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ARC REVIEW: Another Dance by LA Ashton

summary

AnotherDance-fPublisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 8, 2019
Received From: Review requested by the author

Kaito Watanabe has finally nabbed an interview with his idol, Cristian Alvarez. Kaito is a journalist who’s spent his entire life looking up to the figure-skating champion. Cristian’s passion on the ice unearthed a love of dance in Kaito and made him believe in the power of artistic expression.

Now Kaito is face-to-face with the man he’s always admired. He believes himself insignificant and ordinary, a moth drawn to the light Alvarez casts. He can’t allow himself to believe Cristian’s flirtations are anything but natural charm—but Cristian has other plans. The tension pitches higher, legs and fingers intertwine, and Kaito begins to wonder if his fantasies have a shot at becoming reality.

gender sexuality romantic pairings

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
PAIRING: M/M

tropes tags warnings

TROPES: workplace romance
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, Japanese character, Asian character, Spanish character, Hispanic character, POC characters
WARNINGS: alcohol, public play, sexual content, racism, ableism, hospital mention, pregnancy mention, anti-queer mention

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review

This story was pretty cute!

I very much enjoyed the banter between the two main characters, Kaito and Cristian. They were super cute and flirty and fun! A moment that I especially enjoyed was during the initial interview where they talk about the kanji Kaito wrote in his notes, which then led to the two of them talking about and noticing the other’s reactions to what they said. 

Reading this, I was worried that the story was going to feel rushed and too short. And it was, to an extent–especially as regarding Kaito having a crush on Cristian for years before finally meeting and interviewing him. There really wasn’t all that much time for them to really get to know each other, outside of what they already knew. But alongside that, both characters recognize that they still need to get to know each other better, which made me more satisfied with the ending.

The one aspect that I felt was extraneous was the chapter in which Kaito interviews Maks, the man who creates the music that Cristian and several other figure skaters skate to. That chapter didn’t really serve a purpose, other than to make Kaito jealous, which could’ve really been achieved without Maks, anyway. This chapter would’ve, perhaps, felt more organic if the story was longer and this built into or resulted in something else.

But, all in all, this was a cute, sexy story and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a quick read.

rating3 STARSabout the author

iconL.A. Ashton is an LGBT+ author writing LGBT+ fiction. They enjoy rock music, traveling, and anything else that adds color to their daydreams. They believe in the healing properties of art and of having a cat firmly stationed on one’s lap. Their official site can be found at www.LAAshton.com.

buy links

NineStar Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

review by nicky tyler

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