According to the author’s website, Change Partners is summarized thusly:
“At 48, accountant Patrick Sarkisian has almost given up on finding the love of his life. A ballroom competition was the last place he would have thought of looking. But 44-year-old Dmitri Vasko is out on the floor, and then they’re in the hotel bar talking about possibilities. Over the next fifteen years the one thing that doesn’t change is their conviction that they couldn’t possibly be more in love.”
I quote the website here because I honestly couldn’t have figured out what this book was truly about if I had to do it on my own – because past the two of them meeting at the ballroom competition, it mystified me.
I adore books about dancing, performances, romance between people not in their twenties, male/male romance – so this one seemed like a full homerun for me and I am so sad to report that it wasn’t. I found the writing stilted, the characters bland, and also never quite believed they were as in love as I kept being told they were. Plot events kept happening, but it read a bit like a chronology of someone’s life, rather than an emotional arc of a narrative.
I only give outright Fs to books that offend me – things I hope that no one ever reads – so this is far from that. However, I can’t recommend Change Partners on any level – mostly because I’m still not quite sure what I read. For some reason, this thing was just Not For Me.
If it’s For You and you loved it, please come find me! There’s only one rating on Goodreads and it’s about as charitable as mine, so if this ticks your boxes, I’d love to know what I’m missing!