Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
on December 12th 2014
Genres: New Adult Contemporary
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.
This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.
*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*
I’m typically not a huge fan of New Adult, but Amour Amour had been recommended to me over and over by friends that enjoy new adult, so I decided to finally give it a go. The circus setting is always a buzzword for me, and I’d heard that the Ritchies avoid common NA tropes that I hate.
I went in with low expectations, and this book proved that NA can be good. I loved the setting of Las Vegas, with the Cirque du Soleil type show. Like most New Adult, this was a quick read. The Ritchies don’t dwell on any one event just for the sake of angst (something I see frequently in NA) and I appreciated that.
I found myself really enjoying the side characters. The love interest is part of a Russian circus family, and they are all individuals. His younger brother is a character I’m particularly fond of (and we’re supposed to get another book set around him! Yay!). With that being said, I found I didn’t really connect to either of the main characters. I felt very neutral on both of them. They didn’t annoy me, but their romance didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat either.
Future books in this companion series are supposed to follow different circus shows and different characters, so I am looking forward to those. I appreciate that this book avoided common NA tropes, like slut shaming, and I plan to continue reading the Ritchie’s NA offerings.