Review: One Last Dance by Anna Stone

Posted March 17, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: One Last Dance by Anna StoneOne Last Dance by Anna Stone
Published by Violet Ocean Press on June 27, 2019
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Romance
Format: eBook (222 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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A second chance at once forbidden love.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zoe is heartbroken. Her career as a principal dancer in a prestigious London ballet company has just been brought to a screeching halt by an injury. Needing to re-evaluate her future and make sense of life away from center stage, she returns home to the States, where she runs into her former ballet teacher—and once forbidden love—Natasha.

Ten years older, and the ice to Zoe’s fire, Natasha captured Zoe’s heart a decade earlier. Undeniable sparks danced between them, yet they were never able to give in to temptation. When Zoe moved to London, both were left shattered. Neither woman has been able to move on since.

Now, they find the same heat smoldering between them, with no reason to resist it. However, the specter of how they last parted still casts a dark shadow on them—one neither woman can seem to let go of.

Secrets from the past, desires of the present, and the uncertainty of the future might keep Zoe and Natasha from having their chance at true love. Or perhaps they’ll realize fate brought them back together to dance the ultimate pas de deux.

four-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains discussion of homophobia and racism, mentions of domestic abuse and possible stalking, and an adult-student and teacher relationship.

The Basics:

One Last Dance is a F/F Second Chance Contemporary Romance between Zoe, an elite ballet dancer, and Natasha, her old instructor and the one who got away. The two had an attraction while Zoe was still a student, but they never acted on it before Zoe moved to London. Now, she’s back in New York with an injured ankle and wants a second shot at a relationship.

My Thoughts:

One Last Dance is a lot of ballet and drama! If either of those things appeals to you, absolutely check it out. I don’t even like ballet, but for some reason I enjoy books and movies about it. Perhaps because they’re always dripping with passion and tension? I don’t know, but I like it. I’m also a huge fan of student-teacher romances and age gaps. This isn’t quite exactly either of those, but it still worked for me.

If you have concerns over student-teacher romances, even when they’re both adults, don’t skip out on One Last Dance! Zoe and Natasha do grow close during their classes together, but they never crossed that line. Sure, the attraction was there and the tension was thick, but Zoe left before anything happened. Zoe was 18 at the time and about to graduate, so I think it would have been okay. Natasha is only ten years older too.

Anyway. Once Last Dance does not skimp on the drama. Of course, there’s Zoe lamenting the fact that she may never dance again and worrying about how she and Natasha will manage their relationship given their past. On top of that, Natasha’s ex-girlfriend! That woman….evil. I was shocked when the full story came out, and I wanted more! I wish she had been featured more to really give our lovers some trouble!

In the end, I really liked One Last Dance. It was a quick, engrossing read. I read it straight through in one morning.

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