Dance With Me

Rated 3.00/5 based on 1 review
A football injury has stopped Ed Maurer's semi-pro career in its tracks, but when he finds himself teaching tango with prickly, wounded former professional dancer Laurie Parker, he finds himself caught up in a whole new kind of game, one with his heart at the center of the stakes. More
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About Heidi Cullinan

Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi at

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Reviews of Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan

Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on July 25, 2020


I found this to be enjoyable, but a fairly standard M/M romance novel. It was trope heavy and some of the characterization cliched. Of course, I like a lot of M/M tropes, that's part of why I read it. But I also like a book to go beyond them too and I'm not sure how much Dance With Me managed that.

I liked Laurie, Ed, and their stereotypically unexpected pairing. (Though it's that same real-life stereotypical lack of expectation that makes it so very expected in an M/M romance book.) I liked Oliver and Christopher as side characters (really just Oliver, as Christopher is fairly characterless, but they're presented as a pair). However, I really felt that Laurie's wealthy, dismissive, pushy parents and Ed's working-class , accepting, emotive, loving family was painfully cliched. I liked that they got their happy ending, but the proposal felt like a pat, expected conclusion.

Really, I could go on like this. Cullinan providing something nice in the book, but then having to note its common, overuse in MM romance. It made the whole book feel a bit formulaic, no matter that I enjoyed it.

Lastly, I have to address the hot tub scene, as many other reviewers have. I too thought it felt out of place, not because I'm a prude, but because Laurie expressed several times that he wasn't into public displays of sex and, even in the scene itself, he's scared and nervous. Yes, I see that Cullinan was trying to use this to show Laurie accepting himself as a gay man and his sexuality. However, it didn't fit him as a character, gay or otherwise. It felt like a poorly done bit of kink thrown in there at the end for no reason but spice.

Like every book I've read by Cullinan, the writing and editing were fine and I'll almost assuredly read another one.
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
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