Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blog Tour & eARC Review: Dance by Teodora Kostova

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing.
Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me. When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.

by Teodora Kostova
Published March 31st 2014 by Teodora Kostova

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life.Until he meets Fenix.
Fenix Bergman has a dream – to perform on Broadway. When he gets offered the lead role in Poison – a new musical based in London, he accepts, immediately recognising the huge potential of the show. 
Fenix thinks he has his life completely figured out – he will move to London, help Poison become the new West End hit and bide his time until Broadway comes knocking on his door. He has never wished for anything else but proving to himself and the world that he is a performer worthy of the biggest theatre stage.Until he meets Jared.
Jared and Fenix’s lives collide and they fill each other’s missing pieces. Neither of them expects to feel so much, so fast for the other.
Neither of them expects to need someone so badly when love hasn’t even been in their plans.
But when Fenix’s star becomes too bright for London, will the dream he’s chased all his life ruin the dream he’s holding in his hands?
Will he survive getting everything he’s ever wanted?
Will Jared?
*explicit sexual content, graphic language and adult themes. Recommended for readers 18+ only*

Dancing is one form of courtship. Where two people flirt with each other, showing their interest. Done in public, it announces to the world their interest in the other. Done in private, it is an affirmation of their mutual attraction. 

With Fenix and Jared, their dance was a complicated elemental choreography between fire and water, culminating into a beautiful romance that was as ferocious as the roles they played.

This is the tale of two men who dance and sing on stage. They lived the life since they were young, were honed to perfect the art by life's inconsistencies and due practice of their craft. They are sceptical men but first and foremost, they are dreamers. 

For Fenix, a bright and ambitious star in dance and theater, his dream and aim had always been to grace the stages of Broadway. All his life, he had hungered for getting his name up on there on the billboards and maybe win a Tony. He saw his leading role in the musical 'Poison' as a stepping stone. What he did not take into consideration was falling in love with Jared.

Jared is the co-creator, co-producer and main star attraction of one of the biggest hits on West End. One look at Fenix and he is gobsmacked fallen. This may be good, but this may also be bad.

The men's love affair burn fast and hot, like a comet streaking across the sky. They come under the glares of media and paparazzi, they become the star couple. They love each other so fiercely, nothing may tear them apart.

The story of Fenix and Jared was beautifully written by Teodora Costova. It was explicit, it was real, it was heart rending, it was a joy. The two men lived a life of love and reading them go through their unavoidable trials was painful. 

But there is no growth without going through the pain. And the two men did grow. Their life's experiences were a necessary evil and what came out at the end was a beautiful relationship. A relationship that blossomed and surpassed the fire of their earlier romance.

Dance, by Teodora Kostova, is the author's first venture into the realm of the MM genre. It can be quite scary for an author to cross-over to the MM side for many have failed,  and some just succeed in a so-so manner. With this work, the author has proven to the lovers of the MM genre that her talent is in the telling of the tale and it knows no boundaries. 


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