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Grease Monkey Jive [Kindle Edition]

Ainslie Paton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A romance about changing the game, finding the truth, and fancy footwork.

When ballroom teacher Alex Gibson dances with Dan Maddox she's reminded of the time she stuck a knife in the toaster, gave herself an electric shock, and saw stars. He's precisely the type of man Alex's mother warned her off - a player, like the father who abandoned her.

Dan Maddox comes from a long line of men who were hiding under the hood of a beat-up car when the 'successful relationship' gene was given out, but he was first in the queue for an extra jolt of chick-pulling power.

The chicks in Dan's life are universally gorgeous, random, and disposable, until one drunken night when he picks the wrong girl, hurts a good friend, and realises that unless he does something to change, he'll end up like his violent, unstable father.

It's Pimp My Ride meets Dancing With The Stars as Alex and Dan come together to compete in a ballroom dancing competition that changes the way they both feel about relationships and love.

Editorial Reviews


I stayed up all night reading "Grease Monkey Jive".  It was a great, long romance that actually shows two people falling in love.
Jane L - Dear Author
A friend recommended this to me. and I'm so glad I gave it a try. Dan is a playboy who has gotten tired of a different woman every night, worried he is on the path to become just like his alcoholic father. He wants to try to be friends with women, rather than just using them in the bedroom. On a bet, he signs up for ballroom dance lessons and falls for the instructor Alex. She is not only his teacher, but competing in a Dancing With the Stars-type show. Their journey is a really sweet and romantic one with a lot of depth and a great supporting cast, too.

Mandi Schreiner HEA  USA Today
Most of the books I read nowadays are romance, so it's not often that I find a one that makes me feel like I'm reading something new in the genre. Until a book like Grease Monkey Jive reminds me that, yes, this genre is more than capable of surprising me in all the right ways.
Kat - Bookthingo

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a surprisingly good read. April 7, 2013
By Ellen K
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Why was I surprised? I don't really know. Maybe because I have never heard of the author. Maybe because I don't remember buying this which means it was either really cheap or free. Maybe because I don't think grease is romantic.

But let me tell you, this was a story that I immersed myself in. I carried my Kindle around sightseeing on spring break (I never take my Kindle out and about) just so I could READ every chance I got. Yes, I even sat in a museum and read a few pages instead of walking around looking at the art, really good art.

I know nothing of dancing or mechanicking, but the situations and set-ups seemed authentic.
Every time I went, oh, obvious plot device, I was shown, no, not so obvious and most believeable. Yes, they are both gorgeous; yes, he does happen to have money; yes, there was a convenient breakage of bone; but there were also back stories and most satisfying ways of incorporating those devices into the story.

I will say there were editing issues, more and more as the story progressed. Wrong words were used (even allowing for the Australian use of words), words were misspelled, and sentence construction at times would almost make you stand on your head. These problems would generally throw me out of a book. In this case, I just plowed on and only got mildly irritated with yet another "alright." In case you are wondering, everybody in the book is "alright." I know this because everybody in the book was asked if they were "alright" at least thirty-two times, at least it seemed like it.

The H/h were believable. Their life situations were believable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly title, but a wonderful story... December 20, 2012
By Ann
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The title is silly but loved the story. Relationship between Dan/Alex develops like a slow grin. The sexual tension when they’re together is like combustible energy. The romantic/sex scenes while sexy are not graphic. As a matter of fact, they’re so veiled I had to go back and re-read those scenes several times wondering “ok, they did the deed right?” Kind of unusual but didn’t take away from the story for me. After a while some of romantic scenes of the bks I’ve been reading lately just drone on and don’t do anything for me and just seem, well... boring. This bk was a nice change of pace. Minimal sex deets aside I thought this was great story. Loved Dan, of course, and Alex has a few smackable moments holding on to her anger just a mite too long; thought she was a bit of a snob too. Endearing side characters, Alex's posse and all of Dan’s gang (Mitch, Ant, Fluke, etc). Strong emotional moment at the 89% mark, I’m crying, but not from anything bad, just happy tears. Nice character development as they both overcome mental and emotional hurdles. Thought this was just an overall good story.

Will definitely try more bks by this Aussie author.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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There is a lot to like about Grease Monkey Jive, there are two great characters in Alex and Dan, there is great funny snappy dialogue, the situation of mixing ballroom with a player, and the fact that the characters have an actual story to tell. I immediately got drawn into the story, and liked how it started with the first between Alex and Dan, creating all this chemistry, but then went back in time to show your where it started. It was great getting a glimpse of initial heat between them because a lot of back story is then provided, and it helped knowing it was going somewhere.

There are also great secondary characters in this book, Dan's mates work really well, and I loved the banter they had going on. They also felt so real to me, nothing about them seemed fake. I wondered after finishing this story if any of them may end up with their own.

So all was going well for me, liking the characters, liking the story, liking the growth they are doing, that was until the sex scenes came, and then something happened to the writing that I did not like. They sex scenes made me laugh out loud (and not in a good way). It was like they were written by someone else. They did not have the same sound or flow was the rest of the story. The lines used to describe it were not romantic, but on the "vague but lets be creative side", and kind of repetitive. Just a few examples of this are
- the flat trampoline of her stomach
- her skin was hypersensitive, allergic to Dan's touch
- their outer skins were discarded ... their outer voices discarded too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fresh and entertaining story November 27, 2012
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Loved this book. It was more complex than I thought it would be, with well-rounded secondary characters and a charismatic leading man, who is haunted by the demons of his past. I found the dialogue snappy and the conversations between the male friends hilarious. The plot was well thought out and the ending put a big smile on my face. I really enjoyed this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great romance novel by Ainslie Paton
Another great romance novel by Ainslie Paton
Published 4 months ago by Rex
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+ stars! I loved it. Well worth the money
This is the 3rd book from this author that I've read. One I was insanely crazy about; the other was just really good. This book topped them all! Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Her books are getting better and better...
Just when I think I have read Ainslie's best book yet.... She writes another one like Grease Monkey jive. Loved it!
Published 23 months ago by Nikki Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - easy to read!
Great story. You can really hear the dialoge, recognise the music and thanks to so many dance shows, it's easy to visualise the settings. Great Australian voice.
Published on December 8, 2012 by Bridget M. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and quirky doesn't hide emotional core
Wonderful, quirky contemporary Australian romance. A real hero's journey. Fast, funny dialogue and an unlikely setting that really works. Read more
Published on December 1, 2012 by M. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
There's lots of good things I could say about Grease Monkey Jive, but I'll keep it simple: the story is heart-breakingly honest, and if you're looking for a strong, real Australian... Read more
Published on November 26, 2012 by Jenny Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to dance!
This is a big story. It's not just a romance between Dan and Alex, but a story filled with secondary characters who have their own story. It's a story of music and dance. Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Miss Catherine Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Worlds Collide
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a journey of how two people from different worlds collide and create an environment that sizzles. Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by Book Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Snappy dialogue
Do love escapist stories with snappy dialogue. Jive's characters resonate through their dialogue from the Scott's acid tongue to Fluke's outrage. Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by Meagan Peters
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More About the Author

Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She's written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

She writes cracking, hyper-real contemporary romances.

As AA Paton she writes slightly more out there romances with twisty plots and wild settings. There's more about AA at

She lives in Sydney, Australia, not far from the beach and blogs at:

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