Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sunday Street Team ~ Review of Second Position by Katherine Locke!

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. SST is a like a cross between a blog tour and street team, and (as the title suggests) the posts go up on Sundays throughout the month. I love this idea! You can expect me to participate in and promote this as much as I can.☺

There are two featured SST authors this month: Rachel Shane (Alice in Wonderland High) and Katherine Locke (Second Position)! Earlier this month, I shared an interview with Rachel, but today I have a review of Second Position!
Title: Second Position
Author: Katherine Locke
Publication Date: April 13th, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Goodreads Description: 
Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight...

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had... or destroy the fragile recoveries they've only started to make. 
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Source: I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Second Position was story about love, trust, and recovery--how they're journeys, not destinations. It featured two characters who had to learn and grow on their own and with the help of one another. 

Aly and Zed had an amazing connection. They knew each other so well, yet the they also had to get to know the newer parts of each other, which was a huge struggle. Their relationship felt like it was old and new at the same time. The old--that familiarity they felt--still existed, but both had new issues to deal with. That got scary for them. Sometimes, their relationship teetered on a thin point where it could all fall into utter heartbreak if pushed too far. They sure experienced an emotional rollercoaster! I loved how they had to rebuild their trust and revise how they approached each other. The two needed to adjust and find a way to be stable in the "new" relationship. They just could not exist the same way as before the accident.

This romance kinda scared me a little. There was a ton of heartbreak and sadness buried between Aly and Zed and sometimes I thought it wasn't healthy for either of them to even be around each other. I loved them, though, and kept hoping they would figure out how to fit together again in a way where they didn't feel so heartbroken. They may or may not have done that. You'll just have to read the book to find out!

Besides Aly and Zed, the biggest thing that stood out to me was Aly's therapy sessions. There was a lot of dialogue and quite a few deep moments. The progress she was making on her journey was evident in those chapters. They allowed me to get to know her so much more than if they weren't there.

There were a few moments where I wasn't as connected to the book as I was in the majority of it, but besides that, there wasn't anything that I really disliked. 

Overall, Second Position was a great, romantic, yet pain-filled NA that lived up to my expectations. Aly and Zed's special connection made this book well worth reading. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She likes her heroes with boyish charm and her heroines with dirty mouths. She secretly believes all stories are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives April 2015 from Carina Press.

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