The Devil of DiRisio (Dancing Dream #2)

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Sonya Garrison knows firsthand what it means to overcome adversity. She escaped a poverty stricken home and landed a full scholarship to the DiRisio Academy of Dance Rome, Italy. But life in an unfamiliar city along with the stresses of a dance career bring a new set of challenges. And an older seductive man threatens the bond she has with her beloved Will. More

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About Leslie DuBois

Leslie DuBois lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two daughters. She also writes as Sybil Nelson.

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Review by: Aparna Sethuraman on Nov. 29, 2011 :
I have read almost all of Leslie's novels.. And though this story may not rate ammng her best it was a nice interesting continuation to the story of Sonya Garrison who is a ballet dancer.. She seems to have everything that she wants.. A position in a famous dance school.. The perfect boyfriend Will who moved to Italy just to be with her .. Yet everything is not well and Sonya finds herself unable to cope with ballet school as she feels she is too fat and won't be chosen for the ballet company.. She also keeps saying no whenever will asks her to marry him... Enter Damian Karl a top hip hop dancer who is a playboy but she seems to find herself drawn to him.. Who will she choose

Can't wait to read the next volume!!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Review by: Ezinwanyi on Nov. 7, 2011 :
This sequel follows our heroine Sonya Garrison, as she begins the next phase of her life training at the DiRisio Academy in Rome. Sonya is following her dream of becoming a ballet dancer as well as continuing her romance with basketball player Will Maddox. Will plays basketball for the Rome team Lottomattica. If you remember from Book 1 ([[ASIN:B004S7A9AM The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1)]]), Will saved Sonya by finding proof that Sonya's sister, Sasha and the Bitch Brigade were framing Sonya for cheating, thus preventing her expulsion for academic honor code violation at the Bridgeton Academy.

In this novel, Sonya's plate is full of personal and professional drama. First, she is being trained by the ballet taskmaster Alejandro and all that comes with training to be the best. She has the partner from hell in Pierre, who seems to enjoy causing Sonya's downfall, literally. Sonya is also dealing with Will continued insistence that they get married even though she is only 17 years old. Now, her sister Sasha has arrived at her doorstep in Rome, claiming to have changed and wanting to make amends to Sonya.

Add to that, a new hip-hop instructor named Damian Karl comes to town. In him, Sonya gains a dancing partner that is so attuned to her, it is as if they are one while dancing. Sonya and Damian develops feelings for one another, and soon Sonya is forced to make a choice between her first love Will and her dancing partner Damian Karl.

I am going to be in the minority but I have to say that I had no problems with Will's actions. All is fair in love and war, right? Is Will supposed to help his rival gain his lady's love? Will was protecting his own interests and it was okay with me. If Sonya really wanted, she could have emailed, texted or called Damian for answers, right? Well, Sonya didn't fight for what she wanted and Will did.

One gripe that I have is that, it doesn't appear that Sonya has learned from her previous issues. I find that she is still entirely too gullible and childish in her decision-making. She leaves herself dependent on Will, but then gets mad when he maneuvers her towards the direction of what HE wants. Same thing with Damian. By being overly passive, she basically lets others make decisions for her. I had hoped she would take charge of her life and be more in sync with her own needs and desires. I hope that in Book 3, that Sonya finally stands up and grabs the bull (her life) by the horns and steers it in the direction that she wants. I want to see her grow up, but I have to keep reminding myself that she is only seventeen.

I enjoyed the author's writing style, but I would like to see more character development for the secondary characters like Damien and Will and roommate Anna Marie. I look forward to Book 3, where I believe Sonya will finally come into her own.

******I won this book from the LibraryThing Members Giveaway******
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Donna Lawrence on Nov. 2, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book. I read it without the benefit of reading the first in the trilogy. I was unfamiliar with the challenges Sonya faced throughout her early life. This book begins when she is 17 years old and studying at the DiRisio. Her boyfriend has joined her in Italy and is a basketball player. I found the characters to be likable, but I felt Sonya was a bit too naive to be matriculating in Rome at her young age.
Overall, an enjoyable read. I have purchased the first in the trilogy and look forward to the last book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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