Author: Scarlett Cole
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.
Now he’s made good, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.
Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.
She craves Jordan.
Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?
Review: I feel in love with the characters in this book almost from the start. We’d meet before in Scarlett’s Second Circle Tattoo series, and I was quickly drawn into their world. They’d met in a group foster home in Canada; five boys who’d all suffered horrific abuse at the hands of their biological families and often as not, within the foster care system. Thankfully, the author led us beautifully through Jordan’s story and gifted him with a wonderful heroine to star at his side.
Lexi knew her father’s behavior wasn’t right, but his help had gotten her so far as a principal dancer at the Canadian Ballet. She didn’t enjoy the extra rehearsals, the verbal abuse, and the tremendous control over her diet that he wielded, but at times she felt she deserved the bad treatment. Her father had almost convinced her it was her fault that her mother had died and that she somehow owed it to him to achieve the ultimate dancer award he’d been denied.
Lexi wondered though, sometimes, when she’d get to do what she wanted X-Files contemporary dance pieces. A personal life? Bah! She didn’t get one. So the night the tall, dark stranger watched her dancing from outside her studio window was…exciting. He really seemed to feel her dancing. She kept watching for him to return, and when he did, it started a fire in both of theme that wouldn’t be denied.
Watching their relationship unfold was heady bliss, and as they began unfolding into the people they should and could be, it was dynamite. I loved the way these two learned to live with and for each other. I can’t wait for more of the series, and I’m just thrilled to be on the front row to watch this prolific and talented writer create magic! Thanks, Scarlett!