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Come Dancing (The Jack and Julia Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Wells
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Book Description

Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star.
“Opposites attract” is an understatement.
“This is a 5 star series... I loved the chemistry between Jack and Julia.”
—The Book Enthusiast
“Like a well-oiled machine or a well-tuned guitar, Julia and friends work their way into your heart.”
—Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“Once you start, you are completely unable to put it down.”
—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
It’s 1981. Albums play on turntables, people read print books, and no one has to stop what they’re doing to answer a cell phone. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in enticing but edgy Manhattan, where rent is cheap and being young and gifted is enough to get ahead. Witty, hard-working and intelligent, Julia strives at her job as a publisher’s assistant. As she learns to navigate the big city, she is also determined to make her mark. She dreams of being an editor with her own stable of authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the competitive book biz. Her greatest fear is not making it and having to return, tail between her legs, to her small hometown where her mother is waiting to say “I told you so”.
Julia likes to blow off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a renowned and dissipated British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack seems to pursue Julia—but she isn't interested in a one-night-stand with an arrogant rock star. Intrigued by her resistance, Jack persists, and a tentative friendship forms based on their mutual love of the blues. When the two finally do come together, the built-up heat is sizzling.
Jack exposes Julia to the trappings of fame and fortune, from mind-bending recording sessions to mind-wasting backstage parties; from gritty SoHo punk-rock clubs, to luxurious hotel rooms barraged by screaming fans. Yet Julia is afraid to lose her heart to someone with such a decadent past. As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s tempestuous relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never dreamed of.
Sensual and captivating, Come Dancing recalls the vibrant fashion and music milieu in a time of leather skirts, rubber bracelets, punk Mohawks, and funky street earrings. With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is hilarious, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.


Editorial Reviews

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"Come Dancing is a fun, angsty romance between a recent college graduate, Julia Nash, who attracts of the attention of seasoned rock star Jack Kipling... By the end, I was chomping at the bit to follow the continuing drama that is Julia's life, with or without Jack."
--The Book Enthusiast                                                

"I loved this story and could not put it down. ... Hot, sexy and combustible!"
--Blushing Divas Reviews


"It reads like a very, very good romantic comedy movie."
--Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks


"Displayed against the glittery excesses of the 80's, Wells pens a sexy, sweet, and somewhat complicated romance about two complete opposites... An emotionally poignant love story, abounding with romance and humor."
--Smexy Reviews

"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. Through her effervescent writing style she catapults the reader into a world of excess and indulgence, while delving into some honest and heartfelt struggles along the way. ... Come Dancing is a love story with lots of heart and plenty of heat."
--Literary Inklings

"Just a normal little book about a girl with daddy issues, looking for Mr. Right and giving up on Mr. Right Now who happens to meet a rock star. Just an average reading day, right? WRONG--so, so wrong. ... To be able to be in NY at that time is so cool... This, along with the grab-me writing--I was hooked."
--Lustful Literature


             

From the Author

I began writing Come Dancing on the thirtieth anniversary of my arrival in New York City. I wanted to describe what it was like in the years 1979-1981, when Manhattan was still rough along the edges. When SoHo was still the domain of artists and galleries, and the occasional local bar or cafe. 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. 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.

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  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
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  • Publisher: Percambio Press (June 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KVQAL98
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect summer read. June 12, 2014
By Kirsten
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the novel for anyone who has ever watched their favorite band on stage and dreamed about dating their rock star crush. Julia is such a relatable character and her steamy relationship with Jack is so much fun to read. There are definitely moments where you wonder how this could possibly end well but the author does a great job of giving us a realistic and satisfying ending. Highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty tacky September 5, 2014
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I agree with the other reviewer who said this was trashy. +++Spoilers+++ I have a problem reading right near the end that the H admits to having been given bjs by other women when he thought that the h had gone back together with her ex. I don't want to read this near the end of a romance novel.

In general I struggled with the story and with some of the things that happened. This is just not a book I'd recommend.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guilty pleasure for the beach! June 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually go for women's fiction, but I heard good things about Come Dancing from some blogging friends. The cover looked cute and flirty, plus my friends had loved it, so I gave it a shot.

I'm so glad I did! Ms. Wells has written a sexy, smart novel. I loved feeling like I was on the sidewalk in 1980s Greenwich Village, and I rooted for Jack & Julia all the way. (I also loved feeling like I was there for some of the steamier scenes, but I won't get into that here!)

