The Aerial Ethereal Series, Book 1
By: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Narrated by: Ava Erickson
Series: Aerial Ethereal, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
Release date: 10-04-16
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Series: Aerial Ethereal (Book 1)
Paperback: 418 pages
Publisher: EverAfter Romance; Reprint edition (December 12, 2014)
Read as part of the AUDIBLE Romance Library package, a subscription service.
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 “nonexistent” relationship, but 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 remain in the background of his spellbinding show.
I usually don’t review books I buy, or borrow but, I love the idea for this book, a “modern circus romance,” where a young woman heads to Las Vegas to audition for an Circ du Soleil type of circus dominated by a family of ethnically Russian acrobats. It’s a fresh take on the NYC or LA show-biz story and involves some serious athleticism. The book is the first in a series with the second book, INFINI releasing in print a couple of years later. I even like the cover art for it’s simplicity and relevance.
The twins writing the series have several other books out.
So, I like the series, the complex family and friends dynamics that both Nik and Thora live with, and the dedication they both show their chosen disciplines. I didn’t like the first-person narrative, but I rarely do like this point of view when it’s in the present tense (the go-cam tense). And, I thought the writing was a little naive, with some poor word-choices, and one particularly incorrect use of a phrase: “He’s a full-fledged adult, a man with more responsibilities and maturity than I probably contain in my pinky finger. page 105” The phrase actually goes the other way — it would be better employed as, “Nik has more maturity due to his responsibilities, in his little finger than Thora has in her whole body.”
The narration is well-done; the narractor gives the appropriate quality of innocence and naivete to Thora, worried smolder to Nik, and insouciant swagger to Nik’s brother.
The idea is good, but fairly predictable. There’s an employment issue that I also found ridiculous. The issues I had issues with would be well-served by using an editor; obviously the publisher did not provide that service. I would try another book in this series to see if it is improved.