Another Dance
Kaito Watanabe has finally nabbed an interview with his idol, Cristian Alvarez. Kaito is a journalist who’s spent his entire life looking up to the figure-skating champion. Cristian’s passion on the ice unearthed a love of dance in Kaito and made him believe in the power of artistic expression.Now Kaito is face-to-face with the man he's always admired. He believes himself insignificant and ordinary, a moth drawn to the light Alvarez casts. He can't allow himself to believe Cristian's flirtations are anything but natural charm—but Cristian has other plans. The tension pitches higher, legs and fingers intertwine, and Kaito begins to wonder if his fantasies have a shot at becoming reality.

Another Dance Details

TitleAnother Dance
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 8th, 2019
PublisherNinestar Press
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, LGBT

Another Dance Review

  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    Another Dance is a cute enough novella but it didn't quite live up to my expectations because,really,not much happens to make it very memorable.Kaito is a journalist/reporter who has followed and idolized Christian a figure skating champion for years.He can't quite believe it when he finally gets to interview Christian.Christian oozes charisma and charm while Kaito is more self-deprecating.After a steamy encounter between them Kaito has no idea where he stands and is reluctant to even dream of a Another Dance is a cute enough novella but it didn't quite live up to my expectations because,really,not much happens to make it very memorable.Kaito is a journalist/reporter who has followed and idolized Christian a figure skating champion for years.He can't quite believe it when he finally gets to interview Christian.Christian oozes charisma and charm while Kaito is more self-deprecating.After a steamy encounter between them Kaito has no idea where he stands and is reluctant to even dream of anything more with Christian.But their paths cross again and they end up with a strong HFN and that's about it really.I'm not saying I wanted loads of drama but something was just missing here for me.The characters are likeable and there definitely is chemistry between them,there just wasn't enough depth to the story for me.The writing is solid and I would definitely be interested in reading more from this Author.Overall,an ok read...Review copy provided by IndiGo Marketing & Design
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  • Truuss
    January 1, 1970
    Oh boy what an excellent read. A short one but with everything in it.Kaito is a journalist. And he can interview his crush skate rider Cristian.When Cristian arrives Kaito is nervous and shy. Cristian is impressed by Kaito and even read Kaito’s work. Kaito is perplexed Cristian read his work.They dance around each other, they flirt and it’s all extremely delicate and precious.When they meet the next evening at an event they have the most delicious encounter in the back of the hall. Cristian is t Oh boy what an excellent read. A short one but with everything in it.Kaito is a journalist. And he can interview his crush skate rider Cristian.When Cristian arrives Kaito is nervous and shy. Cristian is impressed by Kaito and even read Kaito’s work. Kaito is perplexed Cristian read his work.They dance around each other, they flirt and it’s all extremely delicate and precious.When they meet the next evening at an event they have the most delicious encounter in the back of the hall. Cristian is thorough and Kaito opens up. The predator and the prey.Afterwards and alone again Kaito gets back in his own state of mind. He can never be enough.The atmosphere in this story was so palpable. The attraction, the heat between them, sparks flying around. The body language was masterly written. The environments were wonderful, all vividly put down.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This was an intense little love story between a journalist and a figure skater. I loved both main characters and really got a sense of who they were despite the short story length. My only critique is this story's too short! I wanted to follow them on their cross-country tour.
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  • Charlotte Kinzie
    January 1, 1970
    There’s a surprising amount of character development in the short span of this novella. Kaito is a serious journalist and he’s been following Cristian’s career for years. When they meet in person there is definite chemistry, but Kaito’s lack of confidence forces him to write it off as one of those things.There are lots of little details that build intimacy in this novel: perfect descriptions of facial expressions, coincidences like matching key chains, men and their pets. The story moves quickly There’s a surprising amount of character development in the short span of this novella. Kaito is a serious journalist and he’s been following Cristian’s career for years. When they meet in person there is definite chemistry, but Kaito’s lack of confidence forces him to write it off as one of those things.There are lots of little details that build intimacy in this novel: perfect descriptions of facial expressions, coincidences like matching key chains, men and their pets. The story moves quickly but still gives the reader enough time to sink into the plot.In this book, Ashton briefly explores the relationship between two men, one of whom is famous. Of course, there is a lot of insecurity and there are mixed messages. The prose is tight and manages to be expressive at the same time. The descriptions of physicality were beautiful, whether the men were skating, dancing or in a passionate embrace. As a dancer myself, I appreciated the way the author wrote about movement! So beautiful!This novella is too brief at only seventy-five pages, but I was amazed at how much I came to enjoy the characters in so few words! I will definitely pick up more books by this author and look forward to whatever they will write in the future!
