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Review: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

As someone who loved Daria’s previous book, You Had Me at Hola, I knew I had to read this re-release. With a new cover and plenty of Easter Eggs for the future books, Take the Lead is steamy fun. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Gina Morales wants to make it big. In her four seasons on The Dance Off, she’s never even made it to the finals. But her latest partner, the sexy star of an Alaskan wilderness show, could be her chance. Who knew the strong, silent, survivalist-type had moves like that? She thinks Stone Nielson is her ticket to win it all—until her producer makes it clear they’re being set up for a showmance.

Joining a celebrity dance competition is the last thing Stone wants. However, he’ll endure anything to help his family, even as he fears revealing their secrets. While the fast pace of Los Angeles makes him long for the peace and privacy of home, he can’t hide his growing attraction for his dance partner. Neither wants to fake a romance for the cameras, but the explosive chemistry that flares between them is undeniable.

As Stone and Gina heat up the dance floor, the tabloids catch on to their developing romance. With the spotlight threatening to ruin everything, will they choose fame and fortune, or let love take the lead?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I am in a dancing mood. Lately I’ve been watching clips of dancing shows and so Take the Lead was the perfect read. If you love those dancing reality TV shows and are looking for a romance book, Take the Lead is for you. Told through Stone and Gina’s eyes, we are able to not only see their instant attraction, but also their secrets and vulnerabilities. How they’re both torn between their relationship, but also their careers, their family.

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It’s easy to get swept away in the chemistry and the spice, but I really loved that Take the Lead delves into Stone and Gina. The ways in which we will sacrifice for our family, but also the ways in which we let our fear control us. If you love those books that explore the line between performance and reality, Take the Lead is one of those! How much of ourselves do we let be controlled by the ‘show’, the performance. And can their relationship really work?

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