ARC Review: Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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ARC Review: Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Dance Away with Me

2.5 Stars


Book Info

Released: June 9th 2020
Genre: Womens Fiction
Format: eARC
 

“I felt like this book was written by a totally different person. Not only did I not like the characters, but it lacked everything that I love about SEP’s writing.”
~ Under the Covers

I was looking to reading this book since I’ve been a fan of SEP’s previous novels. However, I really had no idea what this book was going to be about. It turns out that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I’ve come to expect a level of writing from SEP after many years of reading her books as well as some fun dialogue and interesting characters. However, I felt like this book was written by a totally different person. Not only did I not like the characters, but it lacked everything that I love about SEP’s writing.

This book is a Women’s Fiction novel, but it does have a touch of romance in it. I don’t know. I don’t think Tess or Ian lived up to any of SEP’s past characters. In fact, I found that Tess’s character needed a lot more development. She lacked some of the sparkle that her other heroines have and as a result, I just didn’t connect with her character at all. It’s such a shame because I had such high expectations, but in the end, I struggled with finishing this book.

I’m not sure if I’ll be reading more of SEP’s Women’s Fiction novels, but I’m hoping that if she does more, there will be a little more sparkle and life to the characters the next time around.

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About Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages and appear on bestseller lists all over the world.
In addition to being a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, she is a hiker, lazy gardener, horrible singer, passable cook, passionate reader, wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother of two adorable little ones. Her newest book, THE GREAT ESCAPE, is now available in hardback and will be released in trade paperback in April 2013. You can visit Susan on Facebook or on her website, where she’s added a special Members Only Lounge.

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Elizabeth

I’m so sorry! I have actually felt that way with a few of my go-tos recently.

Under the Covers Book Blog

It’s all right. It happens, so I am hoping the next one from her will be great!

Nikki H

Your review isn’t the first I’ve read about that book. When someone else posted that it had no humor, I decided to skip it. I love SEP; in fact, 4 of her books are in my all-time top 20. But I just can’t make myself read it. So disappointing.Thanks for your honest review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Glad to know that I’m not the only one who felt this way. I usually really enjoy her books, so this was a bit unusual for me. I’m hoping I will enjoy her next book she comes out with!

Kathleen Bylsma

What a disappointment to hear…I love SEP’s books but this sounds not so very good…thanks for th heads up.

Under the Covers Book Blog

It was a bit disappointing. Hoping for a great one from her next!

Amy R

Bummer, I really love previous SEP books.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Me too!

Sue G.

I requested this from my local library but haven’t read it yet. I’m disappointed, I usually love SEP books. Thanks for your honest review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Let me know what you think! I would love to hear your thoughts.