Patrick Moss was one of us. More importantly, he was mine. Until he became famous. He traded our love in for his career, and it paid off. So how can I blame him?
Me, I live to work. I’m the resident costume designer at Driven Dance Theater, and I have everything I need: dancers who need me, a steady supply of Americanos, and a healthy obsession with designer clothes. Who needs love? I have a reputation to uphold.
At Driven, we’re family. But now he’s back with those killer green eyes, and the company isn’t big enough for the both of us. Especially after closing night—and one delicious moment of weakness.
His music may be the best. Our director may need all the help he can get. This company may be in serious trouble. But we had a deal.
That’s why I’m quitting. Unless Patrick quits first.
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Brianna is the author of the Driven Dance Theater romance series. She spends her summers island living in the Pacific Northwest, where she is happiest writing. She takes a boat to get her groceries, has a super cute dog, is learning to play the ukulele, and practices yoga. When she is not living in the woods, she lives in Vancouver, Canada. She loves writing edgy and emotional romance. The more angst the better. She used to be a professional dancer and the Driven Dance Theater series started because she wanted to give others a taste of this magical world.
This was a good read. Patrick and Londyn used to date. Then they broke up because of his career. He is here now to work at the theater. Londyn was very childish at first and was willing to quit so that she didn't have to see him. Thankfully by the end she got over it and they got their happy ending.
Londyn and Patrick do not have an easy path to love. Theirs is ridden with potholes of mistrust, road blocks of insecurities, and ultimately fear. Fear of rejection, fear of disappointment, fear of getting hurt, and fear of not being good enough. Their story was heavy at times, but it was also real. As a reader you can connect with Londyn and her desire to protect herself, to want something for herself in her career, but also feel pulled toward a past that we one time was her everything. Londyn displays that pull as women we often feel... wanting love, wanting something for herself, but also wanting the person she loves to succeed. There is a battle and at times she is not sure how to have them all together, especially when her fears get in the way. Patrick is trying to prove that his sacrifice of their engagement was worth it. That his career is successful, but also trying to prove to her that he loves her, always loved her, and needs her. Their chemistry is off the chart. The writing style again pulls you into the feeling of the dance, the music and the costumes. Each word is filled with longing, despair, and ultimately hope.
Some things that I find puzzling... what was Rachel sneaking around about? Who was all involved in the scheme? I did not suspect Simone as the other woman and was confused about that. It seemed she was connected to Rick.... but then at the end? I’m hoping these things are revealed in the next book. I didn’t feel it was concluded as much as the first book was. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out.
I’m typically not into books with characters focused around the entertainment world. For some reason it just doesn’t jive for me but I always try to give some a shot every now again. This was one I took a chance on.
I’ve never read anything from this author before and I didn’t feel like I was missing too much back story having not read the first book in the series.
Patrick and Londyn are exes that are now working back together again. As much as Londyn wants to stay strong against falling for Patrick again she is having a hard time. Patrick is on a mission to have her back in his life and he is crushing her walls down.
Of course this would be no love story without some angst and suspense which I definitely get by the end of the book. It was quite unexpected and I did not see that coming at all. Londyn has learned that not everything is as it seems.
This is definitely worth giving a shot even if it’s not typically your cup of tea.
You can tell that Brianna is a very talented writer. She writes beautifully! I absolutely loved her style. Also - this cover is absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t read the other books in the series but I love the designs for the covers. Probably some of the best I’ve seen in 2020.
The only reason this didn’t rate higher for me is because I just didn’t connect with Londyn or the story. I actually disliked Londyn a lot - I think that might have been the point but her redemption really was not enough for me to find anything likeable about her. I found myself bored with her selfishness and whiney behavior.
I did absolutely love Patrick though. Kudos to him for chasing his dream. Boo on Londyn for not being understanding and emotionally overreacting.
I know that there will be plenty of readers that will love the story and series. It just wasn’t for me.
Thank you, Brianna, for the copy in exchange for the review.
Closing night by Brianna Stark was a 3 star read for me
The author has written a story that brings depth of the dance / performance world and solid characters with Patrick and Londyn (love the name and spelling!)
Why a 3 star read? Two reasons: it was a slow start for me ... and while billed as a stand alone in a series, I felt i was missing part of the story while reading ... it’s a tricky thing to pull off and it didn’t quite make it for me.
Patrick is a broody rockstar who left London to pursue his career when London needed him most. Now that he’s famous, he’s back and is after Londyn. I love a male character who goes after his girl and Patrick did it for me!
Londyn is a costume designer who is just (barely) over having Patrick abandon her when he was most needed. There is passion, chemistry, and a slow gritty build to this story.
This is book two in the Driven Dance Theater series. I have read the first book, Curtain Call but each book in the series can be read on its own. Our two main characters share a past and they made a deal. Now, finding themselves both working for the Driven Dance Theater.....the deal is being broken. She has found and made a perfect life for herself, one where she loves her job, bad coffee habit and is happy being alone. He works with the music, not anywhere near her, unless you count being within the same building. Who will quit first? What about the deal? I enjoyed reading this story and getting to know the Driven Dance Theater characters a little more. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book that I received as an ARC from Hidden Gems.
This was an interesting reunion story. They were torn apart by their dreams and brought back together by love. Londyn worked herself hard, and I loved her willingness to help others despite her workload. She had been hurt by Patrick, but part of that was her own fault. Patrick was so determined to get her back, even by stepping back a couple times. He was so sweet, remembering what she liked. The heat and attraction between these two was truly strong enough to work out what was important.
I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
This is the 2nd book in this fascinating series. Patrick left Londyn behind when he chose his rock star career over their love, and now he is back. Is it too late for them to have a 2nd chance? No spoilers: this is a definite must read you will not be disappointed. This is a beautifully written tale which is filled with angst, drama, passion, heartbreak, undeniable chemistry, and love which all leads to a steamy and all-consuming story. I was captivated throughout this addictive page turner, and I look forward to reading more form this talented author whose work I highly recommend for all.
I must say first, this author did an impeccable research of the dance and fashion worlds. That said, this was an amazing portrayal of a costume designer that has ambitions of being a fashion designer. Her romance story with a talented artist. The ups and downs of the artist industry.
Lexi and Patrick have a past and a love and longing that won't fade. But are they able to find their way back to each other? I have no clue about dance but I do enjoy this series! The characters are interesting and the story is well written. An enjoyable read!
Words cannot describe how much I loved this book! I LOVED Londyn & Patrick’s story so much. The author is amazing at writing complex characters that develop throughout the book. You see their good, bad, vulnerable, guilty, loving, true, etc. sides. In Closing Night, Londyn and Patrick’s story is complicated, yet simple. There was so much angst throughout the book, that I often found myself clutching my chest while reading. It’s a slow burn, but in the very best way. This topped the first one in my opinion. :)