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  • Nola Superba
    January 1, 1970
    Too much "mind-blowing" sex and little else.
  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't expecting this cute little journalist x figure skater novella to gut punch me as much as it did but HERE WE ARE! I read an early copy and absolutely fell in love with Kaito—an art/dance-loving journalist and Sensitive SoulTM. He's also a sweaty soul because he's about to interview his figure skating hero, but that just makes him even more lovable. The banter is funny, the chemistry palpable, and it's just... a lovely bite-size book that will grip you the same way a much bigger one would I wasn't expecting this cute little journalist x figure skater novella to gut punch me as much as it did but HERE WE ARE! I read an early copy and absolutely fell in love with Kaito—an art/dance-loving journalist and Sensitive SoulTM. He's also a sweaty soul because he's about to interview his figure skating hero, but that just makes him even more lovable. The banter is funny, the chemistry palpable, and it's just... a lovely bite-size book that will grip you the same way a much bigger one would hope to. The sex is amazing, and made me roll about giddily as I was reading as... well, I won't spoil. Except under this tag: (view spoiler)[I'm so glad they both cared about 'the mess'. Very important!!!!!! to my heart. HAHA. I was screaming. (hide spoiler)]The conflict isn't stupid, and the resolution is satisfying. If idol/fan wish fulfilment fantasies are your thing (aka if fun is your thing) give this book a go!
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  • c,
    January 1, 1970
    Galley provided by publisher On my blog. Actual rating 2.5Rep: Japanese-American mc, gay mcsThis book feels like fanfiction. I don’t (necessarily) mean that in a bad way. It reminds me of good fanfiction. But the problem is it feels like fanfiction in the sense that it’s like I’m reading a fic from a fandom I know nothing about. Like I’m missing some vital context to make sense of it and get that emotional payoff.Another Dance is essentially a Yuri on Ice AU where Yuuri is a journalist and Vikto Galley provided by publisher On my blog. Actual rating 2.5Rep: Japanese-American mc, gay mcsThis book feels like fanfiction. I don’t (necessarily) mean that in a bad way. It reminds me of good fanfiction. But the problem is it feels like fanfiction in the sense that it’s like I’m reading a fic from a fandom I know nothing about. Like I’m missing some vital context to make sense of it and get that emotional payoff.Another Dance is essentially a Yuri on Ice AU where Yuuri is a journalist and Viktor is Spanish. Kaito and Cristian meet for the first time pre-competition when Kaito interviews Cristian (side note, here: you have no idea how often I start typing Yuuri and Viktor and then remembering this is not quite that close to being fic). After the comp, they hook up (in public! That’s not unhygienic at all). And then. Not all that much else happens.Yes, it’s a novella. Yes, I don’t expect huge amounts of plot/action in a novella. But I would at least like some development of the relationship. Here, they met, they flirted, they hooked up, they flirted some more. So when I say it felt like a fic, this is what I mean. It felt like a 10k fic that’s just been written to somehow get two characters in a fandom together. But I don’t know the fandom, I don’t have any reason to want them together. And the novella doesn’t give me a reason to. A third of it is taken up by sex scenes, so that leaves even less time to convince me to go for this relationship.In a way, that combined with the sense I got of it being like YOI fic. Because the characters felt so like Yuuri and Viktor, I think that’s why I felt as though I was missing something. Maybe that’s something you would like, but for me, I was just a bit thrown off.But, it’s a good story. It’s a readable story. Even if it felt a little like it should have been in some kind of larger context.
