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Enjoy the Dance #2020

Enjoy the Dance Dance with your heart and love will follow Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet stable future out of his tumultuous past but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen

  • Title: Enjoy the Dance
  • Author: Heidi Cullinan
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Enjoy the Dance By Heidi Cullinan, Dance with your heart, and love will follow.Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome The decision to shelter Duon is easy What s tricky is juggling the network oDance with your heart, and love will follow.Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome The decision to shelter Duon is easy What s tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon s life, especially Tom s Jimenez.Tom s wouldn t have hesitated to take Duon in, but his plate is already full working three jobs to support his family Though Spenser s carefully constructed walls are clearly designed to keep the world at bay, Tom s pushes past Spenser s defenses, determined to ensure the man is worthy of his charge As the two of them grow closer, Tom s dares to dream of a life beyond his responsibilities, and Spenser begins to believe he might finally find a home of his own after all.But Spenser and Tom s s world is poised to crash around their ears Duon s grandmother isn t sure she wants him to be raised by a gay man and challenges Spenser s custody Tom s s undocumented parents could be deported at any time, and all the while the state of Minnesota votes on a constitutional amendment against marriage equality and the US Supreme Court debates whether or not Spenser and Tom s get a happily ever after All they can do is hold tight to their love, hope for a better future and remind each other to enjoy the dance.

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    1. As the blurb suggests, this book is political The bulk of the story takes place between late 2012 and mid 2013 during the fight to overturn DOMA and legalize same sex marriage in Minnesota Ed and Laurie from Dance With Me are involved in the fight against Minnesota Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment proposed to ban marriage between same sex couples that appeared on the ballot in November 2012.Tom s s parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, and the entire family lives in fear of Ren [...]

    2. Enjoy the Dance is the long awaited second book in the Dancing series Dance with Me was released in 2011 and instantly became a staple in M M romance fan s libraries We all fell in love with dancer Laurie and ex football player Ed who steamed up the pages with their intense passion and sexual chemistry.Enjoy the Dance centers around dance instructor Tom s who we met in book 1 and kindergarten teacher Spenser They live across the hall from one another and start a friendship centered around a home [...]

    3. It pains me to do this but this didn t work for me for multiple reasons I ve gushed repeatedly over HC s writes mostly because I become immersed in her stories but often than not I found myself disconnected from this one just reading words on a page.However, I want to make it clear that my major gripe is specific to me and should be taken with a grain of salt.I work with the indigent population I hear their horrifying stories every day I know all about how poor, black, Latino, queer, mentally i [...]

    4. Yeah, I know I m giving a Heidi Cullinan novel only 3 stars It s not a bad book at all It s actually pretty good But, while there was some romance, it really did play second fiddle to the political and social justice issues in the story The subject matter is important and it is something I care a lot about, but I really wanted the romance and, like Laurie, I m pretty burned out on politics at the moment So, while Enjoy the Dance is a good story, and I liked the characters and am happy that they [...]

    5. 3.5 STARS Whatever, man I m sick of this shit We gotta worry about nonsense every time we turn around My social worker Your sister Spenser s job The stupid government and their rules about who can get married It s horseshit You love Spenser He loves you It s fucked up there s all this shit in the way If you read my review of Dance With Me, then you are very aware how much I loved the characters, Ed and Laurie So, when I heard that there was a second book in this series, I couldn t wait to read i [...]

    6. I was torn with this book as far as what to rate it.There were things to consider the quality of the writing, plot, and my overall satisfaction level What worked for me The characters Tomas, Spenser, and Doun The plot It s so relevelant It touched on immigration, DOMA, same sex marriage, foster care These are all important matters that should need to be addressed I enjoyed the slow burn between Tomas and Spenser The epilogue was well done, I thought All this being said as much as the plot was on [...]

    7. Heidi Cullinan is an auto buy author for me Her characters resonate with me, and her writing flows so well I loved Dance With Me, and I m happy to get this related story This book follows Tom s, a young dance instructor among his three or four jobs whom we met in book 1 He lives with his immigrant parents, across the hall from kindergarten teacher Spenser When a 15 year old dance student of Tom s s shows up, after being kicked out of his home for being gay, Spenser s immediate opening of his hom [...]

