Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review: Amour Amour by Becca & Krista Ritchie

Amour Amour

Authors: Becca and Krista Ritchie
Pages: 347
Series: Standalone
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
Release date: 12th December 2014


Love is a circus

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

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--acrobatic partners, 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.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

Review: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

I have been eager to read a Becca and Krista Ritchie book for a while now and after seeing the praise for Amour Amour it was an instant buy for me.

Characters: Our main characters are twenty-one year old Thora James and twenty-six year old Nikolai Kotova, Thora has left college to pursue her dream of being in the circus so she makes her way to Las Vegas to audition for a part in Aerial Etheral, her dream has been to be an aerialist since she was fourteen. Thora was a sweet character, persistent, courageous and eager to please, I adored her passsion and her determination. Nikolai, also known as the God of Russia is a fourth generation acrobat and the lead performer in Amour, an acrobatic show on the Vegas strip, to Cora he was exciting, passionate, honest and loyal – he believed in her and pushed her to her limits; I must admit he didn’t appeal to me in the initial stages of the book, his cockiness turned me off but by the end of the book I adored him. The side characters were each likeable, I loved the Kotova family and John was hilarious!

Storyline: We follow Thora in her pursuit to follow her aspirations to be in the circus as an elite aerialist, it wasn’t easy for her financially, physically or emotionally and the auditions didn’t always go her way but with Nikolai’s help in training her to be the best she could be she pushed through, it was a brutally honest and passionate book and I loved learning more about the circus way of life and the hardships that go along with it.

Romance: Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the connection and the chemistry between Thora and Nikolai, it was a romance that wasn’t rushed but they seemed so different and I saw them more as student/mentor rather than anything more most of the time. I was actually enjoying the interactions between John and Timo more which I thought were hilarious. The romance didn’t take away from the overall storyline

What I loved: The writing is superb, the descriptive circus setting was wonderful and the theme of the story was unique amongst others in this genre. I really enjoyed the family dynamic in the book, Nikolai’s devotion and loyalty to his siblings was truly delightful, the banter and dialogue was written extremely well and the overall message of pursuing your dreams despite the consequences was an important aspect.

Favourite quote: He is selfless, dedicated and wholly determined – the most responsible twenty-six year old, the most mature man. He is power and strength. But most importantly, he is love. And family.

7056935About the authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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  1. There's no escaping the Ritchie author duo it would seem. Amour Amour keeps taunting me with every blog I visit this morning! Other than your minor issues with the romance, I do believe that this book deserves a home on my kindle.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    1. Despite the romance, I really enjoyed this Carmel :-) I can't wait to hear what you think if you get a chance to read it.

  2. This has such mixed reviews from fangirling to loathing. I am a tad worried about the romance..unless there is a really strong storyline I think I would be disappointed. Wonderful breakdown Sharon

  3. I really want to read this one, I'm sorry it wasn't perfect for you :(

  4. Haha - everyone loves John and Timo. I swear, those two were so funny. I definitely liked this more than you, but I'm glad you still liked it.

  5. I've read another review that said the hero and heroine lacked chemistry and the reader didn't feel al connection to their love story. I need that to be invested in the story. Bummer. I love the circus setting though!


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