Dancing With Sin
Intended audience: 18-25
Length: Hopefully under 90k. Fingers crossed.
Logline: Alice Monroe, a broken-hearted woman fights off a budding affair with her older sister’s fiancé in order to preserve what’s left of her heart and her relationship with her sister.
Alice Monroe is a professional dancer whose life implodes when her boyfriend of five years, Jonah, leaves her for another woman. Her heart stained with betrayal, Alice leaves her home and moves in with her recently engaged older sister, Monica.
Her first night there, Alice meets Ethan Black, her sister’s fiancé. With Monica working late nights, Alice and Ethan get closer as friends until Alice realizes she’s attracted to him.
Alice attempts to put space between her and Ethan, and goes for a night out with Monica. During the night, Alice learns that a false pregnancy is the reason behind the quick engagement between her sister and Ethan. Thankfully, Alice’s old dance partner, Gabe, arrives to rehearse for their upcoming dance competition and distract Alice from her inappropriate attraction to Ethan. During Gabe’s visit, Alice learns that her Ex and his new girlfriend will also be competing.
Monica leaves for a week on a work trip, leaving Alice and Ethan alone together. Over that week, their interactions heat up and Ethan begins to open up to Alice.
With the tension between her and Ethan escalating, Alice takes it upon herself to remove herself from the situation and signs a lease on a new apartment. Ethan is furious when he learns but before he can react, Monica arrives home from her trip and with the news that she’s chosen a wedding date. New Year’s Eve- three months away.
One day Ethan shows up at Alice’s apartment and the pair argue until eventually, they lose the battle between themselves and share a kiss. Alice throws Ethan out and says it will never happen again.
Alice, wracked with guilt, travels with Ethan and Monica to their parents for Thanksgiving. During the trip, Monica and Ethan break off the engagement but Alice still refuses to be with him and hurt her sister. Once back home, Alice learns that her Ex is in town and he’s engaged to the woman he cheated on her with.
Hurt by the news, Ethan finds Alice to comfort her and after months of fighting it, the couple spends the night together. The dance competition is the next day. There, Alice confronts Jonah and she and Gabe win first place. Alice and Ethan celebrate in an embrace that outs the pair’s connection as Monica witnesses them.
Monica is beside herself and Alice takes her pain out on Ethan, demanding he leave her alone. A call from Monica days later urges Alice to come to the hospital. Ethan has been in a drunken driving accident. Loaded down with so much guilt, Alice takes up a job offer in another state and runs from her problems like always.
A month later Monica calls Alice and the sisters make up. Monica informs her that Ethan quit his job and moved near Alice weeks ago. Alice runs to find Ethan- running to face her issues- and apologizes for leaving and confesses that she’s terrified to love him as much as she does. The pair share in a do-over ‘first kiss’ and begin their happily ever after.
Mental and emotional abuse are going to be a big theme in this book, giving a look into how not all abusive relationships are solely physical.
Alices ex will be a constant character throughout, acting as her roadblock to bettering herself by always reminding her that she wasn’t good enough for him. Until, of course, she confronts him and gets the justice from their break up that she needs to move on from it.
I’m apprehensive about this novel because it’s just a dramatic, forbidden romance. Usually, I have thriller/mystery subplot’s in my books but this one is strictly a story about a woman’s journey through heartbreak, self-discovery, and all that good stuff. I’m worried it’s not enough. Like, there needs to be another side-plot to keep the stakes high even though the internal stakes are already tremendous.