Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review ~ Dance with Destiny by Sloan Johnson

Title: Dance with Destiny
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2014

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Tony DeLuca has to get to New York, nor’easter be damned. His older sister is getting married and it won’t matter to her if the entire east coast is shut down if it means she’s short a groomsman. She’s the only reason he’s willing to make the trip home to face a father who’s never forgiven him for wasting a perfectly good degree to become a firefighter. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything about Tony that his father will never accept.

Dominic Tricoli’s living his dream. He’s spent the past few years working to mesh his business degree and love of the outdoors into a thriving company, providing team building retreats for some of the country’s largest corporations. Unfortunately, there’s a price to pay for happiness, and having someone to come home to at night is the sacrifice Dominic made.

When Dominic overhears Tony’s plight, he’s drawn to help the man get to New York City. Little does Dominic know that one kind gesture will awaken a side of him he’s ignored for far too long. Against his better judgment, he gives in to his desires and Tony’s advances. Just for the night.

When destiny steps in, giving him another chance with the charismatic man who saved his hide, Tony’s willing to do whatever it takes to earn Dominic’s forgiveness and understanding. There may not be forever, but Tony’s determined to enjoy every single minute he’s given with Dominic.

You can’t fight fate. Whatever’s meant to happen, eventually will.



When past loves interfere….

Tony DeLuca and Dominic Tricoli both need to get to New York City despite the bad weather. Drawn to each other, they each take a chance and begin a journey that is going to take them places that they hadn’t dared to go on their own.

It is the twenty-first century but being gay is still something that some parents don’t wish for their children. In this story there are so many different attitudes about Tony and Dom that give such a clear, and in some cases heart-wrenching, view of what couples still have to deal with. Tony and Dom deal with their sexual orientation differently though at the end of the day neither can say they are happy with their choices. Dealing with their unique situations as best they can it takes the opportunity for a ‘forever’ love to make them re-evaluate their lives. They had to live openly and honestly with themselves, and their families, if there could ever be a chance for them to make it.

There is a lot of angst and drama in the telling of their story as Tony and Dom strive for the open and honest relationship they need from each other. I love how the different families involved are portrayed as, even if you don’t agree with everyone, their feelings and actions seem authentic.

I found the writing style a bit clunky but interesting twists, and a flair for the unexpected, made this an entertaining read.

Author Bio:

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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