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Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immedia Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immediately re-kindled. Since being torn from his Siberian family as a child, Sasha’s life ambition has been to be world ballroom champion, a path he was destined for until his former partner pulled the plug on their partnership. She went on to win the world title, leaving him, without a partner equal in ability, forever in second place. The instant he lays eyes on Rory, he recognizes the depth of her passion and talent, and falls hard for her in more ways than one. But she also reminds him of great pain from his past. He must not only overcome his own demons but convince her to leave her demanding law career, and all that she has worked for in her adult life, to train with him full-time in order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to work. This is part one in a continuing three-book series.

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Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immedia Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities. But when she meets gorgeous, mysterious Russian ballroom dancer, Sasha, at a firm holiday party, her passions for life and dance are immediately re-kindled. Since being torn from his Siberian family as a child, Sasha’s life ambition has been to be world ballroom champion, a path he was destined for until his former partner pulled the plug on their partnership. She went on to win the world title, leaving him, without a partner equal in ability, forever in second place. The instant he lays eyes on Rory, he recognizes the depth of her passion and talent, and falls hard for her in more ways than one. But she also reminds him of great pain from his past. He must not only overcome his own demons but convince her to leave her demanding law career, and all that she has worked for in her adult life, to train with him full-time in order for their partnership – both on and off the dance floor – to work. This is part one in a continuing three-book series.

30 review for Fever

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁

    Wow!!! I'm in love. I forgot how sexy dancing could be. If you like movies like Save the Last Dance or Dirty Dancing, you will probably enjoy this. Rory dreamed of being a ballet dancer ever since she was a child, but she didn't get support from her family and friends. So she put her dreams on hold and became a lawyer. Working at a small firm, she felt like something was missing. Her spark in life came back when she saw Sasha dancing passionately at a company party. So she signs up for dance clas Wow!!! I'm in love. I forgot how sexy dancing could be. If you like movies like Save the Last Dance or Dirty Dancing, you will probably enjoy this. Rory dreamed of being a ballet dancer ever since she was a child, but she didn't get support from her family and friends. So she put her dreams on hold and became a lawyer. Working at a small firm, she felt like something was missing. Her spark in life came back when she saw Sasha dancing passionately at a company party. So she signs up for dance classes at his studio and learns different styles of dancing. She is addicted to catching up on the things she missed. But with 14 years of ballet experience, Rory has to break her old dancing habits. Out with the old, in with the new! She and Sasha have a secret attraction. You know they want each other, and you can feel their desire. Even though they don't do anything too intimate, their dancing is HOT. I suspect that the next books will be much juicier. The anticipation is killing me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    *I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.* **You can read the full review and enter the giveaway on my blog here: http://courtneysreads.blogspot.com/20... ** There were some things about this novel that really frustrated me. I would have liked some more development of the characters, particularly Rory. I felt it was a bit slow at times. What I really enjoyed was the dancing. It was very beautifully described and makes me want to take up ballroom dancing now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Valentina Markasović

    I got this book through a giveaway hosted on CourtneyReads blog and the book was sent to me by the author. Thank you so much! It's actually the first giveaway I've won, and that's one of the reasons I really wanted to like this novel. I love watching Dancing with the Stars and I love romance novels, so this seemed like something right up my alley. The actual rating is more of a 3.5. There were a couple of things I could've done without, but overall I enjoyed it. I really liked how realistic it al I got this book through a giveaway hosted on CourtneyReads blog and the book was sent to me by the author. Thank you so much! It's actually the first giveaway I've won, and that's one of the reasons I really wanted to like this novel. I love watching Dancing with the Stars and I love romance novels, so this seemed like something right up my alley. The actual rating is more of a 3.5. There were a couple of things I could've done without, but overall I enjoyed it. I really liked how realistic it all was. Aurora 'Rory' Laudner, the main character, is a lawyer working in a small firm and living with her controlling boyfriend James. I hated James just like I was supposed to, so that part was also well-done. You can tell the author worked as an attorney for many years. In the first part of the book, Rory's job is paid a lot of attention to, although the only thing I got from those descriptions is that she doesn't like her job and her client is an ass (whatever happened to Warren, anyway?). Rory first meets Sasha, a top-class Russian dancer, at a social event. Afterwards she signs up for dance classes at his studio and this is where the story really takes off. The story of extremely detailed dance steps descriptions. While I was reading I sometimes wished it were a movie because I wasn't always able to visualize what was happening, due to dance terminology. But I guess that one's on me. The main thing that bothered me is that we know nothing about Sasha. Okay, so he's extremely hot and Rory is attracted to him and they always make eye contact but Rory also doesn't know anything about him? I don't know, it all seemed more like a high school crush than an adult romance. Hopefully their relationship develops more in the sequels, since nothing actually happened in this one. I was also hoping for more character development for Rory, who is still the same person as in the beginning of the book, with all the same problems, except for, thankfully, James. Minor characters, Cheryl and Luna were such typical mean girls that it was hard to remember they weren't actually 17 years old. This review is already too long and most of it is rambling, but I feel like I have so much to say about Fever. It is not a bad book, it just didn't sit completely well with me while I was reading it. It may have been a bit too long for the genre, but the writing was very specific, with a lot of details. I liked the ending and I'm interested in reading the next book, should a chance present itself.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz Donatelli

