Title: A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams: Em & Nick #1)
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance (novella)
She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.
Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…
Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…
At least for this summer.
It’s going to be a summer like no other.
Title: Always Second Best
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.
Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.
Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.
ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.
Note: I was given ARCs of the books in return for an honest review.
This story is about Em and Nick finding their way to each other and to their future. They’re exceptional dancers who put in amazing effort, love each other to pieces and are both holding their feelings back.
I liked the second book, Always Second Best, more than the first book because it gave us more information and we could see more than the romance aspect.
The plot was okay. I didn’t get too much into it but it was good.
The characters were interesting. I’ve never read about dancers so this was new for me and I liked that Nick was a dancer too. I wouldn’t start claiming him or say “my baby” but he’s a good guy. I struggled to relate with Em, who felt like she doesn’t put much effort into anything and just goes with something she’s god at instead of going with her passion. One side character even told her that and only then did she start to think. I really liked Em and Nick’s friends, Em’s brother and her grandmother.
The romance was not too much, not too less. I didn’t get that much into it either but it was good to read.
The climax in the second book lost me. I could see that the author tried to make it messy and all-at-once which are the best climaxes but it just didn’t work out here. She should have taken a different approach.
Overall, it’s a light, summery read and you can pick it up if its next to you or if you like dancers.
About the author:
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.
She’s also a serial smiley user.