Book Review by Kristie: Danced Close, by Annabeth Albert

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Danced Close, by Annabeth Albert
Series: Portland Heat (Standalone)
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: March 14, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Newly clean and sober, Todd’s taken a shine to his job at Portland’s most talked about bakery. It’s not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn’t try to hide his attraction to Kendall’s elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past.

For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he’s grown to love. But he’s still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn’t a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart …


M/M Pairing
Genderqueer Character
Gay Character
Dance Partners
Recovering Addict


Wow… there’s a lot to this story. So much that I wish it was longer. I wish the author could have explored more into the lives of Todd and Kendall. Both are such interesting characters, each with their own issues and complexities. Layers upon layers… so many that I don’t want to ruin the story so I’m not going to go too deeply into what things play a large part in their new relationship.

Things move quickly for these two, but it’s sweet enough and with little enough angst despite the really big issues they have to face. I actually really enjoyed how fast the story moves forward. They run into some miscommunication and/or lack of communication, but that is also handled quickly. It was nice to have a story just flow.

I really fell for Todd and Kendall. Both men are extremely likable and a joy to read. The way they both dance together is beautiful… dancing on the dance floor and off. If only every relationship worked out this easily.

In the end, this is just a sweet story about two guys who find love, not letting their pasts get in the way of their future. Very enjoyable.


Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

You can purchase Danced Close from:
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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