Preload, Book 1
Synopsis: He’s a rockstar, she’s a ballerina, they’re worlds apart yet just what the other needs.
Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.
Now he’s made a career out of playing the music he loves, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.
Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.
She craves Jordan.
Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his hard rock edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?
Review: I heard a lot about Scarlett Cole and, if I had never read one of her novels, I was very curious to discover one of her stories! And how to resist when the main characters are a ballet dancer and a member of a famous rock band? Impossible!
Jordan was completely shattered by his childhood and, while he has managed to evolve with his childhood friends, he is still touched and traumatized by everything that has happened to him, and we can understand him perfectly! And then we meet Lexi, a young ballet dancer who, even if she now does a job she loves more than anything else in the world, must undergo the strict and, even unhealthy, demands of her father. Their meeting is touching, their interactions clumsy and yet, they will succeed in evolving together, healing to move forward, but it will not be an easy path.
I really enjoyed this novel and the characters. I found it really nice to have such different characters, especially with Jordan who has been through so much to get there. Besides, all the boys in the group have a particular charisma and I am all the more curious to read more about them too! A nice first volume!