Book Review & Blogoversary Giveaway: Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams, by Sue Watson

Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never get hurt…


Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it.

After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination.

With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez.

A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud.

But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt?

A laugh-out-loud, uplifting comedy about finding the courage to be yourself, the importance of dreams, and learning to grab life by the glitter balls.


Sue Watson has quickly become a new favourite author for me since last summer, and I was over the moon when I heard of her upcoming release, and couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it.

Laura is 44, and it’s safe to say that her life has fallen into a bit of a slump, so she allows herself to be coerced into attending a Zumba class. Shortly after class beginning, it’s quite clear that Laura has made a desperate mistake, but her natural rhythm does not go unnoticed by Ballroom instructor Tony Hernandez. For the second time, Laura allows herself to be convinced of attending a new class, but this time her natural skills – and the chemistry between her and Tony on the dance floor – are undeniable.

Soon, Laura discovers in herself a passion that she’d long ago let die, and is offered a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to fulfil her father’s dream of learning flamenco in Spain.

Honestly, throughout this entire book, my heart just SOARED for Laura. I loved her: firstly, in all her Strictly-loving, legging-wearing, ridiculousness, and then I loved her even more in her Flamenco-dancing, life-living AWESOMENESS. You really watch Laura come alive throughout this book, and I found myself begging her to have the courage to face her demons and take a chance!

I also have to give honourable mention to Tony, who was such a babe and I wish I had him in my life!

Sue’s books are just down-right guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, but even more so, they seem to be getting better and better. This was just one of those books that really crept up inside my heart and soul, making my jaws ache from smiling as I raced through each page, egging Laura on. Ultimately, it’s a story about taking the chance to make your dreams come true, which is something I think we can all relate to, and I think it can bring out the dreamer in all of us – it definitely had me aching to go dig out my pointe shoes and practise my dancing again.

Yet another superb book from Sue Watson, which you would be a fool to miss out on this summer!

Also, because Sue herself also happened to be super-duper amazingly fabulous, she has donated a paperback of Summer Flings & Dancing Dreams for one lucky winner in my Blogoversary giveaway! Clink the link below to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.


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Release date: 03 July 2015
Publisher: Bookouture
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10 thoughts on “Book Review & Blogoversary Giveaway: Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams, by Sue Watson

  1. Woo, Happy Blogoversary! When we first starting chatting about our books and baking dreams you’d just started this up, now a year has almost gone by…how time flies! You’ve made such a successful blog, you should be very proud of yourself my dear because it is such an impressive achievement. This Summer, as you know, I’ll be chasing my cheffing dreams! Xxx

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  2. Chasing? I already feel like I’m living my dreams! Living on a lake with a boat in my back yard – pure bliss!!! Sitting out on the patio and reading a good book (or two) is perfection!! xoxoxB

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