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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A Dance Off Holiday Novella

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About the Author

Alexis Daria author photoAlexis 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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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

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