ARC Review: Lead and Follow by Katie Porter

Posted January 8, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Lead and Follow by Katie Porter
Lead and Follow
by Katie Porter

4 Stars


Released: January 8, 2013
Series: Club Devant #1
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 262
Format: ARC

“It pushed all my buttons and then some.” ~Under the Covers

*sigh*  You should be able to hear my satisfaction all the way across the screen.  I was pleasantly surprised with this book.  First, because when an author becomes a favorite of mine I tend to stop reading blurbs and when I saw the name of the series was Club Devant immediately I thought BDSM.  Surprise # 1, Club Devant is a burlesque club in New York City.  Sexy….dancing.  Surprise # 2, the main theme of this book and the hero/heroine revolves around dancing.  Love!

Lizzie and Dima have known each other since they were young.  Both children of dancers, they were steered in that direction from an early age and they went down that road together.  Until they both realized that ballet and any kind of stuffy dancing wasn’t for them.  And they became 3-time international Latin ballroom champions.  No other couple had better chemistry and moves than Lizzie and Dima.  Until he let her fall during a show and she tore her ACL.  Now while she’s recovering, Dima decides things will change between them.  He’s always wanted her and now he will have her.  So he starts dancing at Club Devant and expanding his repertoire of moves.  Sexier, edgier.  Free.  He wants that with Lizzie, not going back on the road.

I love the idea of best friends since childhood, and the fact that they grew up so close together they were integral to the other person.  They both have similar backgrounds.  They both have similar goals for the future, even though they don’t see that yet.  And they are both so attracted to each other it drips off the pages!

Now, lets not put anything down.  Each aspect of this story was hot.  Lizzie and Dima together were crazy and smokingly amazing.  Yes, sparks flying, panting, the whole nine yards.  And then there’s Lizzie and Paul… ‘cuz I have a soft spot for a good looking big cowboy.  And we can’t leave behind Paul and Dima, just purrrrrrr.  Lets just say that in the heat department, this book will leave you looking for the nearest ice bucket.  Have I mentioned how sexy it is when Dima’s accent gets heavier when he’s aroused or excited?

But the story was good too.  Most of the background between Lizzie and Dima is already there.  You are rooting for them from the very beginning.  But their connection to Paul was nice as well.  I find that it worked well, for the time it was there.

I am definitely looking forward to more burlesque dancing at Club Devant.  It’s new, different and refreshing. It pushed all my buttons and then some.  I can’t wait to get more!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Katie Porter

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.

All five of Katie Porters’s “Vegas Top Guns” contemporary erotic romances have received 4½ Stars from RT BookReviews. These books are “impressive and incredibly well done,” and will “move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section.” The third title, Hold ’Em, won the 2012 RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Ebook Erotic Romance, and the m/m Christmas-themed Came Upon a Midnight Clear was nominated for Best Book of the Year.

In January 2013, Lead and Follow launched “Club Devant,”a sexy series set in a glitzy New York City burlesque club, described by Publishers Weekly as “deftly leaving readers with the welcome message that life can hand out happy surprises.” Its sequel, Chains and Canes, was deemed by RT as “racy and absolutely flawless!” and also received a 4½ Star Top Pick.

Up next as back-to-back releases in 2014 are the first three installments of “Command Force Alpha“–an adventurous, La Femme Nikita-inspired series of military erotic romances. More details soon to come!

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Thanks Francesca for the re Jew. I’m going to amazon right now.


I like the sound of this-thanks Francesca!