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Synopsis
The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever.
 
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her
life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been
Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college,
and married him soon after graduation.
 
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple,
until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life
was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in
reality.
 
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief
moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But
that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
 
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again,
causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
 
 

 

Excerpt

the Dance

Prologue
I stood in front of the glass wall, mesmerized. The fake sunlight shimmered down through the water, bouncing off the yellow, green, and pink coral. The blue glow of the tank gave the dimly lit nook a mystical dreamy feel.
The prom committee had pulled off an epic feat this year. Instead of having the dance in our gross school gym it was being held at the new state-of-the-art aquarium downtown. Once the student committee agreed, Megan Sims, head cheerleader and overly developed youth, was given the task of presenting the new location idea to the faculty advisor, Mr. Hall. During the meeting, as Megan waxed poetic about riding the waves of hope out into the ocean of the future, she hoisted her massive boobs up to meet Mr. Hall’s sightline. Three seconds into Megan’s spiel the dude was so titnotized that he would have offered up his first born in order to pay the rental fee.
At first, I had my doubts about spending my final prom at the aquarium. The fishy décor didn’t exactly scream romance, but I had to admit, it was pretty cool. The dance was in Ballroom A, which opened up onto a huge deck facing the Charleston harbor. Inside three giant purple octopus chandeliers hung down from the ceiling, casting cool shadows on the walls covered in varying shades of blue. Big white coral sculptures were at the four corners of the room. Tables draped in white linen with candles and seashell centerpieces outlined the room, leaving a huge space in the middle for dancing.
 
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What happens when the HEA you’ve always pictured turns out to be just an illusion? What do you do when you realize your Prince Charming might just be a frog? These are the questions facing Bryson when she discovers the secrets her husband, Will, is keeping. However, she’s been Will’s, and Will has been hers since high school. The only time she ever considered someone different was when she encountered bad boy, Hart, during her prom. Their one dance would change them in ways they never imagined, but Bryson and Hart never happened, and she went on to marry Will. Everything seemed perfect at first, but when life threw a couple of curveballs, Bryson begins to see the cracks in her relationship with Will. Had they always been there? When Bryson and Hart meet by chance, the chemistry and magic is still there. They develop a friendship, and he provides her the support and encouragement she doesn’t get from Will. If you think this is your normal romance or a love triangle, you would be very wrong. There are unexpected twists, pain, redemption, and love.

There were times I was so angry when I read The Dance. At times, I hated Will and the way he treated Bryson. I was also angry with Bryson in continually giving up her dreams and allowing herself to be his doormat. As I continued my reading, my feelings changed a bit for Will. I’m sure some readers would disagree with me. Yes, he was horrible to Bryson at times, but by the end, I didn’t completely hate him. In fact, there were times I felt quite sorry for him (even though his choices weren’t always good). He was a very complicated and complex character. As Bryson became stronger, I also realized she wasn’t his doormat, she was a person who loved with her whole heart and always looked for the good in a person. And, Hart, he was my favorite, he took what life gave him and made the most of it. He went through his own pain, and instead of turning into a bitter person, he brought happiness to others. He is probably most unselfish person EVER! We need more Hart’s in this world…the world would definitely be a better place.

I became a HUGE fan of Alison G. Bailey’s after reading STOP, and I’m an even bigger fan of hers now! Not all parts of this book were pleasant or easy to read, but it is a MUST READ!!! It’s not just a book to entertain, but it’s a book that makes you feel something….sadness, happiness, and anger. Bailey is a master at playing with your emotions, and that is my favorite kind of writer. The Dance makes you think about life and the choices you make, and it also a story of hope. Life isn’t always perfect, but it’s what you do with your life that makes the difference and determines your own happiness!

Abou the author

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school I began writing one-act plays, which I later produced. My debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon’s Best Seller List and appeared on many “Best Reads of 2013” Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. My second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set. My fourth novel, Stop!, released in June 2015, becoming a bestseller in YA/Teen category.

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