    8. 4.5 stars rounded down to 4 because still no 1 2 stars here on GR.Dear Authordid you know that when you make me cry s harder for me to read I was ok for most of this book but it was probably somewhere around the last 25 to 30% that I found myself cryinga lot Some of my tears were happy tears but there were quite a few sad tears too.So now that you know how the last part of the book went for melet s go back to the beginning and see if I can explain to you where and how those tears came to beI was [...]

    9. Back in 2011, Dance With Me was my first ever Heidi Cullinan I loved it so much Of course afterwards Cullinan was a hit miss for me not particularly on top of my favorite author list and I was picky with her works But when this book was released, I remembered how much I loved the first one, so I bought it without second thoughts.Well, it was beautiful, sweet, tender, touching, at times unabashedly sappy, and totally made me all choked up and teary eyed While indeed there were quite a number of p [...]

    10. Review originally posted atSinfully.Enjoy the Dance is set in Minnesota in 2012, an election year and also the year DOMA was being fought and Minnesota was in the midst of a battle over the legalization of same sex marriage These are not the only social issues that Heidi Cullinan dives into in the story she also places an emphasis on immigration issues and the foster care system, especially as it relates to LGBTQ children and persons of color.This story has a very different feel to it than Dance [...]

    11. Hmmm.This blurb worries me So many potentially problematic tropes and stereotypes seem like they have been applied here I m very much hoping the author saw fit to have at least a few sensitivity readers of the relevant races.

    12. Story 3 starsNarration 4 starsOverall 3.5 starsTurns out, waiting around for election results is just as boring in a book as in real life The timeline for this book covers some important and groundbreaking moments for gay rights and equality, and while those are moments worth celebrating, I felt like the author got so caught up in chronicling every single one that she kind of forgot to tell a story, and that story was Duon.Duon is the catalyst for this story, since Spencer finds the boy outside [...]

    13. Ok, so to make this absolutely clear I don t have an issue with an author feeling the need to convey a strong message or to educate Further, I don t have any issues with any of the causes the author presents Quite the contrary I applaud I m 100% on board with everything she says.So, why three stars Because it doesn t make for particularly great fiction.And now, that is a loaded statement and I can hear the rustling in the peanut gallery.Let me explain.There are a lot of topics in this book and e [...]

    14. 2.5 starsThis novel was totally not what I was expecting, and not in a good way.The romance between Spencer and Tom s was overly sweet, vanilla to the point of being boring and kind of cheesy I was also surprised by the fairly low steam level, since it s unusual for this author.For the most part, I enjoyed the romance, but it got buried under politics, immigration problems, gay rights, marriage equality and foster care system issues I do realize that all this stuff is important, but romance book [...]

    15. 4.5 Stars This was a darn near perfect read for me With her latest book, Enjoy the Dance, Heidi Cullinan has given us an emotional tour de force With characters you will immediately fall in love with as well as many others who you already know and a setting that is primed to evoke all of your feels, Tom s and Spenser s story is an absolute win.The climate is fall of 2012 Minnesota is trying to pass an amendment banning same sex marriage it s a stressful election year and, the country is waiting [...]

    16. An unexpected visitor in need brings Spenser Harris in contact with his neighbor Tom s Duon Graves, the troubled teen we met in Dance With Me is waiting on Spenser s doorstep one night in need of help and a place to stay He was waiting for his dance instructor, Tom s, but his neighbor, Spenser, finds him first Tom s Jimenez holds down three to four jobs at a time to help his family He is overwhelmed, overworked, and his plate is already full dealing with his own family s needs and issues He woul [...]

    17. This story is the 2nd book in the Dancing series, and picks up after Dance With Me concludes, which means it takes place toward the end of 2012 and the beginning middle of 2013 During this time, Minnesota, where Spenser and Tomas and Ed and Laurie live, had a Marriage Amendment on the ballot, which would, as a state constitutional amendment, banned same sex marriage in the state DOMA is also still in place when this book begins We first meet Spenser when he comes home to his apartment to find a [...]

