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REVIEW: In Step (Painted Bay #3) by Jay Hogan

Karma. You reap what you sow, and KANE MARTIN isn’t looking for forgiveness. But the arrival of ABE TYLER in Painted Bay has Kane dreaming of the impossible. The sexy, silver fox choreographer is determined to pull Kane out from the shadows, but Kane’s life is in neat little boxes for a reason.

A past he isn’t proud of.

A family he’s walked away from.

A job he doesn’t deserve.

A secret he’s ashamed of.

But life’s dance can make for unexpected partners, and learning to trust and keep up with the footwork is the name of the game.

Two steps forward, one step back.

It takes two to Tango.

🏳️‍🌈 some heavy subject matter

🏳️‍🌈 not what they were looking for!

🏳️‍🌈 emotional, sweet, caring characters

I completely enjoyed this book! One of the things I love about the Painted Bay series is that each story is completely different. This one gave me an emotional read that was absolutely satisfying.

Kane is trying to create a life for himself in a small bedsit, doing a job he doesn’t mind, with no one in his life other than colleagues. It’s not a great life… but it’s more than he thought he would have when he was sleeping in his car. He’s happy with his rescue cat and his job on the fishing boat. There may be some left over issues from when he was growing up in town, but Kane doesn’t know where else to be.

When Abe shows up to help Judah ( a lovely character from the first book in the series) with his dance recital… he sees Kane and is immediately interested. But, Abe doesn’t put down roots anywhere. He’s been travelling internationally for dance and even though he’s not a young man anymore he is in shape and loving his work.

Abe and Kane become friends and this is the point at which this story really takes off emotionally. Abe and Kane are absolutely charming together. There are a lot of things for the two men to deal with and yet, they continue to support each other and the bonds of their friendship are strong. I really enjoyed the way that they interacted with one another, Despite Kane’s challenging past the two of them have a healthy relationship and that was so refreshing.

In addition to the romantic plot, it’s clear the author loves dance. I have a history myself with competitive ballroom dance and loved the descriptions in the novel. There are some amazing sequences in the novel which brought back all of my love for dance. The scenes are almost poetic and certainly capture the grace and beauty of the tango.

I recommend this entire series, but this book is my favourite so far. They just keep getting better.

 

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I received an ARC of In Step: Painted Bay #3  by Jay Hogan via Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an unbiased review.

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