Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk
Paperback, 319 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.

Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plié and chassé, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates, and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.

Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.
My Review: 4.5 Stars

Rhys and Emmy have an instant connection and balance each other out, yet their journey isn't instantaneous. Oh no--they have many setbacks and deep self-reflections to deal with through the process and it's encouraging, heart wrenching, hopeful, and sweet. Rhys is not LDS, yet he's attending BYU, a religious college. That would be so hard to do, when the majority of the students belong to the same religion.

Rhys and Emmy are likable from the very start and only rooted themselves deep within my heart as the story moved on. I love the relationships they have with those around them and especially with each other, as they hesitantly, and sometimes awkwardly, move forward. I love characters who are deep and well-written, especially as they go through various struggles in life. I don't necessarily want to see them suffer, but everyone has issues and the way a characters handles their problems and rises above them gives me hope. 

I thought I knew exactly where this story was going--super sweet and all romantic--but I was in for several big twisty surprises that left me wondering how it was all going to turn out. I love those kinds of shockers and found myself really invested in the plot, completely rooting for these people.

I would love to see stories about the siblings--Cami, Evie, Jason--and even the BFF, Supe. Fun, fun book!

Content: mild romance (kissing); moderate religious elements.

*I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*


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Tiffany Odekirk 

Tiffany Odekirk believes cooking should take less than thirty minutes, frosting is better than ice cream, and all books should end with happily ever after. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Tiffany completed an internship with LDS Family Services in adoption and then went on to work with homeless women and children in the non-profit sector. Married to a Broadway star, Tiffany’s days are filled with music, and her nights are spent writing the types of characters she hopes her children will one day marry.

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