The only thing I wanted more of was the rock scene that Four on the Floor (Jack's band) must exist in. The early 80's were such a great time for music, and I'd love to see it written here.

Verdict: great read. Shouldn't take you longer than a week with your toes in the sand. Add daiquiri. Repeat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sorry, but this is not worth yiur time. Just a crazy storyline and packed with sex. Skimmed looking for some good in it, but never came.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! June 10, 2014
By Amylt
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Come Dancing is a very well written novel with a wonderful mix of characters. Julia and Jack are perfectly imperfect as the main characters. Julia is the epitome of any young woman starting at the bottom in any office trying to get ahead, Jack is what I would imagine a rock star in the early 80's to be. Their story starts with Julia meeting Jack in a club. Instead of throwing herself at him, like other woman do, she plays it cool to pique his interest. Jack pursue Julia in a quirky offbeat way which leaves Julia (and the reader) trying to guess his intentions. Does he want a friend, a casual lover or something more? While Jack takes Julia for a look into his life- parties, concerts and all night recording sessions, Julia also shows Jack what her life is like. Getting up for work each morning, bringing manuscripts home, setting up author parties and making time for friends. They shouldn't work...but they do.

The secondary characters in Come Dancing really help make the novel work. Julia's mother Dot is one of the more colorful additions. She is fabulously written and fun, fun, fun to read about. Julia's sleazy boss and Jack's horrible band mates add a taste of reality and prove that no one's life is perfect. The ex's add angst on both sides and make sure there are bumps along the way for the couple.

Ms. Wells has given us a good, fun read that takes you back to when a relationship wasn't defined by a Facebook status and people spoke face to face, gasp! The get to know you phase of dating was exciting, stomach churning and full of will he/she call sweats. This novel brings that all back plus more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did it end? July 8, 2014
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Great read that I could not put down. This story is so much more than a love story. Julia and Jack are total opposites and then again not.The beauty of this story is that it's realistic. Each character's insecurities unfold and shape their reactions to every crossroad. I highly recommend this book but say to the author I need MORE. Tell me the rest of their story is coming soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put this book down. ... July 8, 2014
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You won't be able to put this book down. It captures 1980s NYC so well, and leaves you rooting for the heroine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and enjoyable July 2, 2014
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This was a fun, light read. I liked the main character, but for all her supposed toughness she did put up a lot from the men she dated. It sounds like she had a great time with the rockstar she was seeing, but his behavior leaves some doubt as to whether they would really last in the long run. That said, I was rooting for them and liked that so much focus was put on her career and friendships.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the Chelsea ( as a Sid & Nancy Fan I really enjoyed this) in LA you...
Imagine being out at a dance club, The Palladium no less, when a sexy guy comes up to you and says my friend wants to meet you. Read more
Published 3 days ago by gina paulus
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Sweet Story!
I read Come Dancing a few weeks ago but wanted to let it soak in before writing a review. Let me just say, the story was quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Shane
4.0 out of 5 stars So as soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued
So as soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued- a book set in the 80′s? This is going to be interesting! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Red Cheeks Reads
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm conflicted haha! I did enjoy it but...
I can't put my finger in why this story is hard to rate. It's a rock star/ common girl story. Lots of alcohol and drugs. And sex. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Anjena
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars and recommendation
For those of us old enough to recall the 80’s punk and new wave scenes, Come Dancing is a fun walk down memory lane. You know, life before cell phones and the internet. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Cyndi Becker
4.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic Look
This book is very different from the romances I normally read. The storyline seemed like a slice of life romance film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Toni FGMAMTC
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5-4 stars
3.5-4 stars

Well, Come Dancing was not your average normal-girl-meets-sexy-rock-star book.

Firstly, it takes us right back to New York in the 1980's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by paddlefoot1397
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!
If you like Rock and Roll Romance then this book is for you. Julie works for a publishing company editing manuscripts for her editor boss. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kay
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Come Dancing, a novel written by Leslie Wells, is book one of the Jack and Julia series. It is not a cliff hanger and has a HEA. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Summer's Book Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun trip back in time.
A 1980's nostalgic, fun, entertaining read that will make you want to go back in time when music was music and fun was fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy of Reading. (AKA)Book Bud
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More 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.

Visit Leslie at www.lesliewellsbooks.com

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!
--Leslie

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