Dance All Night: A Dance Off Holiday Novella

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 Dec 2018

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My goodness, this was absolutely adorable. Yes, the plot is a bit ridiculous. Yes, the big misunderstanding could have been solved with a 2-question conversation. But, it’s just so darn fun and adorable that even while I noticed these problems, I was having too much fun to actually care. I’m a pretty big fan of Ms. Daria’s previous books in the Dance Off series, but I think this would work perfectly well as a standalone.

Nik and Jess first met at a New Year’s Eve party, and, on a whim, kiss at midnight. Something about Jess sticks with Nik, though, so when he meets her again nearly a year later at a Christmas party, he’s determined to try out a relationship with her, but Jess has her doubts – he loves being part of a traveling company, while she’s happy to be settled in LA. Though Jess thinks this is just another game to Nik, she agrees to three holiday-themed dates, thinking it’ll at least be fun. After them dancing on their first date goes viral, Jess starts to think that maybe there is something to this whole relationship thing. Can Nik convince Jess he’s the real deal, or will their chance at happiness end at midnight on New Year’s Eve?

“The adoration in his face scared her a little. What did you do when you’d never bothered to imagine the man of your dreams, yet he showed up anyway?”

I adored Nik and Jess. Nik is all sweetness and Christmas cheer (including traditions from his native Ukraine) while Jess is the scrooge, convinced that she’s just another of Nik’s adventures and that once his wanderlust kicks in again, he’ll be gone. Nik arranges three near-perfect holiday dates (snow in LA! cookie baking! REAL snow!) that even Jess, insecure and hurting from being the “weird” kid who loved ballroom dance more than pop stars, feels like she fits in to the holiday magic. It’s sweet, it’s fluffy, and it’s like the perfect Christmas sugar cookie, a little crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, covered in yummy icing.

“For him, that was the true meaning of the Christmas season. It wasn’t about religion, or spending money, or even about the particular holiday of Christmas itself. It was about connection. The days were getting longer again, bit by bit, and Christmas was about opening yourself up to that light and letting people in.”

Overall – if you’re looking for a quick holiday read that’ll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy and happy, this is the book for you!

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Loved this holiday themed novella set in the Dance Off world.
Nik and Jess shared a memorable New Years kiss but then parted ways.
Fast forward nearly a year on and neither can quite forget the other. When Nik makes his way back to Jess, it's with a determination to win her heart.
Jess is a little jaded and finds the holiday season difficult to navigate. Happiness and force cheer aren't for her. Nik has three dates in order to change her heart and mind. My goodness does he set about winning her heart. Swoon 💕
Of course the story is sentimental and sweet, I'd be crying false advertising if it wasn't! Holiday stories are meant to be unrealistic and overtly romantic, that's why I love them.
As always Alexis Daria writes with flare and confidence. I enjoy her Dance Off world very much.
Can't wait to see what she brings us in 2019.
Hugely enjoyable.
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Jess is a bit of a Scrooge and doesn’t enjoy Christmas as most people do. Jess had dated some losers and when things started to get serious they dumped her. She was determined not to date anyone in the industry again. Jess was a professional ballroom dance and was on The Dance off. Jess meets Nic on New Years Eve at midnight  and they kiss.  It was a great kiss but the next day he went away for work. Nic was a Broadway hotshot.  The next year they meet again at an ugly Christmas sweater party. Nic used to love traveling and adventure but over the last year he has decided he is ready to settle down. Nic never forgot Jess and now wants to see if they could make it and settle down together. But Jess doesn’t believe it. Jess figures even though Nic wants to date her now toward a possible future , he will leave her eventually for the next big thing. Nic has three dates to prove Jess wrong and make her love the holidays despite her past that made he like Scrooge as far as the holidays were concerned. 
I liked this book a lot. It was a romantic, quick,  easy read. This is also a novella but has everything it needs in it so you don’t feel something is missing because of the length of the book. I got a little annoyed with Jess at times. I liked how Nic was always honest with her. I also liked that I learned a lot about dance. I really enjoyed the plot and pace. I advise you to read the previous books in this series first for a smoother read. I did love the dance scenes. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.
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This confection of a novella set in Alexis Daria's Dance Off series universe is a must purchase for all collections. It's Dancing With the Stars x Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas with a dash of Scrooged!
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I love this series so much! And I love holiday themed romance, so I really enjoyed this. The two characters are really developed for a novella, and it felt like a full story. I loved the concept of 3 dates, and the tie-in of other Dance-Off characters.
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Alexis Daria delivers on such a generously lovely story that swept me off my feet. I felt wooed by Nik and Jess' interactions. They're so lovely together. She's a scrooge and he's very romantic. It all made me feel all kinds of good things. For a person who doesn't really celebrate Christmas, I realted to Jess. But I adored the dates. The description put me in their shoes. I wanted to whisk Jess off her feet alongside Nik. She's such a strong character and I loved that Nik merely adored her and didn't try to "change" her.
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4.5 stars — OMG, I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I was sucked in right from the beginning, and it just had so much of what I love in a Christmas novella!

