Pointe of Breaking by Sarah J. Pepper and Amy Daws

In this book we learn just how flexible ballerinas can be…on and off stage! Tee hee, giggle giggle.

What’s it About? 

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POINTE

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…

OF…

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. 

 

BREAKING

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.

First Impressions

So I could never be a ballerina. It’s not that I don’t have any flexibility to speak of (which I don’t), but more that I have a very strong affinity for cupcakes and cheeseburgers that simply can’t be abandoned. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the absolute beauty of the dance scenes described in this book. Adeline is able to bring forth so much emotion that it isn’t hard to imagine why Leo is so quickly smitten with her moves. There are some decent sex scenes in this novel, but in my opinion the dance scenes far surpass them in terms of brilliance. Just be sure you have a copy of Center Stage on hand when you finish this book, because you’ll have the desire to watch it ASAP.

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Emotional Performances
There are two main performances in this book which will seriously make you consider taking up ballet as an extracurricular activity. The first happens at the start of the book, and takes place immediately after Adeline’s douche of an ex, Blake, tricks her into having sex with him one more time. When she realizes that his declaration of love was just a ploy to rip off her tights, she puts on a performance full of sass and attitude that you can’t help but take notice of. Leo is sitting in the front row for this spectacle, and as soon as he locks eyes with Adeline he feels that she is putting on this passionate dance just for him.
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The second memorable dance takes place later in the book after Leo breaks things off with Adeline for her own protection from some not so savory characters. She takes all of the despair and heartbreak from the end of their relationship, and puts it all into a dance about a woman who loses her love to the trials of war. Hands down, the best scene of the book, and you’ll feel as though you are right in the audience watching her express it all on stage. Brava!
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Leo belongs to a fraternity and secret brotherhood which disapproves of his relationship with such a low-class ballerina. Adeline’s ex, Blake, is also a member of this brotherhood, and his father is the leader. There is definitely some suspense with this brotherhood, as we wonder how Leo and Adeline can possibly escape their control. That being said, the whole concept of a secret brotherhood is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. Couldn’t we just have some disapproving parents? Seems a bit more believable. There was also a lot of build-up surrounding this brotherhood, and I felt like the ultimate climactic scene came together almost too easily.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the storyline and romance at play in this novel, but there were some aspects that I would have liked some more information about. Firstly, Adeline’s former relationship with Blake. He always seemed like a dick, and yet at one point she was so in love with him that she accepted his proposal of marriage. Why exactly was she drawn to such a sleezeball? Lastly, there is some drama surrounding Adeline’s sister who is now living on the streets, and Adeline feels responsible for that. However, I felt like this story was never fully explored, and the issues between these sisters were never fully resolved.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: I don’t think so, but I would totally read a sequel featuring Adeline’s sister.

Should you read it? You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this one. The brotherhood aspect was a bit far-fetched, but interesting nevertheless.

Smut Level: For a delicate ballerina Adeline certainly likes it a little rough, and loves a dominant man who can push her to her bending point…if you catch my drift.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Dawper Publishing. 265 Pages.


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Fever: A Ballroom Romance Book 3 by Tonya Plank

And now for the exciting conclusion of the Fever series! In this last novel Rory is able to overcome her anorexia, and Sasha finally learns how to be a proper partner to Rory. What other difficulties could they possibly encounter? Let’s throw in a kidnapping!

What’s it About? fever 3

Sasha and Rory are working superbly well together, their fiery passions for each other blazing both on and off the dance floor as they compete at Blackpool, the world’s most prestigious ballroom championship. But Rory suspects Sasha’s jealous former partner and his student are conspiring to sabotage them. And her increasing fears that Sasha’s mysterious past, which has so intrigued and captivated her, holds something sinister, become a life-threatening reality.

First Impressions

The major focus of this novel is Rory and Sasha training for the ultimate dancing competition at Blackpool, but at one point Rory is briefly kidnapped by unknown assailants before being returned to Sasha. He seems to know why Rory was taken, but says he’ll explain everything after the competition. Um…like hell you will!

