Book Review: Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2)
Author: @KBRitchie
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 465 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

Recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.
Luka Kotova is introduced in Amour Amour, and Infini takes place in the same acrobatic world. However, it’s not necessary to read Amour Amour prior to Infini.

This story is about the power of love and sacrifice.
It’s about a couple forced apart under unrealistic expectations.
It’s about the importance of family and the need for their support no matter what.

Under the beauty of the circus big top, desire, pain, commitment and perseverance come together.
If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you know of my love for Cirque du Soleil. This is not the first series to give me that vibe, but it delivered in such a different way, that it is still fresh. There were two themes in this book that tugged at my heart strings:

1) The love story between Luka and Baylee. It’s hard to come to terms with what they go thru. While I understand the position of management and the risks involved with their relationship, I didn’t understand why the terms of their new contract had a “forever” clause. It saddened me that as young adults they are asked to make a sacrifice they didn’t understand.

But love is love. And when their paths cross again, it’s impossible to stop the feelings from resurfacing. I liked that the authors didn’t create any forced angst between the couple. Their love is pure and I didn’t want any doubt there, so I’m glad there wasn’t any. The drama had more of a forbidden feel, as the risks of the two being together, were bigger due to the possible ramifications for others.

“. . . there’s hope in the future, Bay. I know it might be hard to see of feel right now, but it exists. You have to believe in it. Not a lot. Just a glimmer. Hold onto it.”
He glances at me. “You holding?”
I take a stronger breath. “Yeah. I am.”

As the story played out, I was surprised how much they got away with. They take a lot of risks. Although I liked that they struggled with staying apart, I sometimes felt like they were being careless and not thinking of the potential impact of their actions. Those gambles taken, eventually catch up with them.

2) This story really looked at some of the challenges of being a performer. The drive to sell tickets had their choreographer pushing them beyond comfort. Geoffrey’s desire to break Luka was unsettling, and that one scene where he goes too far, was just heartbreaking. And while that revelation was difficult, it explained a lot of the issues the younger Kotova siblings struggled with day to day.

Luka’s personal struggles, particularly with his body (trying to keep this vague), seemed very realistic and plausible in the industry. While I love the beauty of their art, I thought the authors did a great job of covering some of the ugly stuff behind the scenes. I wouldn’t doubt that it is all very real, which is saddening.

Throughout the book, I had my thoughts on how everything would play out for Luka and Baylee. I think what ultimately happened was maybe a little too perfect. However, there is some loss that balanced things out later.

“Some love is infinite. And I’m going to help you fight for yours.”

Ultimately, Luka and Baylee prove their staying power. The connection formed in their youth wasn’t a temporary thing. It was real and meant to be. A love that couldn’t be silenced.

– Grace

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