Love Waltzes In Blog Tour - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hi everyone I have a stop on the Love Waltzes In blog tour today. There is a review of the book, an excerpt and a giveaway for you all.

Love Waltzes In
By: Alana Albertson

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancĂ©e again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

My Review
Bret only agrees to go back to dancing on reality tv to help the family of an army friend. He loves the Marine Corps and that is his life now. Having to face his ex fiance is just making this harder. He doesn't want to live in the spotlight and it is Selena's life. Selena is surprised to see Bret. She puts on a big act for people, while she loves to dance she is tired and wants a family. They are going to be close together for weeks and their love begins to rekindle but secrets from the past come out that may tear them apart forever.

Bret will do anything for his fellow Marines even go back to dancing for a short period. You see right away he is a wonderful guy and you can't help but fall for him. He has a sexy body and sexy dance moves. He isn't one who likes fame and glory. Selena seems to have it all but she really isn't sure where she wants to go in her life. She has some changes to make and they will be hard to do. She is in a world of scandal hidden behind fake smiles. I liked her a lot and how she seemed like the only real person besides Bret.

I really don't know anything about different types of dancing but this book kinda made me a fan. I am interested in watching more of it now. The author does a great job describing the world of it and what it may be like. We all know sometimes things are a big show on reality tv and the author adds that. I liked reading about all the characters and getting to see little glimpse of their lives. Bret and Selena have a great chemistry and I loved seeing them together. They are from different worlds and try to make it work. They have a past and I was surprised by the reason they split up. I didn't see that coming. I will say from what I hear of Selena's mom I don't like her. Dima I kept hoping someone would knock out he is a jerk. As you can see there is characters you will like and some you won't. This is a fascinating book with a great love story and I look forward to more books like it.
I love the cover and it matches the story of the book perfect.

4 out of 5 Stars 

Staff Sergeant Bret Lord sat on the dirty floor of his tent, going through the day’s mail: the latest Men’s Fitness magazine from his sister, a care package from his mom. He ripped open the package—socks, lip balm, sunflower seeds, and a thin letter that contained an old magazine clipping.

Dear Bret,
I miss you very much. Benny asked me to send you this article. I really wish you would consider his offer. Please stay safe.

Love, Mom

He swallowed hard. A neon sticky pressed on the wrinkled page had a note scrawled on it from his former master dance coach. 

Bret, m’boy,

We’ll make it worth your time. 

Cheers, Benny. 

Thumbing the edge of the article, Bret stared at the sixteen-year-old boy in the picture and could barely recognize himself. His shoulder length, wavy blond hair was slicked back, not shorn in a “high and tight” like his current haircut. No signs of the tattoos or muscles that currently defined his body. Golden skin stained from a bottle, not the harsh sun of Iraq. His arms were wrapped around a gorgeous, curvy young girl with long jet-black hair. The jade Latin gown she wore matched the color of her almond-shaped eyes.

Bret tossed the article aside and removed his nine-mil pistol from his holster to clean it.

Lance Corporal Hernandez walked by Bret and snatched the article off his cot. After staring at it, Hernandez’s face brightened.

“Hey, Staff Sergeant, this you?”

“No, it’s my clone who’s also named Bret Lord.” Bret slid the rail back on his weapon and began disassembling it. 

“Staff Sergeant, you know Selena Marcil? Did you hit that?”

“Shut up, Hernandez, or the one getting hit will be you—with the butt stock of my rifle.” Bret grabbed the paper out of Hernandez’s hands, and smacked him on the side of the head. The kid didn’t flinch. 

“Staff Sergeant Twinkle Toes. Hey—can you hook me up with Selena? I’ll be her boy toy. I love her. Man, she’s smoking. Has the nicest ass. Not like all those skinny, Russian chicks on that show.” He nodded to himself with an eyebrow dancing. “Selena’s on my list. She’s Latina, too. We’d be perfect together. What was she doing with a gringo like you?”

“Hernandez, you’re way out of line.” Bret reassembled his pistol.

“My bad, Staff Sergeant.” 

Bret grabbed the article, his pack, and his rifle. It was impossible to get some privacy in the tent. His only option was to sit outside in a sandstorm but even that sounded like a welcome retreat from his immature men. He walked about five hundred feet, then plopped down in the hot sand.

The red sky hung above him, thick from smoke from the nearby town. Bret struggled to catch a glimpse of the distant mountains. Sand seemed to pelt down from the heavens, blinding him and settling into every crevice in his body. He closed his eyes against the sting of the sand, and turned his thoughts to Selena. Was she the diva the tabloids made her out to be? Even after ten years, he could almost smell her buttery-coconut scent. A welcome change from the overflowing shitters, toxic diesel, and stench of his fellow Marines who hadn’t bathed in three weeks.

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Author Info
Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review!

  2. I do like the waltz. I took ballroom dancing in college. I think it was for gym. lol Not sure. My husband actually likes to dance. (Yes, he goes back that far.)


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