A man dances the same way he f*cks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.
And dancers? We do it best of all.
The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal. To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.
She will be mine.
MY OPINION OF FIRST POSITION
I love the theme of this novella. Dancing. And romance and passion and it all takes place in Rome!
You can't help but feel connected to Annalise when she sets eyes on Raphael for the first time. He's performing in a cozy Italian piazza, his movements another form of art in fluid motion. The spark of a soon-to-become-pyre of unbridled need lights up between them in the span of a second. A first dance that will lead to many more when their bodies touch.
Melody's words are always enveloping, sweetly arousing and drug you into a state of absolute abandon to the sensuality that pulsates between Raphael and Annalise. Beautifully written, as always.
I could feel myself in Annalise's place, defying rules and curfew to go and meet this gorgeous Italian man who invites her out into the night to experiece wild freedom as she's never tasted before. She's a cute girl. I like her. A life devoted to the discipline of ballet and of fulfilling her mother's ambitions have left her vulnerable. And in comes the beautiful, magnetic Raphael, the serpent that will put everything she's fought for in peril. I'd also want him to teach me some lessons!
The author does a superb job at describing how huge the risk is for a dancer to dally in romance while her career is in the balance. Though how can anyone resist the temptation of the flesh?
I loved this First Position, it's sensual and original, and that ending left me in a bundle of nerves and sadness. I really hope the sky looks brighter for the star-crossed lovers in Second Position. Which, of course, I want to read too :o)
One of my favourite quotes:
Raphael. The face of a saint, the body of a sinner.
THE DIRTY DANCING SERIES RELEASE DATES:
FIRST POSITION -- 11/5
SECOND POSITION -- 11/12
THIRD POSITION -- 12/1
About Melody Grace
Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.