Title & Author: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: NA Romance/Contemporary
Release Date: December 11, 2014
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
Series Details: Companion Novel
Page Count: 396 Pages
Description: “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.”
“Tattoo or piercing?…I choose where.”
This is the punishment Thora, our dirty-blonde, “wannabe acrobat with large hopes” narrator, risks upon accepting a bet with
the devil himself Nikolai “God of Russia” Kotova mere minutes into her first stint in Vegas.
Fresh off a plane from Cincinnati, Ohio, Thora has abandoned her comfort zone and gymnastics scholarship to pursue a potential job opportunity within the prestigious Aerial Ethereal (read: Cirque du Soleil). While searching for her new roommate Camila, a bartender in one of the hottest nightclubs on the Strip, Thora finds herself lassoed into the high-stakes challenge the night before her big audition.
You’ll have to read the book to learn Thora’s fate, but rest assured the lure of Sin City and the charisma of her newfound support group will keep you “all in.”
“I feel like I’m fighting for my happiness. And no one else can sense it or see it but me.”
One of the biggest appeals of this novel was the MC herself. She’s not the “one in a million” stereotype we constantly see throughout the NA/YA world. She’s not “the chosen one” with an unmatchable skill set she just stumbles upon. She’s not the bashful beauty that has every male in the world pawning after her. In fact, she’s constantly described as the opposite: Average with average abilities. But that’s what I found most relatable about her character and her message. Thora has a goal and is willing to work her ass off to obtain it — even when the chips aren’t stacked in her favor. Facing her fears and doubts, blocking out the haters (read: her “best friend” Shay and her family), and constantly pushing past the “no’s,” Thora relentlessly pursues her passion and will have you cheering for her success.
“We all traverse in and out of people’s worlds, leaving footprints. Some larger, some smaller, but there is always a mark.”
Beyond detailing the dizzy heights and downfalls that coincide with following your dreams, Amour Amour also focuses very heavily on family. When Thora leaves her initially negative family behind in Ohio, she unwittingly adopts the Kotova clan, which make up more than a third of the circus’ Vegas and international shows, as her own. Namely through her connection to Nikolai, Thora is submerged into the chaotic and emotional world he shares with his three younger and quirky siblings. This trio and their shenanigans not only lead to subsequent spinoff novels, but also created some of the most entertaining and emotional moments of the entire story.
“If his eyes are hell, his tongue is heaven…”
And finally, what would a true NA book be without a little smut? The biggest draw for this novel is obviously the ever-evolving relationship between Nikolai and Thora. Their dynamics shift so fast from would-be strangers to could-be partners to trainee-trainer/friends that you’ll be flying through the pages to keep up with the slow-burny goodness. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some NSFW scenes throughout the novel, but their relationship is much more than just amour…sorry I had to!
Despite some unrealistic elements (I mean it is set in Vegas so I think we have to be forgiving), this energetic story will leaving you smiling and encouraging you to find your happy.