REVIEWED BY KIRA SLAUGHTER
Close your eyes. We’re in a town square in 1950’s Cuba. You’re going to have to use dance to get the attention of the one you want. Now dance!’
Ava Dunne dreams of a different life. Her job is stressful, her boyfriend unromantic. It’s time for a change- in fact, its way overdue. But shaking some glamour into her hum-drum life isn’t easy.
But then Ava meets Viv, the dress designer for Strictly Come Dancing, who sparks her interest in dance. As passions begin to run high, Ava’s eyes suddenly open to the world of chances around her. Especially the tall, dark handsome one she’s been trying not to dream about…
Can Ava find enough courage to take her chance when it comes? Can one moment really change your life?
When I received this book I was excited to read it; I am a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing. I love the drama, the costumes and of course, the dancing. However, when I eventually got into the book (which in itself is not a good sign) I found the initial plot to be lacking and it just seemed to plod along. Now, I’m the kind of person who, if a book doesn’t grab me straight away, will carry on reading just to give it the benefit of the doubt. Yet with this one I found that I didn’t want to carry on reading because it just wasn’t taking hold like I expected it to.
The main character Ava is not very happy with her life and wants to change it, particularly her boring, unromantic boyfriend and her stressful job. With most protagonists it takes a few chapters for me to really get to know them, yet with CHANCE Ava just bored me from the off. There was nothing interesting about her and it took such a while for her story to get going. Even when it did eventually pick up, by then I wasn’t particularly interested in finding out what happened. I must admit that this was one of those rare cases where I didn’t actually finish the book – I found myself getting more and more bored as the story progressed.