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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood

The Storm Before the Calm by Cate Ashwood
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634760859
ISBN-13: 978-1634760850
Amazon: The Storm Before the Calm
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Charlie has one passion in life: dancing. It’s his salvation when it feels like the world is swallowing him whole. When his mom secretly secures him a spot in the summer intensive at the Free Rein Dance Company in New York, he is thrilled. He knows that once the summer ends, he'll have to return to Beacon to get a job and help support his family, but for those two months, he can spread his wings.

In New York he meets Max, a junior instructor who is everything Charlie wishes he could be. Bold and self-assured, Max radiates pride in who he is. As they spend time together, Max shows Charlie what life can be like past the walls of his closed-minded home town. But Charlie doesn’t know if he’s ready to show the world who he truly is when standing in the spotlight is the last thing he wants.


A lovely story with incredibly not much angst. I enjoyed the characters and plot but thought that sometimes things were a bit too perfect. That was not enough to stop me from enjoying the story and its happy ending.

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