Marry A Man Who Will Dance Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Ann Major captures the reader from the first page and doesn't let go. Everything separates her heroes, Ritz Keller and Roque Blackstone. Rumors and accusations pit them against each other, make them mistrust their own feelings. Promises and misunderstandings separate them, push them into loveless marriages. Mistakes and obstinacy alienate them from each other.
This novel, however, is not just about the trials and tribulations of an appealing heroine and a compelling hero, or the feud between two ranching families. It is the story of South Texas as well, and events that could only happen there are intertwined with the fates of Ritz and Roque.
The fast-paced narrative and sensual prose will enthrall the reader. The characters, however minor, stand out and make the world of Marry a Man Who Will Dance unforgettable.
Roque's younger brother is the favored son. When Caleb and Ritz later become friends, emotions run high among family members. Tragedy strikes and Caleb dies in a car accident, and Ritz's brother is left a paraplegic. Soon after, Ritz intervenes before Roque can be beaten and takes him to Mexico. Although he has married someone else, they are intimate, and Ritz becomes pregnant. Tragedy strikes again, taking the life of their child. Ten years later Roque still bitterly blames Ritz for the death of their child. At her husband's funeral, Roque realizes that she is pregnant once again by him, and demands that she marry him, making the announcement there and then.
MARRY A MAN WHO WILL DANCE suffers from stilted or otherwise entangled phrasing, which will put off many English majors. Worse, readers will find the forced prose less difficult than the impossibly convoluted plot. On the other hand, this modern day Westside Story offers strong conflict, powerful motivation, and flawed, yet powerful characterizations. With a clash of cultures and fierce passion, MARRY A MAN WO WILL DANCE is still disappointing.
Rogue's half brother Caleb and Ritz become friends and dance together in public. Her drunken brother Steve and her boyfriend, both filled with liquor, go crazy and chase after their enemy. In an ensuing car crash, Caleb dies. Separately Steve also crashes and is left a paraplegic. Not long afterward Ritz saves Roque from a beating and takes him to Mexico. They make love, but he is married. Her father rejects a pregnant Ritz as a whore and eventually she loses their baby from working too hard to support herself. Ten years later, a bitter Roque still blames Ritz for the baby's death.
MARRY A MAN WHO WILL DANCE is a modern day southwest West Side Story starring a half-Mexican-half American and an American whose fathers hate each other. Ritz is an intrepid individual whose morality shines through the novel in spite of overwhelming pressure by her parents, the townsfolk, and her beloved to break. Her only oases as the eye of the storm over the years are a kind grandmother and Caleb. The deep character study requires the audience to accept some improbable pivotal points that ring untrue for the characters hurting an insightful story line.
Most recent customer reviews
For some reason I couldn't get into this book Ritz and Roque came across as ineffectual. When Roque made comments about his existence or his "good deed" it came across... Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by B. Pussman
The characters were flat and the writing stilted. The book jumped around in time. As an example, the hero, Roque, goes from a bad boy flunking out of college to a hero millionaire... Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002