Saturday 17 October 2015

Review ~ Pointe of Breaking by Amy Daws & Sarah J Pepper

Book Description:

When Ivy League & Tutus Collide 
A collaboration by Amy Daws & Sarah J. Pepper 

Getting screwed over backstage by my married-ex tears my heart into a million tiny pieces.
[Sitting in the audience at the ballet with my former fling wasn’t my idea of fun.]

I live in my pointe shoes, not even my ex can taint my love for ballet. 
[I hate the ballet. This on again/off again crap was getting old.]

And then my whole world changes when I notice the smoldering gaze…
[Then I look to the stage, and I can’t take my eyes off…]

Leo Richards. 
[Adeline Parker.]

Concentrating on anything except his sexy…everything, is impossible.
[Her presence commands my attention…I’ve never experienced this before.]

He makes me second-guess everything I’ve ever dreamed about.
[She makes me question everything I’ve ever known.]

Fighting him is a strategic sport—no clothes allowed. 
[All I can think about are her sexy ballerina legs wrapped around me—tutu definitely on.]

Our scandalous rendezvous is plastered all over NYC’s tabloids.
[Because of my status in Manhattan, now I’ve dragged her into the limelight.] 

My ex will stop at nothing to tear us apart. 
[Seriously powerful people forbid me to be with her.]

Rumors about his past keep building. 
[I can’t tell her this secret.]

When it came to Leo, I only knew the big things.
[When it came to Adeline, I knew nothing about the little things.]

But uncovering those things about him [her] may push us past our breaking point.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars

“…I wanted you to fantasize about bending me to the point where I’d break…Oh, I want you to find my breaking point.”

This was one of those books that I 1clicked because of the cover, for some reason I seem really drawn to ballet dancers at the moment. This book starts with a bang with a kick ass prologue that lets you in on the emotional journey you are about to begin. This prologue got to me and only salivated those taste buds for the rest of the book.

“Much ink had been spilt in efforts to describe love. Countless sonnets were dedicated to a beloved. Canvases decorated in the finest museums; each a testament to express absolute devotion. The very emotion that drives us into each other’s arms will forever be exemplified in the arts. Yet, when I expressed this impossibly beautiful feeling using my body as a medium, he only saw heartbreak.”

Adeline had worked hard to get where she was today, she didn’t come from money, she had earned everything she had achieved and the culmination of that was just about to take place…she was just about to step out on stage as the star of the Joffrey School of Ballet, all the stars are aligning until her ex-fiancé shows up.  Adeline had been strong since they split trying to forget what had happened with Blake. Adeline was his dirty little secret; he was rich and had kept her a secret for fear of family repercussions. He chose his family over her and it still hurt. He still manages to affect her though and nearly destroys her performance and has most likely destroyed her career. She drowns her sorrows in a bar and lucky enough there is a knight in shining armour to come and rescue her.

“There’s not enough armor in the world to protect you from that shit.”

Leo hates the ballet, yet once again he finds himself dragged along to another show with his friends. The ballet had always played a huge part in his family’s life as his mother supports a scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School and had always taken him along to performances as he was growing up. He tries to feign interest and it was just another dull night until his eyes meet that of the star ballerina. There is something that just draws her to him, it doesn’t happen often and he could not help but be intrigued with the dishevelled ballerina that had just danced her heart out. When he sees her leaving at the end of the night in a mess, he cannot help but follow her.

Leo and Adeline do not have it easy. Being from total opposite back grounds there was always going to be friction, especially when families are extremely meddling and incredibly vindictive. What also doesn’t help is when her ex sees her new relationship in the papers, he is still of the opinion that if he can’t have her no-one else can, even if he was the one that ended it in the first place. Are these two doomed before they have even begun?

“But I’ve fought for everything in my life, Leo. I can’t fight you too. I need answers.”

This is one emotional roller coaster and one that reduced me to tears. I have to applaud the authors on the character connection and the emotion that they poured into this story. I know I am a soft sap, I hold my hands up but I found myself crying, yes crying, while reading about a ballet dance. The vivid imagery and the heart and soul poured onto the page was written perfectly and beautifully allowing me to be in Adeline’s shoes and into her soul.

“Leo, you are a dance I want to perform my whole life. I want to fight for you. But please…please, don’t stop fighting for us.”

This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down; I inhaled this book and was totally captivated by their story. So why not 5 stars? There was one part of this book that didn’t feel right to me, it was okay and I understood but for me personally it just didn’t sit right. This is personal preference and this is just my opinion but apart from that I loved this book, totally and utterly.

“I’m going to dance with you for a long fucking time, baby.”

I can’t wait to read more from these authors. I love emotional reads, I crave them and if this is anything to go by this definitely won’t be my last book of theirs.

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