Second Position

Second Position

by Katherine Locke

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Second Position by Katherine Locke

Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow's ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight…

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it's as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had…or destroy the fragile recoveries they've only started to make.

Book One of the District Ballet Company

71,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899706
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Series: District Ballet Company , #1
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 314,669
File size: 295 KB

About the Author

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she's ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her day jobs always vary, but in the past, she's worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety at a mushroom farm. She secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise. She likes heroines with dirty mouths and heroes with boyish charm. Find her on Twitter @bibliogato!

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Second Position 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually love NA, but this book is a definite exception. A totally romantic, thoughtful book about healing and recovery after trauma, with both mental illness and disability rep--I especially loved the therapy scenes, which were AMAZING to see in print. Locke's prose is absolutely stunning.
RBlodgett More than 1 year ago
It would be hard not to fall in love with Zed & Aly as they find their way back to each other more than once. The authors description from both POV's was excellent. It felt authentic and realistic - even when sad, painful, frustrating, happy and joyful. I really enjoyed the ride. I liked being in their heads and seeing the world through their eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best compliment that I can pay SECOND POSITION is that it exceeded all of my high expectations. The characterization was stellar, the plot was simple yet heart-wrenching, and the pacing was rock solid. Once I got past the first couple chapters, I couldn't put it down. I loved that Aly and Zed's relationship never fully descended into will they-won't they territory, even though their collective traumas could've been easily used as plot devices to keep them apart. Instead, the bond between them was established from the very beginning, and the thrill of the story was in watching them fight to be together even when it was rough. There is so much more I could gush about here--from the therapy scenes and the gorgeous descriptions of dancing, to the awesome secondary characters like Dan and Cara and Will who form an equally necessary support system for Aly and Zed. Instead, I'm going to keep things simple. If you like beautiful stories, well-rounded, diverse characters, and gorgeous writing, you should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to start off by saying I pretty much never read contemporary books. I'm an all-fantasy all-the-time kind of girl. But I've followed the author on Twitter for a while, and last week I was struck by the urge to read a contemp. So I sat down with TURNING POINTE, and read straight through until I'd finished FINDING CENTER in just over 24 hours. Holy smokes these books are good. I loved loved LOVED Aly and Zed, who were so incredibly complex that at times it was painful - in a good way. I loved the ballet company setting, the incredible competitiveness therein, but also the closeness it fostered among certain dancers. I loved the way the author handled these horrible complex issues the characters were dealing with, without ever trying to "magically fix" them. My only complaint was the time-skip in the middle of the book when Aly went back to dancing. Considering the impact that had on her mental health, her eating disorder, etc. I thought it would have been easier on the reader if it had been written out so we could take those steps with her. Otherwise, this book is perfect, and so beautifully written. I feel like I highlighted every other line because the prose was so gorgeous.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
A new adult romance usually has emotional issues to contend with and this story provides a prime example of that. On the one hand you have Zed, a strong and independent man for whom ballet was his life, until the accident took away his career and his future. He ended up with a prosthetic leg and sunk into an alcoholic depression before regaining his sobriety with the help of AA and finding a new career in music and theatre. Then you have Aly, a principal dancer who has thrived in the ballet world and all it entails, including suffering from an eating disorder in the never ending quest to remain thin and pliable. Along with that, the grief and pain of the accident has never really left her and she's now suffered a mental and physical breakdown. A lovely matched pair indeed! It's safe to say that without the accident the intensity of the ballet world would have most likely resulted in some troubles for them, especially with Aly and her eating disorder. But the accident changed everything for them, and instead of relying on each other to cope, they abandoned each other - not really willingly, but aided by their families and the grief it was just easier to grow apart. When they meet again after their separation, it is a tentative relationship. The only thing they had in common before was ballet - and they don't have that anymore. While it seems easy on the one hand to slip into old habits together, the ones of friendship and companionship, they no longer have the link that held them together and they will have to forge new connections if they want to consider a future relationship. It's obvious that they still have strong feelings for each other, feelings that have lain dormant and are returning in full force. But it's going to take more than that to make their relationship work. I felt empathy for Zed in particular, as he is frustrated by Aly's refusal to consider doing something other than ballet, even though the stress and tension of remaining a principal dancer has driven her to her current breakdown. I found the behind the scenes look at the ballet world, including the descriptions of various ballets and techniques to be very interesting. Being familiar with ballet already, I understood much of what was being described but I think any reader new to ballet would easily be able to follow it. Ultimately the story is about two twenty somethings at a crossroads, one that could bring them back together or tear them apart for good. I loved how the story progressed, and the romantic relationship between Zed and Aly was interesting and unique. They get their happy ending in this story and it is well deserved. 4. 5 stars.
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C_Taylor More than 1 year ago
Get yourself a cup of tea, a nice cozy afternoon, and get ready to lose yourself in this book. You wont be able to put it down. This story is a little bit about ballet, a little bit about brokenness, and a lot about love. And the prose, oh my goodness the prose. It transports you. It's not just lyrical. It's a dance. It just grabs you *right here* and envelops you and wont let you go. Aly and Zed are beautiful, fragile, heartbroken characters learning a lot about healing and forgiveness. After the terrible accident that sent them spiraling away from one another and into the arms of their addictions (anorexia and alcohol), they finally are on the road to recovery. The only thing they lack is the love they left behind four years ago. Watching them strive to regain that love without sending one another back into the pain and darkness they lived in for all those years is.... ahhhh it's just so gorgeous and heart-wrenching. I love them both. They are so strong and beautiful. This is one of those books that will just linger with you forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book from start to finish. Real and genuine and hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Locke's story isn't a typical romance but an achingly beautiful one all the same, exploring a complex relationship between two ballet dancers who've fled from their own grief over a car accident that happened years earlier—and from each other. A wonderful look at loss and the things that pull us back together, with complex (and disabled!) protagonists. Loved. You should also read the prequel story TURNING POINTE though it isn't necessary to enjoy SECOND POSITION—but it is free!
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Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Intensely Romantic! I enjoyed that! Makes me wish I could go to the ballet now. While not required, reading the prequel, TURNING POINTE (free link on the author's website), does provide background on Aly and Zed's relationship in all it's complicated beauty. Locke's prose is as lyrical as the dance her characters perform. And she does a fantastic job of delving deeper into the issues surrounding both Aly and Zed which made their story feel authentic and real. There are no easy fixes. Healing and recovery takes time, effort and patience. For a NA, this has very little sex in it, HOWEVER, this is an intensely romantic story. Read it. And then go lose a few hours of your life on Locke's Pinterest boards.