Published November 5, 2014
Format: e-book, obtained from the author
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon * iBooks
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(Synopsis) A man dances the same way he fucks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.
First Position reminds me a little of Save the Last Dance. Annalise is a ballet dancer being pushed to the limits by her former prima ballarina mother. She has one last shot to please her mother with a dance company in Rome, but she has to work constantly and follow every one of the very strict rules. Although Annalise is starting to question her desire to continue, everything is still going according to plan until she happens upon some street dancers. Their freedom captivates her and one dancer in particular especially catches her eye. This starts a burning inside her that she can no longer ignore. All of a sudden, Annalise finds herself breaking rules in order to see him. Is he worth throwing everything she's ever worked for away?
First Position is told mostly from Annalise's POV, with small portions here and there told from Raphael's POV. I thought it was a nice combination. It is, afterall, Annalise's story. But, I really, really enjoyed being in hottie Raphael's head. It's a beautiful place to be.
Annalise's and Raphael's connection is pretty insta-lovey, but I didn't find myself minding it too much. Perhaps it was the exotic locale, or maybe it was the dancing backdrop. But, the connection between these two was instantaneous and powerful. I loved it.
Annalise's life kind of sucks, and I felt so badly for her. Her mom doesn't seem to care about her as a mother should care for a daughter. Annalise is simply a means to an end. The pressure that Annalise's mom has put on her sickens me. Annalise is terrified when she's treated to gelato by Raphael because she's not supposed to have the calories. She's 19, and has to sneak out once it's dark to go to a party. Annalise has a real connection with this guy that goes beyond their mutual love and appreciation for dance, and she's terrified to explore it for fear she will disappoint her mother and ruin her potential earning potential as a dancer.
First Position is the first of three parts, all of which will come together to make up an entire book. This first part ends pretty dramatically and on a bit of a cliffhanger. I guarantee you will want to keep reading. I know I do. And, luckily, the second installment is only a week away. Hold tight, everyone. I have a feeling there's still lots in store for Annalise and Raphael.