Title: AWKwaRd, Victoria
Author: Emme Burton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Merde! That’s exactly what Max Devereux’s former life was-pure crap. He’s re-invented himself. Now he's the Premier Danseur and Choreographer at the hottest ballet company in Chicago. He’s also a premier player. All the dancers know it. Moving from girl to girl. Bed to bed. No one has ever compelled him to be faithful. No one has ever felt like home. His stunning boss and artistic director, Mariette Gallant, bets him he’ll be in love in three months. The prize if he doesn't? A night with Mariette. Max takes the bet-eagerly. This will be an easy win. Enter Awkward. Victoria Awkward. The gorgeous, strawberry blonde ballerina with the unfortunate last name. She is ANYTHING but Awkward and she can dance and charm as well as he can. The best way to motivate Max to do something is to forbid him. Mariette has put Miss Awkward off limits. All bets are off.
2.5 "Ballet & Secrets" Stars
ARC provided by the author.
Warning #1: Due to the holiday season and the lack of Internet access, I’m keeping my reviews short & sweet. Back to the normal speed next year. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, guys!
Awkward Victoria is a romance book with a famous trope: bad boy meets good girl, falls in love and stops sleeping around. Unlike a lot of readers, I don't have a problem with this trope. I actually enjoy these stories a lot when well-done, like Elle Kennedy's books, for example.
Unfortunately, Awkward Victoria suffers from too many problems: unlikable characters, unbelievable insta-love (yeah, insta can be believable, see Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven), weak storyline and unrealistic situations.
The bet that introduces the main conflict didn't feel believable enough to carry the story and take it where it should. After we find out the motivation behind that bet, things only get worse. The main couple lacked chemistry, mainly because the bad boy fell in love way too fast. He met the girl and then, BOOM, everything about him changed. We didn't get the chance to get to know his love interest (Victoria) and fall in love with her ourselves. Not that I'm sure we would've, since Victoria (and Max, too) didn't have distinctive enough personalities to make a mark.
On the plus side, the whole ballet storyline was interesting, with the dance moves and the dance routine providing a chance for the characters to interact.
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