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Overall I really enjoyed this book, but I honestly could have done without the whole kidnapping aspect, as well as the storyline behind it all. It seemed like unnecessary drama to me, but more importantly it also took away from what the entire series has been building towards: Blackpool. The end of the novel sees our main characters competing in Blackpool, but also the return of the kidnapping aspect, which was just too much story to cram into the last few chapters. It sort of made the ending seem rushed.

Oh the Dancing

This book has even more naked dancing than the last one, and this time Sasha partakes by removing his own clothing as well. Oh my. That seems sexy as hell, especially if you throw a samba roll in there, but does anybody else feel like it’s also a safety hazard? There would be so many appendages out in the open, flopping around all over the place.

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As part of the Blackpool competition, Sasha and Rory prepare 5 different routines that they dance multiple times throughout the novel, as well as during the competition itself. I would personally love if there was a video accompaniment to this series where you could watch professional dancers perform the 5 routines. Having no dance background myself, I think it would have helped to truly envision what Sasha and Rory were working towards.

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*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: A Ballroom Romance, book 3. Looking back on the entire series, I would say that book 2 was probably my favorite.

Should you read it? Yeah! As a whole this is a series that will make you want to go out there and take some ballroom dance classes of your own! Ugh, but lessons are so expensive, and Blackpool sounds like a physically draining competition just reading about it! I guess I’ll just stay in my apartment and have some more Thai food.

Smut Level: Naked dancing here people. Naked…dancing.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Dark Swan Press. 327 Pages.

Get the Whole Series: Click Here. $5.98 for all 3 books!

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Fever: A Ballroom Romance Book 2 by Tonya Plank

Hot damn! In book 1 these two characters barely spoke to each other. In this one…well let’s just say they get a bit more intimate. His rumba gets to know her cha-cha. They have sex!

What’s it About? fever

With her law career becoming more nerve-wracking by the day, Rory must decide once and for all whether to leave it for her true twin passions – dance and her partner, Sasha. As she and Sasha begin to train for the largest competition in the world, Blackpool, their partnership, and their very lives, are threatened by Rory’s returning anorexia that had haunted her as a child ballet dancer, one of Sasha’s jealous and vengeful former students, and, most seriously, demons from Sasha’s past.

First Impressions

The intensity level in this story has increased about ten-fold from the first book, and in a variety of aspects. Rory’s job is becoming even more stressful, not to mention her training with Sasha for Blackpool, and the passion between her and Sasha has gone up another notch as well. While book 1 intrigues you, this one draws you in and doesn’t really let you go. Overall, a vast improvement from the previous novel, especially in regards to the relationship between Sasha and Rory. They take full advantage of their flexibility in the bedroom as well as on the dance floor.

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Sasha: the Good and the Bad

These two have some incredibly sexy scenes together. From dancing naked to a bathtub scene involving bubbles and champagne, the detail used to describe each scene will have you reaching for a glass of ice water. This book also has one of the hottest build-ups to sex I’ve ever come across. It starts off with some foreplay on the dance floor including tantalizingly close hip movements, a blindfold, and a tremendous amount of neck and earlobe nibbling. Sasha is apparently a master of movement and seduction.

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That’s the good part of Sasha. The bad part is that he can also be an unbelievably frustrating character at times. He’s controlling, demanding, and has a short temper when it comes to dancing. I certainly wouldn’t have the patience for it, and I sometimes questioned why Rory was putting up with it at all. But then he’d do another hip roll, and I’d be like, “Ah, I get it.”

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*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: A Ballroom Romance, book 2. Can’t wait to see how everything comes together in the final book!

Should you read it? Yes, but just be sure you have about a gallon of ice water in the vicinity when you read it, because this book is hot, hot, hot! Just be forewarned that you’ll probably have the urge to yell at Sasha a few times.

Smut Level: Nothing like a bubble bath for two to relax the muscles after dancing. And prepare for some other amorous activities.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Dark Swan Press. 284 Pages.