Length: 235 pages
NOTE: This is a revised edition of the book previously published as A SILVER DAWN under Harlequin/Mills&Boon (Harper Collins) in January 2016.
Clarissa Milagres Silvera is a talented choreographer who understands the true value of freedom after her world is plunged into darkness. With a violent marriage behind her, that leaves her intensely mistrustful of men, she redefines life and her talent on her own terms.
Leon Rodriguez has never forgotten the stunningly beautiful Clary who could dance like the wild wind once upon a time. However, his proposal of marriage is rejected by Clary who suspects that Leon’s real motive is to acquire the prestigious Silvera property.
Even as Leon patiently woos his stoic love, he must protect her from the sadistic Igor Chekanov, a real estate shark who is stalking her.
Clary refuses to be subdued by any man; valiantly resisting her burgeoning attraction to Leon’s potent charisma, as well as fighting Chekanov’s insidious trap.
Stuck between the two powerful men, her safety is dependent on the best available option. She must marry Leon to escape Chekanov’s ever-increasing threat to her life.
Just when Clary’s growing love for Leon lulls her into a sense of security, Chekanov draws her into a dangerous game of survival where she must outwit the enemy alone.
Will Clary’s handicap become her weakness? Or, will she be able to overcome her biggest fear and win a battle that could very well be her last?
My Review of Dance Till The Stars Shine
I have been charmed by Dance Till The Stars Shine, which celebrates love and resilience. At its core, it is a story about never giving up no matter how grave one’s difficulties are. It is also a story about belonging and family ties.
The cover may fool you into thinking that this is a story about a delicate dancer and how she meets her partner, but it is so much more than that.
The story is narrated alternately from Clarissa and Leon’s perspective as they seek to make sense of the world around them. Clarissa is traumatized by an abusive marriage, whereas Leon has his demons.
Throughout the book, Leon works patiently to break down the walls of mistrust and cynicism that Clarissa has built around her as a protective mechanism after her trauma. But his efforts are nearly undone by a goon (Chekanov) who lusts after her body and her ancestral property.
The setting is in Goa, and plenty of Konkani words (that I had to look up) have been incorporated into the story to give it a distinct local flavor.
The author has the power to mesmerize readers with her descriptions. It is the highlight of the book. So exquisitely does she describe her characters, settings, and events that the story comes alive in the reader’s mind.
I was nearly moved to tears at the deep, raw pain endured by both the main characters. The scenes in which Leon and Clarissa struggle with their fears and doubts coupled with longing are excellent. You can see how they gradually open up and seek to soothe each other’s pain.
Dance Till The Stars Shine could have been a sappy, emotional tale and done pretty well. But the author has taken it up a notch and added some fast-paced action and danger to the mix. Every time Chekanov attacked Clarissa, I held my breath wondering what would become of her.
Clarissa’s handicap has been seamlessly integrated into the story. The other characters accept it as part of their life instead of tip-toeing around it. The final scene between Chekanov and Clarissa will remain etched in my brain for a long time.
The book gives readers some choice lessons about facing your fears and staying true to yourself. The author’s use of language is excellent and she can convey deep thoughts with simple words.
If you want a heart-melting romance together nail-biting suspense and lots of action, then don’t hesitate to pick up Dance Till The Stars.
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