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  • Shady
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy from the author and really loved this story! The characters are interesting and Cristian and Kaito both love cats! The scenes of them sending cat photos back and forth was both endearing and very relatable and learning that Cristian's cat travels with him some of the time made me very happy. Despite only being with the characters for a short time, I began to love them and want the best for them.The story is low stress but with satisfying payoff betw I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy from the author and really loved this story! The characters are interesting and Cristian and Kaito both love cats! The scenes of them sending cat photos back and forth was both endearing and very relatable and learning that Cristian's cat travels with him some of the time made me very happy. Despite only being with the characters for a short time, I began to love them and want the best for them.The story is low stress but with satisfying payoff between our skilled and creative journalist and his idol, the beautiful and charismatic figure skater. The relationship between them feels very natural and balanced despite Cristian having a big personality and being friends with everyone and Kaito being quiet and reserved. It is very much a romance following the relationship between our pairing and seeing how it develops, but the pacing is very good and always kept me wanting to turn the next page to find out what happens.If you're looking for a light, fun, and enjoyable romance, then look no farther! This novella is very much worth your time and you should give it a go.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a big fan of lgbtqia romances. At 98 pages this is more a short story than novella. There wasn’t enough time to really get to know these men. Kaito Watanabi is a well regarded journalist who loves dancing and figure skating. While he is from Manhattan he appears to have been raised within a traditional Japanese family. He is very modest and self-depreciating and it’s unclear if he has been burned in the past or if this is part of his upbringing. Christian Alvarez is a world famous figure ska I’m a big fan of lgbtqia romances. At 98 pages this is more a short story than novella. There wasn’t enough time to really get to know these men. Kaito Watanabi is a well regarded journalist who loves dancing and figure skating. While he is from Manhattan he appears to have been raised within a traditional Japanese family. He is very modest and self-depreciating and it’s unclear if he has been burned in the past or if this is part of his upbringing. Christian Alvarez is a world famous figure skater from Spain. Kaito has been a huge fan and is interviewing him when the story opens. The premise has a lot of promise. For this reader the problem is the writing. It felt formal and at times florid. A few examples:“His irises were the color of the sun burning just at sunset, a singed horizon that left heat lingering in its wake.” Or...“Fiery orange sank away from the clouds, warming their bellies with diffused gold.”In a story this short every word counts. It would have been better to use them to better develop the characters.This story fell flat for this reader.ARC provided in exchange for honest review. 👩‍💻
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  • Anabela.M.
    January 1, 1970
    * ARC provided by IndiGo Marketing&Design in exchange for an honest review Another Dance is all about sweet Kaito. He's such an endearing character. Honest,shy,modest and most of all,so adorable in his crush for Cristian. Kaito is a reporter and when he has the opportunity to interview his teenage heartthrob, famous skater Cristian Alvarez,he actually can't believe his luck. And afterwards, when they have a sensual encounter, he doesn't understand what beautiful Cristian can see in plain Kai * ARC provided by IndiGo Marketing&Design in exchange for an honest review Another Dance is all about sweet Kaito. He's such an endearing character. Honest,shy,modest and most of all,so adorable in his crush for Cristian. Kaito is a reporter and when he has the opportunity to interview his teenage heartthrob, famous skater Cristian Alvarez,he actually can't believe his luck. And afterwards, when they have a sensual encounter, he doesn't understand what beautiful Cristian can see in plain Kaito. And having felt the other man's touch only made him dream bigger and hope for so much more...if only he could find the courage to ask for what he really wants...Considering how short the book is,L.A. Ashton did an amazing job at describing Kaito's emotions,his nerves,insecurities and doubts about a possible future with Cristian. All about Kaito is just so darn cute and I wanted to smother him with kisses and hugs. Readers,pick Another Dance. It's absolutely an exquisite treat.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words ReviewRating: 4 stars out of 5For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-h5GFrom that review:Another Dance by L.A. Ashton is a sweet contemporary romance that charts the beginning of a love story between journalist Kaito Watanabe and his long held crush, champion ice skater Cristian Alvarez.  The characters are very well drawn here.  Kaito is downright adorable.  Awkward in his crush, hiding behind his bangs, humble and yet surprising in so many other way A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words ReviewRating: 4 stars out of 5For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-h5GFrom that review:Another Dance by L.A. Ashton is a sweet contemporary romance that charts the beginning of a love story between journalist Kaito Watanabe and his long held crush, champion ice skater Cristian Alvarez.  The characters are very well drawn here.  Kaito is downright adorable.  Awkward in his crush, hiding behind his bangs, humble and yet surprising in so many other ways.  I wish Ashton had explored his love of ballroom dancing more.  This element , along with it's intersection with Cristian's backhistory could have propelled this story further.  It's already swoonworthy, this could have taken it to another level had it been explored past one scene.For all our reviews, visit http://scattereddthoughtsandrogueword...
