Review: Tin Man's Dance by MK Schiller (Kissing Bridge #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Tin Man's Dance is a new adult (NA) romance and my second read from MK Schiller. This novella is a love story between a twenty-four-year-old former marine in his freshman year of college and a twenty-two-year-old college senior whose has dreams of dancing for a troupe in Paris. James Hutchinson lost a great deal while he was deployed, and while the choice to no longer be a part of the Corps was one that was taken from him, he intends to make the most of the opportunity to start a new chapter of his life. At the prompting of his roommate, Hutch finds himself agreeing to watch the guy's sister's performance. It's onstage that Hutch is charmed by the beautiful dancer whose every movement has him mesmerized. With a bit of help, Hutch manages to finagle his way to meeting Lilly Franklin. The two are soon more than smitten with each other, but when Lilly's dreams could take her far away, Hutch knows that he could never be the kind of man to stand in the way of whatever her heart desired. The next few weeks may find them dancing together, but how will these two cope when life has them out of step?

I loved the simplicity of this novella. There was a lot of heart mixed in with bits of humor and heat. Hutch and Lilly had a connection and it was one that they knew they had to explore for fear of wondering the rest of their lives what would happen should they not. There isn't a great deal of angst in the story, not even due to the fact that Hutch lost a limb while deployed and Lilly lost her parents and went into foster care. They are two very independent and self-reliant individuals, so there isn't any sort of unnecessary whining about how life was unfair or how they lost so much before meeting each other. Their love story is sweet and endearing, and while the ending was a wee bit too pat for my liking, this doesn't leave the reader hanging, providing what felt like a happy-for-now conclusion. Now, I thought this was a standalone--i.e. not part of a series--but it looks like it's the first in a series entitled Kissing Bridge (you'll get it when you read this book), and I'm glad because there were a number of noteworthy characters (i.e. Hutch's brother and friends) I'd like to get to know more. 4.5 stars for Tin Man's Dance. ♥

Release Date: 03 July 2018

Date Read: 01 July 2018

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