This was a reread. The last time I read it was about 20 years ago so it wasn't exactly fresh in my mind but it was surprising how familiar some parts of it were after all these years.
The story is set in the mid 1970s and is about 18 year old Eva Martin who gives up her family and her childhood to train for her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Just as she reaches her goal she collapses and is diagnosed with cancer. She shares her room in the clinic with Claudia, a 26 year old loud mouth who has been in and out of remission for years. The young women seem to be opposites in every way but they strike up a friendship that helps them through the trials ahead.
From the summary of the story the book sounds like sentimental twaddle but in fact it is raw depiction of a cancer patient who is given only months to live. The story is based on experiences in the author's own life and is written as a kind of memoir. I don't know if the book was ever translated into English.
Gaige is hired by threat to get into an office that does not welcome them. He meets Alec there, however, and this changes everything. The attraction is explosive and instant.
Alec is disgusted that he is attracted to someone who he cannot trust. As he gets to know him better, they realize they are really on the same side. Now if they can build trust and start to show it, then maybe a future can happen. If they save the world in between, just a bonus, right?
I have to tell you, I am never disappointed with this author's work. The characters have excellent banter, the pace moves along quickly, and the heat is just sizzling! The mystery to solve is like the icing on the cake. I cannot wait to read the next book in this new The Dirty series. I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.