No promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.
New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.
Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.
When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas’ next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.
It’s that time of the week again when I bring you the Top 5 Wednesdays, created by gingerreadslainey. If you want to know how T5W works you can go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week theme is Favorite Self-Published Books. When I first saw this theme I thought I would have a hard time in finding self-published books that I’ve read but after looking to my read shelves on Goodreads I actually found a few. Because I’ve read most of these books as ARCs I won’t be talking about any of the books but I’ll leave the link for each review (and also the remaining books of the series) on this post. Here’s some of my favorite self-published books 🙂 Continue reading →
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?
Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.
Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.
Always Second Best is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.
*I was provided an eARC by Victory Editing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I read A Summer Like no Other a couple of months ago and because of that as soon as I saw this book available for request on NetGalley I knew I needed to read it especially after the way that A Summer Like no Other ended. I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I loved the characters and seeing their development through the book. One thing I especially loved was that once Em and Nick were together there were no problems in their relationship that we are used to see in YA novels. I really liked that Em and Nick were always there for each other when they needed and how important they were for each other. As I said before this book isn’t only about their relationship, it also deals with things in Em’s life, especially the circumstances of her birth and adoption and while I wasn’t that surprised with what happened (I had a suspicion since I read A Summer Like no Other) there were a few things that I wasn’t expecting and that really surprised me. Another great thing in this book is that we see Em and Nick having doubts about what they want to do in the future and if they still have the passion needed to dance and that is also something that I’m not used to have in YA books. This book had great characters and I would love to keep reading about some of them (okay I need a book about Roberto and Giovanni and other one about Jen). It was amazing how I liked almost every character from this book because this usually doesn’t happens 🙂 .
Overall this was a great book and it was a fast read. If you want to read a cute contemporary book you should give this one a try because you won’t be disappointed.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?