I hope you are all doing well.
This week’s theme is from a reader request, and I’ve got to say this was the most challenging one yet! I am disappointed I couldn’t find more dance books that haven’t already been featured! Usually, I read the samples to vet the books, but I didn’t have enough available books to vet this time around. Luckily they all sounded like something I’d like or contained elements I believe some of you will enjoy.
I’m going to keep dancing/dance scenes in the back of my mind as I read more RH books, and hopefully, I’ll be able to feature more titles in the future.
If you have any themes/scenes/genres that you are craving, drop me a line! I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. 🙂
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Be well, and happy reading!
P.S. I include the number of weeks a book has been on our weekly best sellers posts. The week count isn’t the total amount of time a book has been on a best sellers list, just the amount of times I’ve caught it. 🙂
It all started when I was doing some bare-back riding with my boyfriend, Tommy, atop a rock in Middle-of-Nowhere, Nevada.
In walked this wolf like he’s my mom on a meth trip, staring at us and growling like he’s an over-protective husband. Worse, according to Tommy, I’m growling back. Next thing I know, Tommy is halfway across the desert and I’m at an elite academy for Witches, Shifters, Vampires, and Fae looking like I was plucked out of the local trailer park. Oh wait, I was.
Bloodwood Academy for the Supernatural has only one rule: Don’t mingle with students outside your race.
So, of course, that just so happens to be the first thing I do. How can you say no to a Fae male with golden eyes, a moody Werewolf with pack issues, and a Vampire with magic fingers.
My men are not only sending everything into a whirlwind, but now my life is in danger. It turns out that if I don’t go back to my single wide, some jealous females are going to rip my throat out. I need to figure out why I’m connected to all of my mates, and why the headmaster has it out for me, before I find myself ten feet under.
It’s not just Rae Fox, it’s Rae Foxx. There’s too much ‘x’ here for just one x.
Thoughts from Paige
This book is a lie and doesn’t belong on this theme…the second book does! Apparently, this battle dance occurs in book two, but I cannot read a series out of order, so I’m putting book one here. I am 100% sucked in after completing the sample, and I cannot wait to give these books a read.
Five years ago, I had an audition for the ballet company of my dreams. Five years ago, my boyfriend purposely broke my toes and ruined my dreams. Two days later, I found out I’m a witch.
I thought my ballet days were over. I just graduated from the academy to work as a federal agent with the Paranormal Investigation Bureau. I get called into the office for something that could change my life permanently. Meaning, I could die. That ballet company I never got to audition for is doing The Sugar Skull Girl. This ballet has never been seen on stage before. I don’t have the full story, but rumors are that any time someone tries to attempt this ballet, things soon turn fatal.
I’ve been told to strap my pointe shoes on and use my witch abilities to go undercover at the ballet company. I had my reservations about taking this job, even if it had once been a dream of mine to dance for The P. The artistic director is a horny Unseelie rake who makes casting decisions with his cock. The prima ballerina here needs to retire, but she’s totally toxic about making sure no one upstages her. She has a club of mean girl ballet dancers willing to ruin careers just for the spotlight…or maybe just for fun.
Not only do I have to survive gossip, hot male dancers who like to sniff around new ballerinas, and toxic prima ballerinas, I have to figure out what is going on with this ballet before we all die. I might not like these people, but I’m here to save their lives.
Thoughts from Paige
Okay, information overload in that prologue. And not in a bad way! I got our MCs entire backstory in a few pages and somehow am already emotionally invested in her. I’ve already added this to my TBR pile, and I’m sure I’ll be reading it very soon.
From the gutter to the stars…
Dance is in my blood.
It’s what keeps me sane, out of trouble. It used to keep them out of trouble too.
A group of boys I grew up with.
Xeno, York, Zayn and Dax.
We were a crew once and we ruled the clubs.
Separate we were insanely good, together we were unbeatable. F*&ing on fire.
I was their girl and they were my Breakers.
Until they did something they promised they never would; break my heart.
We were seventeen when they left me.
You see, for kids like us, dance was all we had.
Growing up in a rundown housing estate in London with no prospects can make you view the world differently.
It can make you choose the wrong path.
I chose dance, and they chose crime.
Three years later I’ve won a scholarship to Stardom Academy. I try to forget my past.
But how can I do that when the four boys who hurt me are back?
And this time they’re following in my footsteps and joining the academy too.
