“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”
The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”
When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.
Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.
This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.
*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*
This book was a really interesting departure for twin dynamo authors. Bringing us into a world of bright lights under the big top. Thora leaves the comfort of her family, her BFF, and her college education, to chase that dream.
As a HUGE fan of the Addicted series, I saw some similarities between this book’s main character, Thora, and Lily. They both share a vulnerability, but for very different reasons. I’ve seen some reviews call Thora weak. I thought the complete opposite. From page one, everyone seems to doubt her talent and ability to achieve her dream. No one gives her their encouragement in taking such a big risk. And while I appreciate their honesty, not lying to her about her talent, it didn’t seem like anyone helped her to improve. How strong do you have to be to overcome doubt? How long can you take people telling you that you’re not good enough?
Thora is a fighter, in the true sense of the world. For what she lacks in talent, she has in spirit, relying often on her inner cheerleader. When one person comes into her life, in the oddest of ways, she finds a reason to fight even harder. It was hard to figure out Nikolas. He’s a bit of an enigma for a good part of the book. As the star of Amour and patriarch of sorts for his brothers and sister, he has a great burden on his shoulders. At times, it seemed he was dealing with everything out of obligation. But as the story evolves, you realize how much family means to him. It’s not obligation but love that drives him. He’s guarded so much, that he doesn’t expose that love often, but its clear that its there, deep down. It’s not until Thora enters his life that love begins to be exposed. Just like with his family, he guards his emotions and like a good poker player, doesn’t show all his cards.
What I love about this story was that Thora’s journey wasn’t an easy one. She put her former life on hold and took a chance on something that was deep in her heart. While the skills weren’t there from the beginning, the passion and will to do better were there. And that spirit to not give up, to challenge herself is what brings her and Nikolas closer together.
Proud clapping fills my head, not the room. I don’t care if I’ve imagined applause for myself. I’m still my biggest cheerleader and possibly even my biggest fan.
Nikolas not only trains her to become better, he prepares her to succeed. And he becomes the first one to truly believe in her.
“I knew I was attracted to you, but it was more than that. Your energy, your idealism and optimism – I missed those things, the places inside of me that made me feel more alive.”
This is a sweet story about determination and passion. About never giving up. And most importantly about Amour – a show and a feeling that bring two people together, making both of their lives more complete. Love conquers all.
Side note: As I mentioned previously, being a HUGE Addicted fan, I loved how they were mentioned on occasion throughout the book. I may have squealed at their mere mention.