Such a Dance, by Kate McMurray
Publisher: Lyrical Press (October 27, 2015)
Page Count: 234 pages
Genre: Historical; Gay (M/M) Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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* I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
Speakeasies, the Mafia, and Broadway… it’s New York City in the 1920s, and Eddie and Lane are two men with very different lives who have one thing in common: they’re both gay men, in a time where such things were illegal.
When Eddie Cotton gives in to temptation and heads to a new queer bar in Times Square, he meets Lane Carillo, a made man who runs an illegal speakeasy that struggles to stay one bribe ahead of a police raid. Eddie doesn’t believe that two men are capable of loving each other, and convinces himself that his attraction towards Lane is purely sexual. But Lane sees Eddie as a chance to fill a void in his life, after his last lover committed suicide five years prior, and slowly teaches Eddie what it means to be loved.
As had happened in the Marigold, Lane felt a jolt when their eyes met. Lust uncoiled in his gut. He wanted this to happen, but Eddie didn’t seem quite ready yet. (Kindle Loc. 355)
There was a lot going on here. Eddie is a rising Broadway star, one half of a singing-dancing duo. Lane is a Mafia man, breaking the law for a profit. But Eddie teaches Lane to dance, and Lane teaches Eddie to open up and enjoy life, so together they become two halves of a whole.
“Here’s the crazy part,” Lane said. “I’m falling in love with you.” (Kindle Loc. 1641)
I do wish the author had lingered over crucial plot points, given them more emphasis and emotion, but instead she just skimmed over them. A climatic scene would take place, and then be brushed aside a page later. I wanted to get emotionally invested in the characters and the story, but I was never given a chance to do so.
(On a personal note, I also wish more had been explored with Eddie’s Jewish heritage. It seemed weird to put such an emphasis on his being Jewish, but then not have that show through in his character.)
This story was definitely the “bee’s knees”, and I really enjoyed it! Kate McMurray clearly did a lot of research on the time period, so it was a fascinating look into the decadence and sin of the roaring 20’s! And bonus points for having 20’s song titles as the chapter headings 😀
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