I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Dance Card #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA on August 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery Romance
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Tango, like love, is complicated
Journalist Dani McKenna delves into the world of tango to expose the decades of lies and deception that threaten three generations of her family. She’s desperate to understand the reason her mother abandoned her twenty years ago to become a world-class tango dancer, why her grandma lives in fear of all things tango, and how the brutal murder of a tango music legend in 1950s Buenos Aires now affects her family.
Dani meets the enigmatic Carlos Escudero, a revered tango dancer and man of intense passion, who helps her unravel tango’s sordid history. Despite Dani’s lack of rhythm, they create their own dance of the souls until the differences in their cultures causes a deep rift. As she seeks to reconnect with Carlos and rebuild her family, tango – the dance of passion – becomes a complicated dance of betrayal.
I had heard of Luna Tango via conversations on Facebook and Twitter, and my interest in reading it was further piqued by that cover! Holy crap, it is gorgeous.
What delighted me even more upon opening the book to read it? The promise of that spectacular cover was more than matched by the story contained within it. Luna Tango has passion, mystery, exotic locales, and a thoroughly absorbing and wonderfully entertaining story.
Here are my thoughts about Luna Tango:
Dani is certainly in Argentina to post a story that will reinvigorate her journalistic career, however the pull of this exotic place is for her more than just a work thing. Her journey is a fascinating one, writing of the one thing that has been responsible for her family’s destruction, and what she begins to discover (with the help of the darkly handsome Carlos) as a result of her time in Argentina is eye-opening. The chemistry she shares with Carlos is hot, complicated and real. I am a sucker for a Latin American accent, and Carlos brings that brooding, passionate vibe to the table on a platter.
There is a secondary story (told in flashback to the 1950s) of Louisa, the muse of one tango musician and the secret lover of another. The battle fought between these two aspects of Louisa’s life, and the consequences that arise, have an impact not only on the world of tango in Argentina, but in the life of our present-day heroine.
With the two stories (and in turn, romances) running intertwined throughout the course of Luna Tango, it could have been a little disjointed, had it not been crafted by a talented writer. Alli Sinclair has done a fabulous job of allowing these two tales to unfold in such a way that each piece revealed something further about its counterpart – they complemented each other beautifully.
There were some moments in Luna Tango where I was genuinely surprised at the turns it took – most definitely in a good way. The mystery surrounding Dani and her mother, the truth about Louisa Gilchrist, and Carlos’ former romantic past was so well done.
South America has always been a fascinating continent for me, and Argentina in particular. After reading Luna Tango, I am more keen than ever to visit this wildly colourful place. I also cannot wait to read more from this fabulous new voice in Australian romance fiction.