Ballet takes everything from you.
All your sweat, all your tears, all your dedication, all your time.
There are no drunken nights, no drugs, no boyfriends, no distractions whatsoever.
But everyone has a dirty little secret…
Working as a stripper at Club Ecstasy at night is my dark indiscretion.
Sexy, mysterious billionaire Calum shows up as a patron at my club. He’s drawn to my provocative innocence, not realizing that I am also a ballerina in his dance company. When I dance for him, he feels something stir in his cold, dead heart.
After Calum finds out my little deception, he should turn me in. After all, ballet requires sacrifice.
But to my surprise, he makes me an offer I can’t refuse.
And now I am staring into his dark blue eyes as I dance for him privately. Trying desperately to remember rule number one of being an exotic dancer.
Don’t fall for your customers.
Series: Broken Slipper Trilogy #2
We pick up with this book a month after where we ended with The Patron, with Kaia still reeling from Calum’s words and Calum walking around like someone kicked his puppy. What was only supposed to be a short-term contractual agreement, seems to have grown legs and taken off in a different direction. The author tells a story of a traumatised man who is afraid to open his heart and a young girl, that for all intents and purposes has daddy issues; issues of abandonment that see her seeking emotional security from a man who doesn’t know how to give it.
“I am broken. The part of me that is supposed to feel those things? Its missing.”
Finally, she starts to piece her life back together, feeling dejected, she goes back to try to mend bridges with her family. Meanwhile Calum is determined to remedy his wrong and get his girl back. While I loved the couple together, I would have liked to see some change in the dynamics of their relationship after the reconciliation. I hated how cold and aloof, almost inconsiderate Calum was to Kaia with his mixed messaging, especially knowing how naïve she was. I hated more how Kaia held herself in such low regard. Calum continually telling her he didn’t want her like that, and she keep making excuses for him and letting him get away with it. The ease with which she took him as well was mind-blowing.
The questions I had from book one still remain unanswered. Like what the hell the issue is with Kaia’s family. When Calum finally broke down and told Lucas his secret, the was absolutely no conversation about it and they just moved on like it hadn’t even come up.
Anyway, despite what Calum says, his feelings for Kaia were becoming hard to deny. He becomes protective, possessive and obsessive about her; even when he’s blackmailed (again), his first thoughts are to protect Kaia. I really wish there would have been some maturity from Kaia. Shout, kick, scream, defend herself every now and then. Even her friend told her how susceptible she is to being controlled by men. She was gullible and let Calum set the tone of their relationship, much to her detriment. I found her character to be uncertain, I guess for want of a better word. The girl she was in her relationship with Calum and other people i.e. a pushover, did not translate into the sex vixen that she supposedly was when in bed with Calum.
With all her income and a family that has shown her repeatedly that she is not valued, you would have thought shed set herself up with a nice flat or something. Something that she could fall back on with it all goes belly-up.
I did however find that this book read better than book one. The story had me captivated from get go. And boy did the have sex. I LOVE a smutty smut book, but I have to say a sex scene very chapter was a bit much and I admit I skipped some of them. Nonetheless, I look forward to the next book especially after than cliff-hanger.