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Come Dancing [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Wells
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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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.
“It reads like a very, very good romantic comedy movie.”
—Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks
“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


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

"Displayed against the glittery excesses of the 80's, Wells pens a sexy, sweet, and somewhat complicated romance about two complete opposites who find they have more in common than they ever thought, if they are willing to take the time to look beyond the masks they both present to the world.  Wells builds an emotionally poignant love story, abounding with romance and humor."
--Smexy Book Reviews

"You know what? Sometimes a book like this comes along and takes me out of the niche reading that I tend to find myself in. ... I didn't realize there would be so much "bookishness" to this story, and 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 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

"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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Allium Press (June 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KVQAL98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! June 10, 2014
By Amylt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty tacky September 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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.

One- the story takes place in 1981. 1981 in New York. To be able to be in NY at that time is so cool, plus the references to leather skirts, rubber bracelets, punk bright colors. This along with the grab-me writing I was hooked.

Julia, a non-high society book publishing assistant/editor wanna-be meets a British hottie guitarist and right there you think oh normal chick land hot rock star- NOPE…wrong again!!!!!!!!

Julia meets Jack in a bar and he wants to meet her but she knows who he is and isn’t interested in being another number to him. He make sure to meet her though. I love his lines and how he is with her. He doesn’t portray the normal rocker guy you’d think he’d be. He’s a bit smoother.

“You made me lose my spot on the couch.” Fastest pick up line ever!!

Julia doesn’t fall for his charm, to his face. She wants to, badly, but deep down she’s looking for real. He doesn’t give up. In the time of no cell phones he must resort to standing on her stoop.

The two begin friendly banter, friendly get to know you sessions that I adored. The entire storyline kept me smiling and giddy.

“I think you missed me.”

“Maybe a tiny bit,”

“Baby, you can’t tell me that. You were shakin’ hands with me johnson. ‘Sooo nice to meet you. sir.”

“I did miss you, Jack. I couldn’t wait to see you.”

“Little Jack couldn’t wait to see you too.”

There isn’t insta love, just insta lust. The flirtiness and friendship they set out on is very fun at times. Jack doesn’t hide himself. Or his past.
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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book
Gave this story 5 stars because it was a good story, well written and well edited. A definite recommend to anyone wanting a delightful reading experience.
Published 17 days ago by Erika
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
4 1/2 stars Chick lit, eBook Read 11/27-11/28 '14

" It hit me that living in New York had the same effect as stargazing; it made you feel tiny, inconsequential and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been transported back in time!
I've been transported back to when I was a kid drooling over posters of hot, long-haired guys that were part of the British Invasion! Read more
Published 23 days ago by johanna
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 very enjoyable stars! A new favourite book of mine!
Complimentary copy provided by the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

New York, 1981. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Danish Bookaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A cute love story
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars English guys rock, literally !
Leslie's first novel is a fast paced romance,with the heroine experiencing life at it's most exciting time, young love and that first true fascination with sex and the excitement... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosalind Woolcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Character Driven Romance!
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Leslie Wells writes a satisfying character-driven romance about trust and love in Come Dancing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits all the stereotypes with a satisfying ending
I was gifted a copy of this book. An exciting and erotic story about what it could be like to be with dating a rock star. Julia is just a publishing assistant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phaedra C Seabolt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Come Dancing by Leslie Wells takes us back to the 80’s when cell phones didn’t exist, people still read print books, and listened to actual records. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the norm.
I liked this story. Okay, so it was traditional ordinary girl meets rock star, but this one had something different going for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diana M. Hockley
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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.

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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!

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