Thursday, July 14, 2016

Broken Dreams Tour: Review + Giveaway

A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams: Em & Nick #1)
She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

Always Second Best (Broken Dreams: Em & Nick #1)
Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected. 

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first. 

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He's going to prove he's meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love. 

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

Author Bio:
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. 

She's also a serial smiley user.

Always Second Best Review:
First line:
I should have stayed at the School of Performing Arts this weekend.
Review copy
4 ballet shoes out of 5
Always Second Best is a well written love story. There were lots of unexpected twists that threw me for a loop. I also really like Em and Nick, except sometimes the book felt very rushed in respect to their relationship. Em is a nice girl who dances because it is the only way she prove to herself and those she loves that she is good enough. Nick dances because it is his passion. Both are extremely good and ballet and dancing are permanent fixtures in their lives.  Nick and Em love each other, but Nick has broken up with Em because his dad is blackmailing him. Although, I never really quite figured out we either of their dads were against them dating. 

I wish there was more of Em's brother Roberto in the book because he was a likeable, well-written character. Maybe we'll see more of him? And Nonna's character drew readers in, making them instantly fall in love with the wise old lady. Though Nick and Em's story has been told, I feel that there is plenty more to come from this family.

I hope you enjoy Always Second Best as much as I did. It's a fast read, but a well-written one. Enjoy!

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