    Tonya Plank's FEVER (INFECTIOUS RHYTHM series) is a sexy contemporary ballroom romance in three parts that delivers real characters, a fascinating look into the scandalous competitive ballroom dance scene and PASSION - on the dance floor AND in the bedroom. In part 1, Rory is an L.A. lawyer whose love of dance is reignited when she meets ballroom champion Sasha at her boyfriend's holiday work party. Sparks fly, dance lessons ensue and Rory faces the struggles and uncertainty of following one's dr Tonya Plank's FEVER (INFECTIOUS RHYTHM series) is a sexy contemporary ballroom romance in three parts that delivers real characters, a fascinating look into the scandalous competitive ballroom dance scene and PASSION - on the dance floor AND in the bedroom. In part 1, Rory is an L.A. lawyer whose love of dance is reignited when she meets ballroom champion Sasha at her boyfriend's holiday work party. Sparks fly, dance lessons ensue and Rory faces the struggles and uncertainty of following one's dreams. The steady build-up of Rory and Sasha's personal and professional relationship created great sexual tension! And, the bold secondary story lines that touch on eating disorders and criminal law are thoroughly engaging.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Schroer

    Impressive. Very impressive! This was my first Tonya Plank novel and I was really blown away at this author's ability to bring so much to life!! Truth? I despise cliffhangers. But every once in a while, a series comes along with all the right ingredients. Just the right mixture to reel me in. And, my book friends, this is one of them!! "I first saw him at The Beverly Hilton. Witness him, is more like it." I'm a huge fan of dance - all dance! I love doing it, while no one's watching. I love watch Impressive. Very impressive! This was my first Tonya Plank novel and I was really blown away at this author's ability to bring so much to life!! Truth? I despise cliffhangers. But every once in a while, a series comes along with all the right ingredients. Just the right mixture to reel me in. And, my book friends, this is one of them!! "I first saw him at The Beverly Hilton. Witness him, is more like it." I'm a huge fan of dance - all dance! I love doing it, while no one's watching. I love watching it - from the raw and gritty rehearsals, to the magical perfection of show night! Dance makes people feel! I've read many dance-centered romances. In all honesty, I've loved them all. But this author was able to pull in every detail of watching, of studio work, of competition night. Making it fell like I'm there. Living it, breathing it. It was stunning! Rory faces many... hardships in this book. At first I saw her as a timid, mousey type. But I soon realized, she just unhappy. Her boss makes her job stressful, practically thrusting her into the bear den with no survival gear. Her boyfriend is an absolute coward - you'll read why! And although she thinks she's long since beaten an illness, it begins slowly to rear it's nasty head. But when Rory sees Sasha dancing for the first time, small thoughts of her passion for dance come trickling back in. It was as I was watching a flower in need of watering come back to life. It was stunning. "But, I loved dance. I loved dance... I wanted to dance again for myself." There are few words from Sasha in this book. Most during Rory's private lessons and most correcting her form. Much of Sasha comes from Rory's thoughts and friends of/about him. She's completely mesmerized from the first meeting. The way he moves, and how he moves make her feel. And to put it out like that somehow seems trite, because he is definitely a main character! He floods her thoughts. She can always 'feel' him near. He even stars in most of the studio gossip. Sasha seemed quiet, almost brooding at times. He appeared, almost, unapproachable at times. But as the story progressed, he became more. I felt the real greatness in Sasha's character was unspoken. "I couldn't get his gaze out if my mind, the way he'd searched my face. What on earth was he looking for?" I'll never think of Peggy Lee's "Fever" without thinking of this book!! I really enjoyed this book and actually had a book planned in between book #1 and #2, but I'm jumping right in!! I have to know what happens next!! QUOTES "Part of me wanted to whip him around, throw myself to the floor, and pull him down on top of me." "Just feel my lead, my body," he continued. "Don't think, just feel." "As soon as my gaze connected with his, he slowly lifted his left hand and noting with his pointer finger toward me, in a classic sexy come-hither call..."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Xuereb

