Published on: December 12th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Series: Aerial Ethereal #1
Genre: NA Romance
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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.
I’ve been massive fans of the Ritchie sisters for a while now and must have reread their Addicted series about a million times (ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme. More like 999,999 times!) But for some reason I never tried out their Aerial Ethereal series. Well now I have and boy have I been missing out!
“I’d help you every day so that you could see a better tomorrow. I will never give you less than that.“
Thora was a favourite of mine from the beginning. She’s determined and driven but also naive and slightly vulnerable which fits perfectly with Nikolai’s confident and fierce personality. Their romance was a joy to read, attraction at first sight but no sign of any kind of annoying insta-love. Their chemistry was off the charts hot and there were some delightfully steamy scenes between them. But what I really liked about them was how real their relationship was with realistic problems. There was no drama for drama’s sake. It felt real and they made total sense as a couple.
“Don’t love me more than your dreams, myshka. Because I love you too much to let you give them up for me.“
I LOVED the whole circle aspect of this book. A few years ago I went to Vegas and watch Cirque Du Soleil and was mesmerised by the performers and their incredible skills. The way this book is written allows you to completely immerse yourself in the world and it was exciting, thrilling and mesmerising all in it’s own way. I felt that I had learnt so much about the circus and all the different acrobatic skills by the end of reading this one, and my youtube feed is now constantly filled with circus videos because of all the ones I watched whilst reading this book.
“We all traverse in and out of people’s worlds, leaving footprints. Some larger, some smaller, but there is always a mark. We can’t sweep it away.”
There was a great group of secondary characters featured in this book and I loved the whole family feel you get from the circus family. They provided comical relief and heightened the emotional impact in pivotal moments. I have to admit that Timofei is currently my favourite secondary character and although I am super excited for Luka’s story in Infini I have BIG hopes that Timo gets his own book soon too!
“I’m average. I’ve been average most of my life, but there are moments where I feel extraordinary. Invincible. Able to conquer any fear and step outside any box. There is no illusion, no fantasy. I can climb a forty-foot pole. I can fly eighty-feet in the air. I can be taller than tall. It’s a dream that I’m living. Every day. With him.“
This book was spellbinding in a way that only the circus can be. It made me want to leap from the safety of my comfy chair and start learning circus tricks! I will definitely be reading everything else in this series!
My Rating: Beyond Loved
I would recommend this book to fans of: KB Ritchie, addicted series, books about the circus, books set in vegas