Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

March 8, 2015 Book Reviews 18 ★★★★★

Amour Amour by Krista and Becca RitchieAmour Amour by Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Published by Independent on December 12th 2014
Pages: 347
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

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--acrobaticpartners, 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*

The circus is one of those things that just scream wonderment and mystery. A world like no other; filled with characters sporting strange appearances, exotic animals and men and women with immeasurable talent and courage. From the tamer who faces off with some of the world’s deadliest predators to the acrobats who fly through the air as if they have wings, a visit always evokes an emotional response. When I spotted AMOUR AMOUR on my twitter feed and read the synopsis and the fact it was written by some of my friends’ favourite authors, I knew this book would be right up my street.

Thora is a gymnast who has always harboured a love for the circus. When the opportunity to audition for Amour Amour, a show in one of Las Vegas’ premier Circus shows, Thora risks her college scholarship and her parents’ and friend’s approval and heads off for the craziest city in the world. A chance encounter with the show’s biggest star, Nikolai, in the most unlikely of circumstances ensures Thora’s Vegas adventure gets off to the rockiest of starts. As Thora fights to keep her dream on track, facing setback after setback, she also must contend with her potential co-star and his magnifying presence. Their chemistry may be off the charts, but in the uncertain world of acrobatics, is it enough for them to risk everything they know and want for simply a chance at love?

Krista and Becca Ritchie have been on my TBR since they published their first book and while it’s taken me until now to finally read their work, the love my blogger friends have for their scintillating stories ensured I bought every single book to date. Unwilling to commit to yet another series, when I read that AMOUR AMOUR was a standalone, I knew it was time to take the plunge and boy, was it worth it!

I loved the chance to get an insight into one of the most unique ways of life. The circus – with its nomadic lifestyle, brutal training regimes, its inherent danger and most of all, its strong family ties with generations picking up the baton and embracing the traditions with no hesitation. It was thrilling to learn about the sacrifices and the love and above all strength and bravery that are needed to survive this life. While the acrobats may not receive gold medals and endorsements from cereal companies, they are truly athletes who must commit the same amount of time and energy to ensure they are at their peak as those training for competitions. I loved how atmospheric this book was and how the Ritchie sisters dropped you right in the middle of the action and ensured the experience was authentic. The Vegas strip was another star of the book and the crazy, hectic pace of the city was felt with every passing page.

I loved Thora’s strength and tenacity in this book. Despite getting knocked back, several times, she simply dusted herself off and endeavoured to work harder. She doesn’t complain or look back; she keeps moving forward, always focussed on her goal which was refreshing from other NA novels where the “heroine” throws it all away at the first sign of attention from a guy.

Nikolas was certainly an interesting character. Oozing sex appeal from his first appearance, I was worried that perhaps that would be all he had to offer but he was seriously one of my favourite New Adult “Heroes”! A man who knows sacrifice, who lives it every day, I loved how he unfailingly supported Thora in her dreams and never hesitated to have her back.

The development of their relationship was one of my many favourite things about this book. I loved how it progressed. There may be instant chemistry but hell to the no, there’s no insta love here. My nerves were fraught with the deliciously slow pace as we get to experience every moment of this pair’s descent into emotional and physical lust and love.

My absolute favourite thing about this book (can you tell there was many? lol) was the emphasis on FAMILY! Oh boy, I don’t know how many books I’ve read where family is simply a plot device to emphasise just how crappy an MC’s life is so it was heartening for it to be given a positive spotlight. Niko and his brothers and sister had the most complicated, emotional, loving and craziest relationship and I enjoyed every moment they appeared. I loved how each of the secondary characters received the same rich development and I was aching to know more about each of their personal stories.

This was definitely a Danielle book and focussed on some of my favourite things to read about in a book, most notably self-respect, standing up for yourself, not sacrificing your personal happiness for the first guy who comes along, establishing a partnership with the person you love and above all, following your path and recognising that inner love and worth is vital to realising your dreams. I simply loved it!



18 Responses to “Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie”

  1. Alise

    So excited that you enjoyed this one, I remember seeing it on Goodreads and falling in love with that blurb! Secondary character development is the BEST, that sounds awesome. Plus a focus on familiar relationships? I need it.

  2. Faye M.

    It’s amazing how an author duo can garner so many fans simply through word of mouth! I swear, everyone on the web has been talking about krista and becca ritchie, even my co-blogger who’s very picky with NA! I love the idea of finding romance and your dreams in a circus 🙂 You’re right, the nomadic thing to it really gives it such a refreshing and intriguing air.

    • Danielle

      I know! They are something special to do so but they are the real deal and I can’t wait to read more from them!

  3. Jasprit

    I keep hearing such great things about Krista and Becca Ritchie’s books, but I still haven’t got around to reading one of their books. I’m really glad that you ended up loving this one too Danielle, the relationship between Nikolas and Thora sounds like something that I could like too, I’m quite picky with my NA books, but this one sounds wonderful! Lovely review! 🙂

    • Danielle

      This is really well done, I’m so tired of NA right now so this was a welcome relief that it wasn’t just same ol’ same ol’

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I have not yet read anything by these ladies, but I definitely have been wanting to. I was gifted the Addicted books awhile back, but just never found the time to read them. I am so glad you enjoyed this one so much- I do love the circus setting, so I will need to pick this one up sometime!

    • Danielle

      Oooo we should totally try and read Addicted this summer! I think this one is right up your street! I can hear you squeeeing and sighing alread 🙂

  5. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    What a lovely review, Dannielle! I haven’t read anything by KB Ritchie yet because like you felt hesitant in committing to another series despite the amazing things I’ve heard but I’m so glad to hear that this was a standalone. I love atmospheric books and a focus on family so I’ll definitely have to pick up Amour Amour ASAP!

  6. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Wow, great review, lady! I have both this book and the Addicted series on my Kindle and I haven’t read either yet! (For shame!) This sounds amazing though – love the circus setting, and the boy sounds totally hot, and a family emphasis is something I always enjoy. I need to get to this one soon!

    • Danielle

      I think this is a great “entry level” book into the KBR world rather than committing to a series plus no love triangle etc!

  7. tonyalee

    I love the first book in the Addicted series – but I wouldn’t have given this one a second thought, until now. 😉 great review lady.

  8. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    I just ADORE KB’s books (I’ve read all of them as of now!) and I’m so, so, so glad that you ended up loving this one. <3 The circus was just a magical place to be in, and Thora and Nikolai just BELONGED. It was also pretty amazing how Nikolai pushed Thora to her limits, so she could reach her dreams. 🙂 And all of KB's books focus a lot on family, so you should definitely start the Addicted series ASAP. 😉

    • Danielle

      Yes, you and Siri are the reasons I was so excited to read this and can’t wait to read the rest of them now!

  9. Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    I loved this book too! And I have to admit, the fact that it was a standalone was definitely a plus in my opinion. I know what you mean about getting started on another series… it’s definitely unnerving. But I’ve been reading the Addicted series by them, and it really is awesome! I’m glad to see you enjoyed this as much as I did! 🙂

    • Danielle

      Standalones are awesome aren’t they? Especially with our tbrs! I need to get to the Addicted series soon!

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