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Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper

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Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper

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About the Author
I write strange but shiny things, like steampunk spies and detectives, and pirates, and cowboys, and dragons, and fairies, firebirds, and, well honestly, even my stories set in the here and now are a little broken and weird too. Because I am a messed up weirdo and that's who I like to write about. 

I fall in love with my characters when I'm writing them, so I have a lot of self-written fanfiction about them that uh...I really have no excuse for, but oh my god how cute are they? 

You can find all that and a lot more at my livejournal. (Which is, incidentally, where I am originally writing the blog posts that repost over here at Goodreads.) 

Feel free to friend me on Facebook, or Tumblr (which is where I spend most of my time.)
Publication Date
January 20, 2016
163476773X (ISBN13: 9781634767736)
Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he’d been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin’s garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show.

He’s not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor. Rafael is the studio owners’ son and was once a well-known dancer in his own right, but now enjoys being a teacher. Although Chico likes him, he’s afraid of taking a chance. But Rafael is determined, and it only takes one dance for Chico to start to realize he might still have something to learn.

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Learning to trust again
(Updated: January 23, 2016)
Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper is the story of two men at very different stages in their lives. Both are in their early 30's, both are lonely, but one is otherwise happily settled into a life he loves, whilst the other is beginning again after heartbreak and betrayal. Can two men in such different mental and physical places find a way to give each other what they need? 

Chico has been emotionally battered, and finally rejected, by his lover of two years. The life he thought he was building has been pulled from beneath him. Moving to the small town of Brandywine, to live in a flat above his cousin Davi's garage, is his only option for shelter, and hopefully a place to heal. 

Rafael is a teacher in his parents dance studio. He was once a well known dancer but found it wasn't the life for him. Teaching dance to residents of Brandywine, from toddlers to senior citizens, gives him the chance to pass on his love of dance in this beautiful little town in the hills. The only downside is that such a small town has extremely limited options for romance. 

When Davi pushes Chico to volunteer at the dance studio, he finds much more than he bargained for. Undernourished and underweight from neglecting his health, the last thing Chico expects is to run into the gorgeous dance instructor on his first night. He had no idea Rafael even existed and is certainly not ready for the feelings he unleashes in Chico's battered heart. 

Ove the course of preparing for the annual dance recital, Chico and Rafael do their own dance around each other. Their ups and downs mimic The Clockwork Dancer, the ballet Rafael is producing. I found the intertwining of the story told in the ballet and Chico and Rafael's budding relationship to be cleverly written and beautifully incorporated. Whether or not Chico can learn to trust again, and whether Rafael has the patience to wait and find out, makes for an engaging read. 

I found Dancing Lessons a little slow at the beginning and it took a while for me to be fully invested in the characters. Once I was, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of these two lovely men. It is a gently told story, of learning to live and love again, that will leave you very satisfied by the end.
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