December 1, 2014
RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Third Position (Dirty Dancing #3)
Melody Grace's hot dancing serial ends today with the release of THIRD POSITION. If you haven't met Raphael and Annalise yet, you should get on that. They are an incredible couple with so much heart.
Published December 1, 2014
Format: e-book, provided by the author
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(From Goodreads) He taught me a dance beyond passion. He showed me the pleasure my body was made to create.
Now I have to choose.
Raphael or my future?
My passion or my one true love?
There’s no hiding from the truth any longer.
Everything changes tonight.
It's so hard to say goodbye to Raphael and Annalise. I've grown to really love them. And, I think that reading this book a third at a time made it seem shorter than most books, although it's really not. Or, maybe I just didn't want their story to end. That's entirely possible too.
Annalise's and Raphael's relationship was left hanging in the balance at the end of part 2 when her overbearing and success-driven mother shows up in Italy to rein in Annalise and make her buckle down. This means an end to the secret trysts with Raphael. But, how will Annalise get away to be his partner for his big audition? And, if her mother finds out about them, what will that mean for Annalise's career as a dancer?
We've caught glimpses of Annalise's mother in the first two parts. I had formed a vision of her in my head of who I thought she was. Let me tell you - nothing prepared me for the full-fledged onslaught of this Dance Mom. She blows into town and Annalise knows immediately that the little freedom she had to be with Raphael has disappeared.
I know there are moms out there who are living vicariously through their children, and because of that, they forget their job as a mother - to love your child unconditionally and support their dreams to the best of your ability. This is Annalise's mom to a T. She is an absolute tyrant. And, while she's making Annalise rehearse til her toes bleed and helping her count her calories, she's only solidifying Annalise's desire to want something different for her life. It was sad and frustrating and infuriating to read about this relationship and how utterly dysfunctional it is.
Raphael has always been completely supportive of Annalise doing what it is that she wants to do with her desire to dance. I loved that about him. He was careful with her feelings and tender with her heart. It was clear he loved her even before he knew he did. And, when Raphael screws up, he owns it. And, let me tell you - this boy knows how to apologize.
I sympathized with Annalise so much in Third Position. She's trying to fight against 19 years of indoctrination on behalf of her mother so that she can figure out what it is that she truly wants to do with her life. I loved that Annalise never gives up her search for the truth. And, that search unearths some terrible truths and a startling new reality for Annalise. It has to be terrifying and so hard to turn away from everything and everyone that has ever meant anything to you, so I get why that decision was put off for as long as it was. It wasn't easy for her, and it shouldn't be.
The ending was fantastic, and made me feel so good. I wish things had been tied up a bit more with her mom, but there was enough there to make me happy. Once again, Third Position was told in dual POV, with most of the story being told from Annalise's side. It was incredibly sexy and sensual. Don't pass up this fantastic series, especially now that the entire story has been told.
About the Author
Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.