Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Another Dance
Author: L.A. Ashton
Heroes: Kaito & Cristian
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 98 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 8, 2019
Available at: NineStar Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Kaito Watanabe has finally nabbed an interview with his idol, Cristian Alvarez. Kaito is a journalist who’s spent his entire life looking up to the figure-skating champion. Cristian’s passion on the ice unearthed a love of dance in Kaito and made him believe in the power of artistic expression.
Now Kaito is face-to-face with the man he’s always admired. He believes himself insignificant and ordinary, a moth drawn to the light Alvarez casts. He can’t allow himself to believe Cristian’s flirtations are anything but natural charm—but Cristian has other plans. The tension pitches higher, legs and fingers intertwine, and Kaito begins to wonder if his fantasies have a shot at becoming reality.
I haven’t read many books with figure skaters so when I saw this one, I was eager to give it a go because, while I don’t follow the sport, I really love watching it when I come across it. This one was definitely worth the read especially with how the author so beautifully described the sport and how Kaito saw Cristian. I enjoyed seeing how they met and learning of what they had in common. I liked that Kaito was a bit awkward around Cristian and how Cristian was almost too cocky.
This one had a lot of potential and while I adored the characters, I felt like there wasn’t much development to them. Yes, we learn a lot about Kaito but what do we know about Cristian aside from him being a famous figure skater and owning a cat? Not much and while I did like the time they spent together but I felt like it wasn’t enough of a relationship development to end the way they did. After all, they flirted a little but they didn’t talk or spend enough time to end the way they did, IMO, not after really only one date. I wanted to see more of them getting to know each other, more of them actually together since they live on different continents and I wanted to know more about Cristian because we really don’t know anything about him. We get his POV a few times and that’s it, it would have been nice to see things from his perspective when he was around Kaito and to see how they’ll work through living so far apart.
All in all, this was a good little novella. I liked the characters and I liked the story overall but I felt like this could have been a bit more fleshed out so that both Kaito and Cristian were developed and we could really see their relationship develop as well. As it is, this one leaves off with a HFN ending but I still think readers should give it a go because it’s a very cute story.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*