Dance for Me by Helena Newbury needs to be a movie! (only if they stay true to all the book facts though!) This book was hauntingly complex. Two people, Natasha, a prestigious ballet dancer whose passion stems from a crazed obsession and Darrell, an engineer married to his work by force, not choice. Both are terrorized by their past, stuck living unfulfilled and without hope. By fate, they meet each other and fall instantly in love. Then they are forced to decide what they want more, the convenience of hidden secrets and hurt or the possibilities of freedom in love. I liked this book because Helena dissected their individual pain to the roots. She properly built the story. One thing led to another that led to another to the person that is a pained character. It was real life. We aren’t suddenly the people we are, we become that person built from all the little life experiences we’ve had up until that point. That was amazing. It was just enough suspense and tell. It wasn’t predictable. I also liked that Darrell and Natasha related so closely in their situations but because they were both too afraid of their secrets they almost lost a good thing. I think that is real life as well. If we were more open about the things that hurt us we would have more opportunities to love and heal. I think especially in the black community we have become too accustomed to dark secrets, and burdens to carry when no one asked us to bare them. I was clutching the book and side eyeing anyone who dared distract me from it!
For two and a half hours it was my precious! I so so so so recommend this book. Check it out. It wasn’t cheesy. It was raw. It was real. It was made up and relatable. There are a few places in the book that I have a hard time believing BUT it”s fiction. Deal reader! Deal! 5 stars. It could have a seat in my future home library.