.

After Mel’s disastrous promotional video goes viral,  a “family values” group launches a protest against her dance studio. Their leader isn’t just trying to stop her from teaching—he’s using Mel as a moral scapegoat for his own senate campaign. If he wins, he threatens to change the laws to keep all pole dancin
Published June 15th 2020 by Empress Books
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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fun and fast-paced, this romantic comedy is certainly different.

Read full review in the 2020 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
I really wanted to love this story. The cover and the blurb really lured me in. It seemed like the perfect kind of romantic comedy to be uplifting, sweet and spicy with a little bit of political satire to boot but I feel like it fell short.

It was neither comical nor overly romantic. It got too bogged down in the politics of our everyday life which I just wanted an escape from. I wanted something flirty and fun. Full of banter and wit and wisdom, especially from the Heroine. I wanted her to be m
Sara Oxton
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pole Dancer by Laura Heffernan a five-star read that will have you in a spin. I’m not normally one for politics in my reading, so would normally avoid this one, but something made me desperate to read it and I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t as in your face as I was imagining it would going to be. Most of all I loved Mel, she was strong and special, she had a great story to tell, one that will drag you into the story and not let you leave until you have mastered the moves. This is ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poll Dancer is a light and flirty take on female rights and double standards that will have you thinking and laughing and hoping for a reality that just isn’t there yet. I enjoyed this delightful romp and look forward to more from this author.
M Reynolds
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed my attention immediately, and never let go! Great story, with an underlying comment on the state of US politics. Interesting, characters, with lots of twists. Keep up the great writing!
Tracie Banister
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has such an original premise! Poll dance teacher Mel becomes a viral sensation when her live lesson on social media takes a horrifyingly embarrassing turn. Next thing she knows she’s being targeted by an ultra-conservative politico from her town who’s running unopposed for senator. What’s a girl to do when she loses the job she loves and is feeling unfairly persecuted? Throw her hat into the ring for the senate race, of course! Naturally, this requires a makeover, not only of Mel’s app ...more
Moony MeowPoff
I got this eARC from Netgalley in exhange for a honest review
The blurb, title and cover drew me in and i had hoped that it would be an amazing funny romantic comedy like story. But, i felt like the character Mel kind of lost her spunk, it started out good but it deflated like a balloon very quickly and fast. She just felt like an empty shell for far too long. The Chemistry with Daniel was cute, but that`s about it.I was just generally left bored.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

Given our current climate and with everything going on today with our political environment, Poll Dancer provided the perfect break from that, while still giving its reader a view into politics from a different and unique perspective. Mel is not who anyone would picture to be senate material, and the fact that she teaches pole dancing at a dance studio only adds to that off kilter persona. But that’s what makes her such a great c
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Novel: Awesome. Commentary: Meh. As a novel, this book was solid. Maybe a bit too weighed down in social commentary, particularly in the back third, and nowhere near as refreshing as the author's Gamer Girls series (whose third book this one takes some elements of), but a mostly solid tale with some genuinely hilarious moments nonetheless. Meets pretty much all RWA standards I am aware of.

But as someone who has ran (unsuccessfully) for rural small town public office (City Council of a town liter
Kelly Giano
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book totally caught me off guard! It grabbed my attention from the beginning, and I read the whole thing in less than a day! I love the combination of romance and politics, and this one was a perfect mix.

Mel's pole dancing classes are shut down after a local conservative politician sees her viral video. Mel decides to run against him for a spot in the state Senate, despite having no political experience. It reminded me in some ways of Legally Blonde, as our main character, Mel, decides to
Zoe M
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious story of the underdog who swaps poles for polls!

When Mel is forced by an injunction to stop her pole dancing classes due to a politician calling it immoral, she fights back and stands against him in an upcoming election. Having a dishy campaign manager also helps. Can romance blossom?

I'm not into politics but I was drawn to this book. There was a little bit about American politics which could have gone over my head, thankfully the author kept it brief and simple and was just the righ
Amanda Taylor
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very great and entertaining book. I enjoyed it very much. I loved the storyline about a poll dancer that was going to be shut down for what she did for a living but she would not allow that to happen. She done what she felt she needed to do in order to not be closed down. There is a seat open on the senate and the person who is trying to stop her from doing pole fitness is running for that seat. However, she decided the only way to stop him from closing her down is to run herself. It ...more
Ramona Mead
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: advanced-copies
This title, cover, and blurb were the perfect trifecta to get me to request a book! Plus I love a My Fair Lady re-telling, and this novel puts a great modern, feminist spin on it.

Mel is a pole dance fitness instructor who loses her job after a conservative politician sees her viral video. When Mel realizes he's running unopposed for a vacant state senate seat, she decides to run against him. It's a compelling story with a strong sex-positive female protagonist. The writing is pretty simple and
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley for an honest review.

