Author: Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Aerial Ethereal
Publication Date: December 11, 2014
Love is a circus
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.
Krista and Becca Ritchie are on fire! I have so much love for their Addicted series, so I was super excited to read Amour Amour. When I saw that it would be a standalone, I was bummed before I even read it because I knew I would want more. Need more. And I was right, because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get enough of their writing.
Amour Amour is aptly titled. It isn’t just the name of the circus show, it describes the overall theme of the book. Yes there’s a romantic love, but there’s also the love of family and friends, and most importantly, the love of a dream and going for it. There’s so much beauty to it.
I love the whole Las Vegas atmosphere. The majority of it took place around the hotel the circus is at, and the authors did a phenomenal job at “taking me there” and making me feel like I was part of these characters lives. I felt so invested in Thora’s journey and loved experiencing everything with her.
The Ritches know how to write family dynamics exceptionally well, especially when it comes to siblings. I adore the Kotova family so much! All those crazy Russian brothers and cousins, and of course Katya, the lone sister. You seriously have to meet them. And John! I can’t forget him. He isn’t part of the family, but oh my gosh, he pessimistic attitude is so funny and just too damn loveable.
Before I started the book I kept seeing Nikolai referred to as being very alpha, and I admit, I was a bit worried about that. All too often the whole ‘alpha male’ thing is overdone and the character just ends up pissing me off. That’s not the case with Nikolai. He is the healthy type of alpha. He’s protective over those he cares about, and exudes dominance and power. With Thora, he pushes her to follow her dream and to put herself and her dreams first, especially before a man. He’s supportive and has confidence in the person he loves, never tries to hold her back. Just like a real man should. So yes, Nikolia is a very hot Russian alpha man, but the best kind there is.
Amour Amour is absolutely another homerun for Krista and Becca. I love it so much! Honestly, this would be an amazing movie, or even a TV show. I’d totally watch it!