First, I LOVED our characters! Jessie made me want to smack her a few times, because she was so hard-headed and took forever to see things “the right way”, but she was still such a fantastic character. She was sassy, dry-witted, and I LOVED the things that she loved. I can profess to having fallen in love with ballroom dancing, and all the swing fun, even though I never got good at the dancing it part (I have like zero grace). She was also really vulnerable, lonely and damaged. And I did feel for her damage, it was just hard not to want to rush her healing. I also loved that she was black. I know this sounds weird, but it’s fun learning even little things about characters of another race, like how she talked about taking care of her hair and stuff. It doesn’t always have to be big stuff, the little stuff opens my eyes too.

And OMG Nik. Nik is my new book boyfriend. Nik was the sweetest, most caring, most adorable book boy. He wasn’t beta necessarily, but he definitely wasn’t alpha. I LOVED his blushes. OMG I loved his blushes. And you could genuinely feel how much he’d fallen for Jess over the year, and how sincerely he wanted to pursue something more with her. I loved the way he loved his family, and how he was just a natural caretaker who instinctively wanted to help his loved ones. He was attentive, thoughtful, laidback, and he had an adorable sense of adventure and fun. Watching him share his love of Christmas with Jess just put me in the mood for Christmas myself!

And the two of them together just had a natural butterfly inducing chemistry. I kind of loved that they started slow, and we got to see them get to know each other first. It gave me all those new crush type vibes. And then when it transitioned to steamier? Um yes please! Although why I had to be on a plane at those points, god only knows…

I LOVED the glimpses of other characters we got to see. For those who have read the series, it was super fun to check in with our other two couples (and they made me howl with those cookies). I also loved meeting Naomi and seeing more of Rhianne (though maybe too much of Rhianne…;) ).

So yeah. Total Christmas hit. Total Dance Off series hit. I can’t wait for more from this author!!
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Oh, I loved this novella. This series is fantastic top to bottom, and this novella is an excellent, cheery addition to the series. 

I often feel in romance we get that "emotionally distant" hero, but in this case, NIk is a romantic and he falls head over heels for Jess. She is the one who holds back, afraid of getting hurt. He dares her to go on 3 holiday themed dates so he can prove himself to her, and the entire book is just top to bottom charming. Both Jess and NIk felt like fully-formed characters, and although it's a literal whirlwind courtship, I found myself rooting for them the entire way. 

Exactly what I want out of a Christmas novella.
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I loved this holiday dance romance! Although it's book 2.5 in the Dance Off series, it works well as a stand alone, so if you haven't tried the series, don't worry about jumping in with this lovely contemporary m/f romance novella!

The story kicks off with a deliciously hot New Years kiss, then skips ahead to December of the next year, when neither MC is able to get the other out of their mind. The hero decides to woo the wary heroine who doesn't like Christmas and doesn't trust that she's not just a stop on the road before the next adventure, by taking her on three dates. On those dates, he hopes that by sharing his love of Christmas he will help her find the Christmas spirit and convince her to trust that he wants more than a fling and will actually stick around. If she believes him, she will let him know on New Years Eve with another kiss.

I loved the premise and set-up for this story, it's a classic set of tropes, and perfect for a holiday novella. Daria delivers on tropetastic goodness in so many ways, and this story has wonderful pacing, complex nuanced characterization, MCs I fell hard for, and an approach to holiday romance that I really appreciated. It was all about what Christmas meant to each of them as specific people, and the traditions they created together, and I especially appreciated the cultural details depicted in Nik's perspective on Christmas.

The heroine has some trust issues and definitely has her reasons for not liking Christmas, but while the stakes are high for both MCs emotionally, this is a really low-angst romance for the most part. I appreciated that about it. It is definitely high heat, in a really fabulous way. The MCs have smoking hot chemistry and the sex scenes are intensely hot. Bonus points for the use of sex toys in a way that really kicked it up a few notches.

I adored all the dance moments so much! This is incredibly satisfying as a dance themed romance--the entire series is--and I loved all the ways dance got interwoven into the story. Both MCs are professional dancers and it was lovely to read about that level of dancing together, the ways they connected while they were dancing, the way he thought about what kind of dance was appropriate for which date moment.

