Book Review: Two to Tango by Laura Carter

twototangoI’m pleased to be welcoming Laura Carter to Novel Kicks and the blog tour for her novel, Two to Tango.

A high-intensity personal trainer

The secret to Brooks’s success as a Manhattan gym owner? Being motivated to disprove everyone who ever doubted him. So he’s not about to let a perky newcomer like Izzy tarnish his reputation. Even if watching her lead a salsa class on his premises gets his own heartbeat raised…

His beautiful British rival

Every time influencer Izzy slams Brooks in her fitness blog, her book sales soar. But when their escalating media feud forces them to be up-close-and-personal for two weeks, she realizes there’s much more to Brooks than that lean and muscled body.

And a competition that’s got their hearts racing…

Soon Izzy and Brooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to work up a sweat. A passionate workout is easy, but can their rivalry give way to a lasting partnership?


Brooks is the owner of the most successful gym in Manhattan. He’s worked hard and he intends to keep it that way. What he doesn’t count on is a visit from the successful Izzy, who wants to use his gym to record one of her famous salsa classes.

It’s not long before the pair clash but can they work through their differences to get through a challenge to swap workout routines for two weeks?

I was very excited to be invited onto the tour for this book as it sounded like a lot of fun and it didn’t disappoint.

Brooks is quite a closed off character, at least to begin with. He keeps his focus fully on his gym to keep his mind off the losses in his life. I think we’ve all done that at some point in our lives.

twototangoblogtourIzzy also holds herself back. Having to live in the shadow of a family who expects a lot from her, she is very driven to succeed but it becomes clear as the novel progresses that she may not be as happy with her career choice as everyone thinks despite how far she’s come.

When Brooks first meets Izzy, who has come to New York from London, all he sees is a pushy ‘celebrity.’ Izzy believes Brooks to be rude and unaccommodating. Yep, it’s not long before sparks fly. Will they fly in the right direction? That is a question I hope you’ll find out for yourselves. I liked them both. There’s more to both of them than meets the eye.

The supporting cast were brilliant and added a lot to the story.

The plot was fun, flirty and had moments where I proper laughed out loud. It moved at a great pace and I’m not going to lie, I had a bit of a book hangover when it finished. The swapping of lifestyles was an interesting premise and I believe shines a light on how important balance is when it comes to health and fitness.

This book has humour, love and friendship. It’s about how first impressions are not always correct and that you sometimes need courage to admit what is really important in life.

Holiday read, a book to cozy up with if the sun is out or chill out with when it’s raining – this book is perfect.

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to discover Laura Carter. I am putting the first book in the Brits in Manhattan series (The Law of Attraction,) to my TBR pile and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. You have a new fan, Laura.

Thanks to Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. 


About Laura Carter –

Laura Carter is the bestselling author of several rom-coms including the series Brits in Manhattan which she is relaunching and expanding with Boldwood.

She lives in Jersey and was previously published by Canelo.

Say hello to Laura via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Two to Tango is part of the Brits in Manhattan series and was released by Boldwood Books on 11th September 2023. Click to buy Amazon UK and Waterstones


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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