Dance with your heart, and love will follow.
Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep - a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome. The decision to shelter Duon is easy. What's tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon's life, especially TomAs Jimenez.
TomAs wouldn't have hesitated to take Duon in, but his plate is already full working three jobs to support his family. Though Spenser's carefully constructed walls are clearly designed to keep the world at bay, TomAs pushes past Spenser's defenses, determined to ensure the man is worthy of his charge. As the two of them grow closer, TomAs dares to dream of a life beyond his responsibilities, and Spenser begins to believe he might finally find a home of his own after all.
But Spenser and TomAs's world is forever poised to crash down around their ears. Duon's grandmother isn't sure she wants him to be raised by a gay man and challenges Spenser's custody. TomAs's undocumented parents could be deported at any time, and all the while the state of Minnesota votes on a constitutional amendment against marriage equality and the US Supreme Court debates whether or not Spenser and TomAs get a happily ever after. All they can do is hold tight to their love, hope for a better future...and remind each other to enjoy the dance.
©2016 Heidi Cullinan (P)2016 Heidi Cullinan
Really enjoyed the start and main part of the story. Well narrated and has an interesting plot line. Characters feel very one-dimensional but that's hardly a novelty in this genre.
The final hour however is very disappointing. It feels like the author ran out of ideas and just wanted to tie up all loose ends repeating the same lines to get the "happily ever after" message across ".. they laughed, they cried, they made stories together...", etc; all drama dissipated but it continues for another hour.
Much preferred book one of this series as far as the story goes. This one, well...it contains some fairly serious US social and political commentary from Heidi [not surprising as she regularly has a go at right-wing political muppets], and especially relevant and timely in view of November's fiasco of an election result across the pond, and the possible overturning of the same-sex marriage law by President-elect Trump [hah!!] and his Republican cronies. We can only consider ourselves extremely lucky that we no longer have those worries over here in the UK, although I have no doubt that gay couples of whatever persuasion have to jump through huge hoops to adopt kids over here too, but it also has to be said that the rules, requirements and regulations [although absolutely necessary] must seriously put quite a few well-meaning couples off....which unfortunately doesn't help those kids in greatest need one little bit.
Great narration from Iggy Toma as usual, and I can only hope we get Duon's story at some point. I really liked this story about Spenser and Tomas, and it was great catching up with Laurie and Ed again, as well as Arthur and Paul from the Minnesota Christmas series.
I listened to this twice as I missed part first time round and glad I did. I felt at first that it was a bit flat about a third of the way into it. I still feel that but it really seemed to pick up steam again.
It's particularly interesting listening to it in the light of the recent Republican victories in 2016 and also being a Brit living in UK. It became a real campaign story pushing the needs of minorities in a thought provoking way. I found myself moved towards the end. The descriptions of how the main participants felt were thought provoking and well written. The author conveys well the feelings of 'not beLonging'.
"Too Political and not chemistry between characters"
I read fiction and romance especially to escape reality for an hour or two. This book, for me was like reading the newspaper. I found it more a book about current political issues and a little romance. Maybe because so much time was spent on the other issues I didn't
The characters are the star of the story and I'm glad I purchased this book. I've read this author before and while I might not buy every book she puts out I do normally enjoy them as I did with this one.
The author did write a book that I have read several times and really enjoy. I might not buy every book but if it had a blurb that I think I'll like I usually splurge.
I haven't heard this narrator before but I thought he did a good job.
A nice story that I think MM fans will enjoy.
This book wrought so many emotions in my heart that I was crying and sometimes shouting at the same time. Good writing can do that but so can characters relatable to those we see daily and love singularly.
Enjoy the dance brings to light a host of issues in a way that is poignant and thoughtful. It also serves as a light to show how far we have come.
It is not only a truly beautiful love story it is an empowering life story.
Enjoy your dance my friends but love your life in its darkness and in its light. That's what this book says, in darkness there is strength in daring to hope and love and of course..to dance.
"Heidi does it again!"
I loved all the characters in this book. Even Alisa redeemed herself somewhat by the end. Spencer and Tomas were so perfect for each other.
Though this title isn't whisper synced, I had no trouble going from audio to kindle and back again.
This is a totally feel good book for me because even though there were sad issues in the book, there was never any doubt about the love Spencer and Tomas had for each other.
I will say it would be a good idea to have some hankies ready. There were several very emotional scenes.
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