Rise Again

L.J. Hamlin
Rise Again
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Less Than Three Press
Release Date
September 2017
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Arkady loves the ballet. He's a great dancer, loves doing it, and even when the job frustrates him he wouldn't give it up for anything. Then it's abruptly taken from him, and Arkady is left floundering in the wake of a life he doesn't understand anymore. Even with family, a physical therapist, and the constant love of his dog Lou, he doesn't know how to handle life without ballet.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Nov 27, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
The word ballet on the summary was what got my attention. I was a little disappointed for not being able to learn more about the ballet world at the beginning, but I ended with a lovely story of rising against the things that pull us down.

Arkady is known as the bad boy of ballet. He is great at what he does but he's known for being a little troublemaker. In a sudden turn of events, Arkady is forced to face the possibility of not doing what he loves the most. Friends, family and a new love interest might make the difference to heal his broken heart and help him to rise again.

I liked the book very much. I loved Arkady. For a moment I thought I wasn't going to like him because I really didn't liked his attitude at the beginning, but I gave him a change and he proved it was worth it. I think I liked him the most while he was recovering, that's when his emotions were more honest. I didn't mind him being angry, it seemed a realistic emotion considering his situation.

I didn't realized there would be a romance involved. I kind of hope for it, but re-reading the summary really didn't say much about it, but for the ones who love romance, me among them, it had some lovely moments between Arkady and his love interest. I'm not really a big fan of insta-love kind of stories, and this one started a lot faster than I generally like, but it worked perfectly; I really got to care a lot for them as a couple.

The plot is ok, but I'll have to say the story felt a little fragmented. I see it as the first third show us Arkady's tragedy, the second one show us love and the third one solved a mystery I wasn't aware was part of the story. The first ones were really good but the last part I felt was lacking development. I felt the mystery was somehow forced and not entirely well made, there were too much mistakes and I really don't think it was necessary for the plot. I would love it so much more if the time given to it was spend more on Arkady's love life.

Overall I liked it a lot, it had a great message and some really nice characters. I think readers who like M/M romance would like it.
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