Passion and Pain (Dancers and Divas #1) by Kathy Petrakis
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?
These are questions tenacious street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the carefree and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage.
But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friendships, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?
Bittersweet (Dancers and Divas #2) by Kathy Petrakis
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2013
Can secrets stay hidden forever? Can people really change? Are some mistakes unforgivable?
As Elena and Sebastian embark on a fresh start, will Letitia keep his secret, or will she use it to destroy them? As Veronika falls in love, Frankie is out of rehab and trying to make amends, but will it last for either of them? Meanwhile, as Anya is torn between loyalty to her Nana and love for Darius, could Darius fall for the new temptress, Rosa? With her stunning looks, her powerful, sensual dancing and her desire to seduce, she has everyone nervous but what secret is she hiding?
Continue the roller-coaster journey with your favorite characters as they try to survive junior year at the country’s top performing arts school.
“There is drama, stress and anger all wrapped up in a neat bow just waiting to be unleashed.”
“.. at first, it felt like I was reading a new version of Step Up 2... LOVE... then it merged into a little Glee... then it merged with Center Stage... then in the midst of it all was the Gossip Girl...”
“It is extremely well written, and the plot is very engaging. I couldn't put it down..”
She showed Darius her choreography ideas to date, long and flowing. “That was beautiful, Anya. But can I suggest we change some of these steps and add a lift here? I mean, listen to the words:
“I never dreamed there would ever be
Someone who saw the real me
Who could know my darkest secrets
And never run in fear.”
“So we’re talking about giving everything of yourself hoping you’ll have that returned. That means you are feeling vulnerable.” He looked at her reflectively. “Hmmm. How about you come towards me, scared, but we don’t quite meet as you are waiting for my reaction?” He suggested some moves that she expanded on. “Yeah, that’s really good.” He replayed the song to listen to the words again.
“Then the bridge:
Could you really be the one
To give me hope and hold me tight
Make love to me all through the night?”
“So you are still very vulnerable and extremely passionate but you are taking a risk.” He stopped for a moment and looked up at her. “This is a great song, Anya. How odd that you stumbled across it.”
Anya shrugged, hoping she wouldn’t start crying. She was already anxious and with all this vulnerability and passion she was drawing on, she felt naked.
They practiced the moves they’d agreed upon a couple of times so that they flowed. Anya noticed how Darius’s arms tightened around her sometimes. She assumed he was making sure she was secure.
“Let’s look at the chorus where I believe the lovers unite,” he said as he went back to the music to replay the chorus:
“Hurry up and come to me
Save me from myself
Hurry up and mould my body
Skin to skin with yours
I want to know what love feels like
Hurry up and show me love tonight.”
“They’re talking about making love for the first time, with intense intimacy. There’s a lot of anticipation and tension, so we want to build it up.” He gulped and stared at her intensely for the briefest moment. Anya caught her breath. “It makes sense that the chorus is partner work, right?” he said.
“Try this,” he said explaining the ideas he had for how they would connect and intertwine. “What do you think?”
“It’s great!” What did she know about lovemaking or intimacy?
Kathy Petrakis was born and raised in Sydney Australia by Greek immigrant parents. She always had a passion for the performing arts - dancing, acting and singing but they were hobbies giving way to a traditional professional career in banking. Before this book, her writing was used to entertain friends with her unusual, and often disastrous travel adventures from around the world.
By the hand of fate, Passion and Pain and Bittersweet were born while living in London, heaven for lovers of the performing arts. After launching Passion and Pain, she returned to Sydney for the launch of the sequel, Bittersweet.
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