Balance by Lucia Franco RELEASE BLITZ/Review

 

 

 

Title: Balance
Series: Off Balance #1
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: August 29, 2016
Blurb

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.

WARNING: This novel contains explicit content.

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 I’m definitely in the minority here…

I absolutely love teacher students books (in this case… Coach/ student). It’s one of my weakness.
I love the sneaking around… the longing, and the forbiddeness of the whole situation. And I love how hard they have to fight to be together.

I really don’t know where to start with this book. I’m just sitting here just thinking about how everything played out.
I’m really shocked and surprised to be honest.
This book is not your typical love story. That’s for sure.
And I’m ok with that.
I did love this book until Kova’s true personality started to show.

The definition for forbidden is – Not allowed
The definition for want is – have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for.
and the definition for lust – have a very strong sexual desire for someone.
This book hit all those marks!

Everything about this book was all about building up to the anticipation of what’s to come! And when it finally did come… It left me feeling a little mixed up about everything they were doing.
I mean… Don’t get me wrong. I loved what they did with each other…. To a certain extent. My main problem was how Adrianna was treated.

The books starts off so damn good but about 50% in… I had a hard time with mainly Kova’s character. I feel like he was a hot mess. He was all over the place and he really didn’t know how to control his emotions.

The push and pull was their form of foreplay. And I’ll admit… It worked in the beginning of the book. But as time went on and nothing changed between them. It got old pretty quick. Because the holding back wasn’t coming from Adrianna. It was coming from Kova.
He stung along Adrianna throughout the whole book and really put her through the wringer physically and emotionally. Blaming her for his lustful feelings towards her.

Towards the end of the book I was having a hard time with Kova. I truly saw Kova in a different light.
He seemed manipulative… Only thought about himself.
It was hard to wrap my head around some of the things Kova would say to Adrianna. I felt so bad for Adrianna at times because I felt that’s when her age showed the most. Because if a man said some of the things Kova said to Adrianna to me.
I would slap him and tell him where to go.

Adrianna didn’t know how to handle Kova. She already had self esteem issues. And I felt Kova used that to his advantage to hit below the belt with her during their arguments.
She was just so young to be with a guy like him. And I know she was not there yet emotionally due to her age and inexperience with life and love.
It was hard to read at times.

At the end of this book. I truly felt like he really didn’t care about Adrianna. He was just a man that couldn’t control his lust for an under age girl. And he blames her for it.
I was looking past all the inappropriateness of the affair. But towards the end… And everything that came out of his mouth.
Was just so wrong on so many levels. And I hated how Adrianna just took it all. Because she honestly didn’t know any better.

Overall….
This was a well written book. I could see this book being played out like a movie in my head. This book kept my attention. I could not put it down. I had to know what the next chapter would bring.
I have to know how their story ends.

I don’t think I could forgive Kova for the things he said to Adrianna or how he treated her. But I’m willing to hear him out. Actions speaks louder than words. And I want to see it coming from him. I’m really looking forward to the other 2 books coming out in this series.

*ARC provided for an honest review*

Purchase Links
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Excerpt
 

Kova turned around to face me, his broad shoulders pulled back, one hand propped on his hip and the other clenched around his water bottle. “Do you think you are the first gymnast to show wear and tear on their hands from bars? You are not in Palm Beach anymore, malysh—”Kova visibly tensed, stopping short from his last word. Since I didn’t speak a lick of Russian, I didn’t have a clue as to what he said. But judging by the alarmed look on his face and the thick air between us, whatever he said couldn’t have been good.

Snapping his head to the side, he cracked his neck. “I am not going to go light on you. Get used to it. Nobody said it was going to be easy, it only gets harder from here on out. You need to learn to toughen up and take it. Remember what I said earlier? Prove it to me. Every time you step foot into that gym—make it count. I do not care if your hands hurt or your back is sore or you are running on two hours of sleep. Prove it. Champions are not made by complaining. They are made by the endless pursuit of their dream despite the obstacles they are faced with. Push through it and do it.”

I took a minute to let the weight of his words sink in. While an outsider would think they were laced with malice, I knew they weren’t. That was the furthest thing from the truth. I knew he was pushing me to be better. Not only to prove it to him, but myself as well. Without a doubt, Konstantin Kournakova was one hundred percent right.

Slowly nodding, I looked into his eyes and said, “You’re completely right, but I never expected you to go light on me. That’s not what I wanted. That’s not why I came here. I want the challenge. I want to be better. It’s why I pour every ounce of blood and sweat into a sport that gives me so little in return. The truth is, I’ve never been challenged by a coach the way I have by you, so I’m learning to adjust to it.” I held up my hands and showed him the bloody blisters threatening to pop under my palms. “You won’t hear a complaint come from me again.”

Kova’s shoulders loosened and he blew out a ragged breath. His gaze openly traveled the length of my body, taking in every inch. The way his eyes pierced mine, like he was pleased with my response, made my heart rush against my chest with satisfaction.

 

Author Bio

 

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.


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.

Find out more about Lucia at authorluciafranco.com. Make sure to join her newsletter to receive exclusive updates and more!

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