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Come Dancing [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.

“I loved this story and could not put it down. … Hot, sexy and combustible!”
--Blushing Divas Book Reviews
“Come Dancing is brimming with both humor and heart.”
--Flashlight Commentary Book Blog

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.
With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.




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

--Blushing Divas Book Reviews

"Come Dancing is brimming with both humor and heart."

--Flashlight Commentary Book Blog



"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 and the complex issues that can threaten a relationship. 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 Book Reviews

 

About the Author

Leslie Wells left her small Southern town in 1979 for graduate school in New York City. After receiving her Master’s in English Lit, 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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  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Allium Press (June 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KVQAL98
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guilty pleasure for the beach! June 16, 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! June 10, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A engaging hot and steamy summer beach read June 17, 2014
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A engaging hot and steamy summer beach read. I read it over a relaxing weekend. Forget today’s responsibilities and head off for a good romp with a rock star in New York City c. 1980. Enjoyed the suspense of what would happen next, who would Julia end up with. It is quite racy in parts, will make sure my teenage daughter doesn’t get her hands on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So satisfying! June 12, 2014
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I was so delighted with this story. I loved the characters, their development, and the sweet nostalgia it awoke in me. It was a perfect read -- intelligent but easy, satisfying but surprising. You'll gobble it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read July 19, 2014
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Too much explicit sex, but I enjoyed the characters and the story was ok. I prefer to read a good story without too much of the sex scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovable heroine and great characters July 20, 2014
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I like books with great characters, and this one has them in spades. Julia is such a lovable heroine, eager to shine at her job, insecure about her looks and second-hand clothes. Her relationship with her mother is one of the most true (and funniest) ones I've ever read. Her mom’s first visit to NYC was hysterical. Jack is entirely convincing as the super-cool rock star who has seen and done it all. Vicky, the best friend who’s always scoping out new guys, cracked me up with her advice about men. The other guys in Jack’s band are a great mix of fame, conceit and sleaze. Suzanne (who’s married to the drummer) is surprisingly appealing as she attempts to break into the art world and figure out how to be more than a rock star’s wife. This goes on my shelf to be read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Steamy Beach Read! July 15, 2014
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Being in your twenties …working in New York City AND dating a rock star? Sign me up! COME DANCING is the kind of novel that sweeps you away from hum-drum reality and puts you right into the anything-goes life of NYC in the 1980s. (OMG! Before cellphones and texting, how did anyone hookup?!?) But what happens when the fantasy comes true and real life kicks in, well, that’s a completely different story. Leslie Well’s rich characterization of protagonist Julia and the dreamy yet all-too-human British rockstar, Jack, draws you dead center into their world. Overlay all of that with the vibrantly detailed images of 1980’s NYC and you get one sensual and captivating novel. Wells is a gifted storyteller and her book leaves you wondering what happens next to these characters that you’ve come to know so well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Wells is a fine writer and I highly recommend her new novel,...
Come Dancing takes you into a time capsule and entertains.
Published 3 hours ago by surface artist
3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Alcohol and Sex
This book was okay, it was way to explicit for me. I'm not a person who does drugs, or drinks....so reading about people do it or are around it all the time was not my cup of tea.
Published 3 hours ago by DLM
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and read it in record time for ...
I loved this book and read it in record time for me (two days). I would love a sequel to see what happened to them both up to the present day. Did they stay together? Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Sue Q
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what a great read. Well developed characters and story line
I picked this up to read as a recommendation from an old friend that said it would remind me of our time in the 70's and 80's. WOW what a great read. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MJB45805
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story
I loved this story! I did not want it to ever end. I have recommended it to all my reading friends.
Published 8 days ago by Tanya Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the last dance
Leslie Wells’ Come Dancing is an impressive debut novel. From the first pages we know we’re in the presence of a gifted writer. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alison M. Bond
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely vintage contemporary read
This book was a wonderful throw-back to a bygone era. Set in the early 80’s in New York City, it was a glimpse into a vibrant, half-wild city. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alwaysscrappin
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a saucy and realistic love story. The main characters
This was a saucy and realistic love story. The main characters, Julia and Jack, were driven by emotional insecurities and feelings of inadequacy and fear, born from past pain and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by dianne ry
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and nostalgic novel
Set in 1980s New York City, COME DANCING is a great novel for anyone who was young in the 80s, for anyone who ever left a small town for a big city, for anyone who wants a... Read more
Published 12 days ago by jaykray
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down!
Luckily I didn’t have anything planned this past weekend, because I couldn’t put this book down! I got so involved in Julia’s life and the back-and-forth of her relationship with... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jane Ellen Anderson
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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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