Monday, August 25, 2014

Adagio by Delancey Stewart Blog Tour and Review

Adagio by Delancey Stewart 

(The Company #1) 
Publication date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


The world of professional ballet is built on illusion. The illusion of perfection. The illusion of effortless beauty. The illusion of eternal love.

But backstage, few members of the Union Ballet Company suffer from such illusions.
Anna Glaser has dreamed of nothing but dancing professionally her entire life. And when she’s finally offered a position with Union, she takes it, giving little more than a passing thought to what she might have to give up in exchange. But Sebastian Kaplan, the director who gave her the chance, won’t forget so easily.

When Anna meets Cain, who has been dubbed by the local media as Union’s most eligible bachelor, she realizes that making a deal with the devil might mean that Heaven — in the form of a gorgeous dark-haired man — is forever out of her reach.

Dancers at Union know that something that glitters and shines under the stage lights can still be vicious and evil when the lights go down.

Adagio is the first episode in the series The Company – an engaging drama-filled ride through the darker parts of the ballet and the lives of those who live to dance.

*This book contains explicit content and is suitable for readers over 17


My Review!

I've been reading more books about ballet, so I jumped at the chance to review AdagioI loved that it was New Adult. And I was intrigued by the synopsis, "an engaging drama-filled ride through the darker parts of the ballet and the lives of those who live to dance." This book definitely explored the darker side of the ballet and what people will do to become the best.

Rating: 3 Stars!

Ballet is competitive, the stakes are high, and people will do whatever it takes to win. Anna and Cain know that better than anyone. They live this life day after day. The competition is even fiercer when Anna is offered a position in the Union ballet company. But it comes at a price, one she's not sure she's willing to pay. What do you do when what you've worked so hard for is being dangled in front of your face and tortures you endlessly? What do you do when someone takes advantage of your dreams and makes you feel like you owe him something for making it come true?

Anna Glaser has worked hard to dance professionally, and the director finally offers her a chance with the Union. But Anna feels the strings that came along with the position, and she's not sure what to do about them. And she's even more unsure about Cain, the boy who makes her want to become friends with him. For all her life, her best friend has been ballet. She's shy, socially awkward. It's hard to make friends when you don't know who to trust and when people have hurt you in the past. Anna knows she's good, and that has turned her into steel when dealing with other dancers. But Cain breaks through that tough barrier and makes her feel wanted. Cherished. He helps her become more confident in herself and teaches her to stand up for who she is and what she wants. And what she wants is him.

Cain Gilliam is one of the company's best male dancers and also one of the notorious bachelors. But he's so much more than a pretty face. He's sweet, caring, determined to become Anna's friend. He dances in the company, works at a bar, and lives with his two best friends, Hal and Ian. I honestly don't remember much else about Cain, other than what I just said above. It takes him awhile to want a relationship with Anna because he's had bad ones with other dancers before. He swore to himself that he wouldn't date another dancer, but he wants Anna.

I liked their relationship, to a degree. It was sweet and charming, but I think it was sorely underdeveloped. There wasn't as much depth as I would have liked. They both helped each other move on from their pasts, but they also didn't spend much time together. I feel like the I love yous were too fast. Anna spent much of the book going back and forth about Cain, wanting to focus on ballet instead, wondering what Sebastian would do if he found out, coming to terms with her past boy heartache. It was a lot of: I should. I shouldn't. I should. I shouldn't. 

The plot, though, was the weak point. I had no clue that this was going to turn into a freaking mystery with suspicious conversations behind closed doors and a supposed murder. I thought this would just be a contemporary, and I would have liked it more if it had stayed true to that. It became more about this thing that happened in the past than Cain's and Anna's relationship. And I didn't think the story needed the added drama with Hal and Julianna, Jimmy and Suzanne. I kept thinking to myself: was all of this necessary? It didn't add anything to the relationship between Anna and Cain. It made the secondary characters feel more real, but I just felt that all of that added drama overshadowed the romance. I wanted more focus on them than what everyone else was doing.

Adagio was a fairly light contemporary romance set in the competitive and sometimes dark world of ballet. 



Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

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  1. Great review, Holly! I don't think I've ever read a book with ballet and I like the dark tones of this one overall!

    1. I don't read many; in fact, this is one of the few books I've read about ballet. And I liked it. :)

  2. I am a sucker for anything ballet and adagio was definitely competitive at the studio where I danced growing up. I think I would really like this one. Great review!

    1. Thank you! If you love ballet, then I definitely think you'll like this one! I hope you get the chance to read it. :)


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