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Come Dancing [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Wells
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 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.

“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.




Editorial Reviews

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"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: 487 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,309 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 12 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 7 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Judy
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I'm not a prude by any means but it is for the VERY young. Trashy explicit sex all through it and the theme might entice a 14 year old (In love with major rock star, rocky relationship or should I say lack of relationship) Just sex. Just immature and empty, great for the air headed though.
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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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1 of 1 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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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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days ago by Rosalind Woolcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Character Driven Romance!
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!

Leslie Wells writes a satisfying character-driven romance about trust and love in Come Dancing. Read more
Published 5 days 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 8 days 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 9 days ago by Darlene
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 11 days ago by Diana M. Hockley
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a lot to like! Very entertaining
(Originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks book blog)

I absolutely enjoyed Come Dancing! I'm giving it 4/5 stars. Read more
Published 18 days ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Romantic Weekend Read...
Come Dancing is not your typical girl meets musician type of story. It revolves around Julia who works as an assistant editor at a publishing company. Read more
Published 23 days ago by The Life & Times of a Book Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
In "Come Dancing," the year is 1981 and Julia is a young woman who is involved in the book publishing world. Talk about a dream job! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Meg @ A Bookish Affair
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but I couldn't put it down!
I will be the first to admit about two chapters into this book, I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to finish it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Stephanie-The Boyfriend Bookmark
3.0 out of 5 stars Megan's 3.5 STAR Review - Not your AVERAGE READING DAY :)
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. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lustful Literature
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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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