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Another Dance by L.A. Ashton via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy stories about ice skating, but what really made this book stand out for me was its connection to dance. I could empathize with Kaito in his efforts to learn ballroom dancing despite having two left feet, as I did too. I also liked his humility despite being a successful journalist who is widely read online. Cristian was also refreshingly down-to-earth for a famous figure I received a copy of Another Dance by L.A. Ashton via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy stories about ice skating, but what really made this book stand out for me was its connection to dance. I could empathize with Kaito in his efforts to learn ballroom dancing despite having two left feet, as I did too. I also liked his humility despite being a successful journalist who is widely read online. Cristian was also refreshingly down-to-earth for a famous figure skater. It was easy to see what they saw in each other, even if Kaito was slow to realize it. Kaito’s best friend Beverly provided some nice comic relief and helped to keep Kaito grounded. And both MCs having black cats was enough to make me sign up for the author’s blog! They have found a new fan in me!
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  • Lee Colgin
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC for an honest review.This sweet novella about a talented journalist and a figure skating champion is a delightful short read. Kaito scores an interview with his favorite skater and is dreadfully nervous to meet him, but Christian is kind and generous and obviously into Kaito. They hit off quickly and it seems the beginning of a dream relationship for Kaito, that is until Christian stops answering his texts. Kaito is in the USA and Christian is in Spain and because of a misunder I received an ARC for an honest review.This sweet novella about a talented journalist and a figure skating champion is a delightful short read. Kaito scores an interview with his favorite skater and is dreadfully nervous to meet him, but Christian is kind and generous and obviously into Kaito. They hit off quickly and it seems the beginning of a dream relationship for Kaito, that is until Christian stops answering his texts. Kaito is in the USA and Christian is in Spain and because of a misunderstanding, they aren't communicating. What will happen when our pair is reunited at Stars on Ice? Will sparks fly, or will the fire fizzle out? Am I writing a blurb or a review? haha sorry, anyway I enjoyed this Novella and Kaito and Christian make a cute couple. Definitely room for a sequel if the author is so inclined.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    another dance finds kaito watanabe meeting figure skating superstar cristian alvarez for an interview, and learning that the guy he's lusted after forever might actually be into him. and it's sweet and low angst, other than you know, characters feeling insecure about how the other person really feels and whether or not they deserve it.but there's nothing dark or dramatic here. they meet and connect and share this really intense moment and then struggle to figure out what it means. but it's not t another dance finds kaito watanabe meeting figure skating superstar cristian alvarez for an interview, and learning that the guy he's lusted after forever might actually be into him. and it's sweet and low angst, other than you know, characters feeling insecure about how the other person really feels and whether or not they deserve it.but there's nothing dark or dramatic here. they meet and connect and share this really intense moment and then struggle to figure out what it means. but it's not that complicated because it's really just that they're both super into each other and what's not to like about that?**another dance will publish on july 8, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/ninestar press in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sebastian
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. Another Dance is a cute little novella about journalist Kaito Watanabe and his idol, figure skater Cristian Alvarez. While is pretty short, it does develop the characters and their relationship. The plot is not silly, the resolution is satisfying and the sex doesn't overwhelm the story.I would definitely read a sequel about Kaito and Cristian traveling the US!
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  • Hairann Hairann
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story overall, though I do wish it was a bit longer :). The story is very well written and pulls you into the world of Kaito and Christian. I hope the author returns to them in the future and gives us another adorable story to read about them.