I also really loved the way Nik courts her in this story, how much he cares about her consent throughout the story, how thoughtful he is about wanting to give her experiences he thinks she would enjoy and also use their dates to reveal himself. He made me believe that he would be good to her and good for her, and that he really saw her, and that made me root for them so hard as a couple.

I highly recommend this as a Christmas/New Years romance, and as a dance romance, as well as a great entry into the Dance Off series. It's one of the best holiday romances I've read this year!
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I had a huge smile on my face as I read this sweet, bubbly novella. Yes, there are emotional stakes, but the characters were so likeable and the plot so fizzy, I knew everything would work out in true holiday fashion. I’m a fan of the Dance Off series and I can’t wait for the next book!
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This was really fun and fluffy, the perfect holiday romance read. I love the Dance Off series, and I definitely recommend it to everyone. This is a great novella to tide over readers until the next installment.
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Dance All Night was the classic holiday romance featuring a Christmas loving hero and a Grinch heroine who prefers to spend the holidays completely alone. Overall, this was a quick, easy read but I think I'm just not that invested in holiday themed books. I also felt that being  novella was actually a detriment to this book because a lot of events are highlighted over and I didn't completely believe that Jess could make such a turn around so fast.

While the story didn't work out for me I did love the characters and thought they were well developed and interesting. I adored Nik for being a genuinely nice and charming guy who's up front about what he wants. He used to love adventure and traveling but the past year has taught him that he's ready to settle and have something real. Nik never forgot Jess and he wants to take a chance with her and he's willing to make the commitments needed to make it work. Jess didn't grow up with the best examples of love and after some crappy relationships as an adult she doesn't trust men to stick around. She worries that Nik will get another broadway offer and end up leaving her too. I really felt for Jess's upbringing and how it affected her as an adult. It takes her a while to realize that some of her pain comes from intentionally pushing people away but once she does come to terms with this and she's open and honest about what she wants. Nik and Jess were a great couple and I just wish I could have enjoyed their story more.
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Alexis Daria’s Dance All Night: A Dance Off Holiday Novella (and part of the Dance Off series) is a sweet read. I am new to the author and really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a holiday romance that warms your heart, you need to one-click this book.

Nik and Jess meet at a NYE party. Nik is instantly attracted to Jess and suggests that since neither has a plus one, that they kiss at midnight - even though Jess is happily munching on a bag of sour cream and onion chips (a girl I can relate to). They kiss and sparks fly. Unfortunately, Nik leaves to go on tour the next day and doesn’t see Jess for a year.

This time, Nik is playing for keeps. At the NYE party (that he attended because he assumed that Jess would be there) Nik convinces Jess to give him three dates to change her mind about Christmas and him. This is a major accomplishment as Jess is a complete Scrooge, and freely admits it. 

Daria’s book is perfect for a holiday Hallmark movie lover, like myself.The dates are fun and Nik and Jess are an adorable couple surrounded by a supporting cast that adds to this fun - especially the cookie scene.  I could feel the upcoming Christmas season in my heart because of the author’s amazing writing. From the snowy cold, ice skating, hot cocoa, family, friends and love - this book has it all! This is a wonderful addition to those HEA holiday romances that we love to read, especially this time of year.
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Dance All Night by Alexis Daria a five-star read that will get you moving. This is a novella in the Dance off series it sits as 2.5 and could be read as stand-alone but you will adore the characters and only want to go back to hear their stories so start from the beginning. What a story, even though the story spans a little while it doesn’t drag at all. The story will captivate, and you will adore finding out about Jess Davenport and why she hides herself so well, why she is such a scrooge. Oh, my goodness I can only wish that Nik Kovalenko was real as I can only wish about the three dates he plans. Wow what a dreamboat and a dancer thrown in as well. What more can you want?
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I'm so happy that we got to spend more time in the world of Dance Off. I love this series for so many reasons and this novella highlighted them all!

Despite finishing this book in a little over an hour, this never felt like a novella because it is so well developed. You've got great, layered characters; an addicting, sweet romance and just the right amount of drama to give this novel a little flare. Oh--and CHRISTMAS! Everything just mixed together so well.

It was nice to have the roles reversed a bit. I always like reading novels where the male hero is more invested in the relationship and he has to win over the somewhat cynical heroine. Nik is such a genuine guy that he will have you swooning from the start. And Jess has some great character moments as a result of her growing feelings.