Morals aren't about what you do for a living. It's not about what you wear. It's about how you like your life and how you treat people

"Poll Dancer" is a fun and light story about Mel, whose fitness video about pole dancing goes viral and grabs the attention of a candidate, Curtis Baker, running for state senate (after his father resigns in disgrace). Curtis has her classes shut down and Mel is out of a job and ends up running a
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pole fitness in a novel!

Mel Martin, the main character, reminds me so much of a lot of my friends. I used to teach at a pole fitness studio in South Philly full of smart, strong, confident, athletic women. There were women who were doctors, lawyers, moms, parole officers, therapists, retail workers, nurses, actresses, artists, truly all types of women. We were a great group and we had fun working out together. We put on recitals dancing to everything from Lady Gaga to the theme from the Titanic
Eshani Pareek
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I was looking for a light read and found this, thank you NetGalley for the ARC. The premise looked interesting and I love that this book touches not just on women in politics but also the stigma associated with women who pursue unconventional liberal professions. I couldn’t always understand why Mel, the protagonist reacted to situations the way she did, and also how her situation was that big a motivator that she decided to get into politics. I’d recommend picking it up for a light read, but no ...more
Michelle Hauck
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This one had me staying up late, telling myself just one more chapter! Two things I love combined in one book: politics and romance!

Poll fitness instructor Mel is goaded into considering a run for state senator when her opponent shuts down her work as immoral. Hunky campaign manager Daniel seals the deal and Mel is off and running, for Senator.

Besides a hot romance, this book also has something to say about women in politics, and how using a higher than thou moral attitude and rigid family val
Sarah Price
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me giggle right from the beginning.

It's funny, romantic and powerful. I felt empowered by Mels energy and passion.

I thought the explanations of different poll dance positions at the beginning of the paragraphs was really interesting. So much so I wanted to learn myself, Its brilliant exercise.

It's packed with, relationships, politics and so much more.

I particularly liked the bit where Mel is campaigning on the phone for the first time, it's so funny.

The professional and personal r
Michelle Blake
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! I will admit, when I started the book, I had the preconceived notions discussed in the book about "the pole." However, this book opened my horizons and while entertaining me, it also taught me more about the people that do pole fitness. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the sequel when it comes out. I highly recommend this book for a good laugh and a little learning. ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, this was fun and refreshingly different than a lot of books out currently. My only complaint is that the relationship between Mel and Daniel felt a little rushed (what guy says "I love you" that fast?!) but everything else was great. I have always wanted to try a pole class and this book inspired me to look into it. Looking forward to the next book about Lana.

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Helen Appleby
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book as the title and the blurb lured me in and thought would be a nice light hearted fun read. I loved the descriptions of the pole dancing moves as the chapter beginnings and it is a shame that the rest of the book doesn’t flow like that as it has the potential to be Bridget Jones meets Sophie kinsella but the sub plot of the main character running for presidential election really didn’t do it for me.
Jennifer Wertz
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Poll Dancer. This is a fun and interesting book. It captured my attention right from the beginning. I love the characters. They are relatable and interesting. There are many twists that will keep you engaged in the story. This is a great romance book! I look forward to the next book in the series!
Kristin- Shabby Chic Reader
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Funny, witty romance about Mel who runs for the open Senate seat to save her business! Will she win the election or will she have to give up her occupation? . . . Thank you to NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC so I can share my honest review with you!

This is a great Romantic Comedy Beach Read!
Saidah Gilbert
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, romcom
It was interesting to use pole dancing as a main plot point but there were some things in the political plot that flew over my head because I am not an American. Also, I still don't know the male lead's name because the copy I read had his name as both McCarthy and O'Brien. As that lessened my enjoyment of the book, two stars instead of three stars. ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but found it quite predictable, and a little stereotype. Definitely an easy read which I needed today, and a lovely bit of chick lit. I would have liked a few more twists to it and a little more depth to the characters. It was good fun though and I would recommend if you are looking for a little escape.
Holly Kerr
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great original premise with fantastic characters. Mel, the wannabe senator, is strong and sassy and follows her beliefs even though they cause a number of headaches for her. A perfect amount of romance is thrown in along with the social commentary to make it another good read from Laura Heffernan. I'll be picking up the next in the series! ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was just what I was in the mood for. Absolutely raced through it. The pole to poll is a neat concept, and I loved the touch of adding the pole moves at the start of each chapter - I’m assuming they’re real moves! PS - now I want to try pole dancing
Marty Mayberry
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book!
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I saw a book with the title "A fun, fabulous romantic comedy", I thought, this is gonna be good. Well, turns out, not so much. ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such fun and such a unique premise!
I loved Mel and the way she really knew and understood herself - both strengths and challenges.
The story twists were great and I'm looking forward to more!
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