Never fall in love with a hoofer. That’s the advice given to Stefan—advice he immediately ignores when he falls head-over-heels in love with burlesque dancer Rose, the shimmying, corseted star of the Footlight Theatre. But wicked, wounded Rose is far out of the humble stagehand’s reach.
Rose has stars in her eyes—and bruises on her face. As she suffers abuse at the hands of a cruel patron, she dreams of the day when she’ll find her way out of her nightmare and into the arms of the passionate, protective Stefan.
Inside scoop: This book contains scenes of domestic violence before the heroine fights back and finds her true hero.
Author: Alexandra Christian
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: One Hundred Strokes , Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: November 1, 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Rose has had a tough couple of years. Her parents shunned her when she refused to follow their way and she ended up in a strip joint instead of as a star like her original plans. She is stuck in a relationship with an abusive man, a boss that just wants to make money off her love for a man she feels that she doesn’t deserve. Stefan has loved her from afar for years. Always looking out at her on the stage and looking out for her when he could. In turn he, himself didn’t feel like he could ever deserve a beauty such as Rose.
This was a tough one to read. Not because it wasn’t good – cos it really was, but because abuse is always a touchy subject. I have seen it happen up close and getting out of that cycle is never easy. Which is why I was so stoked to see Rose stand up for herself instead of the expected damsel in distress being saved by the hero. Looking past the abuse, the story really was very beautiful. Stefan’s love for Rose was absolutely pure and stunning. He had waited for her for years without wavering. Even thinking he didn’t stand a chance he still stuck around, still watched out for her. I really admired him for that.