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Pointe of Breaking

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  125 reviews
When Ivy League & Tutus Collide
A collaboration by Amy Daws & Sarah J. Pepper

Getting screwed over backstage by my married-ex tears my heart into a million tiny pieces.
[Sitting in the audience at the ballet with my former fling wasn’t my idea of fun.]

I live in my pointe shoes, not even my ex can taint my love for ballet.
[I hate the ballet. This on again/off
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 19th 2015)
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Okay, I'll make this short.

I didn't like this. At about 5%, I knew I made a big mistake one-clicking this book. I knew...I had a feeling that despite the intriguing synopsis that I wouldn't like it. I really need to effing listen to my gut instincts!

The heroine was TSTL. Literally, TOO STUPID. She made mistakes that I couldn't fathom. Being with one guy, falling for the next guy although she barely got over the first. It was like reading a train wreck. If she wasn't moping about her life, she
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pointe of Breaking by Amy Daws and Sarah J Pepper
4 stars!!

“…I wanted you to fantasize about bending me to the point where I’d break…Oh, I want you to find my breaking point.”

This was one of those books that I 1clicked because of the cover, for some reason I seem really drawn to ballet dancers at the moment. This book starts with a bang with a kick ass prologue that lets you in on the emotional journey you are about to begin. This prologue got to me and only salivated those taste buds for the
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received an advanced copy for the blog Fallen for Books

Have you ever had a book that makes you feel EVERYTHING?! And not just little feelings, but the extreme highs and lows? Yeah, this was that book for me. This is a rip your heart out, brush it off, and rip it out again story. But it's also a story of never giving up, love, and finding your way through life.

I can't even put into words how amazing this book is. I don't get book hangovers. Until this one.

This is a story of Adeline and Leo. Ade
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adeline doesn't come from money and has had to work hard for everything she has. She was dumped by her rich fiance, Blake, who kept her hidden from his friends and family. A year later, he shows up at the ballet backstage right before she is set to preform. He seduces her, she hates him but part of her still loves him and after he pushes her enough, she thinks maybe they can work things out, that must be why he is saying he misses her and reminds her how good they were together. She can't fight ...more
Courtney Whittamore- The Moral of our Stories
Let me just start by saying that I have been so incredibly excited to read this book. Not only is this work written by two of the coolest authors with some of the most original and relatable works I have had the pleasure of reading, but the subject matter is about a ballerina and a really hot guy. I don’t know about you, but I still kind of harbor the want to be a ballerina and I may or may not sometimes attempt some ballet type moves when no one is around. And hot guy because… I also like those ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I really had not known what to expect when I started Pointe of Breaking because I had not read books by either Amy or Sarah (please forgive me!). But that is definitely going to change.

Pointe of Breaking was beautifully and seamless written. The plot was just dead-on right for this book and it flowed at the perfect pace. Everything played out with a continuous flow and held your attention.

“Fighting for love, losing love, finding love…that’s what helps the weak survive. That’s what helps the we
Three Chicks
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Review by Natasha Gentile

This story came out of left field for me. I had no clue this was even being released and when I read the blurb I knew that I had to read it. I was so not disappointed.

Adeline Parker was about to go on stage and live her dream of being the star in a Joffrey School of Ballet show. She has worked her whole life for this moment right now, nothing could make this day dark, nothing except her ex-fiancé Blake showing up right before she is suppose to go on stage.

Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read books by Amy Daws and books by Sarah Pepper before, but this is the first collaboration of these two. I wasn't sure if they could pull it off as their writing styles tend to differentiate a little bit. Sarah definitely has a more fantastical element to her writing and Amy is 100% romance. I must say that these two have pulled this endeavor off flawlessly.

I never felt like I was reading 2 different books or stories. Even though the story is told from Adaline's perspective in one chapt
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was reviewed for Our Kindle Konfessions.

5 Stars.

Going into Pointe of Breaking i didn’t really know what to expect, where two different worlds are colliding what can possibly happen between them. Adeline is the ballerina who has worked hard for what she has achieved, she didn’t come from some life of privilege, she wasn’t someone use to the spotlight, she was used to being the dirty little secret but that changes when she meets Leo. Leo is the Ivy League child who has basically be handed eve
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an interesting read with a unique (at least to me) premise. I like the mystery and the drama that goes on, but the romance became kind of a side story for me because of it. They were a cute couple, but we definitely had some "instalove" going on here...another "just ok" book for me.

