Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Adagio by Delancey Stewart

I received a copy of Adagio in exchange for my review.

For years, Anna has lived and breathed dancing, with the intention of joining the Union Ballet Company. At the audition, the artistic director, Sebastian, pulls her aside for a private audition and starts to hint at what he expects her to do to keep the job. Determined not to be a victim, Anna tries her best to ignore him, and the rest of the company, and get on with dancing. But what wasn't part of her plan was that the ballet dancer she's admired on stage, Cain. She knew he was handsome but meeting him shows her that there is so much more to him, and Anna can't stop thinking about him. Neither can Cain stop thinking about Anna, even though he promised himself he would never date another ballet dancer. Neither of them wants to deny what's growing between them, but in the world of professional ballet they have to keep it quiet from some of the powers that be...

Adagio drew me in from the first page. Stewart created a rich setting and rich characters without overloading the reader with too much technical ballet stuff (though you could never forget that the characters were dancers) which succeeded in making you care about what happened to them and what happened to the Union.

Interestingly even the 'bad guy' of the book, Sebastian, didn't really seem all that bad all things considered, he's creepy and tries inappropriate things with Anna, and I'm not saying that I liked him by any stretch of the imagination, but he didn't have a gun or want world domination or anything like that, and he didn't need to. The story flowed well without him being a badder baddie! Plus there were other things out to get Cain and Anna (though Sebastian was the biggest opposer to their relationship).

I loved Anna and Cain's relationship. There was a tentative edge to it that you don't get in many romances these days, particularly due to Anna's past experiences and a tiny bit down to their profession. I thought it was good that Anna didn't just jump into bed with Cain (even with most characters who've suffered a sexually traumatic event you find they just jump in bed with the hero and don't seem to care about it anymore), and even better, Cain not only respected that but recognised that he needed to go slow, and that even though she thought she was ready, she wasn't. That went a long way in my book!

I also liked reading about Anna's relationship with her brother, there was a real bond there and it came through in the writing, particularly when her brother got in trouble and Anna did something that she didn't really want to do to keep him safe and help him out. It was actually kind of heart warming.

I thought that the author captured back stage drama really well, and part of that was the character of Julianna, the prima donna. Her story didn't quite go the way I thought it would, and slowly over the course of the book I found her more likable as a person. I do want to know more about what was going on between her and a certain male dancer, as well as wanting to know more about the epilogue of the book! Thankfully this does seem set to become a series though!

The other thing I really liked was the link between better dancing and happiness. It may sound silly, but Anna was denying herself at the beginning of the book, of friends and romance, and her dancing seemed to improve when she had both (and then got very much worse...) I thought that this was an interesting, and healthy, theme to promote.

I very much hope that there is more from this series, I loved the characters, the setting and the dancing too much for there not to be!

Book & Author details:

Adagio by Delancey Stewart
(The Company #1)
Publication date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The world of professional ballet is built on illusion. The illusion of perfection. The illusion of effortless beauty. The illusion of eternal love.
But backstage, few members of the Union Ballet Company suffer from such illusions.
Anna Glaser has dreamed of nothing but dancing professionally her entire life. And when she’s finally offered a position with Union, she takes it, giving little more than a passing thought to what she might have to give up in exchange. But Sebastian Kaplan, the director who gave her the chance, won’t forget so easily.
When Anna meets Cain, who has been dubbed by the local media as Union’s most eligible bachelor, she realizes that making a deal with the devil might mean that Heaven — in the form of a gorgeous dark-haired man — is forever out of her reach.
Dancers at Union know that something that glitters and shines under the stage lights can still be vicious and evil when the lights go down.
Adagio is the first episode in the series The Company – an engaging drama-filled ride through the darker parts of the ballet and the lives of those who live to dance.
*This book contains explicit content and is suitable for readers over 17



Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

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