Slow Dancing in a Black Storm by Tana Jenkins

Slow Dancing in a Black Storm by Tana Jenkins

Publisher: Independently published

Publication date: November 7, 2021

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's description:

A spicy-sweet island romance from the award-winning author of Sailing into the Heart and Midnight Beacon!

They say good dance partners make the best lovers, especially when they start as enemies...

Career-focused prosecutor Mila St. James doesn’t dance. Nor does she break the rules. She works. Hard. And she’s spent the last few months prepping for the biggest hearing of her career. The one thing she doesn’t anticipate is the public opposition. She gets her first taste in court, leaving her in a state of humiliation as she storms out—right into the incredibly sexy Sergio Gomez—one of the staunchest opponents of the case that could make or break Mila’s career.

Also known as the "Playboy Fisherman," the musician and former professional soccer player is actually a sensitive soul who keeps his family’s restaurant afloat by catching fish with his rooster friend. While Sergio and Mila are stuck together overnight riding out a treacherous storm, he glimpses the truth beneath her tough exterior. Now he just wants to convince her to let him be the exception to all of her carefully crafted rules.

But when Sergio's named as the primary suspect in her case's criminal investigation, Mila must decide whether to risk her career to save him. Can their budding love weather his secrets, the storm’s aftermath, and this tango of the heart? Or will jealousy, betrayal, and conflicts of interest tear them apart?

Set on the beautiful island of St. Croix, Slow Dancing in a Black Storm is book two in the St. James Sisters interracial romance collection.

My review:

I received a free copy of the ebook from the author through BookSirens. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

When the author first asked me to consider reading and reviewing this book, I balked since I’m not a fan of “spicy” romance. She assured me that her use of the term didn’t mean what I thought it meant… and she was right. This is a very sweet romance set on the beautiful island of St. Croix. It’s a feel-good story of two lonely people finding love, meaning, and the promise of a bright future. Both Mila and Sergio experienced traumatic events in their childhoods that lead them both to be extra cautious about relationships.

I love the symbolism of how water can destroy but also cleanse and renew. When Mila and Sergio are trapped together during a hurricane, the winds and water help wash away the walls they have each built up around their hearts. And when Sergio is in danger toward the end of the book (trying not to say a spoiler here), water is there to symbolize the complete washing away of those walls and their surrender to the deep feelings they have for one another. It’s a quick read in a beautiful tropical setting. I don’t read a lot of romance so I can’t compare it to the genre, but I enjoyed it. While it is book two of a series, I hadn’t read the first book, Sailing into the Heart, and don’t feel like that was an issue at all.

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