Title: Dancing Dirty
Author: Ryan Field
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Characters: Junior, Carlo
POV: 3rd person
Setting: Pennsylvania, 1978
Book Cover Rating: 5
It’s the summer of 1978, it’s the middle of the disco era, and dancing is one of the hottest trends. But eighteen year old Junior has never seen the inside of a gay bar or danced with another man. His mother and father think he’s just shy about meeting girls and that he’ll grow out of it. His little sister drives him insane with her constant invisible companion, a talking dog named Elmer. All Junior cares about is meeting the right man and falling in love.
But when his parents buy a summer home in an exclusive resort community in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, his prospects of finding love don’t look too promising. His first day there he meets an aggressive, abrasive young woman who isn’t the least bit shy about letting him know she wants to get to know him better. And the more he ignores her, the more she chases after him.
While his mother and father are enjoying all the amenities of the resort, and his sister is flirting with one of the waiters, Junior mopes around watching everyone else have fun. That is until he meets a handsome young dance instructor named Carlo who changes his life in ways he’d never dreamed were possible.
From the minute Junior lays eyes on Carlo, he knows he’s in love. And in order to prove his love, he’s willing to make personal sacrifices that no one else has ever been willing to make for Carlo…
A new and interesting take on the ever popular Dirty Dancing, Ryan Field brings to us his intake of the gyro grinding dancing flick that made Patrick Swayze a star overnight. In this rendition we are introduced to Carlo, a dance instructor who is works hard to make a living by teaching the rich class of people how to dance at a resort in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edgar hasn’t had a summer vacation in more than twenty years and recently bought a thousand square foot home in a sub-division known as Pocono Mountain Farms. Dr. Edgar takes his family for the summer to relax. And because he saved the life of the developer Mr. Ben Timberlake he was given the first years community associations fees for free.
Junior has a little sister, her name is Laney and she has this black haired, blue eyed, pointed ear mongrel dog, she calls Elmer, and he’s invisible. Junior’s mom is a stay at home homemaker. There, so the layout is done, introductions are made.
This story takes place in the late seventies and back in that era one didn’t need to concern themselves with condoms and such, because anything passed during sexual relations could be cured by the doctors. So, I want to get the usage of condoms out of the way, as in this story, they aren’t used between the two main characters. Then I want to address the secondary characters. Juniors sister is a hoot at just sixteen. She is very much like the secondary character in the movie version, and when she gets to going about her dog, you can’t help but to smile and adore them both. Valerie Timberlake—oh she’s a character that one. Then there’s Gary. Gary is the one who is that go between guy who knows Carlo and the other dancers as well as Junior. He is the one who introduced the two. Then we have Carol’s leading lady on the dance floor.
Ryan did a wonderful job adapting this story over for his fans. The characters are easy to like and easy to not like. I loved hating Valerie. I loved loving Elmer and for someone who is invisible with no dialogue, that in itself was an experience. The plot sticks close to Dirty Dancing, the sex scenes…YUM…MEE…I love how Ryan takes you into the privacy of his characters sex lives. And he even kept the classic line: “No one sticks Junior in the corner.”