Storyline: This is Adaline and Leo's story. Leo is dragged to the ballet by his on again off again friend with benefits, Sasha, even though he despises it. Meanwhile, Adaline is being
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book really floored me. I'm not sure what I was expecting but what I got was!
Pointe of Breaking was definitely one of the best collaborations I have read and these two authors did a fantastic job of making this story flow seamlessly!

Adeline Parker is a ballerina from the wrong side of the tracks and it seems like life just won't give the girl a break. Having landed a full ride scholarship to one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country she seems to be riding high u
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Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adeline did everything she had to, to succeed and to be where she is today and, because of that, she's never taken what her family has done for her for granted. She thought she had it all; a career, great friends, and a wonderful fiancée yet, little did she know, her life was about to change drastically.

Leo has always gone along with the way his life was planned out for him, never questioning it until he sees the ballerina at the fucking ballet he didn't want to be at in the first place. Now tha
Amy Daws
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What a crazy ride writing this book was. When Sarah J. Pepper approached me about doing a collaboration, I was skeptical. But after releasing it and hearing the amazing feedback and being able to share all those warm and fuzzies with a is now the best idea she's ever had!

Similar to our heroine and hero in Pointe of Breaking, writing this book involved a ton of ups and downs. But Sarah & I both fought for this story, just like our lovelies fight for love in this book.

"Fighting f
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, r-r-s
Thank you to the authors, Amy Daws and Sarah J. Pepper, for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

So there are things that I loved about this book and there are things are just a bit questionable. Let's get all the ickiness out of the way shall we?

It was pretty much insta-love between Leo and Adeline although it isn't as bad as it could be because it starts out as just lust (they are college students after all) and develops into 'love'. Which was the other thing I
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received the book Pointe of Breaking by Amy Daws and Sarah J Pepper in exchange for an honest review. Let me start off by saying I absolutely loved this book. From the beginning I was sucked into the story. I really didn't want to stop reading it. This is the story of Adeline a ballerina living in New York. She is from Chicago and it has been her dream to be a prima ballerina. She has a scholarship through the Joffery School of Dance and is trying to make it in the dancing world. The only way ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a honest review*

So I'm a huge fan of Amy Daws. At this point in time I've read everything by her but her memoir( I WILL read it soon). So I was of course really excited when I heard she was releasing a collab with another author. I haven't had the pleasure to read anything else by Sarah J. Pepper but after reading this one by her I am really excited to try one of her solo works!

I'm naturally nervous when it comes to collabs especially when one of th
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC, in exchange for an honest review, from the authors.

Pointe of Breaking is New Adult Romance in which the world of Ballet and that of Ivy League privilege clash in an epic pas de deux. Having been hurt in the past, can Adeline and Leo find love and redemption in each other? Or will they be torn apart by those who desire to keep them "in line"?

The story is bold and moves quickly, from the very first chapter and holds the reader's interest until the last sentence. Free spirit, A
Lustful Literature
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

I have never read a story by these two authors but after seeing the blurb I could not wait to get this baby in my hands. The blurb did not do this story justice because what I got from story is beyond what I imagined. The authors did a beautiful job in writing Point of Breaking. So much so that I felt every emotion that was expressed by the two main characters as well as the side characters. Pointe of Breaking is told in dual POV’s and you get to see the feelings, emot
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Right. Well, I need to be upfront about a bit. I read this book as a Beta reader for DaPep. I was, and have always been, told to be as strict and harsh as possible, without breaking their hearts. So, I went in ready wreak havoc on their new read. One problem, it was perfection.

Seriously, I could stop there, with my review, as that explains enough, but I’d like to tell you why it was so perfect.

To begin with, I was drawn into Adeline’s life. From the first pages, you see that she has had and cont
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ARC received for an honest review - thank you!

4.5 stars

I have read Amy Daws before, but I have not had the pleasure of reading Sarah J Pepper's work before, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Pointe of Breaking.

I was not sure what to expect when it came to this book. but the synopsis intrigued me, and the fact it was an Amy Daws book was enough to make me read it!

And what a wonderful book it is!

