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Grease Monkey Jive by [Paton, Ainslie]
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Length: 680 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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A romance about changing the game, finding the truth, and fancy footwork.

When ballroom teacher Alex Gibson dances with Dan Maddox she's reminded of the time she stuck a knife in the toaster, gave herself an electric shock, and saw stars. He's precisely the type of man Alex's mother warned her off - a player, like the father who abandoned her.

Dan Maddox comes from a long line of men who were hiding under the hood of a beat-up car when the 'successful relationship' gene was given out, but he was first in the queue for an extra jolt of chick-pulling power.

The chicks in Dan's life are universally gorgeous, random, and disposable, until one drunken night when he picks the wrong girl, hurts a good friend, and realises that unless he does something to change, he'll end up like his violent, unstable father.

It's Pimp My Ride meets Dancing With The Stars as Alex and Dan come together to compete in a ballroom dancing competition that changes the way they both feel about relationships and love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1239 KB
  • Print Length: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 November 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was a great read. I loved the characters, and really loved the Australian feel of the dialogue, the situations, the people - good sense of place. It was just so enjoyable. She writes conflict really well, the dialogue is snappy and witty. You can just picture Alex and Dan together verbally sparring it out, with the huge undercurrent of attraction. Great storyline worked through with a lot of skill. It is a real page turner, and the romance is fabulous. The only this that lost it a star (as in all Ainslie Paton's books for me) is the overwritten sex scenes. I am more comfortable to have that kind of action off-stage anyway, and these are not too graphic as things go - but some of the similes and metaphors are pretty unusual! Other than that, a really fab romance with a great feel of real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such a surprisingly good read. 8 April 2013
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Why was I surprised? I don't really know. Maybe because I have never heard of the author. Maybe because I don't remember buying this which means it was either really cheap or free. Maybe because I don't think grease is romantic.

But let me tell you, this was a story that I immersed myself in. I carried my Kindle around sightseeing on spring break (I never take my Kindle out and about) just so I could READ every chance I got. Yes, I even sat in a museum and read a few pages instead of walking around looking at the art, really good art.

I know nothing of dancing or mechanicking, but the situations and set-ups seemed authentic.
Every time I went, oh, obvious plot device, I was shown, no, not so obvious and most believeable. Yes, they are both gorgeous; yes, he does happen to have money; yes, there was a convenient breakage of bone; but there were also back stories and most satisfying ways of incorporating those devices into the story.

I will say there were editing issues, more and more as the story progressed. Wrong words were used (even allowing for the Australian use of words), words were misspelled, and sentence construction at times would almost make you stand on your head. These problems would generally throw me out of a book. In this case, I just plowed on and only got mildly irritated with yet another "alright." In case you are wondering, everybody in the book is "alright." I know this because everybody in the book was asked if they were "alright" at least thirty-two times, at least it seemed like it.

The H/h were believable. Their life situations were believable. While there was insta-lust that was purposely and ruthlessly pushed down for a myriad of authentic reasons, once the H/h did get involved, they worked through that myriad of issues. You read the arc of the relationship. The insta-lust was fed with personal histories, life stories, interaction and it grew to a real love.

As we are dealing with a "romance," it was inevitable that a road block would go up, and it did. It was a large block, it was a realistic reaction to one of those obvious plot devices, but again, it "felt" real. I keep wanting to say "authentic," but it feels too redundant. But authentic it is, well, if you are a professionally trained ballroom dancer and a mechanic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly title, but a wonderful story... 21 December 2012
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The title is silly but loved the story. Relationship between Dan/Alex develops like a slow grin. The sexual tension when they’re together is like combustible energy. The romantic/sex scenes while sexy are not graphic. As a matter of fact, they’re so veiled I had to go back and re-read those scenes several times wondering “ok, they did the deed right?” Kind of unusual but didn’t take away from the story for me. After a while some of romantic scenes of the bks I’ve been reading lately just drone on and don’t do anything for me and just seem, well... boring. This bk was a nice change of pace. Minimal sex deets aside I thought this was great story. Loved Dan, of course, and Alex has a few smackable moments holding on to her anger just a mite too long; thought she was a bit of a snob too. Endearing side characters, Alex's posse and all of Dan’s gang (Mitch, Ant, Fluke, etc). Strong emotional moment at the 89% mark, I’m crying, but not from anything bad, just happy tears. Nice character development as they both overcome mental and emotional hurdles. Thought this was just an overall good story.

Will definitely try more bks by this Aussie author.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+ stars! I loved it. Well worth the money 30 November 2013
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This is the 3rd book from this author that I've read. One I was insanely crazy about; the other was just really good. This book topped them all! Well-written, and great characters portrayed with a depth that is rare in romance novels, and a plot that was authentic and character driven. No plot devices to keep the characters apart; their personalities and quirks drove them apart and back together. I will be buying every book this author writes!
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Worlds Collide 6 September 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a journey of how two people from different worlds collide and create an environment that sizzles. For both, the journey is eye opening, Dan discovers who he definitely doesn't want to be like, his relationship with his friend is threatened and needs to work out how to fix it, and now the gorgeous Alex is on the scene creating upheaval in his love life. Alex's passion is dancing but seems to always sacrifice her passion try to please everyone else in her life. Now that Dan on the scene she discovers what she want's in her life and also needs to work out how do deal with the upheaval Dan causes with her love life. The supporting characters are absolutely great and the bantering between then has you laughing. The story took me on a journey and at times surprised me by taking me in a totally unexpected direction - which I thought was great and unpredictable. Loved it, great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jive 27 July 2012
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I do love escapist stories with snappy dialogue. Not quite in Aaron Sorkin's league (Is anyone! Maybe Diablo Cody?) but Jive has aspirations. Jive's characters resonate through their dialogue from the Scott's acid tongue to Fluke's outrage. You can tell Dan's Dad is going to be a problem from the moment he opens his mouth. You can tell Gwen is going to be a savvy grandma. She has one of the best lines in the book.
A favourite snippet:

Ant: "You're not going to are you?"
Dan: "What?"
Ant: "Tap her?"
Dan: "Ant, I'm going to fix the girl's lock."
Mitch: "Is that what they call it now?" said Mitch.

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