    A girl who wanted to follower her dreams of becoming a dancer are dashed by tragedy and illness. Now set a new direction in life, with a little push from her family, but it's not really her passion until her old love of dance is reignited with one intriguing encounter with a famous dancer. Fever is a 3 part series that follows lawyer Rory on her quest to dance and enjoy life. We read of her struggles with self-image, and in a job at a small law firm that is not very stimulating for her, along wit A girl who wanted to follower her dreams of becoming a dancer are dashed by tragedy and illness. Now set a new direction in life, with a little push from her family, but it's not really her passion until her old love of dance is reignited with one intriguing encounter with a famous dancer. Fever is a 3 part series that follows lawyer Rory on her quest to dance and enjoy life. We read of her struggles with self-image, and in a job at a small law firm that is not very stimulating for her, along with a relationship that is fast becoming stale. Rory is a sweet and caring character and she's so easy to like. You can empathise with her situation and feel the passion that she feels for dance despite all her insecurities. After dancing with a professional and famous Russian born dancer Sasha, at one of her boyfriends work functions, she's inspired to dance once again, even if it's just for fun. She decides to take lessons at the school where Sasha teaches, hoping to catch a glimpse or take lessons from him. Her social dancing slowly develops into something more serious, and she ends up spending most of her free time at the dance studio, unable to get enough. The relationship is slow to develop between Rory and Sasha in this first book as they are merely student and teacher. At times their encounters are downright awkward and almost a little amusing as you feel embarrassed for Rory. There is a lot of angst between them and you can see that there will be a red-hot passion between them once they get to that point. It's this emotion that kept me enthralled in this read, as it was very well written that I had to purchase the next 2 books as soon as the first one ended. I needed to know more!!! Fever moves at a fast pace and is easy to read with a lot of emotion, intrigue, rivalry and friendship. There are fantastic secondary characters and our hero certainly is swoon-worthy. The dancing descriptions I felt were very clear and found myself being able to imagine what they are doing. Fever ends abruptly and thankfully books 2 and 3 are available and I didn't need to wait to see how the story unfolded. If you love a story of love, dance, second chances and wanting to live life to the fullest, then you may enjoy this. 5 fabulous dancing stars! Thank you to Tonya Plank for providing me with a copy of her book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Plank

    THIS IS A REVIEW FROM KATELYN HENSEL FOR READERS' FAVORITE "Fever: A Ballroom Romance was certainly smoking hot. I felt that I was visualizing all the smoldering sexiness of a tango, combined with the grace and agility of a ballerina! Rory's dreams of becoming a professional dancer were crushed long ago. She's almost forgotten the sensual, exhilarating pull of the dance floor, until she sees Sasha, a Russian ballroom dancer who reignites her passion in more ways than one. Sasha too has his past p THIS IS A REVIEW FROM KATELYN HENSEL FOR READERS' FAVORITE "Fever: A Ballroom Romance was certainly smoking hot. I felt that I was visualizing all the smoldering sexiness of a tango, combined with the grace and agility of a ballerina! Rory's dreams of becoming a professional dancer were crushed long ago. She's almost forgotten the sensual, exhilarating pull of the dance floor, until she sees Sasha, a Russian ballroom dancer who reignites her passion in more ways than one. Sasha too has his past pains, but through Rory, he's able to find someone who shares his feelings, his passion for dance. Tonya Plank has a very visual style to her writing, which made for excellent descriptions and scenes that continued to pop with color and life. I was particularly impressed with the dance sequences, because never having been a dancer, I really don't know much about the terminology. While some descriptions and dance moves went right over my head, the scenes were set up in a way that you could still feel the rhythm, still feel the smoothness of skin on skin, and the breathless beat of the dance steps themselves. What a wonderful way to create a romance! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the romantic ride therein. Fever is exactly what the title describes; a hot, sweaty, passionate read that might make you dizzy, and is most definitely hot, hot, HOT! Tonya Plank is a new author to me, but I will definitely be looking out for more from her in the future, which is good because it looks like there will be more Ballroom Romances to come!"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    First, let me preface this by saying I am friends with the author. Secondly, wow... what a great book! At first, I really wanted to hate Rory because she was such a doormat but then I got into the book and found there are probably underlying issues to that. Then I wanted to smack Cheryl and Luna... seriously those two! And then the ending?! Excellent, Excellent way to end the first book. I cannot wait to start reading book #2. My only issue overall with the book was that some of it was a little First, let me preface this by saying I am friends with the author. Secondly, wow... what a great book! At first, I really wanted to hate Rory because she was such a doormat but then I got into the book and found there are probably underlying issues to that. Then I wanted to smack Cheryl and Luna... seriously those two! And then the ending?! Excellent, Excellent way to end the first book. I cannot wait to start reading book #2. My only issue overall with the book was that some of it was a little too over-descriptive for my tastes but that is a personal thing. As a personal note, it was really fun to a)see my name, Tonya Plank was that intentional? ;) And b)nice to see you incorporate your blog name into a nickname. That was fun! I wish Goodreads had half/ three quarters stars because I'd give it 4 and 3/4 :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tati

