Thursday, June 15, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk


Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.

Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plie and chasse, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.

Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.


Some readers like 'bad boy' or 'bad girl' characters, but I've never been that kind of reader.  I've always preferred reading about basically good people doing the best they can with the challenges they face.  And both Emmy and Rhys fit that description.  Emmy loves to dance ballet, she even plans to be a professional dancer as soon as she graduates from BYU.  Rhys also attends BYU, although reluctantly.  When Rhys and Emmy meet in a Book of Mormon religion class they feel awkward, mostly because they are attracted to each other.  But Emmy has little dating experience and Rhys has found out the most Mormon girls don't want to date him seriously once they discover he's not a member.  But after ending up as study partners it becomes harder and harder for them to resist their growing feelings for each other.  But both of them are also struggling with other challenges as well, Emmy fears she's losing her twin sister, and isn't sure she knows how to dance without her sister by her side.  Rhys is struggling to take care of his mother, whose illness continues to worsen.  Things come to a head once Emmy finds out that Rhys isn't a member.  As the two struggle with their feelings for each other life sees fit to throw more trouble their way.  I enjoyed reading about the two falling in love, although it wasn't hard to figure out that Rhys's not telling Emmy he's not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church or Mormon Church) was going to cause problems.  Still, Rhys and Emmy were so good for each other, it was impossible not to root for them.


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