A Hero to Dance with Me, by Marteeka Karland, was a great novella. This was a love-at-first-sight story that could have gone in many directions, but Ms. Karland took it on a beautiful, well rounded path.
Jezelle (Elle) is a tough, but sweet bar maid working at a roadhouse. This roadhouse is frequented by the Carver family. When Steve visits and sees Elle for the first time, he has no idea what hit him. Watching her dance has this tough Navy Seal turned inside out.
Elle goes against everything she believes and goes home with Steve. Many things happen, the biggest being the tough Navy Seal falls in love and is terrified.
My favorite part of the story is when after three months Elle sees Steve again for the first time and his mother is present. As the mother who raised tough Navy Seal sons, no one crosses Vivian. She puts her son in his place and takes care of Elle, while telling him to get his act together. The family bond shown among the Carvers was great to see. It was wonderful to see how the matriarch not only cared for her own children, but also for all others that were associated with them, mainly the wives, and/or girlfriends.
The one thing about this story that left me wondering was how one was supposed to know that this was an interracial story. There is no description given of Jezelle that denoted her skin color, hair texture, etc., the qualities that would lead one to believe she was a person of color. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to all, I do not see how it was place in the IR category, unless I missed something in the book.
-Reviewed by Selina