From disco balls to Christmas baubles …
Ex-dancer Emily Williams turned her back on the sparkle of popular dancing show Strictly Dancing with Celebs to help those in need. Now the only dancing she does is teaching lonely pensioners to waltz, and the closest she gets to disco balls is making baubles with the homeless people in her Christmas crafts class.
She’s certainly not star-struck when Hollywood heart-throb Blake Harris is sent to her at short notice for community service, and has no desire to babysit the arrogant actor with his bad boy antics and selfish ways. Christmas might be a time for miracles, but Blake seems to be a lost cause.
But Emily’s reasons for abandoning her dancing passion means she understands the Hollywood wild child more than she’d like to admit. Could their time together, coupled with a dash of Christmas spirit, lead to a miracle change of heart for them both?
Book 3 in Helen’s Spotlight series but they can all be read as standalone stories.
I received a digital ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series and have been fortunate to work on each of the previous blog tours. Helen Buckley has struck upon a clever formula, and I am intrigued to see where she will take us next. Don’t worry if you’re not a Strictly fan, I’m not, yet I really enjoyed this inspired tale.
Emily’s character is initially spiky. She has neither the time nor the inclination to be bothered with Hollywood star, Blake Harris. She is totally immersed in her role at the community centre and has no interest in getting to know someone who clearly has more money than sense.
Blake, on the other hand, is self-absorbed and used to leading a privileged life. His community service is an irritation to him, and he has totally the wrong attitude towards his sentence. He is also arrogant enough to assume that Emily will be swayed by his box office charm.
The two lead characters bump along until they find a common ground, as with all romantic fiction, there is usually friction before harmony. It was easy to imagine them both as they are both well described and developed. As the story went along, it was interesting to learn more about them both and to discover Emily’s well protected secret. It’s hard to pigeonhole this romantic story, as though they originally seemed like the obvious ‘opposites attract’ trope, they clearly had more in common than they initially revealed.
The dialogue was real, and the plot worked really well. With an excellent supporting cast, this is a story that I would happily recommend to readers looking for a festive read with a cute, happy ending.
Ever since I was little I wanted to be a writer, to turn daydreams into books. I’m fascinated by fame, in love with Happy Ever Afters, and enthralled by slow-burn romances. I squeeze in time to write around looking after my two sons.
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