Review: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: December 12th 2014
Purchase: Ebook • Paperback

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–acrobatic partners, 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.

I am so. in. loooove with Krista & Becca Ritchie’s books!!! They are one of the few authors I can trust – they can literally write anything and I will not hesitate to read it. Their Addicted series is one of my TOP favorite series in the whole wide world, so of course I had to read their standalone!

Amour Amour was SO MUCH FUN to read!!!! It was an exhilarating, unique, inspiring, sexy book that I couldn’t put down! I fell in love with the characters and their stories. I honestly wished it would never end, and I’m a bit sad that it’s a standalone. It ends fantastically but… I wanted more!!!

“You have one year left at college,” he says, “and you’re going to throw it all away?”
I shake my head. “It’s the opposite,” I tell him. “My life is just beginning.”

Our heroine, Thora James, gives up everything to move to Las Vegas for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She wants to audition for a role as an acrobat in the show Amour, but it is NOT easy. First, she has to deal with the fallout of leaving college, her family, and her best friend to take a chance at something she could absolutely fail at. I, for one, was so impressed with Thora. If I were in her shoes, I sure as hell wouldn’t have the guts to go through what she did.

Lucky for her, on the first day of Thora’s move to Vegas, she meets the leading performer of Amour, Nikolai Kotova, at his after-show. He offers to train Thora, and Thora now has to endure grueling, exhausting practices with the sexiest man she’s ever met. Nikolai six feet five inches of raw, masculine power. In Thora’s own words:

He is power. Man. And strength. He is charm and desire and indestructible things.

I adooored Nikolai!! He’s a bit standoffish in the beginning, but when he and Thora keep up with training and spend more time in and out of practices, they warm up to each other. Their romance is fairly slow paced, but it’s genuine and there is a wicked hot chemistry between them. I loved the dynamics between Thora and Nikolai when they were together. They’re funny, tender, sexy, and they felt so real to me that I wished they existed in real life! I loved how Nikolai is so supportive of Thora and her dreams. He definitely stole my heart.

“The things greater than us, Thora, they’re not impossible. It’s just fear talking, telling you that you can’t when you can. I know you can.”

The most fascinating part of Amour Amour is definitely the world of the circus. I was utterly immersed in the circus life, and I applaud the authors for doing such an incredible job of introducing something that I knew nothing about and not letting it be too overwhelming. The circus came to life in this book, and I was riveted the entire time.

The Kotovas, Nikolai’s family, also make up a large part of the story. Timo, Katya, and Luka are Nikolai’s younger siblings who are also part of the circus life. They’re so full of life and character, and it’s so easy to be charmed by them, as Thora was. Thora came to Vegas completely alone, but now, with the Kotovas, she’s created a new family.

It’s tough going for Thora as she continues on with auditions, and my heart was aching with her mounting frustrations. If she fails, she’ll have given up everything with nothing to show for it. But if she succeeds and lands a role, she’ll have to leave Nikolai. But can she leave Nikolai if she’s fallen in love with him?

“Don’t love me more than your dreams, myshka. Because I love you too much to let you give them up for me.”

I loved this book. It’s a fantastic read about chasing your dreams and never giving up on them. The writing is impeccable and the story had me hooked. It did take me a while to warm up to all the characters, but once I did, I fell in love with each one of them. Krista & Becca Ritchie’s characters all take a life of their own and manage to steal my heart. I highly recommend Amour Amour – the story and characters will sweep you away!

4.5 hearts – nearly perfect!

4.5 hearts
lacey

Check out the interview I had with Krista & Becca for the Amour Amour blog tour!

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Author Interview: Krista & Becca Ritchie

5 words to describe Amour Amour?

Krista: Circus, Acrobats, Love, Sex, Dreams – I went with five different words, not a sentence. Now I challenge Becca to make a 5-word sentence *grins in excitement*

Becca: Nikolai allures Thora with his…. (I ran out of words, sooooo I’m leaving the rest to your imagination!)

(LOL Becca!)

Why did you decide on having the circus as the setting of the book?