Told in dual POV's, Pointe of Breaking had me running the full gamut of the emotions. From the highe
Lauren Jones
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is beautiful! Amy Daws & Sarah J Pepper did a wonderful collaboration for Pointe of Breaking because it is absolutely heartfelt, stunning and holds emotional depth. This story begins with heartbreak, Adeline is a beautiful and talented ballerina who just can’t seem to wash away all of her tears for her ex. As he comes back into the picture with false meaning and pent up lies, she wants to believe him again…she wants to believe that his keeping her a secret from everyone is in the ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Review by Natasha Gentile

This story came out of left field for me. I had no clue this was even being released and when I read the blurb I knew that I had to read it. I was so not disappointed.

Adeline Parker was about to go on stage and live her dream of being the star in a Joffrey School of Ballet show. She has worked her whole life for this moment right now, nothing could make this day dark, nothing except her ex-fiancé Blake showing up right before she is suppose to go on stage.

Krista Ricchi
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

After reading the first chapter I had to put my kindle down and ask myself “Did that really just happen?" Yes, Yes it did. I love when a book has the power to blow your mind in only the first chapter. This book was filled with ever emotion known to man and it was a hell of a roller-coaster ride. Both Sarah and Amy did an incredible job bringing this story to life. The characters are well developed and have personalities that make them stand apart from most books out there. Leo is strong yet he w
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-99, ballet
Wow what an opening!!! We are immediately thrust into the world of ballet, lust and humiliation!!
Poor Adeline has been through the ringer with our villain of the piece Blake ( and what a great villain he is!!!
Enter the mysterious, gorgeous stranger watching Addy dance. The gorgeous Leo (Leonardo Richards) is there under duress. He doesn't even like the ballet and certainly not his date Sacha!!! What is he doing there??? How does he know Blake??? Does he know Addy???
He witnesses Addy at her abso
Abby Wheeler
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First thing you need to know--this book is so worth the read! I was really intrigued to see what a collaboration would be like between Amy Daws & Sarah J Pepper. I’ve read books from both authors & their writing styles and even genres and pretty different. This was like a match made in heaven!! I got all the suspense & build up I love in Sarah’s book & all the romance & steam I love in Amy’s books together in one hot little package. I truly feel like this was the best work I ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
*Potential spoilers*
Maybe it was me, but too much drama, back and forth for a relationship that lasted 10 days before the issues started. I mean I know initial attraction can be intense, but its a bit of a stretch for me to believe that a seasoned professional dancer could no longer dance unless she thought about a man she met 2 weeks ago. The whole time I was asking "what were you using the previous 22 years?" Seriously, she needed a issues with this story started as early as when t
Riley K.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of Pointe of Breaking in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was my first ever story about a ballerina and I loved it. I feel as though Amy Daws and Sarah J. Pepper put their hearts and souls into this drama packed story. I loved Adeline from the beginning, she is flawed but she is a fighter. Leo Richards is my new favorite book boyfriend of the month. Although to be fair, I did hate him for a bit.

With Pointe of Breaking, you see what happens when people from two diff
Julie Engle
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This book had everything you could want. It was written by two authors that are amazing in all of their other books and the story was out of this world. One of the things that I loved about this book is that the perspective changes between the two main characters. One chapter you could be inside the mind of Adaline and the next it was Leo. Adaline is a very emotion-inspiring dancer who can captivate you through the words in the story. Our two main characters have di ...more
Pamela Lilley
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Ivy League & Tutus Collide, ain't that the truth? Not only did they collide, they tore each other up in the process! I was completely and utterly immersed in this book from the get-go. I loved the dual POV, I fell totally in love with both Adeline and Leo, they both just made complete and utter sense to me. Their interactions were believable and the sexual tension took my breath away. The story follows ballet dancer Adeline who is on a student scholarship programme at a prestigious ball ...more
****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you****

Pointe of Breaking is a new adult contemporary romantic STANDALONE. The story is told from the POV of Leo and Adeline. I have always loved ballet since I was a child in tutus. To have a story centered on it was awesome.

The prologue got to me. It was beautiful and haunting. From there, the authors weave a stunning tale about love, lies and forgiveness. Adeline has a silent strength that draws you in. Leo is hunky bo
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Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of the Harris Brothers Series and is most known for her punny, footy-playing, British playboys. The Harris Brothers and her London Lovers Series fuel her passion for all things London. When Amy's not writing, she's watching Gilmore Girls or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy awkward-smiles from a distance.
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