Audiobook review: Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper

Dancing Lessons



Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he’d been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin’s garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show.

He’s not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor. Rafael is the studio owners’ son and was once a well-known dancer in his own right, but now enjoys being a teacher. Although Chico likes him, he’s afraid of taking a chance. But Rafael is determined, and it only takes one dance for Chico to start to realize he might still have something to learn.



A fun and sweet story, free of angst and with some lovely and extremely anxious main character.

Chico is trying to get over a breakup. After moving above his cousin’s garage, a sudden turn of events put him in front of Rafael’s dancing class. He start to feel something for the dance instructor, but is too afraid to take any chances. Rafael is also interested in Chico, but is Chico ready to overcome the fear and take the risk of a new relationship?

This was a nice and sweet story, it was easy to understand Chico’s insecurities but sometimes it became too much and he start being a little frustrating. Most of the times he was a very likable characters, but there was those moments when I just couldn’t stand him. He felt a little immature. The anxiety issues he had felt very realistic at times. Rafael was ok, but I didn’t feel like I got to know much of him, he felt sort of the opposite of Chico, very self-confident and unafraid to ask for what he want.

Their relationship was very nice. It’s the kind of relationship development I like, taking things a little slow, giving enough time to make it believable. They had some moments together that were great, I wish it would be more, but I was happy with it.

I think I would enjoyed the story a little more, but I felt like the narration take some of the sweetness from it. While the moments when it was only narrating it was good and with a nice pace. When the dialogues begin, I was totally lost. It was hard to difference the characters from each other and it became a little monotonous, I just had a very hard time with it.

Overall it was good, I think reader who like free of angst stories can like it.

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