Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Title: Amour Amour
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Published: December 12th 2014
Read: December 13 to 16, 2014
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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.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

Oh, the two wizards that are Krista and Becca Ritchie! Their books have moved and touched the deepest parts of my soul and I will forever hold them dear and close to my heart. After finishing their first stand-alone novel, I can tell you that I found Amour Amour to be exciting, and the circus setting most definitely added to the otherwise fun, humorous and sensuous story.

"Some days I still wonder if I’ve found me. Maybe we never stop searching. Maybe we evolve the way seasons change, seamlessly without really knowing, not until all the leaves have fallen."

Thora is a great heroine to follow, because she’s so passionate about what she does. Yes, she has her doubts: people constantly tell her that she isn’t good enough, she will never make it yada yada yada, but she always proves them wrong; her determination not foolish, but admirable. Of course, she has her fair share of little [or not so little *cough* pun *cough*] helpers and I believe that this is a very crucial part of being successful. Eventually you do need someone to root for you; to give you a helping hand every now and then. Here’s where John, Camila and the Kotovas come into play.

The secondary characters are what made this book for me. I love sibling relationship so much—especially the complicated, yet loving ones and the Kotovas could give everyone and anyone a run for their money in this aspect. These kids made me cry and laugh out loud more than once. Their friendship with Thora was so endearing that I wanted to squish them together, put them in my pocket and keep them forever. Thank goodness for re-reading, yeah? I loved their personality quirks and there’s so much to explore with each individual that I sincerely hope we do get some companion novels one day.

I loved the setting! There were parts that took my breath away—a prime example being the first time Thora visits the Amour show. It’s described beautifully and makes you feel like you’re not just reading the scene, but rather watching it there alongside her. Also, the romances were pretty darn hot. I liked Thora and Nik together, but there was another couple who brought my obsessive shipper side out and OH. MY. CONNOR. COBALT. SERIOUSLY THIS OTP YOU GUYS!!!!! I WAS ROLLING ON THE FLOOR GASPING FOR AIR BECAUSE THIS COUPLE! I AM SO HEART EYES YOU DON’T KNOW HOW HEART EYES. THEY NEED THEIR OWN BOOK. PRETTY PLEASE. I am willing to bring out the tears and puppy eyes if necessary.

Even though it wasn't my favorite book by the twins, I liked this story a lot and thoroughly recommend it! While some parts of the novel were predictable, there were A LOT of parts that made me gasp and say “GET OUT OF HERE! NO WAY! DID THIS JUST HAPPEN?? *wipes back a few pages and reads again* OMG THIS DID JUST HAPPEN!” out loud, so you can say that there are quite a few coup de théâtre’s here and there. Amour Amour is a chemistry filled story with a lot of passion, heart and character growth. You can see, feel and almost touch the passion Krista and Becca have put into this novel: there are so many pieces of them in Amour Amour for the rest of the world to see, if only you know where to look. It’s inspiring, enthralling, brave and admirable! I hope we do get to meet the Kotovas again in the future and get a front row seat from different povs to all the acts bound to happen in their crazy lives.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Stars: ★★★★

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  1. Wow I love the sound of Thora! It sucks that she always gets told she isn't good enough. I'd probably loose all my self confidence after one day. But yes, she sounds incredibly admirable. I can definitely see why you love these ladies' work.

    Fantastic review! <33

  2. You know that I'm loving every second of Addicted series. I cannot wait to read this book, too. :)

  3. Siiri this review is beautiful! We talked the heck out of this book already so I don't want to get into ANOTHER discussion on it here (thank god for Whatsapp) but I do feel like GOING ALL CAPSLOCK WITH YOU ABOUT THIS OTHER COUPLE. THEY WERE ADORABLE AND TOTALLY WORKED. AT FIRST I WAS LIKE "ARE YOU G UYS GOING TO GET A ROOM O R WHAT?" AND THAN DURING THERE SCENES TOGETHER LATER ON,I WAS LIKE "TAKE ME TO THE ROOM WITH YOU. I LOVE YOU TOO!"

  4. I believe I know which couple you are talking about and I definitely wouldn't mind if they got their own book! I LOVED them and a book with them as the main focus would be hilarious and amazing :)

  5. You have me so intrigued by who this other couple maybe that you're obsessed about! I'm glad that the Ritchie twins were able to bring out all the feels once more, fabulous review as always! :)

  6. Oh, I love that quote! It's beautiful. I haven't read anything by the twins yet, but I'm thinking I'll definitely have to, especially after hearing so many great things about all of their novels. I'm glad you enjoyed Amour Amour, and great review, Siiri!


    BEAUTIFUL JUST BEAUTIFUL. I JUST WANT TO HUG THE KOTOVAS BECAUSE THAT FAMILY DYNAMIC BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. And I'm partial towards Luka. It's his kleptomaniac tendencies that make him endearing (oh god, I never thought I'd say that LOL). I don't know. It's just super cute when Nikolai questions everything he buys HAHAHAHA


    Beautiful review, m'dear! <3 x

  8. Siir..I need to read this. Gads little lady your review rocks and I haven't read a whole lot on twins. That quote..eep! I will need truffles for this one :)

  9. Since you already know I have a copy of this book, I feel like you're going to tell me to get on it :P And I will! Eventually? Soon. I've been looking forward to this one so yes, I really want to get on this one soon. I don't think I'll be able to make it my first read of 2015 :( Maybe my last read of this year? I have too many books to read. BAH HUMBUG. (isn't it the perfect time to say that?!)

    I am glad you loved this one, Siiri although a tad sad it wasn't your favorite :P But then again, we both know what your favorite would be :D

    I am curious about this other couple but you know me, I always end up shipping the main ones harder than anyone else so I don't think I'd be head over heels for your otp :P (I IZ SORREH. Maybe I'll be proven wrong and then you can have the joy of saying 'IN YO FACE'... that sounds good enough?)

    Lovely review, hon <333

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Not that I doubted it! :P
    I loved the sibling relationships too. It was most definitely my favorite part of the book. As much as I loved Nik and Thora's romance, my favorite was Timo and John's relationship. I hope we do get their book because those two are HOTTT!
    Great review, love!

  11. I love your fangirling and enthusiasm! You always make me want to pick up a book and desperate to love it. I've recently struggled a lot with NA, but I love that Thora isn't afraid to go after what she wants, finds support and experiences growth. I also think I need to meet this other couple you are so SHOUTY CAPITALS about. Hope you've having a lovely holiday and are getting a bit of a break from school to relax and read and hang out with friends. xo

  12. I love sibling friendships like oh my gosh!!!! This romance sounds totally hot though, like whoa.... The setting and the story sound amazing and addictive :) Lovely review, Siiri!!!!! :D

  13. I'm doing it!!! I'm reading it now. Man, it's taking me forever though because work keeps getting in the way! >.< So far (at 28%) it's pretty darn good!! :D