Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
Take the Lead Book Cover Take the Lead
Alexis Daria
St. Martin's Griffin
February 14, 2023
Ebook and Paperback

From Alexis Daria, author of the critically acclaimed, international bestseller You Had Me at Hola, comes a fun, sexy romance set against a reality dance show. Gina Morales wants to make it big. In her four seasons on The Dance Off, she’s never even made it to the finals. But her latest partner, the sexy star of an Alaskan wilderness show, could be her chance. Who knew the strong, silent, survivalist-type had moves like that? She thinks Stone Nielson is her ticket to win it all—until her producer makes it clear they’re being set up for a showmance. Joining a celebrity dance competition is the last thing Stone wants. However, he’ll endure anything to help his family, even as he fears revealing their secrets. While the fast pace of Los Angeles makes him long for the peace and privacy of home, he can’t hide his growing attraction for his dance partner. Neither wants to fake a romance for the cameras, but the explosive chemistry that flares between them is undeniable. As Stone and Gina heat up the dance floor, the tabloids catch on to their developing romance. With the spotlight threatening to ruin everything, will they choose fame and fortune, or let love take the lead?

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Take the Lead is a contemporary romance work of art. The most beautiful balancing act of modern day reality T.V. show culture, secret (mutual) pinning, and hot off-the-page chemistry you need for Valentines day 2023.

It’s possible you may be staring at that gorgeous book cover still. Understandable. If, for a moment I could give you a quick review of Take the Lead by Alexis Daria, then we can ogle the cover together, yes?

What’s it about?

Take the Lead is about a reality T.V. dancing show, think Dancing with The Stars, but in its own fictional universe called, The Dance Off. Our female lead Gina, is the professional dancer on the show that is being paired up with a hunky celebrity. The celebrity stars in an Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild, his name is Stone. (Picture Thor will all his viking glory phew!)

Gina is on a mission to finally have a win under her belt after a couple seasons, and Stone is there to help support his family financially, as well as the family’s reality T.V. show.

After their first couple of awkward encounters GIna and Stone struggle to not give-in to their attraction and deep connection. As the dance lessons and episodes get more and more intense, their chemistry SIZZLES off the stage. The more they give in to their chemistry, the more the emotions cloud their original goals and threaten deep secrets. (And let me tell you that SIZZLE made my book pages smoke!)

Was the ending worth it? Do I recommend?


Take the Lead is my absolute most favorite book I read this month, I will continue to find ways to recommend it. Alexis Daria has proven to make a swoony, joy-filled, steamy romance book once again. I think I have re-proven to myself that Daria can do no wrong in her romance books.

The great elements about this book:

  • Puerto Rican Representation
  • The reality show element
  • Great Sexual health & wellness representation
  • So many flirty conversations

Alexis Daria’s Take the Lead is romance GOLD, shimmering in swoons, steam, and story-line. It is the perfect Valentines gift for yourself or your romance-loving bestie.

I give Take the Lead a perfect score of 100%

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