Friday, July 22, 2016

First Position - Melissa Brayden

Book: First Position
Author: Melissa Brayden
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: August 16. 2016

Anastasia Mikhelson is the rising star of the New York City Ballet. She’s sacrificed creature comforts, a social life, as well as her own physical well-being for perfection in dance. Even her reputation as The Ice Queen doesn’t faze her. Though Ana’s at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she’s worked for in jeopardy.

While Natalie Frederico has shown herself to be a prodigy when it comes to ballet, she much prefers modern dance and living on her own terms. Life is too short for anything else. However, when the opportunity to dance with the New York City Ballet is thrust upon her, it’s not like she could say no. Dealing with the company’s uptight lead is another story, however. When the two are forced to work side-by-side, sparks begin to fly onstage and off.

First Position, by Melissa Brayden, will knock your socks off.  It has well-developed characters, a plot that is steady and believable, and a cover that I absolutely am in love with.

Ana has been a dancer with the City Ballet for years - she started in the corps and moved her way up to principal dancer.  In her first year as principal, a new dancer is brought in as a soloist - Natalie.  From the first day that Natalie and Ana meet, the attraction is obvious.  There is no denying that Natalie and Ana are great for each other and attracted to each other.  The hitch is that Natalie has a girlfriend.

The attraction between the two builds, and a series of events leads to them finally becoming a couple.  The rest of the book takes us on an unexpected turn of events that I never saw coming.  You will be surprised, yet thrilled with the ending! 

I appreciated that the author treated this as any other romance - the fact that Natalie and Ana are both women is never an issue.  I think it's good to see so many authors finally realizing that same-sex couples are just like everyone else, with the same issues and emotions and every thing else as other couples. 

The events the occurred in this story moved it along well and worked within the context of the book. I never once found myself thinking "Oh that would never happen!"  The characters were also very distinct from each other with their own personalities and quirks.  Each character worked well with the others, and they all developed in a way that as realistic to themselves and the story.

Due to some mature scenes, this is a book that's only appropriate for readers 18 and older.  Other than that, as long as you're old enough - I will definitely recommend you read this book!  It gets 5 stars all the way.

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