Release Date: December 12th 2014
Genres: NA, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: 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.
There are books that stay with you and there are characters that become a part of you. I didn’t go into Amour Amour expecting to be as affected by it emotionally as I did. No, wait. Scratch that. I did go into Amour Amour expecting to connect with it emotionally (HELLO– THE TWINS WROTE IT. OF COURSE IT’S GOING TO GIVE ME ALL THE FEELS) but I hadn’t anticipated it giving me that big emotional push I needed. That big emotional push to be brave.
Amour Amour wasn’t you typical NA book. I know I always say that about Krista and Becca’s books (because they aren’t) but Amour Amour is so different to any other NA book I’ve read. It inspired me so much, It truly belongs in a league of it’s own.
Thora James dreams of performing in the circus and when she gets a chance to audition in Las Vegas for a new circus show, Amour, she drops everything to go and achieve her dreams. Amour wasn’t an easy book to read. This wasn’t your average girl-goes-after-what-she-wants-and-makes-it-right-away book. No, Amour Amour was brutally honest. Thora begins the book with so much passion and bravery when she jets off to Vegas to audition for Amour but she actually has to work for her dream come true. Thora pushes herself, both emotionally and physically. The amount of set backs she faced was heartbreaking. There wasn’t ever a moment in this book that felt “easy”. Thora loved performing and she wanted to be in the circus, so she did everything to get there. She always believed she could so she did.
While there is a romance in Amour Amour (let’s be honest, the name sort of gave it away) it never took over the story. It never felt like a secondary thing either, though. What I loved about Amour Amour was how the romance was mixed into the actual story. The circus, the dream, the passion and romance were all one entity.
Nikolai Kotova was a brilliant character as well. I fell in love with him from the start. He believes in Thora and pushes her to her limits so she can become better. He’s also brutally honest, which was strangely, one of his most endearing qualities. There were so many scenes I wish we could have gotten from his POV though. I just need to hear his side of THINGS. The whole Kotova family was also one of my favourite aspects of the book. The “family” theme was strong in Amour Amour and I loved how important the circus was to every member of the family.
This being a Krista and Becca Ritchie book I laughed– a lot. The dialogue was perfect and witty and charming and just so perfect. When I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about it and when the next perfect time would arise for me to go read it again.
Amour Amour is Krista and Becca’s first standalone and easily one of their strongest books to date. One of the biggest aspects of Amour Amour that I loved was how I felt like I got to know Krista and Becca more through it. I could feel their passion for writing in Thora’s passion for the circus. I could feel how important it was so take that giant leap for them and become full fledged authors. I think Krista and Becca put a lot of themselves and their fears, passion, confusion and wins in Amour Amour and that’s just what made this book truly truly special.