    I'd like to thank NetGalley and Dark Swan Press for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a nice read, but there were one thing that bothered me. This is a long book (over 400 pages), which means a lot of pages to build up a relationship and tension. But here, nothing happened in the romantic sense. There were hints and clues of a plot, but I'm not entirely sure there was a plot. This was much more about character development than an actual story being told. On t I'd like to thank NetGalley and Dark Swan Press for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a nice read, but there were one thing that bothered me. This is a long book (over 400 pages), which means a lot of pages to build up a relationship and tension. But here, nothing happened in the romantic sense. There were hints and clues of a plot, but I'm not entirely sure there was a plot. This was much more about character development than an actual story being told. On the other hand, the dance descriptions were fantastic, and I was really able to imagine the steps and all that. It did get tiring, at points, reading about rumba, and then about this and that. The ending was really frustrating. It wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it did leave me frustrated. I'll read the next book, that's for sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This is a good book. The story is great, and the characters are good too. Sasha is hot, charming, and passionate, especially when he dances. Rory is smart, cute, and also passionate about dancing. I did not like James, he was a controlling boyfriend to Rory. I don't think she needed that in her life. However, there is not really any romance in the story, although it is hinted. It made the book a bit boring. The dancing in the boo I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This is a good book. The story is great, and the characters are good too. Sasha is hot, charming, and passionate, especially when he dances. Rory is smart, cute, and also passionate about dancing. I did not like James, he was a controlling boyfriend to Rory. I don't think she needed that in her life. However, there is not really any romance in the story, although it is hinted. It made the book a bit boring. The dancing in the book is the reason this book has more than two stars. The ending was okay, but could have been better. It was not a cliffhanger, but it left you wanting more. I hope there is more romance in the next two books. Overall, an okay read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Georgie Mac

    Complex main character with love to share for the right fellow. I must have a magnet attached to my Kindle that draws serial works to it. Again sadly, an interesting topic, with interactive dialog and characters that could be worth exploring, but my bugaboo rears up at the supposed end of the book with stay tuned for more in Volume Two. Serial writing... exit Stage Right as Snaggle Tooth used to say. More trials and angst to come for our young hero's, but I will never know. Dance on my pretty.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Well this book was right where i was hoping it would go...well anyway i will be setting up a review shortly so i will edit and put my blog site where you can find the full review! http://latenightsexybookreviewer.blog...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Masi

    Quite a promising book on ballroom dance, but where is the romance? Poor Rory; her story often reminds me of the person I was myself; I used to write stories and poems in college but the harsh realities of life forced me to work hard for a living. "Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities." If you are in Rory Quite a promising book on ballroom dance, but where is the romance? Poor Rory; her story often reminds me of the person I was myself; I used to write stories and poems in college but the harsh realities of life forced me to work hard for a living. "Rory’s once promising ballet career was destroyed by family tragedy and illness. She turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now at the start of her legal career, she lacks passion in her work and self-confidence in her abilities." If you are in Rory's shoes: someone who is doing something she does not want to do, and would prefer doings something else - someone whose job does not match with her ambition - I am sure you would be able to not only relate to Rory's character but also sympathize with her. Sasha's past has not been that great either. Together they made good dance partners no doubt; the book tries hard to stress on the rock solid chemistry they both share, maybe even more so because "she also reminds him of great pain from his past". I have never been to a ballroom dance before, but this book really made me feel that I know ballroom dancers like the back of my hand. The characters' emotions have been portrayed quite realistically with decent dialog: “I’m already taking three privates a week. And Sasha’s group class. Sasha’s hooked me.” My heart sank. They let her take his group class that was totally advanced? I took a sip of my gimlet. It was very tart. It suited this conversation. I took another swig. “He’s such a great dancer. What’s he like as a teacher?” I found myself saying. “Please. Great is far too much of an understatement,” she said, still without any facial expression. I wondered if she was capable of moving her facial muscles. “He’s an even more excellent teacher. So kind and patient and encouraging. He’s already asked me to be his pro/am partner in a competition in Orange County next month.” If only the author would have given Rory's character some more depth, she could have bought a little bit more of my sympathy for her heroine; why would such a talented dancer act like a weakling all the time is beyond me. The male characters mostly acted like jerks, sometimes without reason. The romance was also underdeveloped and treated more in a 'matter of fact' manner. The second section of the book largely dragged on; with proper edits, the author could have condensed the material in fewer pages. Maybe if the author had used multiple viewpoints instead of just one, some of these things could be taken care of to an extent. If you want to feel vicariously about what it means to be a ballroom dancer, or if you merely want to get acquainted with the atmosphere of ballrooms then this is a very good book for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shree

