Saturday, October 25, 2014

#BookReview: Come Dancing by Leslie D. Wells

Come Dancing

Title: Come Dancing
Author: Leslie D. Wells
Publisher: Allium Press
Description: Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star. “Opposites attract” is an understatement. It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz. Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line. Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her. As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined. With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

Review: An exciting and erotic story about what it could be like to be with dating a rock star. Julia is just a publishing assistant. Her boss is always harassing her even though he is married and giving her more work than one person should have to do. She takes it all with grace and humility, but she's being taken advantage of without any hope of a promotion in sight. A girl like that doesn't typically see herself as being very desirable. Rather they normally feel like people are just using them. So when Jack Kipling takes an interest in her, she figures that he just wants another notch in his bedpost. What she was not prepared for was what a considerate lover he could be and how much she wanted more. Even more surprising was when he kept coming back for more himself. Julia isn't his normal type of girl and being that he's a rock star, she figures that anything she says or does out of the norm will probably be the end of this fling.

I loved it. I felt like Julia's reactions to the things Jack did or supposedly did were spot on. I think that Jack's reactions to her seeing other people, real or not, were great. The character development really made me feel like they were taking it slow on the course to really loving each other. My ideas of how a rock star would use someone for an extended period of time and more than likely not be monogamous were right there in Julia's thoughts. She held the stereotypical beliefs of what life on the road and what fame would do to a man. I love how they came together and fell apart. It was a wonderful story and very well written.

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About the author, Leslie D. Wells:

Leslie Wells

Leslie Wells left her small Southern town in 1979 for graduate school in Manhattan, after which she got her first job in book publishing. She has edited forty-eight New York Times bestsellers in her over thirty-year career, including thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. Leslie has worked with numerous internationally known authors, musicians, actors, actresses, television and radio personalities, athletes, and coaches. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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More about me:

Growing up in my small town in Virginia, I always had my nose stuck in a book. I devoured everything on my parents' bookshelves and pillaged our local library. In college, I double majored in English and Music (classical, piano--marketable!). When I was a senior, my advisor suggested I apply to graduate school in New York City, and then afterwards, maybe I could think about going into book publishing.

Publishing! The minute he said that, it was as if a light bulb exploded over my head. My Master's at Columbia only took a year, and then I landed my first job as an editorial assistant. The hours were long; you had to do all the editing on nights and weekends, and the pay was abysmal -- but I was getting paid to read! Eventually I became a Senior Editor, and later, an Executive Editor. I worked at three publishing houses over two decades, after which I started my own business. Editing is my day job, and I still love it.

I began writing Come Dancing in 2009, on the thirtieth anniversary of my arrival in Manhattan. I wanted to describe what it was like in the years 1979-1981, when the city was still rough along the edges. And when nightclubs like the Palladium, the Roxy, Danceteria, and the Mudd Club attracted a huge mix of people from many different strata of society.

Back then, you could go out dancing and run into just about anyone: actors, politicians, rock musicians. Celebrities weren't surrounded by bodyguards; the assumption was that if you were allowed into a club, you were cool. No one was going to harass anybody; after all, this was downtown. And there were no cell phones back then. People didn't walk around with a camera in their pockets 24/7--so if you were famous, you didn't have to worry about being photographed every time you turned around. That made for a much more open atmosphere, where regular people rubbed shoulders with the glitterati as everyone cut loose on the dance floor.

I also wanted to write about book publishing before the advent of e-readers and computers, when we were all lugging home 400-page manuscripts every night. As with the music biz, the changes have been seismic. Over the years, many people have asked me what editorial meetings are really like--so I've included some of those in my novel.

I hope you'll enjoy Come Dancing, and if you do, please post a review. Thank you for reading my book!

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