The debut contemporary romance from Golden Heart® finalist Alexis Daria

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Take the Lead by Alexis Daria contemporary romance

TAKE THE LEAD is a 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, 2016 Suzannah Grand Prize winner, 2017 Fire & Ice First Place winner, and 2017 Great Expectations First Place winner. 


Advance praise for TAKE THE LEAD

“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. Personalities are well developed and the storyline flows smoothly, as locations change and the passion of the competition flares higher. Gina and Stone are a lovable couple who make it easy to root for them.”

4 star review from RT Book Reviews

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 Bollywood Affair

::whispers:: I snuck off during my workday and finished Alexis Daria’s TAKE THE LEAD. You guys, this is going on my 2017 Romance Faves list.

—Suleikha Snyder, author of the Bollywood Confidential series

A masterful job of pacing and characterization, this romance was a joy to read, and is an incredible debut. I can’t wait to read book 2!

—Xan West, author of Show Yourself to Me

PSA: Do not read Alexis Daria’s TAKE THE LEAD on subway unless you want to sit with legs crossed tightly from the scorching hot sex scenes.

—Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, author of Scandalous Women


Alexis Daria is a contemporary romance author, artist, and native New Yorker. Her debut novel, TAKE THE LEAD, is a 2017 Golden Heart® finalist. 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 alexisdaria.com.

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DANCE WITH ME, Book 2 in the Dance Off series, out 12/12!
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