    Note : This review has been published in my blog - Book and Ink Highly driven Lawyer protagonists are something I'm quite bored of these days thanks to an overdrive of John Grisham books during my school days. I signed up for this book for it's unconventional story line. Lawyers and ballroom dancing – that should be interesting. The book surely was interesting. Written from Rory's perspective, the story is about Rory juggling her career as lawyer and rekindling her passion for dancing after danci Note : This review has been published in my blog - Book and Ink Highly driven Lawyer protagonists are something I'm quite bored of these days thanks to an overdrive of John Grisham books during my school days. I signed up for this book for it's unconventional story line. Lawyers and ballroom dancing – that should be interesting. The book surely was interesting. Written from Rory's perspective, the story is about Rory juggling her career as lawyer and rekindling her passion for dancing after dancing with the mysterious Siberian dancer Sasha in her boyfriend's party. What follows is Rory's story of how she moves on after breakup, handles her first probono case and ends up rekindling her passion for dancing. The story developed gradually thereby making is a rather normal paced romance. More than half of the romance between Sasha and Rory is actually in Rory's head though towards the end, things got 'real'. In fact the story moved on in such a pace towards the end that the cliff hanger ending left me high and dry. I badly wanted to get hold of the next book. The writer's knowledge in law and dancing is evident from the detailed description of both dancing and law. The characterization isn't exhaustive overall as this is the first book in the series. The writer choose to elaborate only on Rory's character. I felt Sasha's character lacked the depth that was much needed. Given that there are two more books in the series, I hope the writer talks more about Sasha and his background. The writer gave an exhaustive account of Rory's character, but I felt she could have been bit stronger. Some parts of the story were predictable while the ending was smack unpredictable. MY SAY: An interesting read. Hope the next book is way better. RATING: PLOT: 7/10 CHARACTERISATION: 7/10 NARRATION: 7/10 BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 3/10 (lower the better) OVERALL RATING: 7/1o

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    [ I received this book free from the publisher through Reading Alley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "Most ballroom dancing is not about competing. Ballroom dance should be primarily about fun." Unfortunately, former da [ I received this book free from the publisher through Reading Alley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "Most ballroom dancing is not about competing. Ballroom dance should be primarily about fun." Unfortunately, former dancer Aurora Laudner, now a lawyer with a small firm in Hollywood CA, isn't hearing that. She's gotten her "just above a law clerk" job and has been doing little beyond boilerplate work since she'd started. She'd become a lawyer after her father died and her ballet career crashed and burned over body dysmorphia issues. She felt like she'd settled, even getting her sister's cast-off boyfriend who in his own way perpetuated that feeling by looking down on her non-ivy league education. Then, she bumps into a door back to what she was passionate about as she enters the world of ballroom dance. Originally "exercise" to dispell stress, she quickly finds friends and semi-acceptance in a field she loves. She begins to feel alive again. Now James feels almost as left out as she had before. With her first legal case on the docket where it seems like even the defendant doesn't want her there, her dancing becomes a form of escape. An escape to where she's happy, to friends who care about her- and vice versa. The question is, just how competitive is she prepared to be? This was a really well written book, that left me both sad and wanting to find out what's next. However, the poor formatting did not contribute to my enjoyment. I have signed on for the author's newsletter to find out the status of the next in this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Rainey

