Anastasia Mikhelson is the rising star of the New York City Ballet. She's sacrificed creature comforts, a social life, as well as her own physical well-being for perfection in dance. Even her reputation as the Ice Queen doesn't faze her. Though Ana's at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she's worked for in jeopardy.
While Natalie Frederico has shown herself to be a prodigy when it comes to ballet, she much prefers modern dance and living on her own terms. Life is too short for anything else. However, when the opportunity to dance with the New York City Ballet is thrust upon her, it's not like she could say no. Dealing with the company's uptight lead is another story, however. When the two are forced to work side-by-side, sparks begin to fly onstage and off.
©2016 Melissa Brayden (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc
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Melissa Brayden hits another one out of the ballpark. This might even be her best. I'm no expert on behind the scenes of the NYC Ballet, so can't speak to the accuracy, but I enjoyed the setting and the tension of the competitive environment. If I had to find some small fault, I'd have liked a scene or two more of Natalie's suffering during their separation. Overall, an entertaining listen and an excellent narrator.
spectacular, wonderful another kick ***(butt) book. loved everything about it. melissa brayden you ROCK! Funny and serious great story line. only one problem.... it ended too soon.
"Absolutely love the book!"
Melissa Brayden did it again! She has a way of making fictional characters seem very real and easy to fall in love with. it was great seeing other characters from the Soho Savvy universe pop in there and say hello.
I absolutely loved this book. I've been going through a romance stint (specifically lesbian) and this book takes the cake.
The dialogue is natural and often funny. The characters act their age and nothing so far fetched happens. The drama in the book is real and the ending is sweet and beautiful and makes sense.
Basically this book is great because it's not filled with stupid stereotypes or unnatural dialogue and unbelievable events. I felt like I was listening to a close friend. Loved it!
"Poor production major distraction"
The story and narrator were delightful. However the white noise of an unprofessional recording process, obvious pauses/edit points, followed by a constant cricket noise near the end of the story, was distracting
Was not for me, loved previous works but just could not get into the listen.
This book was fantastic, I have never really been into ballet but I found it interesting. The two main characters had great chemistry and the story was unique. More importantly, the narrator was awesome. This book came to life because of her. I appreciated that she changed her voice for each character. I'm definitely look forward to listening to more books with her.
"Background noise and kind of flat"
Throughout the book there is a high pitched background noise that is very distracting. I found I had to turn the book off several times because the noise was so distracting and bothered my ears. The characters did not have the same fun interactions that her previous books had, but I think this may be the narrator, previous book's narrator added a lot of playful banter and more emotion in the way she read it which really added depth to the characters and their interplay.
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