The Dance Off series from
2018 double RITA® finalist and
2017 Golden Heart® finalist Alexis Daria

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Book 1 in the Dance Off series

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

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TAKE THE LEAD is a 2018 RITA double finalist, 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.

Book Riot

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria is perfect. PER. FECT. I loved this book. I want to take this book out behind the high school and make out with it.

—Jen, TBQ’s Book Palace Royal Pick

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.

—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

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.


Yes, it’s an absolutely sizzling romance! But, at heart, it’s a book that explores creativity as a vibrant, personal, and urgent human activity… Dance with Me is another great book from Alexis Daria. You’ll fall in love with Dimitri and Natasha, and like me, you’ll be fervently hoping that there are more books coming soon from this talented author.

—Jen, TBQ’s Book Palace Royal Pick

[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

Alexis Daria is a force to be reckoned with, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

—Michaelene, Goodreads

Sexy, funny, and emotionally satisfying.

—Lauren, Goodreads

Sensual, sexy, and trope defying… I’m hoping Daria’s “duology” turns into MORE.

—b.Reading, Goodreads

Daria is a fresh new voice in romance, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

—Jess, Goodreads

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 a contemporary romance author, artist, and native New Yorker. Her debut, TAKE THE LEAD, is a 2018 double RITA® finalist and 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, 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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