    Lacking passion Fever is the first book in A Ballroom Romance series by Tonya Plank. The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. At the end of the first chapter, I was wondering how this book will end. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was very slow and drawn out form the first chapter to the last. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting. The biggest issue w Lacking passion Fever is the first book in A Ballroom Romance series by Tonya Plank. The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. At the end of the first chapter, I was wondering how this book will end. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was very slow and drawn out form the first chapter to the last. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting. The biggest issue with the book is the two main characters don’t really meet until almost half way into the story. It was hard to gage how well they would be together in the long run. Also Rory was very week and did not standup for herself. She makes for a poor lawyer if she can’t standup for herself or a client. The point of view stayed with Rory all the way through the story. The main conflict of the book is Rory discovering dancing beyond ballet. What bugged me through the book is I would have thought that she would have known that other forms of dance were around to try. Also for someone who has pulled herself up and made something of her life, I would have thought she would have been more confident. Also this book was more like the beginning of a story than a story in itself. I would have liked more conflict because this part of the story drags along and is lacking something. The dialogue between the characters was honest and distinct. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The book picked up by the end but not enough to make up for the slow and drawn out beginning, and middle. I hope things pick up in next book. ** Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ever

    I liked this book a lot, actually. The writing was smooth and invisible, and the characters - at least the main characters - were whole and real. The main character was very realistic. Having lived with a former ballerina, I thought her neurosis were well incorporated. She didn't think about them a lot, but the reader was definitely aware that something wasn't 100% with her. The reader is left with this feeling of ambivalence towards the main character's choice to take up dancing again. On the one I liked this book a lot, actually. The writing was smooth and invisible, and the characters - at least the main characters - were whole and real. The main character was very realistic. Having lived with a former ballerina, I thought her neurosis were well incorporated. She didn't think about them a lot, but the reader was definitely aware that something wasn't 100% with her. The reader is left with this feeling of ambivalence towards the main character's choice to take up dancing again. On the one had you can see that she loves it, on the other, you can see the potential for a lot of unhealthy behaviors - eating disorders, spending a lot of money on something you can't really afford, etc. A couple of points of contention - the 'bad guys' were very one dimensional. They were all bitches and bad at dancing and everyone hated them. The end. I would like more complexity in the future. Also, the whole plot was really slow in coming. Though I enjoyed living the main characters life, and seeing how she dealt with her issues and took control of her life, there was no closure in the end. The book ended on a cliffhanger, and the whole plot of book one was basically: girl remembers she likes to dance and stalks a hot dancer guy for a while. This book was too long to be a serial, and not enough plot to be a full book. Despite that, I did like it. If the topic interests you, or if you have ever taken dance lessons, I suggest you read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Stanley

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I have to say that I wasn't expecting much. Being new to this facet of the industry my initial thought was 'don't get your hopes up'. Boy was I wrong. Rory is a modern day woman with all the problems and issues the rest of us face and unlike most books I've read Sasha doesn't rush in and make everything perfect. As a matter of fact, he's a little hard to figure out and his motivations are unclear. But as the story I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I have to say that I wasn't expecting much. Being new to this facet of the industry my initial thought was 'don't get your hopes up'. Boy was I wrong. Rory is a modern day woman with all the problems and issues the rest of us face and unlike most books I've read Sasha doesn't rush in and make everything perfect. As a matter of fact, he's a little hard to figure out and his motivations are unclear. But as the story progresses the reader is able to see some signs that Rory herself completely misses. The chemistry between the two appears a little one-sided at first, with Rory's schoolgirl like crush and Sasha's stoic responses but by the time she is able to confront him on what she perceives to be his only interest in her it is obvious he also sees her as more. I can honestly say I am looking forward to the continuation of their story and I am not one who usually likes serial books. As a matter of fact I have avoided them until now. I, like Rory, may have to re-evaluate my thinking. Tonya Plank is, obviously, a new author for me and I found myself truly enjoying the story. Another author I had the privilege to meet at a convention once told me that she strives to write in such a way that the reader easily steps into the story walking along side the characters. Tonya Plank pulled me into the story in such a way I half expected to find blisters on my feet when I finished reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    DebA

