--The Book Enthusiast
"Come Dancing offers a witty protagonist in a creative, colorful, and charming work, painting exciting portraits of the publishing world, the rock star life, and the ever-bustling New York City before the time of cell phones."
"Lovers of modern rock star romances should enjoy Wells' take... Set in New York in 1981, it's filled with rich descriptions of a world right before MTV, cellphones and the Internet. Come Dancing not only gives an interesting glimpse into the rock star lifestyle, but also of the hustle and bustle of the publishing world."
"Wells pens a sexy, sweet, and somewhat complicated romance about two complete opposites... An emotionally poignant love story, abounding with romance and humor."
"Sometimes a book like this comes along and takes me out of the niche reading I tend to find myself in. ... I am in love. So very sex and the city ..."
--Must Read Books or Die
"Leslie Wells brings to life all the eclectic, edgy style of New York City at the dawn of the 1980s as she spins a story of spine-tingling romance... Come Dancing is a love story with lots of heart and plenty of heat."
"Wells... does an excellent job capturing the milieu of 1980s New York, when cocaine was everywhere and cellphones were nowhere. Julia is an appealing heroine, and her quest to navigate work and love in the big city is a familiar but winning one."
From the Author
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. Unfortunately the salaries are pretty much the same, especially for assistants (when you account for inflation). I really did find those lavender shoes on the street, and I wore them until they fell apart. After I finished Come Dancing, I knew I wasn't finished with Jack and Julia yet; the sequel, Keep Dancing, has just been published.