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Love Waltzes In (Dancing Under The Stars Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alana Albertson
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WINNER—Single Title category of the 2012 RWA Golden Gateway Contest!

WINNER—Contemporary category of the 2012 RWA Heart of the West Contest!

WINNER—Single Title category of the 2013 RWA Marlene Contest!

GET READY WHEN LOVE WALTZES IN!

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?


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"Who better to write a behind-the-scenes romance inspired by Dancing With the Stars than a recovering competitive ballroom dancer?" - USA TODAY - Happy Ever After 

"I loved the entire concept. A hard-assed Marine on a dancing show promises a lot of entertainment."-Satin Sheets Romance

"The book was so beautifully written. The romance was fantastic. The sex was intense and steamy. The issues are all resolved completely in the end." - Sam's Book Basket

"Set against the glitz and glamour of competitive ballroom dance Love Waltzes In was fraught with drama, scandal, and broken hearts. It read like a daytime drama and I completely ate it up in one sitting." - Miss Construed's Reviews

"For anyone who has ever imagined taking a turn under those bright lights, this is sure to thrill." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Alana Albertson is the former President of Romance Writers of America's Chick Lit and Young Adult chapters. She holds a Masters of Education from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two sons, and four dogs. When she's not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through her rescue Pugs N Roses, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Please visit her website at www.alanaalbertson.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 3930 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bolero Books, LLC; 1 edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY1TKRQ
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Waltzes In September 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Welcome to the world of competitive ballroom dancing!

Selena Marcil and Bret Lord were former two-time US National Youth Amateur Latin Ballroom Champions and childhood sweethearts. But when Bret hung up his dancing shoes and enlisted in the US Marine Corps, Selena broke off their engagement to chase her dream of competitive ballroom dancing and winning Blackpool, the most prestigious dance competition in the world.

Fast forward ten years later, Selena is one of the star professional dancers on the hit dancing reality TV show, Dancing Under the Stars; while Bret is a decorated Staff Sergeant in the USMC deployed in Iraq. Bret receives an invitation from Benny, his former master dance coach, to join the reality dance show, Bret is approved for a special leave from the USMC, and agrees to join the show in order to provide for a fallen comrade's family. When Selena and Bret come face-to-face on the set of the dance show, old feelings resurface as does old conflicts over living in the dancing spotlight ... will Selena and Bret get a second chance when Love Waltzes In?

Love Waltzes In is the first book of the Dancing Under The Stars series by author Alana Albertson. The author uses her professional ballroom dancing experience to weave an entertaining and romantic story that takes the reader behind the scenes of the world of professional competitive ballroom dancing. The storyline interweaves a wonderful mixture of ballroom dancing and a passionate love story that captivates the reader's imagination as a beautiful dancer and military hero reunite after ten years apart.
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An old romantic attachment that is being rekindled around a story based in ballroom dancing Alana Albertson starts a new series with romantic attachments found on the dance floor. Using her ballroom dance background and lovely prose, readers who haven’t a background in dance can imaging and enjoy the imagery as they waltz the afternoon away.

Selena and Bret were early dance partners, and sweethearts many years ago. Now Selena is famous, with a recurrent spot on Dancing Under the Stars her life is good, but not what she envisioned. Bret hung up his dance shoes when he joined the Marines, although he believed the relationship with Selena would stand the trials of the separation. Unfortunately, Selena’s hurt feelings took over and she broke off their relationship.

Appealing to his sense of honor, duty to his comrades and skills, Brett is offered a chance to return to the dance floor and represent the corps, while simultaneously earning prize money to give to a fallen comrade’s family. Unfortunately, the partner he would dance with would be Selena, and the notoriety is not something Brett wants to deal with.

This rekindling story is lovely and feels honest, including the frustrations that both Brett and Selena have regarding the issues of fame and notoriety. Realizing that they never really lost feelings for one another, their unwillingness to find a compromise is a large source of the tension. Eased somewhat with the clever secondary characters who all make appearances, some in inopportune times, the story flows beautifully with insertions of dance, emotion and memory that build to a lovely climax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Waltzes In was a fun and enjoyable novel December 30, 2014
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Love Waltzes In was a fun and enjoyable novel. Based around Latin dancing, Selena Marcil has been dancing since she was 12. Now with her current dance partner, who was originally her dance teacher, she is hoping to win the highest awarded contest in the competitive dancing field. Without it she feels she has not met her final goal within the field. In addition to training full time for Blackwater, her coveted award, she is also on a reality dance show that is extremely popular. What she doesn't know is that this year there will be another dancer joining the show: her first dance partner and her first love Bret. Bret has taken time off from the military to dance for the season with the goal of winning the competition so that he can give the money he wins to the family of his friend who died in combat. Bret hates the limelight and the whole reality tv philosophy and practice. He doesn't understand why Selena loves it so much nor does he understand her goal of winning Blackwater. As far as he is concerned her life will have no more meaning whether she ever wins it or not.

As Selena and Bret get closer via the reality show, they realize that their love so many years ago has not gone away or diminished. Yet they face several obstacles in regard to understanding one another and in being able to move toward a life long relationship with one another. What does eventually bring them together and the compromises they make are a good twist at the end of the novel.

I truly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others, particularly if you have an interest in dance.

I was given a copy of this novel for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5
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I loved the dancing with the stars plot. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Another new author for me to love
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I really enjoyed this story and had a difficult time putting it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gina Keitz
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE WALTZES IN
This was a love story that had taken place over 10 years ago an as with real life had taken a wrong turn. But fate steps in and makes it happen right the 2nd. time around. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book about Brett and Selena
I received this book free for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book about Brett and Selena. Brett was a little set in his ways and Selena seemed somewhat naive but they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love all of Alana's books, she is a very good author. This is a great romance between Selena and Bret. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim Sparks
4.0 out of 5 stars The book cover is real nice and the story was fun and well written
"I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." I have watched "Dancing with the Stars" enough to make it interesting and enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Mc Graw
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
This was a cute love story. It started out strong with lots of emotion and drama but ended very plain and predictable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christy Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book caught my attention immediately because of the absolutely...
This book caught my attention immediately because of the absolutely beautiful cover. And it did not disappoint from there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by glc
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the magic of young love and true love.
"I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”.

The plot is a bit forced at the beginning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for romantics.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book. Alana was able to put me right there in the scene. Read more
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Alana Albertson is an award winning Latina author and the former President of Romance Writers of America's Chick Lit and Young Adult chapters. She holds a Masters of Education from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes new adult romantic suspense. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two sons, and four dogs. When she's not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through her rescue Pugs N Roses, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Please visit her website at www.alanaalbertson.com

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