My only downside is the conflict the two face: it's a bit of a communication-assumption thing and that always irks me. But I loved these two together so much that I'm willing to over look that little bit!
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Jess just wants to get Nik alone. Every time they're together it's in a group setting. They do have some outrageous friends that kept the get togethers lively. For me the wait was worth it, and I'm pretty sure it was for them too.
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Dmitri's adorable younger brother Nik gets his happily ever after in this holiday-themed Dance Off novella. Dance All Night introduces us to Jess Davenport, a ballroom dancer on The Dance Off who has a chance encounter with Nik on New Year's Eve. They kiss and have a discussion about settling down where Nik is clearly not into that idea. 

Nearly a year later, they run into each other at an ugly sweater party and Nik wants a do-over. His views on settling down have shifted, and he believes that Jess could be the girl he wants to settle down with. Jess is skeptical. And she's been burned one too many times by others and isn't willing to take a chance on Nik. 

So he asks her for three dates to prove to her that Christmas is magical. And she agrees, believing there is no way he is serious. But Nik is dead serious. He's a guy who knows what he wants. He's not sure Jess wants the same thing, but he's all-in. He puts himself out there emotionally in ways that are just super dreamy. It's so easy to love him. 

I do love Jess, and I get why she is hesitant, but she also refuses to take Nik at his word a lot of the time. And sure, it's not easy to trust people. But here's someone who has consistently been honest with you, maybe believe him when he says he wants a future with you? Regardless of some of that frustrating hesitancy, this is a really fun and sweet holiday read. 

I can't wait for more Dance Off novels. 

**Dance with Me will publish on December 11, 2018. I received an advance reader copy courtesy of Netgalley/Alexis Daria in exchange for my honest review.
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Have you ever labored over a homemade batch cookie dough, mixing ingredients, making sure all your chocolate chips are distributed evenly into your mix, place an even number of dough balls onto your baking sheet, watch them rise into perfect little clouds of amazingness, and bite into them and think “that’s some good shit right there?” That’s exactly how I felt while reading Dance All Night by Alexis Daria. I kept thinking “THAT’S SOME GOOD SHIT RIGHT THERE” to the point of staying up until 3am savoring all the words. Dance All Night is a cup of hot chocolate with chili powder on a cold winter day that you don’t know you’re gonna like and you end up practically licking the cup when you’re done.

Daria gives us an ideal pairing: the sweet and cheery Nik Kovalenko and the kind and prickly Jess Davenport. The setting: Christmastime! You know all those cheesy Hallmark movies about, say, a young baker who loves Christmas and the rough-around-the-edges business executive looking to settle down? It’s got the same vibe all while chewing up Christmas story tropes and spitting them out to make beautiful art.

Jess Davenport and Nik Kovalenko shared a kiss one year ago during a New Year’s Eve party, and they haven’t stopped thinking about each other since then (I know this sounds like HIgh School Musical but wait). When Nik comes back to L.A. to settle down after a long year of travel and work, he decides it’s time to slow down and explore a steady life. Nik hopes to have Jess be a part of that life, except she doesn’t believe he wants to end his wandering lifestyle.

And thus begins Nik’s new life mission: proving to Jess that he’s there for the long run and that Christmastime is a time for connection, even when the only person he wants to connect with is her. She’s not gonna make it easy for him though, keeping Nik, his three proposed dates, and the entirety of Christmas at arm’s length.

At its core, Daria’s novella is full of joy and the desire to connect with someone despite circumstances making you want to isolate yourself. Daria delivers on consent, communication between characters, balancing the fun with the dramatic, the steamy with the swoonworthy. It’s realistic with its relationship, especially in the age of social media where everything and everyone moves fast. Some may cry INSTA-LOVE, but who cares? I had fun, I rooted for the two of them, and I got a happily ever after by Alexis Daria. In the end, isn’t that what we all want during the jolliest of holidays?

An eARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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Set in Alexis Daria's Dance Off series, Dance All Night features a grumpy scrooge and the sexy professional dancer who tries to convince her holiday miracles can and do happen.

After sharing an unexpected but sexy as hell New Years Eve midnight kiss with Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko, dancer Jess Davenport thinks that is all it will be, just a kiss. But as the next holiday season rolls in and she runs into Nik at an ugly Christmas sweater party, she realizes he has been thinking about her and that kiss just as much as she has, and Nik wants a chance to date her.

But, Jess is hesitant to start anything with someone who is destined to leave her for the next big thing, the next exciting project so Nik has to convince her, with only six dates, that he's ready to do this for real.

Super fun, really hot and sweet.  A perfect holiday novella to get you through the season!
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I wanted to read a book that drew me in and captivated me. This was not that kind of book. I found it hard to connect with the characters. The first kiss they shared was complete lust not love. I love romance books that make you feel something as if you are the character in the book. I guess my quest for the ultimate romance book will have to continue. Thank you for your free book.
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