Danced Close by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Portland, Oregon, is one of the hottest cities in America. Just ask all the hard-working men sweating it up behind the counters of the restaurants, boutiques, and cafés all over town …
Newly clean and sober, Todd’s taken a shine to his job at Portland’s most talked about bakery. It’s not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn’t try to hide his attraction to Kendall’s elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past.
For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he’s grown to love. But he’s still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn’t a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart …
Annabeth Albert has a unique way of writing and combining different but always diverse topics. This book is no exception and with Kendall and Todd we have – again – two main character who are really interesting.
I really enjoyed how Kendall is displayed as a genderfluid character. Kendall is totally awesome and I really loved how the topic was – sensitive – displayed in the book.
The sensitive display is outlined through Todd as his questions. Always aware and not to hurt Kendall he is really trying not to insult or offend Kendall.
The dance lessions both take are really awesome and bond them together. It felt sensual and so hot, the erotic scenes were so sweet and the feelings palpable.
Unfortunately the book is with less than 150 pages so fast to read through and you miss Kendall and Todd right from the last page after you finished the book.
Though it is a book in a series you can totally read it as a stand alone but I would recommend to read the other books too. Don’t miss the unique characters out. 🙂
For this I can only give 5 out of 5 stars. Full points. :3