June 26th, 2014
When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.
Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.
At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.
Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?
*I was provided a copy by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Having read book 2 of the Broken Dreams series I knew that I wanted to read book 1 too mostly because I wanted to know more about Natalya. She was such a focused character in Always Second Best (review here) and we didn’t learn a lot about her so I was really curious about her life. Let me just tell you, her life was completely messed up and not only because of the accident that killed her father and her dreams of being a ballerina. It was really interesting to see Natalya trying to help her mother. However it was sad to see that she wouldn’t open up about her problems not even to her best friend Becca at the beginning. I think it was great to see her development and how she became more opened up about her problems not only to Becca but also to Becca’s parents and Tonio. One thing I really liked about this book was Natalya’s character development and how much she changed. I also really liked Tonio and once again, his life was so messed up. In the end I really think that they were a great couple and I loved to see them together. Becca and James were also amazing characters and I loved Natalya and Becca’s friendship. Becca was such a great friend and really supportive. She was always there for Natalya, even when Natalya did something really wrong. I wouldn’t mind to know more about Becca. Also, I read the novella One Dream Only right before reading this novel and that novella left me suspicious about something. Let’s just say that while I wasn’t completely wrong about my suspicions I didn’t guess why Natalya’s parents were fighting so much. I was really close. I only figured out what actually happened a few pages before Natalya and I was really surprised about the twist. And let’s not forget, sometimes Natalya talked about Emilia and Nick and while it wasn’t too much I loved to know how they’re doing.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and I really liked to know a little bit more about Natalya. If you like contemporary romances you should give this one a try.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?