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Take the Lead

Take the Lead

A Dance Off Novel

A Dance Off Novel (Volume 1)

Alexis Daria

Swerve

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Named one of the Best Romances of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post!

A 2018 RITA® finalist for Best First Book and Contemporary Romance: Long!

“A sparkling debut.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Vibrantly written.” —The Washington Post

The first in a sizzling new series about finding love on and off the dance floor from #OwnVoices author Alexis Daria.

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He's handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will… More…

Named one of the Best Romances of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post!

A 2018 RITA® finalist for Best First Book and Contemporary Romance: Long!

“A sparkling debut.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Vibrantly written.” —The Washington Post

The first in a sizzling new series about finding love on and off the dance floor from #OwnVoices author Alexis Daria.

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He's handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.

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Praise for Take the Lead

"Do not miss Take the Lead." —USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale

"Take the Lead is everything I look for in a romance—lovable and layered characters, sizzling chemistry, and a charming and authentic voice." — Sonali Dev, author of A Bollywood Affair

“A ballroom dance competition is a beehive of activity and emotion…as locations change the passion of the competition flares higher. Gina and Stone are a lovable couple who make it easy to root for them.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“It was an emotional rollercoaster…[TAKE THE LEAD] is Alexis Daria’s debut novel and boy…I can’t wait for more from her. The feelings just jump off the page; the dance scenes are vivid.” — Bookriot

"[Alexis Daria]'s one to watch." — POPSUGAR

"A story I could not put down." — Books 2 Blog

"This book was addictive. I can't wait to read more from this author." — Booklovers Hangout

"[Gina and Stone] had so much personality, chemistry, and some serious dance moves. Their emotional connection had me on a roller coaster of emotion and Alexis Daria does a fantastic job conveying it all through their dancing." — Happily Ever After Book Nerd

"A sizzling and fun romp through the world of dance competition reality shows." — Meags.net

"A delectably charming book." — The Librarian's Corner

"Fun and sexy with the right balance of fight and conflict, Take the Lead is a strong, satisfying series opener and debut from Alexis Daria," — Vanilla & Spice Books… More…

"Do not miss Take the Lead." —USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale

"Take the Lead is everything I look for in a romance—lovable and layered characters, sizzling chemistry, and a charming and authentic voice." — Sonali Dev, author of A Bollywood Affair

“A ballroom dance competition is a beehive of activity and emotion…as locations change the passion of the competition flares higher. Gina and Stone are a lovable couple who make it easy to root for them.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“It was an emotional rollercoaster…[TAKE THE LEAD] is Alexis Daria’s debut novel and boy…I can’t wait for more from her. The feelings just jump off the page; the dance scenes are vivid.” — Bookriot

"[Alexis Daria]'s one to watch." — POPSUGAR

"A story I could not put down." — Books 2 Blog

"This book was addictive. I can't wait to read more from this author." — Booklovers Hangout

"[Gina and Stone] had so much personality, chemistry, and some serious dance moves. Their emotional connection had me on a roller coaster of emotion and Alexis Daria does a fantastic job conveying it all through their dancing." — Happily Ever After Book Nerd

"A sizzling and fun romp through the world of dance competition reality shows." — Meags.net

"A delectably charming book." — The Librarian's Corner

"Fun and sexy with the right balance of fight and conflict, Take the Lead is a strong, satisfying series opener and debut from Alexis Daria," — Vanilla & Spice Books

"Take the Lead by Alexis Daria is perfect. PER.FECT...a 5 star romance." — TBQ's Book Palace

"One of the best romances of the year." — Badnecklace Unclasped

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Reviews from Goodreads

Alexis Daria

Alexis Daria is a contemporary romance author, artist, and native New Yorker. Her debut, TAKE THE LEAD, is a 2017 Golden Heart® finalist. DANCE WITH ME (Dance Off #2) will be out 12/12/17. She loves social media, and you can find her live-tweeting her favorite TV shows at @alexisdaria, or talking about writing and books on her blog at alexisdaria.com.

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