RELEASE DATE: 13rd April 2016
BLURB: About to lose the only thing he ever loved, Adam Pittaluga is at a crossroads in a dancing career that has hardly begun. He has always wanted to be a ballet dancer, but now that it’s impossible, he turns to Peridot for comfort. Peridot has been rebuilding his life after losing his ability to dance professionally, his marriage, and very nearly his daughter. He has a lot of reasons to be leery of starting something new, especially with a man as young as Adam.
Adam and Peridot have to believe that starting again can lead to love and success and that sometimes, the strength needed to love like you’ve never been hurt can be borrowed from unexpected places for a while. But ultimately, they must find it inside themselves to be each other’s happy ending.
Well done, Jaime Samms. You blew me away once again. I truly love everything about this book. It’s not an easy, fluffy read, and my heart was aching for Adam and Perry in the best and worst possible way. I couldn’t have wished for more amazing MCs. They are real human beings full of flaws, misunderstood ideas, insecurities, and so much hurt and passion that can take us, readers, to a very emotional journey we’ll never forget. They are both very well written characters, and their development is a slow, very thoughtful process. Both of them grow and change by learning about themselves, their families and each other a lot.
This is an intriguing story about passion, broken dreams, and the wonders of family and friendship. Like You’ve Never Been Hurt is the second book in the Dance, Love, Live series, which is about three unique dancers, Connor, Peridot, and Cobalt. In the first story we get introduced to Connor and Dusty, and follow their bumpy road towards happiness. We meet both Adam and Peridot in Like No One’s Watching and here they get their own heartbreaking and heartwarming story, which can totally be enjoyed as a standalone. Having two emotionally broken and hurt characters provides lots of inner struggles and conflicts, and makes the journey all the more moving and satisfying.
I also enjoyed the family angle of the story. Adam’s dad and siblings give a heartwarming, emotional extra layer to the plotline and I really loved how everything is woven together with the set of unique secondary characters, from Connor and Cobalt, Peridot’s daughter and in-laws, to Adam’s little brother, Matt. If you believe in working for your dreams, second chances, the power of family and friends, and love the world of dancing, this is a perfect read for you! Highly recommended!
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****