Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review: Shimmy For Me (California Belly Dance #1) - DeAnna Cameron


Title: Shimmy For Me
Series: California Belly Dance Book 1
Author: DeAnna Cameron
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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One passionate night. Two lost souls. A whole world of trouble.

Juggling two jobs to keep her belly dance studio afloat keeps Abby Anderson’s mind off her shattered love life—until a reawakened pain sends her into the arms of an anonymous stranger she plucks from the audience of her tribal belly dance show. No names, no strings, no romance. She tells herself it’s a harmless hookup.

Until he turns up at her day job . . .

Derek Collier, the sexy heir to the Collier media dynasty, just landed everything he’s always wanted: the publisher’s seat at the Orange County Herald. Except his first order of business is to sell the newspaper. Reeling from his family’s betrayal, his only comfort is the memory of that mysterious belly dancer and the perfect night they spent together.

He won’t rest until he finds her again.

She’ll lose everything if he does.

My Review:
To start this off, this is my first story reading about a belly dancer so it was definitely interesting and fun to envision our female lead, swaying and enchanting her audience during performances. I enjoyed the sprinkles of humor throughout the book, as well as the drama and work put into the attempts at saving the two businesses our main characters attempt to save. However, one thing I found hard to keep from my mind was the actual romance of our two main characters. It was hard for me to find true love within their story of falling in love, wondering constantly if they were confusing lust for something more. There was not enough focus on the building of their feelings for one another, and the things Abby seemed to fall in love with I found hard to understand how it would make her feel love. On Derek's end I found a severe lack of build up of love for our main character to make it hard to believe that once again, this wasn't misunderstood lust. In the end, there was enough drama in the plot to keep me turning those (digital) pages to find the conclusion of their story.

Sam Valkyrie

My Rating:

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Favorite Quote(s): 

“It was as if every nerve ending in her body was aware of him, from the citrus scent of his aftershave to the way his nostrils flared softly with each breath. Tonight he was more like the sweet, tender man she had known that first night. That amazing night that felt like a lifetime ago.”

About The Author: 

DeAnna CameronDeAnna Cameron writes contemporary romance and historical fiction, including the award-winning California Belly Dance Romance series. She loves compelling heroines who aren't afraid to break the rules, and passionate heroes who respect and cherish them. Her work has been translated into multiple languages and has been praised by RT Book Reviews, Historical Novel Review, and others.

Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked in print journalism, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. She's the founder of O.C. Writers, a thriving community of authors and aspiring authors in Southern California, and an active member of Broad Universe, a national organization of women authors focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

When she isn't writing, she can usually be found making jewelry, obsessing about her Fitbit steps, and counting her lucky stars. She lives with her family in Orange County, Calif.

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