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Publisher's Summary

Janey's never felt this way before, but Frank is forbidden. It's only one dirty dance...what could go wrong?

Legend says everyone who boards the Oceanic Aphrodite finds love. Janey's on the ship to teach dance, not for romance. Then she meets Frank. He's everything Janey isn't - refined, classy, rich - but his good looks and charm make him undeniably appealing. Unfortunately, he's also a passenger.

When Janey's partner can't perform in the end-of-cruise talent show, Frank offers to fill in. He's never done pole, but she's got time to teach him. As they grow closer, Janey finds herself hoping the legend is real - but if she gives in to temptation, she could lose her job.

Fans of Dirty Dancing will love this charming version set on a cruise ship.

©2019 Laura Heffernan (P)2019 Laura Heffernan

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fun love story

It was a fun short love story. Interesting setting and Different characters. It was easy to losten to and great narration.

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Time of My Life

I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

Time of my Life had been on my to-read list for a while, first as an ebook, then I received an audio copy for it and decided to listen to it. I am glad I finally got around to listening to it as it was such a fun romantic story.

Time of my Life is set aboard a cruise ship, this is set on the same cruise ship as some other stories. I've read one other Oceanic Dreams book, but they work great as standalones. The cruise ship makes for a fun setting. Time of My Life follows the story of Janey, she works aboard a cruise ship. Both she and her friend are poor and can use the extra cash winning the talent show on the last day of this cruise could give them, when her friend becomes sick and can't perform they have to find another person who could take her place. Frank, a guy Janey ran into when boarding the ship, offers his help and so Janey begins to teach him pole while trying not to fall in love with him. Romance between staff and passengers is forbidden and Janey could lose her job if their working relationship turns into more, but she can't help but develop feelings for Frank.

This was such a fun read. I really liked the romance between Janey and Frank. They are from different worlds, the one poor, the other rich and this influences how they see the world. It clearly becomes clear they have enough common ground. They have mutual attraction from the start, but what I liked most was seeing them spend time together and getting to know one another both during the pole dancing and while talking. Those scenes really sold me on their whirlwind romance.

I don't think I've ever read a book about pole dancing before and it was interesting to learn a bit about the sport. It was a bit hard at times to really visualize some of the moves, because I haven't seen much pole dancing, but the author did a good job with the description so I could still form a bit of an image in my head of what they were doing.

There are plenty of great scenes in this book and I really liked reading about Frank and Janey. I also liked how most of the time they discuss things in a mature matter and talk through any issues that come up.. The only thing that didn't quite work for me was the conflict scene at the end, after everything they had been through it just seemed a bit too much. I did like how it got resolved, but at the same time I would've liked the actual couple to be more involved in solving it.

While this is a fairly short read, it felt like the right length for the story. I love it when an author can pull of a shorter read like that without having it feel like a short read. The focus really is on the romance and most scenes deal with that, which helped as it really feels like you get to see a lot of the couple. It never feels rushed.

The narrator was a good fit for this story. I liked her voices for Janey and Frank and it seemed to fit their personalities. I liked how she inserted some emotion in the scenes that required them, but didn't go overboard. I am glad I listened to this one. I did think her other male voices weren't as well done though and a few times I had trouble deciding whether something was dialogue or inner voice.

To summarize: This was a fun romantic read about pole dance teacher Janey who falls in love with Frank a passenger. I liked the romance between Janey and Frank. They start with mutual attraction, but spending time together and talking deepens that into something more and I could feel their romance. I didn't really care for the conflict at the end and how it was resolved. The cruise setting was interesting and I liked learning a bit about pole dancing throughout the story. The narrator did a great job with this story and I am glad I listened to it.

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Loved it

love it, awesome narrative easy tone to keep your attention and follow story line, thanks.love it,

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Strong resemblance to Dirty Dancing

Strong resemblance to Dirty Dancing. The great thing is, I love the story line. Also, love the ending.

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Great romance

I love men in romance that have depth and I loved the main character. Highly recommend.

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This was an entertaining love story about a cruise ship pole dance instructor and entertainer (Janey) and the doctor (Frank) she meets on board who just happens to also be a dancer. So when unforeseen circumstances cause Janey to be without a partner for the very important cruise ship finale dance, Frank steps in and trains to be a pole dancer to help her out. An enjoyable, sweet story with good narration. My only criticism is that the ending was very abrupt and left the listener not knowing what happened with any of the characters or situations.

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great read.

This is a great read.
it's very similar to the movie Dirty dancing with little difference.
I love that they are on a cruise ship. This story will get you smiling and laughing all at the same time.
I would definitely recommend listening to this.
I this audiobook for free, at my own request, and are reviewing voluntarily

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Charming

I really enjoyed this delightful story. The characters were fun and engaging. I look forward to listening to more by this author in the future.

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just my opinion

the story was cute and it was awesome to hear it from the male side. that being said, it reminded me a lot of the movie "Dirty Dancing". in the movie it was taken from a girls perspective, where she was the passenger. pole dancing would be very hard but I also think that it would be something fun to learn.

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Totally enjoyable

Laura Heffernan is a terrific storyteller. She had me with Frank—handsome doctor learning pole dancing on a cruise ship to assist pole dancing instructor’s big finale. Yes, sounds rather far fetched, I know. But go with it! It’s an entertaining story. This is both sensual and poignant.
The narrator, Annelise Marie Belmonte, has good pacing and a clear voice. One of her secondary characters sounded whiny but not enough to ruin the overall enjoyment. Well done!

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  • Renee
  • 06-20-20

Dirty pole-dancing on a cruise ship

Dirty Dancing is my all-time favourite movie so each and every reference brought a smile to my face.

Fun story with excellent narration.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 04-15-20

A modern Dirty Dancing

On a cruise ship where everyone finds love, Janey teaches dance. Janey thinks she will never find love until she meets Frank. Following the movie story, Janey's partner cannot do the routine and she asks Frank to step in. That is when things really start to heat up for Frank and Janey. But the fun part of this story was to find all the hints at the movie that I have seen over 100 times. I loved everything about this story. The twists were similar to the movie and I loved reading this version of my all time favorite movie.

This was my introduction to Annelise Marie Belmonte's narration. She has an easy to listen to voice and kept all the characters separate and easy to follow. Ms. Belmonte brought this story to life. I felt as if I was a passenger on the ship dancing right with Janey and Frank. This was a great listen and I hope to hear more from Ms. Belmonte.

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 02-25-20

Great, fun, light hearted listen ❤️

I absolutely loved listening to this great, fun, light hearted story. It is about a girl, Janey, who teaches pole dancing on a cruise ship. She meets a lovely man called frank, who is a passenger - but staff are not allowed o form relationships with passengers- and that is where the drama begins. I won’t give too much away but it has many similarities to the film dirty dancing. Loved it! The narrator told the story beautifully and portrayed characters well. This was a fun, girly read that I would definitely recommend. 👍🏻will look out for more from this author.