Welcome to the next Dance blog tour stop here at Rainbow Gold Reviews. As part of theme day, stories that will break your heart, we have Teodora Kostova’s story for you reading pleasure, including a teaser, a review, and don’t forget a giveaway at the end of the post. I had a great time with these characters.
Why I chose to read:
The cover caught me first. Then I read the blurb about two dancer/actors and I was in love.
Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life.
Until he meets Fenix.
Fenix Bergman has a dream – to perform on Broadway. When he gets offered the lead role in Poison – a new musical based in London, he accepts, immediately recognising the huge potential of the show.
Fenix thinks he has his life completely figured out – he will move to London, help Poison become the new West End hit and bide his time until Broadway comes knocking on his door. He has never wished for anything else but proving to himself and the world that he is a performer worthy of the biggest theatre stage.
Until he meets Jared.
Jared and Fenix’s lives collide and they fill each other’s missing pieces. Neither of them expects to feel so much, so fast for the other.
Neither of them expects to need someone so badly when love hasn’t even been in their plans.
But when Fenix’s star becomes too bright for London, will the dream he’s chased all his life ruin the dream he’s holding in his hands?
Will he survive getting everything he’s ever wanted?
*explicit sexual content, graphic language and adult themes. Recommended for readers 18+ only*
Publisher: Teodora Kostova
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Page count: 289
I can’t help but wonder what it is like for a dancer on Broadway. The grueling hours. The pain and suffering. I caught a glimpse of it while watching the ballerina’s at my local dance studio growing up. So, when I saw this story, I was entranced with the idea of not one, but two, dancers falling in love.
This is the story of Jared Hartley, an established actor in a popular West End musical not looking for a relationship; and Fenix Bergman, a rising star and dancer with the lead of Poison, a new musical based in London, whose only goal is to perform in Broadway. When they meet, their similar occupations but different ambitions collide and what comes out is a love story full of angst, good drama, and a lovely story that will break your heart to build it back up again, showing a great reality in the decisions two artists give to their art and their love for each other.
I give it a 9.5 out of 10 pots of gold because it is truly worthy to be on par with the Titanic-level of heartache but with a happier ending. The only small thing, and it’s very small, is that there were a couple of places where the points of view changed and I had a hard time following. There were parts I had to re-read in order to make sure I understood what was going on. Everything else? Fabulous. Go get it and read it. You won’t be disappointed. It will make you cry, but it’s worth it.
One of my favorite quotes:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.
As always, you need to be 18 years or older to qualify, void where prohibited, etc.