One glimpse of Roque Moya Blackstone dancing by firelight set the course of Ritz Keller's life. It had all begun when her best friend describes seeing Roque swimming nude and stealing his clothes. So when her horse trespasses onto Blackstone land, Ritz has images of the half Mexican boy dancing by firelight in her mind. The reality is even more shocking, however, when she inadvertently stumbles upon him a private moment. Their subsequent tumultuous clash sets the tone for their relationship.
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.