You Had Me at Hola, out July 7, 2020

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About the Author

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Alexis Daria is a native New Yorker and award-winning author writing stories about successful Latinx characters and their (occasionally messy) familias. Her debut TAKE THE LEAD won the 2018 RITA® Award for “Best First Book” and was one of the “Best Romance Novels of 2017” in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly. Her super powers include spotting celebrities in NYC, winning Broadway ticket lotteries, and live-tweeting.

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

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TAKE THE LEAD: Book 1 in the Dance Off series, RITA® Award winner for “Best First Book” and “One of the Best Romance Novels of 2017” by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly

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

[Gina and Stone’s] romance is believable, emotional, and hot—everything you want from a story about dance partners!

—Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding DateOprah Magazine

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