Review: Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie


Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: December 12th, 2014
Publisher: Indie
Point of View: 1st Person & Female
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Family, Friendship, Circus, Hopes & Dreams

BLURB:

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*

REVIEW:

New Adult has never been my favorite genre. This book though proved me that there are some great ones out there only waiting to be sought. And, guess what? I found one. Maybe my rating will seem unfair, giving how I qualified this book to be, but, had it not stretched and stretched and stretched, it might have easily reached a four, four point five star rating.

The best thing about this novel was the set of characters – both principal and secondary ones. All of them sparkled in ambition, kindness, talent or beauty. And they will entertain the hell out of you! Timo, especially. I wish you’d know how endearing that boy was. Always ready to plaster a smile on your face. I just hoped he would be as important as the main ones, since I couldn’t get enough of him. And you know what also turned out lovely about this story? The LGBT theme inside it. Barely developed, and only something like three scenes in which the couple showed affection, but it was there nonetheless and I know, by paying attention to the M/M couple’s feelings and believing – feeling – what I was reading, that these two authors might have it to write an unforgettable M/M romance story. I hope this is something that will happen in the future. They NEED to at least consider it.

The heroine had the ‘Resting Bitch Face’ which made her seem, well, bitchy. She was also not that great of a gymnast since she not-so-gracefully failed the audition for the circus. But, you know what? Fantastic. She was flawed and I loved that about her. No one believed she would get the lead part in Amour and, yeah, they were right, because she didn’t. But did that stop her from following her dream and passion? Hell no! She, as she kept on mentioning, was her only cheerleader. A character with such beautiful confidence is rarity and leaving everything behind because what she wanted and needed were not things she could find in her home town equalled pure risk-taking. But she did it! And following her path to success was something I did with pleasure…and time because horrible slow-pacing.

Nikolai, the Russian, tall, well-built and seducer love-interest annoyed me at first. We first met him in a quite unexpected scene and the outcome of that scene kind of, okay, really made me cringe my teeth. Hello, he tattooed and pierced people blindly! Who does that? With some self-thought experience, alright, but he could have injured Thora…when piercing her nipple. You heard right. Ouch. But, well, why not, right? She was in Vegas after all. That’s definitely another thing that appealed to me: the setting. It’s not every day that I get to read stories set in exciting and full of possibility places such a this one. So that was definitely interesting! They story could have used a LITTLE less romance though. But, hey, that is a complaining I keep making in my NA reviews so, perhaps, it is me that should accept that contemporary romance novels naturally contain romance here, there, everywhere.

You will certainly not find the kind of circus details and atmosphere that is present in The Night Circus, but you will find one filled with love, friendship, hope and…family.

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30 thoughts on “Review: Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

  1. OOOH I remember reading this one around release and loving it which is rare with me and NA! I liked how flawed the main character was as well, it made the journey more about self-actualisation which was fab. Fantastic review, Lola! x

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  2. NA is not one of my favorite genres either. Nope. But sometimes one can find a gem and in this instance you did!!! So despite everything (the stretching of the story) I’m guessing that this is one I should seriously consider. And I like romance…I can never have too much as long as it’s relevant to the story and not outta left field. Anyway, I’m adding it to my TBR! Fabulous review Lola! 😉

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  3. NA is certainly far from my go-to genre as well. I’ve been burned one too many times on NA reads that just weren’t for me and followed the same tropes again and again. I like the sound of this one though and I like that it sounds like it would bring something new to the NA table (at least for me). I do wish there was more NA out there that was less romance-oriented though.

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  4. You always do such great reviews! Oh and I went and picked it up! I’ll be starting it next month, and I’m really excited. Thanks for the recommendation girl 🙂

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  5. Like you, I’m not a fan of NA either, but seeing you think this is one of the better ones, that’s enough for me to give it a go. These girls seem to be one of the standouts in NA now, and although the drama sounds a little off putting, going to add this and give it a try as well. Great review Lola <2

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  6. I’m a huge fan of Krista and Becca and I completely adored this book. I really connected with Thora (not only because of her resting Bitch Face)–Yeah, that’s a knee slapper. But because of her determination and perseverance. I really loved how this one was about believing in yourself and having the confidence to achieve your dreams. Lovely review Lola

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  7. NA isn’t my favorite genre either but it’s nice to fine some good one from time to time. I heard about this one but I don’t remember about the rating I confess. I’m glag you had a good time with it, it sounds interesting. thanks for the review!

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  8. It really depends on my mood but overall I’d say I really like NA books. There are lots of them, so they have to be really good and different and particular but sometimes you find those jems that are just so intense and incredible! *-*
    This book has already been recommended to me by a good friend of mine, so soon I’ll read it! 😉

    Ps. Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I’d appreciate it so much! It’s both in Italian and in English :3 -> http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/

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  9. Omg that M/M comment. YES. Even though they only had a few scenes I shipped them so bad. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one! My favorite aspect of the book was most definitely the emphasis on family. Although the whole auditioning process of an acrobatic circus was really fascinating. Great review, Lola 🙂

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  10. I’m having trouble finding good NA books, they have good premises but they fail to deliver with their repetitive drama and weird dialogues. This book sounds intriguing though, so I shall look into it. Great, honest review Lola<3

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