Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book Review, Giveaway: Pointe of Breaking by Amy Daws and Sarah J. Pepper


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Meet ivy league socialite, Leo Richards, and struggling ballerina, Adeline Parker, in this angsty, emotional page-turner.

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POINTE Getting screwed over backstage by my married-ex tears my heart into a million tiny pieces. Sitting in the audience at the ballet with my former fling wasn’t my idea of fun.
I live in my pointe shoes, not even my ex can taint my love for ballet. I hate the ballet. This on again/off again crap was getting old. And then my whole world changes when I notice the smoldering gaze… Then I look to the stage, and I can’t take my eyes off…
OF... Leo Richards. Adeline Parker. Concentrating on anything except his sexy…everything, is impossible. Her presence commands my attention…I’ve never experienced this before.
He makes me second-guess everything I’ve ever dreamed about. She makes me question everything I’ve ever known.
Fighting him is a strategic sport—no clothes allowed. All I can think about are her sexy ballerina legs wrapped around me—tutu definitely on.
BREAKING Our scandalous rendezvous is plastered all over NYC’s tabloids. Because of my status in Manhattan, now I’ve dragged her into the limelight.
My ex will stop at nothing to tear us apart. Seriously powerful people forbid me to be with her.
Rumors about his past keep building. I can’t tell her this secret.
When it came to Leo, I only knew the big things. When it came to Adeline, I knew nothing about the little things. But uncovering those things about him [her] may push us past our breaking point.

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“He was everything I didn’t know I wanted.  That scared me.”

“Next to her was a girl with breasts so perky they had to have been purchased.”

“Wasn’t that what life was comprised of?  A few precious moments to treasure?”

“I envisioned meeting his mother vastly different.  She looked ready to beat me with her purse and walk all over me with her Louis Vuitton shoes!”

“Her eyes squinted hard through the opening on the helmet.  Or they would have been squinting if they weren’t so full of Botox.”

“I closed my eyes and savored the sound of the sweet whisper that slipped from his lips.  It wasn’t a big thing; hearing your lover whisper your name as the sun peeked over the horizon.  It was small things, like a whisper of adoration.  That ever-seemingly unimportant whisper meant the world.”

My Review:

I almost passed this book over when I first glanced at it and saw it was yet another ballet book… sigh… then I noticed the name of one of my favorite authors - Amy Daws – yay! Yet I still had a moment of hesitation as my finger floated above the button. I remember my inner debate and waffling, but I totally adore Amy Daws – she is clever, talented, and wicked funny.   I boldly clicked through and took the chance.  Since starting the book I have run the gamut of emotions.  I frowned, I panted, I giggled, and then I ground my teeth and began to curse Amy Daws.  I uttered every obscene word I knew and made up a few addition ones!  Waa… she broke my heart.  Then she tortured me with pages and pages and mountains of angst from both main characters (not a big fan of that), then she partially put me back together, then she teased me, then finally – oh happy day – the sun has returned, the birds are singing, and she has made me smile and chair dance once more.  I am exhausted, but I may forgive her as… I do love Amy Daws.  But be warned - she is a gifted she devil!

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10 Fun Facts You Might Not Need to Know About #DaPep:

From KIMYE to BENNIFER. From BRANGELINA to TOMCAT. Now we introduce to you.....DAPEP. Amy DAws and Sarah J. PEPper. Indie Authors. Best Friends. And now, Co-Authors.

Fun Facts: 1. They both love ranch. Sarah would bathe in it if it didn’t risk an infection. 2. They have little to no boundaries with each other…as became apparent at a book conference in Phoenix. They can’t share the details, but just know it was #MuchTooMuch 3. Sarah actually has a very small amount of ballet experience. 4. Amy once pretended to have ballet experience at church camp so she could get the dance solo. Jesus knew the truth. 5. Sarah has won three dance offs, aside from one. That eleven-year-old haunts her to this day. 6. Sarah & Amy live three minutes apart. And they measure all distance in time. 7. While writing the romantic scenes in Pointe of Breaking, Amy & Sarah couldn’t look each other in the eye. 8. They had no outline for Pointe of Breaking. 9. Amy takes notes in a Hello Kitty notepad. Sarah takes notes in her head. 10. Amy is convinced that Sarah has a folder in her email account labeled “I hate Amy”. Sarah just laughs every time Amy asks her about it…The fact that she’s not denying it hasn’t escaped Amy’s attention.


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Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy's first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake's theme song or stuffing themselves inside children's-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn't do for their little miracle. For more of Amy's work, visit: 

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Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at

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