**Freestyle is book one of this new gritty, contemporary reverse harem academy romance for 17+ readers and deals with adult themes and some subjects you may find upsetting. If you love dance, your men on the criminal side, alpha hot holes and the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, this is for you. Contains foul language and sexual scenes and ends on a cliffhanger.**
Thoughts from Paige
The prologue was a bit ominous…but the first chapter gave me Step it Up vibes. The series has been featured on our RH Best Sellers list posts for quite a few weeks, and I can see why from the sample. Well written, and the plot sucks you in.
I live in a world where people are ruled by animalistic impulses and none are more than me.
Weak, too easily influenced by others, my kind are best married off to be protected by my mate. So that’s what I’m doing, attending soirees and parties with the glittering elite, looking for the man that will complete me.
Then I meet him.
Orion Ratcliffe, heir to Ratcliffe Industries and all around bad boy, we’re shoved together by his parents in the hope of a match.
But what he wants is something else altogether.
He has three mates, some of the biggest, baddest men in town, each more beautiful than the next. The last thing he needs is another, more socially acceptable partner. So in exchange for my help in deflecting his parents’ attentions, he’ll Bridgerton the situation, squiring me about town, drawing other men’s eyes, helping me find The One.
So why is it their gaze I feel on me the most, tracking my every movement? All in the name of protection, of course.
Society wants me to be a good girl. They don’t want another mate.
But fate? She has completely different ideas about our futures.
Author note: Does not included shifters. May sound like a historical romance, but its contemporary! 18+ This book is a standalone, so no cliffhanger with the potential of other interconnected books with other FMCs
Thoughts from Paige
Our MC wants to find a mate(s) during the pivotal ball of the season. This reminded me of a historical romance, except RH style! I did read the entire book. I wasn’t sucked in enough to the world to feel I needed to read the next standalone in the series immediately, but I do have it on my TBR pile.
I have a plan—keep my head down, stay out of the way, and graduate. If I stick to it, I can escape and finally be free of my father’s suffocating grip on my life. My plan does not include four stubborn, rich hot guys that just happen to run Harvard Academy. Brent, Cole, Tristan, and Axel are the top of the food chain. All the boys want to be them, and the girls want to be with them—except me. The thing about spoiled rich boys… they’ll do anything to get what they want. These four have set their sights on me—a sweet, innocent pawn in their game of little white lies. And now my plan is f****d…
*Mature High School Bully Romance* Reverse Harem* Book 2 is Ugly Dark Truth* #WhyChoose
Thoughts from Paige
Folks, whew. I’m fanning myself reading the sample. Quads. I don’t think I’ve read about quads before. I can’t imagine sexy group time with four brothers, but I am so here for the delicious yummy goodness x 4. Yes, I will be reading this one; pass me the ice water because that was a super sweet meet-cute.
The ONLY caveat…I can’t tell if there is actually a dancer in this book. It came up because a reviewer used ‘dance’ in their review. So there may or may not be dance. I’m keeping it on the list until/unless someone tells me differently.
Okay I lied, two caveats. The books are not on kindle unlimited. They are currently each $.99, but I’m not sure if they are on sale or if that’s what each book typically sells for. So definitely give the sample a good read, and if you are only considering it for dance I’d hold off until someone can verify there is a dance in the second book.
Aria Vona is a goody-two shoes who’s never done anything exciting in her life. When she take a reckless leap and goes to a seedy nightclub, she encounters a member of the supernatural world. An incubus. No stranger to incubi, thanks to being the younger sister of one, she ought to have run far, far away if she was following her own rules. Aria, however, has thrown her rules to the wind. She’s hit by a chain of events that change everything.
Lochlan MacArthur, Tatsu Shang, and Kai Davis – three wealthy billionaire incubi – are bonded to each other but they aren’t happy. Their lives are missing a queen. When a favor is called in leading them to the one they’ve been looking for, they’re eager to jump on board. Things don’t fall into place like they should. Instincts are denied and feelings are hurt.
Their fates are bound but nothing is certain.
Someone else is looking for her and she’s not safe.
Trigger Warnings inside. Book contains; MMMF content, sword crossing, blood and violence – but a HEA.
From Book 1: I’ve always felt like an outsider, trapped in a world where I didn’t belong. Until the Summer Solstice, I didn’t know how true that was.
When four mysterious fae males corner me in the street, they bring terrifying news: I’m not human. I’m a changeling, a fae swapped at birth.
Under their powerful yet infuriating guidance, I return to Otherworld to train at their academy and determine to which of the four faerie courts I belong.
But there’s something much more dangerous than the four fae vying for my attention. A strange dark magic looms on the horizon, the bloodthirsty courts are plotting for power, and changelings are dying.
My only choice is to fight back and try not to lose my life…or my heart.
