Series: Off Balance #1
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Forbidden Romance Over 18 years
Publication Date: February 15, 2018
Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose–producing champions.
Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.
Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.
When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.
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Where do I even start with this one? I guess I should start by saying this is definitely a forbidden romance and definitely not suited for everyone. BUT I hope that doesn’t stop you from reading one amazing book. Balance is Book one in this series and while it leaves you with the ultimate cliffhanger, you will not be disappointed at any point throughout this book. You might get angry, you might get mad, you might be left with your mouth open (many times), and you might even think to yourself “how can I love this so much when it goes against everything I believe?” Cause that’s how I definitely was!
Adrianna wants to be a gymnast – she wants to be in the Olympics. Her dads friend has a gym and she is sent there to train. She soon releases that this is a different world, a different playing field that she has ever been on, and there might be one person that gets her and that’s her coach.
Kova is the coach of the gym. He is a former Olympian. And he knows good when he sees it. However Adrianna isn’t good (at first) but deep down I think he knows she will be. He sees something in her that he feels in himself.
This book is so much more than forbidden love. It’s about feeling and seeing the drive to do something. It’s about connecting with another human on a level that most won’t understand. It’s a hard concept to think about when you see the age gap, but the way Lucia has written this story, you want nothing more than for them to be together. It feels so wrong, but SO right. I’m not sure I will ever understand the world of gymnastics and the dedication it takes to be one, but Lucia made me feel like I was a part of that world for a minute.
There is so much to this book- the characters, the story line, the cliffhanger all written so perfectly and so beautifully that this book is one I will not be able to get out of my head. She is 16 and she should be with a 16 year old. But she isn’t. And I don’t want her to be. I think when an author can open your eyes to something it’s a big accomplishment and Lucia did it wonderfully. I give this book 5 stars because of the in depth, thought provoking reaction it gave me, my enjoyment of the whole story, how well it was written and how captivating it was.
I sincerely hope you give this book a chance. It was an awesome read and you won’t regret it!
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