Lizette is a gifted dancer, raised by her cruelly exacting aunt, the Ballet Mistress of the Imperial Theater, she dreams of one day becoming their principal dancer. Evander is the son of an Earl, the spare to his older brother Alistair, the heir. He is equally bound by the edicts of his family as Lizette. They meet by happenstance and their connection is immediate. Part fairy tale and part ballet classic, Dancing On Air is an elegantly simple tale complete with a suitably evil, mustache twirling, deviant villain and a guardian so soulless and scheming, it was truly Machiavellian.
Cinderella meets Swan Lake in this Victorian-era set story about a ballet dancer, an aristocrat, and their class-crossing romance…
Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainsworth and Lord De Vale.
Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette’s youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.
Though all the requisite components were there, I found the characters somewhat two dimensional. Unfortunately, the exquisitely vicious characters of Lord De Vale and Lizette’s aunt were not utilized as fully as they could have been, missing opportunities for a more compelling plot. Regardless, Dancing On Air was a lovely story that perfectly, if less dramatically than I preferred, captured the spirit of the fable of the poor Cinder girl and her true love.
AUTHOR: Nicole Hurley-Moore
RATING: 3 Stars
GENRE: Historical Romance
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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