    Fever: A Ballroom Romance, Infectious Rhythm Series, Book 1 by Tonya Plank. This book is a three-book series, and not standalone. While reading Fever, I was swept away in the contemporary ballroom romance. This book started off great and stayed amazing. The storytelling, and setting was vivid and real. I never lost my interest. I could imagine myself getting dance lessons or getting instructional dance lessons from Sasha. The story flowed without snags, and characters' dialogues were believable. Fever: A Ballroom Romance, Infectious Rhythm Series, Book 1 by Tonya Plank. This book is a three-book series, and not standalone. While reading Fever, I was swept away in the contemporary ballroom romance. This book started off great and stayed amazing. The storytelling, and setting was vivid and real. I never lost my interest. I could imagine myself getting dance lessons or getting instructional dance lessons from Sasha. The story flowed without snags, and characters' dialogues were believable. I got caught up in the books twist and turns. I finished the book quickly 3:38 A.M.. Aurora (Rory) is a L.A. lawyer with ballet roots. Her love for dancing ballet died with her Dad's death. Her mother, sister, and boyfriend were unsupportive in her desire to dance. She saw Ballroom Champion Sasha dance and was mesmerized. She caught the dance bug (fever) again, and enrolled in dance classes. She tried to juggle work, live in boyfriend of two years, and dance classes. Looking at Sasha (Alex) makes her feel things, and they have sexual tension. Her and James did not have that heat. I look forward to reading more books from Tonya Plank, and highly recommend her book. Looking forward to how this series ends. I received this story for free, in exchange for an honest review. Regards, DebA

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    ARC provided by netgalley for an honest review. I loved this book. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. the story was good but I honestly hated the main character's. Rory for one was killing me with the always comparing herself to the other women. the whole body issues thing got on my nerves. I felt that Rory just needed to grow up and admit that what she is doing to her body is wrong and love herself and also she needs to eat way more then what she was eating. Sasha was jus ARC provided by netgalley for an honest review. I loved this book. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. the story was good but I honestly hated the main character's. Rory for one was killing me with the always comparing herself to the other women. the whole body issues thing got on my nerves. I felt that Rory just needed to grow up and admit that what she is doing to her body is wrong and love herself and also she needs to eat way more then what she was eating. Sasha was just plain rude towards his dance partners. Luna and Cheryl I just couldn't stand period I thought they weren't worth being written in the book with how they acted and were towards Rory. The book would of been great if I could of felt the chemistry between Rory and Sasha instead of it just being one sided. I also would of enjoyed it better if it was written from Sasha's sided to know what he was thinking instead of just from Rory's side. I will read the next two books in the series just because I am curious to see what happens and to see if things start to heat up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teri McGill

    I loved this book! First of all, I have danced throughout my entire life although not on a professional level, so I was 'all in' as soon as I saw the book cover! I was transported into every scene through Ms. Plank's wonderfully rich and sensual writing. I enjoyed every description of every type of dance class, body movement, and rhythm right down to the aching, pinched toes and blistered feet! The chemistry between Rory and Sasha, the sexy Russian dance teacher and world-renown star, is palpable I loved this book! First of all, I have danced throughout my entire life although not on a professional level, so I was 'all in' as soon as I saw the book cover! I was transported into every scene through Ms. Plank's wonderfully rich and sensual writing. I enjoyed every description of every type of dance class, body movement, and rhythm right down to the aching, pinched toes and blistered feet! The chemistry between Rory and Sasha, the sexy Russian dance teacher and world-renown star, is palpable and I was on pins and needles waiting for what I suspected would be the inevitable question ... it's on page 1 of Book 2. (No spoilers here.) The character of Rory is very endearing; we easily empathize with her struggles ... body image, being loved and accepted, choosing a career, moving to a new city, letting go of an old love, and following an exciting new dream. Tonya Plank has written a well-crafted, compelling story filled with lovely dance images, humor, and plenty of smoldering heat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Ambition can be reach when you are determined I LOVED how passionate Rory is to learn more about ballroom dancing. She is one very ambitious girl. It is only her way to release the stress from work and from her boyfriend too who does not support her passion. I really admire her determination. I want more of her and Sasha. I LOVED this two. I know they have connection with each other. I LOVED their flirtations while practice. It is not enough for me. This story will help us learn more about ballr Ambition can be reach when you are determined I LOVED how passionate Rory is to learn more about ballroom dancing. She is one very ambitious girl. It is only her way to release the stress from work and from her boyfriend too who does not support her passion. I really admire her determination. I want more of her and Sasha. I LOVED this two. I know they have connection with each other. I LOVED their flirtations while practice. It is not enough for me. This story will help us learn more about ballroom dancing and how hard the steps are. You will also learn the dirty side of the judges. I hate Luna and Cheryl. I know Rory is way better than these two bad girls. I cannot wait for Rory to show to these dirty girls that she has the talent and ability to shine as a dancer. I cannot wait to read the second book. Please Ms. Tanya, I want to read passion between Rory and Sasha in the second book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wednesday Stanley

