I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
The circus is here but it’s not the circus from your childhood with elephants and cotton candy but instead this one is for adults.Aerial Ethereal has acrobats who defy gravity and make the audience believe in the unbelievable.
Thora is a college gymnast who has bigger dreams than being a gymnast. Her dreams involve the circus arts. When a spot opens up on Amour she boards a plane to Vegas to take a chance at her dreams. The odds are against her but Thora has a determined attitude and when she is knocked down she gets back up and keeps trying.
”My life is just beginning.”
In Vegas there is a Russian family that rules in the circus arts. The name Kotovas is synonymous with Aerial Ethereal. They’re known as demi-gods. No one tells them “no” but instead they turns a blind eye to the underage Kotovas’ who drink and gamble. One Kotovas in particular, Nikolai, literally and figuterily stands above the rest. When the crowd comes to watch him at the Red Death they chant, “God of Russia” at him.
Nikolai needs a new partner for the aerial silks in Amour. Thora has come to Vegas to apply for that position. “Amour is about six different types of love: obsessive, destructive, friendship, gentle, teasing, and passionate.” The chemistry between these two were great. Nik’s “harsh” personality and Thora’s RBF (resting bitch face) complimented each other. If you don’t know what that syndrome is take a look at this video-> http://youtu.be/3v98CPXNiSk.
Thora may have claimed to be her own cheerleader but Nik was her biggest supporter. The song “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain played through my head as I read about their relationship: ”I’ll be the greatest fan of your life…”
The circus is a way of life:
•“People attend the circus to see the impossible become possible, and it’s up to us to create that illusion.”
•“You have to leave your heart and soul here. Every night. Every time. It’s your job to make the audience feel something.”
I loved seeing glimpses of some of the characters from the Addicted series make cameos in Amour Amour. It gave me a moment to fangirl while read this book.
Reading this book brought nostalgic feelings because I spent ten years in the gym. My son had three gymnastic coaches; two from Bulgaria and one from here. Each one had an interesting story about their life as a performer. One was a performer in Cirque du Soleil, another one was a teeter board performer in the Ringling Bros and the last one was the Olympic coach for the Bulgarian men’s team. Each time I read about Nik’s no-nonsense attitude I could totally picture it because that was the personalities of the Bulgarian coaches. In the beginning of the book it opens with a one handed handstand contest. That scene played out in my living room as my kids challenged each other to see who could last the longest. After awhile my living room turned into a mini Cirque du Soleil.
Amour Amour is a standalone. I’ve been asked if the twins plan to write spinoffs with the secondary characters… I personally don’t know but I would like to get to know some of the stories behind these characters. I’m currently NOT a fan of Shay because of his lack of support for Thora and her dream. So, I could do without his story but I know if anyone could change my mind about a character it would be the twins. If you haven’t read anything by the twins here’s your chance to try their writing style.
LONG LIVE THE CIRCUS!