This is Natasha's story. Natasha was Gina's best friend and rommate in the first book (Take the Lead). After an unexpected disaster, Natasha finds herself homeless. Her on and off lover for 3 years, Dimitri, offered her his spare bedroom.
So, having enjoyed the first book, I wanted to read this one too. A word of advice: Just skip this one. I had Issues. Big, Major Issues.
Natasha makes it known that she doesn't want to be lovers while she is living with Dimitri. Dimitri finds ways to constantly and consistently push her line. What made this worse (for me), was Dimitri's position of power. Not only is Natasha dependent on him for a roof over her head, he is also a judge on the dancing show she is on. When Natasha is injured, he makes it so she is almost completely dependent on him. Fuck No.
Then there is Natasha. She is envious and jealous of Gina. Get over it. Please. She didn't make the best decisions (being broke and then going out for dinner at an expensive restaurant with her friends for example). She does mature a little by the end and I did find I didn't want to slap some sense into her as much.
So to summarize, Dimitri's behavior was something that *most* people would not put up with in real life. So, it shouldn't get a pass in a book boyfriend. It's not romantic, it's abusive. But read the first book: it's good!
eARC courtesy of St Marin's Press (Swerve) and NetGalley.
Released Dec 12th 2017