For me, Dance with Me is a story about partners and limitations.
It is about partners in that it is about both dance partners and life partners - and how one person can be both and also be found in the most unexpected of places.
It is also about limitations. In the case of Ed, physical ones and how he works his way to the realization that, after the neck injury that permanently benched him, there are some things he won't be able to do and others he has to be careful of. In Laurie's case, it is overcoming emotional ones after a disastrous competition dance.
One of the best things about the story for me is how they come together and help each other (even through such a "simple" act as being there) find their way to being stronger within themselves and the bond that forms between them.
Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, but every time he turns around, dance instructor Laurie Parker is in his way. But when a bargain lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, everything changes.
As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them time and again to one another, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: exhibitionism/voyeurism, male/male sexual practices.