    18. This is a very difficult book for me to rate and review, so while I am going to comment, I am not going to give a rating.The story is essentially in two parts firstly a political essay on the issues of immigration, child protection foster care, attitudes towards gay men as parents educators and the evolution of same sex marriage in the last few years, secondly, the love story between Spenser and Tomas.Now here s the thing, while the political side was interesting to a point, it doesn t translate [...]

    19. This story is wonderful It s about family I love these types of books Spenser sighs My heart just tugged for him at times He is such a caregiver, a good soul, and a safe space 3 Duon was precious And Tomas is freaking amaaaazing His character is strong, loyal, respected, and damn Such a hard worker I freaking loved him Of course we cannot forget Laurie and Ed Eeeep 3 3 3

    20. You don t have to dance perfectly You don t have to be perfect, or outlandish You don t have to ride in on a horse to be a hero You don t have to stand in the spotlight to be a star If you save one person, if you shine light for one soul why is it less than saving two, or three, or four You know you have done this for Duon For the children in your classroom For Tom s, who still works too hard but has a spring in his step now, yearning for the moment when he can spend time with you That is who I [...]

    21. 3.5 Stars Spenser and Tomas are lovely The romance between them unrolls slowly like it has to when we have family and work and life This book ends up being about so many things in terms of social justice the immigration system, equality, LGTBQA rights, adoption, fostering, the arts, job protection, povertyIt is ground in a wonderful circle of friends and also deals with the addiction of a loved one The romance balance could be richer in places but overall it is a very good read and a must for lo [...]

    22. 4.5 stars Foster care, undocumented immigrants, and civil rights for LGBTQ citizens yep, there is definitely a lot of politics in Heidi Cullinan s Enjoy the Dance While these social and political issues form the backbone of the story, it s also about two men who fall in love amid the turmoil, anguish, and triumph, and it s a beautiful example of the strength found in the family we forge in our adult lives, no matter what it looks like.The night a homeless teenage boy named Duon appeared on his d [...]

    23. Am I the first the review this book So much pressure I m a Patreon supporter of Heidi Cullinan, so I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book over the holiday weekend I ll write a detailed review later tonight For now, at least, I ll simply say that I enjoyed this book Romance isn t the backbone of this story it s just one thread among many It s beautiful that Spenser and Tomas found each other, but the story is also about Duon finding a safe harbor, Tomas family finding a way [...]

    24. 2.5 stars.Dance With Me is one of my most favorite stories by Heidi CullinanI expected the second book in the series to be if not similar, then at least have the same spirit But apart from Ed Laurie featured here and in a kind of depressing light , the books are nothing alike Enjoy The Dance doesn t even show much dancing s all politics, LGBT issues, immigrants issues and so on It s two men each with a load of problems of their own, both exhausted and with too much on their shoulders and too lit [...]

    25. I don t mind these books wherein the romance is only one part of the story Lots happening here, and lots of messages about society and the way we put everything before people.I want us to put people first animals too.

    26. I liked but the romance definitely takes a backseat to the political and social issues happening in the book I wanted romance.Review coming

    27. I enjoyed the first book much better than this one This one was geared to the political side and the romance was kind of secondary I truly disliked the pressure the school put on Spenser to take part in protesting against Minnesota Amendment 1 An employer should never get involved in that yes I know it happens but it still pisses me off We have Spenser first being a guardian to Duan to working towards adopting him We have Tom s s parents who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, and ICE brea [...]

    28. Advance Review Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.When I saw a tweet offering an ARC of this book to reviewers and bloggers, I bout sprained my finger clicking the link to request it I LOVED the first book in this series that wasn t a series until Heidi hit her head on an AH HA brick and realized it needed to happen.As much as I was excitedly clamoring for this, I was also a little afraid.See the blurb, y all It hints to lots of political and social issues th [...]

    29. Enjoy the Dance is the second story in the contemporary romance series Dancing by Heidi Cullinan I ve not yet had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series, but the presence of Ed and Laurie as secondary characters in this one has definitely convinced me to move it up my TBR This story strikes a timely balance between the politics of today and a romance between two very different people who find their way to a happy ending.Spenser is a kindergarten teacher at a religious school, layin [...]

    30. DNF 35%I m putting this on the back burner for now and I may come back to it later It s just a bit boring to me right now, but I may not be in the right frame of mind for it.

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