A Dance with Darkness is the first full-length novel in a fantasy series with an epic setting, dangerous fae magic, romance that doesn’t require choosing, and a feisty heroine determined to fight back. This is a revised, expanded, and improved second edition of the original volume.
Thoughts from Paige
I’ll admit, this fits the letter more than the spirit of our theme this week. However, the first book begins at a dance club AND t is available in audio format. With those two things going for it, I just had to include it, right?
My name is Peyton, and I have a charmed life. I live in a beautiful mansion on top of a hill and want for nothing. My father’s successful, and my mother’s devoted to seeing me and my siblings succeed… Oh, wait…that’s not my life at all. That’s my half-sister’s life.
Until recently, I had no family, aside from my mom and dad. My life consisted of secrets, escape, two best friends, and most importantly, dance. But when my mom drops a bombshell on me, that we’re moving to her hometown hours away, all the secrets come out, including the fact that the man who I’ve called dad my whole life, is really my uncle.
So now it’s a new school, new life, new town. And let me tell you, this town hates me. My life has never been a bed of roses, to begin with, but being here? It’s hell. My best friends are far away, my dance career is on hold, and the family drama is movie-worthy. The only thing that’s worth getting up for in the morning is my new friends, a group of guys who have made it their mission to put me under their wing. They bring me into their circle, determined to protect me and help me on my new path.
But sometimes, we get in our own way. Sometimes, you can’t walk alone.
Sometimes, the only way to live your life is to lean on the ones who love you.
***Peyton’s Path is a Contemporary Reverse Harem. This book contains some triggering content that may be sensitive to some readers. ***
Thoughts from Paige
This inclusion comes from flyingbird. Thank you so much for bringing this up! I really enjoyed the fist two books in Sanctuary, another series by SM Oliver. I have a vague memory that I have also read these books, but I don’t remember enough to give it any good commentary.
My dream of becoming prima ballerina is dead.
Dropped by the Royal Ballet, I return home to my empty house in Cornwall with nothing but ghosts, and memories of a past I am desperate to forget. It takes months of depression before I pull myself out of the bleakness and attempt to start living again.
With a new job as an assistant to the wealthy but elusive Sachov family, I find myself caught up in a tangled web of desire, pain and sexual awakening that will either destroy me entirely or bring me back to life.
My name is Rose, and I am their muse.
COMPLETE SERIES – READING ORDER AS FOLLOWS:#1 Steps #2 Strokes #3 Strings #4 SymphonyThis is a why choose romance for 18+ readers and contains suicide, self-harm and other topics that may be difficult for some readers. Read at your own discretion.***
Thoughts from Paige
I’m not sure what to think after completing the sample. I found myself checking my progress several times, which I don’t usually do. I guess I wasn’t as engaged due to the prologue. However, I almost hit the ‘read now’ button after completing the sample; I felt the plot was picking up.
They came for me in the dead of night. Silent like ghosts. Three faceless men with one thing on their mind, revenge.
I was stolen.
Ripped from the people I love, and imprisoned in a medieval castle in Scotland with walls as thick and impenetrable as the stone encasing my kidnappers’ hearts. Do as they say and you’ll survive this place. Refuse their orders and feel the consequences of their wrath. Everyone here calls them The Masks. I call them my enemy. I may seem fragile, weak, but I’m not like all the rest. I’m not just a dancer, or a singer, or a musician that they can loan out as entertainment to sick men and women. I’m a fighter. I come from a long line of them. This time they stole the wrong girl, and these walls…? They’ll come crashing down even if I have to rip them apart myself, brick by bloody brick.
We took her. A payment for a debt. A very personal one. With our father “The Collector” dead, we are the heirs to a twisted dynasty with nothing but revenge in our hearts, blood on our hands, and darkness in our souls. Our home bears witness to our cruelty. The prisoners within it, scarred by our wrath. We’re the soulless creatures as twisted as any monster real or imagined. We steal, thieving not just the artist themselves, but the light that makes them shine bright. We must keep up our father’s legacy. We must have revenge. The Dancer we stole is ours to play with. Ours to use. She won’t survive this place. We’ll make sure of it.
WARNING: This is an 18+ dark, contemporary, reverse harem romance and contains graphic sex scenes, violence, dub-con / non-con and subject matter that readers may find triggering. It is not for the feint of heart.
Thoughts from Paige
I have listed this one on here before, on a Dark RH theme list. It appears to fit this theme, but it isn’t my typical read, so I didn’t read the sample. Sorry folks, but I’m sure this will match what many of you like to read!