Blog Tour Review: Keep Dancing by Leslie Wells

Rock star Jack Kipling and Julia Nash's love story continues! I'm happy to share my review and a HUGE giveaway today! Links to other books in the series are included as well :)



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Jack and Julia, #2
Julia is a young book editor on the rise. Jack is a British rock star at the pinnacle of his fame.

Can they both get what they want—when what they need threatens to tear them apart?

It’s January, 1982. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has just moved in with her boyfriend, rock and roll guitarist extraordinaire Jack Kipling. Their connection deepens as Jack takes her to England to meet his intimidating mother, and afterwards to a private Caribbean island for a sensual retreat.

But back in New York City, they hit a turbulent patch. Julia is in the running for a new job, while Jack prepares for a thirty-city tour and butts heads with the band’s lead singer. Things get more chaotic when Jack’s six-year-old nephew comes for a visit, Julia makes a disastrous attempt at cooking, and a new puppy wreaks havoc in the penthouse. Although free-spirited Jack likes to keep things loose, he craves more support on the home front. But Julia isn’t sure if she can ever be a domestic goddess—or if her wild boyfriend can ever be domesticated. 

On tour, Julia experiences the glittering excesses of private jets, mind-blowing concerts, shocking hotel room antics, and screaming headlines. Back home, she has to decide if their relationship can withstand the ravages of fame and conflicting interests—not to mention a suave bestselling author who seems to like more than her grammar sense. And when her long-lost father resurfaces, the bookish young woman must choose whether to listen to her heart, or to her head. 

Hilarious, entertaining and steamy, Keep Dancing will delight brand-new readers as a stand-alone novel, and serves up even more of what fans raved about in Come Dancing, the first book about Jack and Julia. 

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3 STARS

I was really excited to continue Jack and Julia's story! I enjoyed their first book, Come Dancing, and looked forward to finding out what they'd have to face together next. This follow-up novel begins with Jack and Julia still reveling in the bliss of their new relationship. Julia has moved in to Jack's loft, is adjusting to her new lifestyle, and her own career is steadily on the rise. 

However, this time around, Julia faces a few more issues while becoming a part of Jack's life...and fame. Trusting Jack completely while he and his band go on tour is no easy task. This is 80's rock and roll, with groupies and drugs readily available, and Jack's rowdy bandmates don't make the situation any easier to handle. Especially with manager Mary Jo around to interfere and meddle.

On top of her still-growing relationship, Julia also attempts to balance her professional career and aspirations. I liked getting to see Julia's work in publishing and editing. And in more heartfelt matters, she's also finally given answers about her long-absent father and details are revealed about her mother's past. Julia has the chance to feel complete, after missing that certain something for so long. This family aspect of the storyline also highlights how we eventually get a more family-oriented view of Jack as well, with mentions of his mom and his nephew Oliver in this book. It's a relatable struggle for balance, between work and home, professional and personal.

Eventually, though, there's that one big blowup that truly tests the strength of their relationship. I thought that the conflict--an unfortunate misunderstanding, much like the first book--was fairly predictable, and I was frustrated with certain characters' decisions and actions. I also felt, throughout parts of the novel, that the dialogue was a little too general, and I would've loved for more scenes to be fleshed out a bit. The resolution even seemed too quick and easy, not giving me much of a chance to experience any strong emotional reactions.

Ultimately, the high note for me was the author's ability to capture the essence of an era. Wells captured that same 80's charm and rock & roll vibe that she created in Come Dancing, immersing the reader into that lifestyle once again. The grit and grunge of New York and a cross-country tour. Sex, drugs, and music. Scandal, gossip, and wild backstage antics. Keep Dancing delivered in atmosphere, with flashes of Jack and Julia's sweet and sexy chemistry throughout. If you loved the first book, this is a satisfying follow-up for Jack and Julia fans.

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MORE FROM THE JACK AND JULIA SERIES

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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.
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Jack and Julia, #1.5
When it comes to Christmas presents, it’s not the size that matters . . . 

A sparkling, entertaining story that will leave you laughing and in the holiday mood.

It’s December 21st, 1981 in New York City, and the holidays are approaching fast. But up-and-coming book editor Julia Nash isn’t too busy to notice that her boyfriend has only put one small gift under the tree. At least Jack has an excuse: as the lead guitarist of a famous British rock band, he is deep into rehearsals for their upcoming tour. But Julia was hoping for something a little more meaningful than the pair of mittens she can’t resist taking a peek at. 

Julia tries to ignore her friends egging her on about what Jack might have planned. But even with the distractions of a demanding boss, a steamy snowball fight, a baking flop involving rum balls, and a blizzard that shuts down the entire city, the question still torments her: Is a pair of gloves—the kind of thing you’d give to a friend—the only gift Jack is giving her? And if so, what does that say about their relationship? 

Brimming with laughter and an enticing dash of romantic spice, with vivid characters that reviewers have called “engaging” and “irresistible”, Dancing with Mistletoe puts you in the mood to kiss someone you love under a sprig of green.
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



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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