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The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever.
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her
life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been
Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college,
and married him soon after graduation.
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple,
until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life
was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief
moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But
that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again,
causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
WOW! That is how I sum up this story. When I saw the title of this book, I had to read it because “The Dance” by Garth Brooks is my husband’s and my song, so it was something I didn’t think twice about. That and the description of what the book was about made me want to read it even more.

When you think you have found your happily ever after but fate steps in and shakes things up, you just need to hang on for the ride. The story of Bryson and Will made me so mad at Will and Bryson. Will treats her like garbage and she put up with it way too long. He treated her like this in high school and even at Prom. Enter Hart, the resident bad boy who found Bryson by herself at Prom and he danced with her. They shared a “moment” but their lives went different directions. Until one day fate stepped in and brought them in each other’s life again. Bryson always remembered that moment at Prom and when she saw Hart again, those memories flooded her brain. Watching the story unfold and thinking I knew where the author was going, was a big mistake. There are twists and turns in this story that I didn’t see coming. The one character that I really thought was awesome was Sophie, Bryson’s best friend. OMG, I love her! Best friend ever!!
This story deals with everyday problems and I couldn’t put it down. The characters seem so real and I fell in love with Hart immediately but by the end of the story I just felt sorry for Will. I’ve known way too many Wills in my life and that man struck a nerve. But that is what a good author does. Makes you relate to her characters on a personal level and I sure could with all the characters. If a story can make me laugh and cry all at the same time while making me still keep reading through the tears that is a 5 star in my book! This book did that and so much more!

Thank you, Alison G. Bailey, for making “The Dance” a little more special for me. Life’s a dance and embracing it makes it so much more enjoyable.


the Dance

I stood in front of the glass wall, mesmerized. The fake sunlight shimmered down through the water, bouncing off the yellow, green, and pink coral. The blue glow of the tank gave the dimly lit nook a mystical dreamy feel.
The prom committee had pulled off an epic feat this year. Instead of having the dance in our gross school gym it was being held at the new state-of-the-art aquarium downtown. Once the student committee agreed, Megan Sims, head cheerleader and overly developed youth, was given the task of presenting the new location idea to the faculty advisor, Mr. Hall. During the meeting, as Megan waxed poetic about riding the waves of hope out into the ocean of the future, she hoisted her massive boobs up to meet Mr. Hall’s sightline. Three seconds into Megan’s spiel the dude was so titnotized that he would have offered up his first born in order to pay the rental fee.
At first, I had my doubts about spending my final prom at the aquarium. The fishy décor didn’t exactly scream romance, but I had to admit, it was pretty cool. The dance was in Ballroom A, which opened up onto a huge deck facing the Charleston harbor. Inside three giant purple octopus chandeliers hung down from the ceiling, casting cool shadows on the walls covered in varying shades of blue. Big white coral sculptures were at the four corners of the room. Tables draped in white linen with candles and seashell centerpieces outlined the room, leaving a huge space in the middle for dancing.



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About Alison G. Bailey

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school I began writing one-act plays, which I later produced. My debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon’s Best Seller List and appeared on many “Best Reads of 2013” Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. My second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set. My fourth novel, Stop!, released in June 2015, becoming a bestseller in YA/Teen category.

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