A good girl trying to find herself.
A troubled boy running from his past.
The seductive allure of the cirque.
One summer that will change them both forever ...
Eighteen-year-old ballerina Ariel is determined to experience life outside the dance studio. She auditions for the cirque on a whim, and though ballet training didn't prepare her for dodging knives, she refuses to flinch and wins the spot of target girl alongside Gabriel, the mysterious knife-thrower. There's something unmistakably dangerous yet tempting about Gabriel's crystal blue eyes and tattoos. She's determined to solve the mystery of his past after learning he's on the run from the law. Especially since the distraction is just what she needs to avoid admitting to her parents she was dismissed from her ballet contract.
The more she learns about Gabriel, the scars on his body, the foster homes he grew up in, and his fascination with knives, she knows she should run the other way, but that boy's like crack, oh so bad for you, yet addicting as hell. When he's arrested and forced to deal with his past, she has to choose between putting her own life back together and dealing with her parents, or taking a chance on Gabriel, as no one else has.
The Cirque is a contemporary new adult romance
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Wonderful read! Highly recommended and loved the setting.
This book. This book was so unique, intriguing, and kept me captive from the moment I started. Ariel and Gabriel are such a great couple. Ryann Kerekes created a truly great story. Ariel is a dancer. A ballerina. While I wasn't a dancer, I understand the pressure she feels. My niece is a ballerina and I see the stress these girls are under, even at an early age. So, when Ariel decided she needed to leave the ballet, I got it. I understood. Now, joining up with a traveling circus is one way to go big, go different. But, Ariel is seeking more than just a change. I felt like she was searching for herself. When she meets her partner, Gabriel, she experiences feelings she's never felt before. He's mysterious, dangerous, and indifferent. Yet, he has his own story and isn't really all that he seems. Gabriel is exactly the kind of guy I love to read about. He seems bad, but he's really a great guy. He's sensitive, sexy, and he is a bit mysterious. He's also fiercely protective of those he cares about. He doesn't go after the girl right away. He takes his time. He's guarded. He watches, observes. The end result was a really great love. A truly honest love. I can say that I haven't read many books about circus life. I was so interested in that part of the story for some reason. While we get to see the behind the scenes of what happens in a circus life, I also enjoyed seeing how they felt while they were performing. It seemed like it could be such a rush. Gabriel is a knife thrower and Ariel is his target. Can you imagine what that would be like??? Scary, yet a bit thrilling. It was interesting to see that Ariel was numb to it. She was able to black out the risk and really trust Gabriel. So symbolic of their relationship and the changes she was making in her life. Overall, The Cirque was a really great story. It brought up some issues for me personally, but I also loved the characters. Gabriel made my heart pitter patter and Ariel made me feel empathetic. If you're looking for a love story that is a little bit different, check this one out! Quotes: ~ I was hopeful that tonight I could break some of the perfect self-control he applied to me-and nothing else in his life. Swallow fire? Sure. Play with knives? Why not? Fight a ripped acrobat? Anytime. Make out with me? Let's hold off on that.-pg 145 ~He expertly held my jaw and tilted his mouth to meet mine. He drove me mad the way he leaned in and kissed me, then pulled back, moving in at a different angle before kissing me again. I could feel him thinking through his every move. I didn't want him thinking-I only wanted him feeling, like I did.-pg 156 ~Everything about this moment felt right, from the way Gabriel made me feel cherished, to the way our bodies fit together, like two halves of a whole.-pg 209