Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Amour Amour
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Aerial Ethereal, #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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*
The audiobook cover for this book looks cheesy as hell. There, I said it.
And paired with the synopsis, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that this is highly rated and a lot of trusted bookish friends really loved this book.
So, I gave it a shot.
It was free on Audible Escape, so why not?
I was absolutely not disappointed.
As I often am with Mariana Zapata’s sports romances, I felt inspired by our main character, Thora.
She’s worked hard for her dream, and though she may not be the best and maybe she doesn’t have a natural talent, her hard work has paid off and she’s auditioning for a dream role in Aerial Ethereal.
I so appreciated that this character wasn’t immediately the best at everything she did. She makes mistakes and bad decisions, but doesn’t stop trying to get better.
Though the aspect of the hero being the best of the best isn’t anything unique, I did appreciate that he had much more going on than just being a cocky, if talented, jerk.
Our “God of Russia” Nikolai is part of a huge family who all are involved in this Cirque du Soleil type group. He has taken on the role of caregiver to his two younger siblings, who don’t realize all that he has sacrificed to take care of them in place of their wandering parents.
This made for a brooding, strong, quiet, yet confident character. And, boy, do I love seeing those characters lose some control due to love.
The meet cute in this is pretty amazing as well, and I’m always a sucker for a good meet cute!
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars