Series: Aerial Ethereal #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 12, 2014
Format: eBook, 347 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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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--acrobaticpartners, 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.
I’m going to keep my review for Amour Amour short and sweet since I read it over two months ago. Believe me, my failure to write a review has *nothing* to do with my enjoyment of the book. Because, really, it was absolutely spectacular. I just suck at writing reviews sometimes… especially when I love a book as much as I did this one.
I’ve been a fan of Krista & Becca Ritchie’s books since I first picked up Addicted to You and binge read it while chomping on my fingernails because it was so freaking intense. I’ve fallen in love with all of their books and each of their characters. If you asked me what my favorite series is right now, I wouldn’t hesitate before saying the Addicted series. It’s everything. I want it to be a TV show. All that said, I was most excited about Amour Amour because I couldn’t wait to see how they wrote characters that *aren’t* Lo, Lily, Connor, Rose, Ryke and Daisy. I wanted to see if they could keep that same magic with new characters. And boy, did they ever.
Everything about Amour Amour was incredible. First and foremost, the characters! I loved Thora. Her character development throughout this book, as she chased her nearly impossible dream of performing, was phenomenal. Even if a reader can’t relate to her specific dream, they can understand how she feels about it. Who doesn’t have a dream to do what they love most? Nikolai is one of my new favorite book boyfriends. Hellllllo, sexy Russian. Gawd. He was strong and demanding, but a softie underneath. He was totally swoony. The secondary characters in this book? I loved pretty much every single one of them. This is one of the best casts I’ve read in a book so far. They’re all totally worthy of their own books and I hope they get them. Not that I’m greedy or anything…
I loved the setting for this book. It was downright magical. The world-building was fantastic and I felt like I was living every performance with them. I could visualize every move. I’ve seen Amour Amour described as Cirque du Soleil meets Center Stage and that’s just about the most perfect way EVER to describe it. It would make an amazing movie. The performances, characters and their development, romance and hot Russian men would make it the total visual package. I’d watch it. Over and over again.
I was completely enamored with everything about this book. I seriously couldn’t walk away from it. Amour Amour can definitely stand on its own, but I would LOVE to see books from the perspectives of some of the other characters. (Or, you know, all of them.) And if I can’t have them all, can I at least have a Timo book? Please? He was easily my favorite secondary character. But the others were fantastic too. Everything about this was. It was more than a book. It was an experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough.