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Growing up in foster care, Officer Traci Lucky had a rough start to life, but things are looking up now that she’s found a place in Bridgeport with two sisters she never knew she had. One night while on the job Traci finds Gwen, a pregnant teen caught up in a dangerous world of drugs, and takes her straight to the hospital. There Traci encounters the oh-so-charming Dr. Matt Rossi, who surprises Traci with his compassion - and his movie-star good looks.

A busy ob-gyn with a huge, meddling Italian family, Matt Rossi hasn’t had much time for love in his life. All that changes when he meets the beautiful Officer Lucky. He’s intrigued by her strength and the kind heart she tries to hide beneath her tough exterior.

When Matt confides that he needs to learn to waltz for his brother’s wedding, Traci reveals that her sister happens to be a ballroom dance teacher. Next thing they know, Matt and Traci are juggling busy careers, helping young Gwen with her pregnancy and personal safety, and learning to waltz together. But when Gwen’s escalating problems threaten to put all of them in danger, they wonder if they’ll ever find time for a little romance, too.

Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to Bridgeport, Ohio, a town where family comes in all different shapes and sizes, love has no limits, and community means everyone deserves a little help when they’re lost.

©2020 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Missing The Charm of the First Book

Take The Lead by Shelley Shepard Gray 288 pages
7 hours and 34 minutes narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Dance With Me #2
Related to Bridgeport Social Club series

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance > Contemporary Romance, Clean Romance, Christian Romance

Featuring: Bridgeport, Ohio, West Virginia, Epigraphs, Dance Studios, Police Officers on Duty, Sibling Relationships, Doctors, Hospitals, Abusive Relationships, Women's Shelter, Drug Use,

Rating as a movie: PG-13 for adult content including physical and emotionally abuse

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐½

My thoughts: 38% - (Ch 16) - I'm not liking this book as much as the last one, there's a lot going on and little substance, reminds me a few books mixed together. I also wasn't fond of the spoilers in the opening for this book and the next one.
86% (Ch. 39) - This is taking too long. The romance is slow and thriller aspect is gone. It seems very much like a repeat of that last book and I'm disappointed Jack hasn't made a real appearance.

I didn't really care for this one. First I was disappointed there was little follow-up to the second relationship from the first book, like it just dropped off the radar. Then I wasn't impressed with the new romance, it took too long to heat up so I don't get the acceleration at the end. I don't if damsel in danger is going be a theme in this series but I was over that storyline, especially since most of the danger came from the main character not sharing intel. I also didn't like the end overall, which hurts my opinion of a story.

Recommend to others?: Yes if only to get to the other side.

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I enjoyed all three of these books. I only wish I had listen to them in order. So anyone else starting these books please do them in order thank you

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excellent story!!

Enjoyed this story. Reflected real-life happenings I could relate to and/or understand. Showed family dynamics in an interesting way while developing the individual characters and their personal lives. I am very fond of the author and thought the narrator did an excellent job. I already listened to the previous book and look forward to listening to more stories by this author. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this story to anyone who wants to be carried away to become part of a mixed family and love.

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Another great addition to the series! It is great to see these sisters come together and add to there new family, help others and have laughs, and some life drama. Looking forward to the last installment!

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  • 08-02-22

Heartwarming and so lovely

Really enjoyed this book. Very different from all the other “romantic” books that are around. Loved the quotes and dance styles at the beginning of every chapter. Really well written and great storyline, and as the author says at the beginning - characters sure do touch your heart! Off to read the next book in the series.

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  • 07-17-22

Very engaging story

Well constructed novel, well rounded characters who were interesting and likeable.
Very romantic, poignant and gritty in places . .. a fabulous read with a great happy ending.

I shall be reading more by this author.