Review: Rhythm in Blue by Hope Malory

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Reeling from a broken relationship, Brenner McLemore says goodbye to men and dreams of a family to focus on her other loves—art and dance. That is until Garrett Davenport, her former college instructor and nemesis, arrives in Azalea Valley to step into the director’s position in the dance studio where she teaches—exactly the job Brenner wants.

Garrett finds life in the small town a challenge while he works with the beautiful and talented Brenner. When they match passions in a sensual dance before an audience, Garrett realizes their budding relationship threatens to derail his chance for a coveted position at his former university.

Brenner, struggling to regain her footing, begins to choreograph a new future, but will it be enough? Will their love take flight or will the curtain fall?

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My Thoughts:

Author Hope Malory gives readers more of the McLemore family in her second installment of the Azalea Valley series, Rhythm in Blue. This is Brenner McLemore’s story, and readers also get a little more of Beasley and Will.

The McLemore family mystery continues from book one, Wildfire & Roses. I love this secondary plot line! The siblings find family documents and photos that send them in search of answers about their mother’s former life.

Meanwhile, Brenner McLemore is struggling to get her life back on track. A past trauma has shattered her self-esteem, and while she loves her hometown and teaching dance to children, she cannot hide from life forever. Her interest in reestablishing her career as an artist is helped along by the reappearance of Garrett Davenport, who was the dance teacher who pushed her the hardest in college.

It was easy to see how Brenner and Garrett’s relationship became toxic since the story is told in dual POV. I enjoyed the professional and personal tension between Brenner and Garrett. I loved the vivid imagery of the two dancing together. Ms. Malory created a rich and realistic town filled with charming characters, petty jealousies and gossip; I felt like I was visiting their small town. I loved the strong sense of family and community. Rhythm in Blue is a sweet escape in the form of a small town romance and family drama.

 

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