The Dance Off series from
2018 RITA® Award winner Alexis Daria

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Book 1 in the Dance Off series, RITA Award winner for “Best First Book”

Named one of the Best Romance Novels of 2017 by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly

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TAKE THE LEAD was a 2018 RITA double finalist and winner for Best First Book, 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, 2018 Stiletto finalist, 2018 Northern Hearts finalist, 2016 Suzannah Grand Prize winner, 2017 Fire & Ice First Place winner, and 2017 Great Expectations First Place winner. 


Book 2 in the Dance Off series

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Praise for TAKE THE LEAD

This is a case of extreme opposites attracting: Gina is a hilarious city girl, and Stone is a stoic mountain man with a secret. Together, they are outrageously sexy. Filled with a collection of intriguing characters, this is a light, vibrantly written romance from an author who clearly adores the world she’s developed — and the characters she’s matched.

—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author, Washington Post

Take the Lead is everything I look for in a romance—lovable and layered characters, sizzling chemistry, and a charming and authentic voice. I loved it!

—Sonali Dev, author of A Distant Heart

Daria believably crafts the behind-the-scenes world of a dance competition reality show, nailing the mercenary producers and the contestants and professional dancers who are their pawns… Whether or not you’re a fan of dance competition television, Daria’s story of this behind-the-scenes romance is a perfect ten.

Entertainment Weekly, A+ review

A ballroom dance competition is a beehive of activity and emotion, and the intensity of that environment is conveyed very well in the first entry of the Dance Off duology… Gina and Stone are a lovable couple who make it easy to root for them.

RT Book Reviews

Do not miss Take the Lead by Alexis Daria… [Stone and Gina’s] sexy secret romance is tested not just by the crazy world of reality TV, but also by that classic obstacle to HEA — reality.

—Maya Rodale, USA Today bestselling author, NPR

This is Alexis Daria’s debut novel and boy…I can’t wait for more from her. The feelings just jump off the page; the dance scenes are vivid. This is definitely going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…between Alexis and my wallet.

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Praise for DANCE WITH ME

Despite the glamour of the show business setting, Daria focuses on the difficulty of pursuing a dream despite financial instability, which is especially intense in the world of dance, where a wrong step can result in career-ending injury. But dance also frees Dimitri and Natasha to enjoy their intense connection without fear and provides a way for them to become something more than their public personas. The passion Daria has for this world is palpable in every word of Dance with Me, and one hopes she has many more love stories to tell within it.


[Natasha and Dimitri’s story] wasn’t just about learning to accept love and to give love, it was also about taking risks in their professional lives as well…and finding their passion and following it… The true strength in this book lies in their adorable, if reluctant, romance. They were so sexy together, I LOVED the dancing scenes.

—Lenore, Celebrity Readers

Alexis Daria’s Dance with Me is as compulsively readable as her debut… She’s a star!

—Suleikha Snyder, author of Seared

I cannot wait to read more from this author, and based on this book alone, she’s going to keep on delivering solid romantic stories with interesting and complex characters.

—Geri, Dirty Girl Romance

About the Author

Alexis Daria is an award-winning contemporary romance author, artist, and native New Yorker. Her debut, TAKE THE LEAD, was a 2018 RITA® Award winner for “Best First Book” and was named one of the Best Romance Novels of 2017 by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. DANCE WITH ME, book 2 in the Dance Off series, is out now. Alexis is also the recipient of RWA-NYC’s 2018 Golden Apple Award for Author of the Year. She loves social media, and you can find her live-tweeting her favorite TV shows at @alexisdaria, or talking about writing and books on her blog at

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