I have always been fascinated with how people interpret books differently. I understand that there are those who have found themes within this book that they found unpalatable. Everyone sees something that no one else sees – each to their own, I guess you could say.
Personally, I really enjoyed Dance with Me. It was a lot of fun to read, and it gave me some real flashback moments to when the Hubby and I were travelling pre-kids.
What is Dance with Me about?
Polly Heatherton’s life isn’t turning out the way she’d thought. So after a very, very bad day that involves losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, she packs her bags, leaves Australia behind and steps out on the trip of a lifetime to work out what comes next.
In Guatemala she meets incurable white knight Josh Byrne, an American trying to hold together his fractured family. That isn’t turning out so well, so instead he turns his heroic tendencies to rescuing Polly.
Josh and Polly have a fling that is supposed to be short-lived. Instead it sets them on a journey that takes them through three countries, two emergency room visits, one incredible dance lesson, and a hell of a lot of vino tinto.
So, here’s what I thought of Dance with Me!
Polly’s had some issues at home in Australia – namely being fired and dumped. So instead of wallowing at home, she escapes to Central America. However, she runs into trouble with a market seller and in a moment of panic, attachs herself to a guy in a bar. Josh is searching for something – or someone – in Guatemala. He definitely wasn’t prepared for a woman to burst in and plead for him to be her fake husband.
They don’t expect to see each other outside of this moment, but it seems fate has other ideas for them. After three countries, many a hospital stay and plenty of hijinks, it becomes clearer that they’re going to find something in each other that neither had been looking for.
I really loved Polly’s sense of independence and spirited attitude to life. She gets a lot of crap lobbed at her, but yet she keeps at it. I couldn’t personally function with as little planning as Polly, but all power to her. Josh’s a natural carer, a protector of people, and I love that he wants to protect this person he’s only just met. Some characters got it right when they said Josh has a White Knight syndrome. He can’t help everyone, but I still love that he tries.
I like that the romance between Polly and Josh wasn’t rushed, that it didn’t all just happen straight away. They share a pretty hot connection and to me, make an entirely believable couple. Both had problems and obstacles to overcome, but what they discover in each other allows both to grow as people and overcome what has held them back.
The destinations they travel to are characters within the story. For me, having been to San Francisco, I found myself reminiscing while reading the portion set there. Thanks to Emmie for reigniting some wonderful travel memories for me.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 7 October 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by the author, Emmie Dark, in exchange for an honest review.