Krista: We’ve always found the circus interesting, far before we ever started writing. After we went to Vegas, we knew that the Vegas circus had to be the setting. It was enchanting and different. Plus, we were already shipping acrobats and aerialists while we were watching the Cirque du Soleil show. We just had to make a romance around it.

Becca: Oh yeah, we came out of that Vegas show dreaming about an acrobatic romance and we both looked at each other and were pretty much like “yep, we have to write this!”

What kind of research did you need to look up for Amour Amour?

Krista: We did so much research. We didn’t have any prior knowledge about the technique or fundamentals that go into being an acrobat – aside from the documentaries we watched years ago. So we had to look up lots of terms. I love researching, so it was really fun to delve into the technical sides of things.

Becca: Exactly what Krista said! I think we both have this natural desire to get “behind-the-scenes” of places we can’t be. And so we love documentaries that explore these different worlds, and then we have the ability to create a story and characters encompassing it. Thankfully there were plenty of sources and outlets to delve deeper into this specific type of circus.

How did you come up with the names for Thora and Nikolai? (LOVE Nikolai’s name, btw 😉 )

Krista: There are a handful of girls names that we know we want to write with in the future. Thora was among them. And so it was an easy choice. She was in that pot of names initially because of the actress Thora Birch. We love her. And we’re obsessed with the movie Now and Then so that’s how it came about.

Becca: We LOVE Thora Birch! And we knew Nikolai’s name had to have Russian roots, and of a long list, we gravitated towards this one the most.

How different was it writing Amour Amour than writing the Addicted series?

Krista: The main difference was that we had to meet and create these characters for the first time. We hadn’t done that since Addicted to You, since the Addicted series is so long. It was a little bit of work, but really enjoyable. We also had to focus on closure for Amour Amour since it’s a standalone.

Becca: The research aspect is another difference. We’ve never had to research this much for one singular book, but it’s been so much fun. Our love and admiration of aerialists and circus performers has only grown.

I need to know… How sexy is Amour Amour? (Nikolai sounds like a very dreamy man…)

Krista: It’s pretty sexy. It’s not in Nikolai’s POV but from Thora’s point of view, there is still definitely some steam. He’s a 6’5’’ Russian-American athlete after all 😉

Becca: The steam is high! Nikolai is very confident in bed, and Thora has never been with someone quite as…masculine as him.

(Suuuper happy about this!)

What was your favorite scene in Amour Amour?

Krista: I won’t be able to say it now because it’s a spoiler, but it’s one of the more emotional scenes between Nikolai and Thora. I’ll definitely reveal it on our Tumblr whenever it’s safe to start spoiling.

Becca: My favorite is a scene at the end, which I can really talk about, but a close second is the opening first few chapters. It’s one of my favorite beginnings of a book that we’ve written.

And lastly, what was the best part about writing Amour Amour?

Krista: Definitely creating those themes and characters. It’s everything we wanted it to be and more. I also love how well it fits in with our other books. It just feels like it can exist in the same world and universe we’ve created – which I love.

Becca: This book has such a special place in our hearts. We admire Thora so much, and I think she’s taught us a lot about courage and about stepping outside our comfort zones, even if it’s like wearing a size-zero turtleneck in the summer. Amour Amour impacted us, and we’re truly happy that we didn’t give up on it. After so many rewrites and months, we thought the concept might’ve been infeasible. But we kept trying. And here we are now 🙂 It’s been a joy, and we really hope you all love it too!

Thank you so much for the interview, Krista and Becca!!

Thanks so much for having us on your blog, Lacey!!! ❤ ❤

About Amour Amour

Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Amour Amour
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Standalone New Adult Romance
Pub Date: December 12th 2014
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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–acrobatic partners, 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*

Purchase:
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about the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Expected Publication Date: December 12th 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Add to Goodreads

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 of 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 aggravatingly 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—acrobatic partners, 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*

about the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

Twitter • Website • Facebook • Tumblr • Pinterest
Krista Goodreads • Becca Goodreads

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