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A roughneck physical therapist with a disreputable past... A spoiled rich dancer in need of rehab... Find out what happens when classes collide!
Cayle and Sharise are a sardonic and star-crossed couple thrown together by tragic circumstance, drawn together by duty and memories of misguided and misspent youth and finally bound together by passion and love.Cayle Miller is a transplanted New Yorker and an accomplished and dedicated physical therapist despite a past riddled with addictions. Haunted by a past of betrayal he tries to avoid any type of emotional attachment, an easy task that becomes otherwise once he takes on his duties as a live-in employee of arrogant well-to-do arts and antiques dealer, Thomas Keller.Sharise Keller is the spoiled only child of Thomas Keller. Born in the shadow of her motherís death, Sharise is a gifted and up-and-coming dancer who aspires to success on the Broadway stage. Her efforts are sidetracked, however, when she seriously injured in a near-fatal motorcycle accident.Through their sometimes humorous but always heart-wrenching battles, all the way to their climactic and triumphant melding, Cayle and Sharise discover their gifts and strengths together far outweigh their weaknesses and flawed pasts.
Cayle now glowered at Ms. Keller. "Stop me if I'm boring you," he drawled.
"You were saying?"
"I was saying..." He sighed, ran a palm down his face. She was really making this impossible.
He wanted her to know what to expect from him and what he expected from her, but realized he had just wasted his breath and the last fifteen minutes of his valuable time outlining his treatment plan and summarizing his educational background and qualifications. Ms. Keller was showing about as much enthusiasm as a first grader who's caught sight of the Good Humor Man from her classroom near the end of a sweltering summer school day.
"Do you care about anything I've said?" Cayle blurted.
"Wherever did you get those mismatched eyes?"
He blinked a few times, shook his head. "Excuse me?"
"Actually, I think they're kind of sexy. Weird but sexy."
"You havenít listened to a word I've said."
"I've listened. It just doesn't concern me."
"Don't sound so indignant, Mr. Miller. I didn't hire you or ask you to come here. That was dear old Dad's idea."
"I prefer Reese," she purred.
"Regardless of why I'm here, the fact of the matter is, I am here and you haveó"
"A green eye and a brown eye," she murmured, crinkled her brows and rubbed her chin as if she were trying to decide which one to poke a finger in first.
Cayle would have told her to stop being such a smart aleck but he didn't want to give her the satisfaction.
Affaire de Coeur - 4 Stars
"Gracie McKeever has a no-nonsense way of writing that pulls the reader in from the first words...gift for characterization...DANCING IN THE DARK is a book you won't want to miss." Rickey R. Mallory, award-winning author of TIME RIDER, reviewed for Affaire de Coeur (4 Stars) and Painted Rock.
Inscriptions E-Zine - 3 Stars
"A physical therapist from Climax, Ala., and a crippled dancer who's been seducing boys since she was 13 make up Gracie McKeever's colorful lead characters in this contemporary romance... leaves you with newfound friends and a level-headed reminder that no relationship will ever be perfect." 3 Stars (out of 4), Aileen Suquila-Santos for Inscriptions Ezine
Romantic Times - 4 Stars
"I was instantly captivated by this story. I found myself pulling for Cayle and Sharise time and again in hopes that they would work through their problems to find out that they really were meant for each other. Gracie McKeever did not disappoint in this most fascinating story where love does indeed triumph in the end." Kathy Boswell, Romantic Times, 4 Stars 9/00
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