This book was fantastic from start to finish. Truly hit every button for me and I just can’t stop smiling after finishing it for a second time.
Victoria Ford is head of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Centre and is famous for being the best ballet dancer of her time (maybe ever). When Anna, a new ballet dancer arrives at the Metropolitan, she is determined to impress Victoria and boy, does she impress. Victoria is the epitome of the Ice Queen but she sees something great in Anna and finds her intriguing from the start. As Anna justifies her potential and skill to Victoria and Victoria softens to Anna, we watch them fall in love in one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read.
This book hits my two favourite tropes of Age-Gap and Ice Queen romance. I’m still struck by the fact that this is Lola Keeley’s debut novel because this screamed seasoned author throughout. The pace was perfect, such a slow ease into what honestly was one of the most amazing books I have ever read in Lesbian Fiction.
By the end I was convinced that this must have been a Devil Wears Prada fanfic at some point and when I checked other reviews I noticed other readers had come to the same conclusion. If only I had known that prior because I would have been the first in line for this book. Devil Wears Prada fanfic is my jam… big time!
I loved both these characters and felt that I really understood their personalities to the outside world and the change and intimacies they showed one another when they were alone. In this instance, finding your soul mate can make you almost seem like a different person when you’re around them… That was how I found Victoria when she is around Anna… different but honestly, I loved she only showed that side of herself to Anna.
The chemistry is so beautifully written between Anna and Victoria that it kept making the butterflies in my tummy dance around and then happy tears on top of that (especially the last chapter and Epilogue). This book definitely brought out heaps of emotions for me. When the sex scenes happened it was unbelievably sexy. I reckon they would appeal to anyone reading this book but I was left in awe.
This book jumps onto my favourites shelf and is currently wrestling with my two favourites for all time top spot!
I loved the way the characters relate to each other in this book. They are real and have their own motivations and stories. While the characters Anna and Victoria are the main story they are not just the story but the frame around which it is woven. While I found the narrative style different and a little distracting at first I am glad I continued and unearthed what will undoubtedly become a tale I will reread.
I am looking forward to seeing more of this authors work.
This story is so beautifully written from beginning to end and ticks all the boxes for me. I love the way Victoria and Anna bounce off one another through this whole book. Add to that all the other characters that equally contribute to so much of the back story so wonderfully and it's a true delight to read. A definite 5 stars from me.
5 Stars from start to finish, this is such a wonderful story and I loved it so much. Anna melts the Ice Queen Victoria and becomes a Prima along the way. There is a great supporting cast of characters and an interesting insight into the world of ballet.