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  • The Critic
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw the Japanese mention, I clicked right way. For having always been fond of the Japanese culture and having lived several years in Japan, I do never miss an occasion to read a novel talking about that country. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm died in the shell. This book is written by someone who doesn't really know the Japanese culture, only just leaning on few misplaced information, stereotypes and misconceptions to "japanize" the "unjapanizable"... Great, now I am inventing words!Truly, When I saw the Japanese mention, I clicked right way. For having always been fond of the Japanese culture and having lived several years in Japan, I do never miss an occasion to read a novel talking about that country. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm died in the shell. This book is written by someone who doesn't really know the Japanese culture, only just leaning on few misplaced information, stereotypes and misconceptions to "japanize" the "unjapanizable"... Great, now I am inventing words!Truly, I detested this read. Not only was it too short (10 chapters with no prologue and no epilogue), it was also stuffed with pointless dialogues and clichéd notions ... it did also remind me of the Japanese anime ユーリ(Yuri On Ice) and its numerous BL fan-fictions - and I loathe fan-fiction as a genre and as a style - what was, for what it was, the icing on the indigestible cake! It was way too much for me. Just....... NOPE.
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  • M.A. Hinkle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for skating romance that gets the details right. It made for a pleasant little fantasy with several charming characters. A good afternoon's escape.
  • ˗ˏˋ eg ˎˊ˗
    January 1, 1970
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  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsJournalist Kaito Watanabe meets his longtime crush, figure skater Cristian Alvarez, when he has to interview him. It turns out Cristian has been following Kaito's work for a while too, and he likes what he sees when he meets shy Kaito, so they end up hooking up and later part ways, only to meet again, but is it just attraction or can it turn into more, especially when they live so far away from each other?So, this was a very short, cute story, with likable characters, several steamy enc 3.5 StarsJournalist Kaito Watanabe meets his longtime crush, figure skater Cristian Alvarez, when he has to interview him. It turns out Cristian has been following Kaito's work for a while too, and he likes what he sees when he meets shy Kaito, so they end up hooking up and later part ways, only to meet again, but is it just attraction or can it turn into more, especially when they live so far away from each other?So, this was a very short, cute story, with likable characters, several steamy encounters and some angst that ends with a solid HFN. Kaito was adorable and Cristian charming and together they seemed to just click. While the premise was very promising, I feel it needed a bit more length and maybe more of a HEA to make it feel complete to me. Still, it was a lovely book that I have no trouble recommending. *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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  • Pjm12
    January 1, 1970
    This is sweet and swoony. I think the boys' narrative voices were a bit similar, and it was too short to really develop characterisation deeply.But they are lovely boys who work well together, and whose admiration of each other was really beautiful. Only a glimpse of other characters, as should be in something this short - the focus needs to be on the love interests.Loved the skating insights and the tangent into music writing for skaters. That was interesting.Thanks to Netgalley and publisher f This is sweet and swoony. I think the boys' narrative voices were a bit similar, and it was too short to really develop characterisation deeply.But they are lovely boys who work well together, and whose admiration of each other was really beautiful. Only a glimpse of other characters, as should be in something this short - the focus needs to be on the love interests.Loved the skating insights and the tangent into music writing for skaters. That was interesting.Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for advanced copy. It's out now.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This was a cute story, about a journalist that loves dance and figure skating and the figure skater that he loves. They meet when Kaito gets to meet Cristian and interview him, and they pretty much have chemistry right off the bat. From there they become friends and lovers, it’s a pretty short book, so we don’t get to see a whole lot, but it was a cute story, and it ends where you know they are definitely going to be happy together, with their cats of course.
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  • Amy Dufera
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited by the blurb for LA Ashton's Another Dance. Upon reading it however, I found it fell short of my expectations.Kaito gets his journalistic chance of a lifetime, getting to interview his hero, ice dancer Cristian. They have a quick connection, but still have their struggles, and doubts. A quick story, I found it to be okay, but I didn't connect to the characters very much.
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  • Escape_in_a_Book
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read that unfortunately I did not enjoy. I found the characters, in my opinion, to be lacking any depth.
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Read the review on my blog.
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