    This is the first book I've read from this author. Fever {A Ballroom Romance} is a sexy contemporary ballroom romance that comes in three parts. I really that the characters feel real. That you get swept away in the passion of the ballroom dancing. I really liked Rory. She was a refreshing lead female character. She's a L.A. lawyer whose love of dance is reignited when she meets ballroom champion Sasha at her boyfriend's holiday party. Sparks fly, dance lessons ensue and Rory faces the struggles This is the first book I've read from this author. Fever {A Ballroom Romance} is a sexy contemporary ballroom romance that comes in three parts. I really that the characters feel real. That you get swept away in the passion of the ballroom dancing. I really liked Rory. She was a refreshing lead female character. She's a L.A. lawyer whose love of dance is reignited when she meets ballroom champion Sasha at her boyfriend's holiday party. Sparks fly, dance lessons ensue and Rory faces the struggles and uncertainty of following one's dreams. The steady build-up of Rory and Sasha's personal and professional relationship created great sexual tension! I thought this was a throughly enjoyable. The author did a wonderful job with the plot and with lightly touching on a sensitive subject. I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars!!!!! ***I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review***

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    **Spoilers ahead! Loved the story that I stayed up until I finished it that night and bought the next one in the morning. Rory is such a developed character that I feel like I know her, like a reader should. I cheered for her when she left her idiot boyfriend so she could continue prioritizing her passions. I hoping she will leave her job next because she doesn't receive any satisfaction from that. I love how dancing helps her feel connected to her dad. I just love her and her story and can't wai **Spoilers ahead! Loved the story that I stayed up until I finished it that night and bought the next one in the morning. Rory is such a developed character that I feel like I know her, like a reader should. I cheered for her when she left her idiot boyfriend so she could continue prioritizing her passions. I hoping she will leave her job next because she doesn't receive any satisfaction from that. I love how dancing helps her feel connected to her dad. I just love her and her story and can't wait to finish the next two! The only complaint I have is the difficulty I had keeping all the characters straight, especially at the competition. There seemed to be so many but fortunately, the author always included context so I could eventually remember their relationship to Rory.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Didn't Like The Cliffhanger Rory was an attorney who felt that most attorneys were boring. Her boyfriend is James, whose also a lawyer in LA. She had studied ballet for 14 years. At a party, she saw a dance being done and longed to dance again. This was a little slow-moving, but I did finish it. I didn't like where it left off. I didn't realize it was part of a serial when I got it. Maybe if I get a chance to get the other two books, I will feel better about the whole story. **I received an ARC of Didn't Like The Cliffhanger Rory was an attorney who felt that most attorneys were boring. Her boyfriend is James, whose also a lawyer in LA. She had studied ballet for 14 years. At a party, she saw a dance being done and longed to dance again. This was a little slow-moving, but I did finish it. I didn't like where it left off. I didn't realize it was part of a serial when I got it. Maybe if I get a chance to get the other two books, I will feel better about the whole story. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Myers

    Okay Fever moves very slowly. Tonya Plank was able write about dancing and you are able to feel the music and the dance. She throws a little mystery into the character of Sasha. You wonder what he is all about. I can't wait to start Fever(A Ballroom Romance, #2). I love Dancing with the Stars and reading this book I was able to see and feel the dances. I am hoping the second book is a little bit faster paced.

  27. 5 out of 5

    A. Hunt

    Rory is an attorney and Sasha is her love interest. I'm not really a ballroom dance person but I enjoyed this story. It was easy on my mind's eye, seeing the very sensual and sexy dancing. Ms. Plank's details were spot on. I got to see Rory mate, into the woman's she'd always wanted to be, as she left the safety net of her life and danced into her dreams of a lifetime. It's a fun read, full of colorful characters that left me wanting to move on to book two.

  28. 5 out of 5

    elaine m. suda

    Competition in Dance I thought the story would have progressed more of a mutual relationship between Rory and Sasha. I really would have enjoyed Rory and Sasha to have become more of a couple. He seemed to be more of a mystery to how he felt about her. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  29. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    Readers will find this fictional glimpse into the dance world informative, and the author’s talent for description pulls the reader in. Read full review in the 2015 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Sheets

    Sasha Sasha sasha. Geesh louise. I have no words for this book ! First ballroom story I've read and i loved this book. There is so much tension and I just love it. I will definitely be getting book 2 and 3!

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