by Mary Cecilia Jackson
Savannah Rose, better known as Sparrow, is a brilliant dancer. Her lifts and jumps are the envy of everyone in the company. She will definitely be the Swan Queen in the next major showcase.
But Sparrow keeps her private life out of her dance. She tries very hard to keep them separate. Her friends are from ballet. Her social life revolves around ballet. And she has no one else.
He's everything a girl could dream of. He's kind. He's generous. He's gorgeous. And he says he loves her...
... after every time he abuses her.
His love has conditions. His love depends on her behaving. If he gets angry, then she must have done something wrong.
Sparrow learned this with her mother years before. If they are angry, you were bad.
No matter how hard Sparrow's friends try to show her the truth and no matter how hard they try to protect her, they are no match for her own deep insecurities.
And they are definitely no match for Tristan's fists when he gets angry.
Final thoughts: Whoa. This one hit every button in me. I literally cried more than a few times during this. It is NOT an easy read. But it IS a necessary one for many. The author really nailed all of the points of view on this one. While there were a few little things to nitpick, the overall story is deep and meaningful. There is no HEA (Happily Ever After) in this. It does end, but it's not the same, predictable ending that people have come to expect. This ending is real. I strongly recommend this, but warn that there are triggers here.
Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Forge for the ARC.