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The story is second chance at love between Jasmine and Baxter who were two of the most lovable characters I have encountered to date. They both grew up as dancers and they fell in love young sharing big dreams and plans together. When Baxter moves to NYC to pursue his dream, Jasmine is supposed to follow once she finished school. But life happens, and she never makes it. Years later she is finally able to pursue her ultimate dream and in a chance moment their paths cross once again. The connection between these two is unlike anything else…even after all these years apart and they so easily fall right back into where they left off.
Things haven’t went as well for Bax and his dreams, but that doesn’t stop him from loving and supporting Jasmine as she makes her dreams a reality. He pushes aside his feelings and disappointment in himself and does everything he can to be the most amazing support he can be for her. Yet he still craves the spotlight, NEEDS to dance. So he does the one thing he can which allows him to continue some form of dance. Needless to say, this is the one thing that could cause their forever to come crashing down on them.
When the two of them dance together, magical things happen. The most brilliant and beautiful pictures form in your head as you read, and it brings you a sense of calm like you would not believe. I never had much appreciation for the ballet…sure I loved dancing it when I was little, but as I got older it never really fancied me. After reading this story I am absolutely dying to go see one.
When secrets are revealed, and actions explained you cannot help but feel your heart break for these two. A sweet second chance romance that will keep you turning the pages.
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Let me say as a former dancer this book breathed life back into me and reminded me why I fell in love with dancing to begin with. I loved all the terminology and the way Lisa was able to portray that exhilaration when that spotlight is on you right before the music starts. So pretty much everything having to do with dance in this book I loved. It brought back so many wonderful memories. Not only that I really loved Bax. He was such a great boyfriend to Jasmine. He was selfless and had so much to work through. He struggled with Jasmine's success when he'd given up on his career as dancer and it takes a toll on him. It's hard to not dance when its the one thing that you truly love and having to watch others doing what you love when you feel like you can't is heartbreaking. Trust me I know. So I felt like I really connected with Baxter's character in this way. I did like Jasmine for the most part I just didn't like the fact that she couldn't empathize with Baxter and put herself in his shoes.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so sweet and filled with tons of emotion. I definitely recommend this book. Loved it so much.
“Being with you. Dancing with you. It was the happiest time of my life.”
I am a sucker for second chance romances and Lisa Edward delivers a great one with Ripped. As always with a Lisa Edward read you get great character connection, lots of emotion and real, relatable characters that you cannot help but champion along.
Jasmine and Baxter had one thing in common as children, dance. Both were child prodigy’s and together they made magic. Their dreams were to live in New York together and follow a certain path to greatness. Baxter graduated two years before Jasmine and he was going to New York to get everything set up for when Jasmine graduated and followed him. However, sometimes, unforeseen things happen and Jasmine never made it.
“New York was a melting pot of culture and indulgence, mixed with poverty and desperation, it really was the city that never sleeps or at least never stayed the same for any length of time.”
Six years later and Jasmine has finally made it to New York, hustling to an audition she bumps into Bax, six years is a long time to be apart, but not long enough for feelings and emotions to die. As soon as their eyes meet, everything is reignited, but can past feelings stay in the past or will they hinder their future.
“Can we pretend the last six years never happened and you’ve come to meet me in New York like you promised?”
I will say, this is a huge case of miscommunication and misunderstandings. Bax truly believes that Jasmine abandoned him and just didn’t come without giving her a chance to explain. Bax felt rejected by Jasmine and the dance world as a whole. New York is tough, tough to get recognised, tough auditions, everyone wants to be a star but very few make it. Bax’s path didn’t go the way he wanted, but he made the best out of a bad situation, but with it comes another dose of truths.
“They say ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’, but in my experience the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is truer.”
Jasmine was a born dancer but she was extremely loyal to her family first and foremost. It pained her to put her dreams on hold, but now is her chance to shine and meeting Baxter once again is just the icing on the proverbial cake.
These two had that all-consuming love, they were both young, but their relationship was mature beyond their years. Lisa Edward broke my heart many times throughout this book, so many emotions, conflicts, secrets, a little mystery all give way to a page turner. While in some places the pace slowed it soon picks up as these two fight for themselves and to right a lot of wrongs.
“I had dreams just like you did. The spotlight, the applause, the hours of relentless dance until my body ached with fatigue. To me that was the best feeling in the world, to be so exhausted that you were asleep a second after your head hit the pillow.” He raised his gaze to look at me. “That’s what you have. You sleep so soundly, Jaz, but I lay awake for hours staring at the ceiling.”
This is not just a second chance romance but has a great plot too. I love the dance scene and such was the vivid imagery contained within the pages I felt like I was on stage too, there was one dance in particular that made me bawl, as the emotions pouring through their dance were perfectly portrayed through the authors voice. Each step resonated dep within with emotional impact, you feel everything and that was an amazing achievement for the author. I have never felt that before and have certainly never cried over a dance. But this is what Lisa Edward does best, characters. Characters that you cannot help but love, when they hurt, you hurt, when their happy, you smile from ear to ear.
“There’s no rush, Jaz…We have a lifetime.”
Once again, another great read from Lisa Edward.
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