Ad executive Tomas Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter's alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he's certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz's generous spirit and caring concern are sparking a desire Tomas can't resist and doesn't want to let go . . .
For Yaz, good-looking workaholics like Tomas simply can't be part of her life ever again. She owes it to herself to get back her confidence and fulfill the dreams her papa could not. She's glad to spend time with Maria and taste the family life she feels she can never have. And she's sure that she and Tomas can keep their attraction under control because there's so much at stake. But each unexpected intimacy, each self-revelation, makes the fire between them grow hotter with every step and every risk to their hearts . . .
|The author of this book stated in the beginning that this is her first book. I must say she did a wonderful job. A story full of joy, sadness, the yearning for love, and for me the love of a father for his daughter or daughters. Yaz, or Yazmine Fernandez is the oldest of three daughters. She has been home teaching dance in the same studio that she grew up dancing now for two years. Two years ago her father was diagnosed with cancer and it coincided with her plight in New York and she came home. Her other two sisters were able to stay in school and one thing of the story is family first. You met Tomas entering her dance studio and she believes that he is lost. She is with a group that is doing a father, daughter dance for the Christmas show for the studio. Once he enters you are immediately drawn to their attraction, but also by the change of a little girl sitting in the corner Maria. You now has shown more life than Yaz has ever seen running and jumping for her papi. That heat between the two main characters stay with them throughout the book and you are given glimpse into each ones defenses that they have created for themselves to protect them, but are they really. Tomas believes she is wanting and will leave to go back to New York to dance and does not want to give into his feelings and impose an ultimatum. The language, and the culture that are Puerto Rican, reminds me of the times when I first married into my wife’s Hispanic family over 37 years ago and her Nani’s and Tata’s house on Christmas morning or any day of celebration. The music, food, people, laughter, the author captured for me that feeling. The way she treats Rey and his illness and everything associated with that was does with respect and class. Having spent time with family members my wife and I going through the same. The author does everything the Latin way, and yet Tomas is with every step of the way. A very powerful story that I must say caught me off guard, but I am so very glad that I read this wonderful book. All of the characters even when you start to get to the end and you are introduced to Mr. Linton who “might look like Elmer Fudd, with his short, portly body and balding head.” Growing up on Saturday morning cartoons I knew exactly her description. This is just one of many throughout the entire book. A wonderful first book, a wonderful story. I thank the author for this beautiful story. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|