The Patron by Vivian Wood

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• BLURB •

Ballet takes everything from you. All your sweat, all your tears, all your dedication, all your time. There are no drunken nights, no drugs, no boyfriends, no distractions whatsoever.

But everyone has a dirty little secret…

Working as a stripper at Club Ecstasy at night is my dark indiscretion.

Sexy, mysterious billionaire Calum shows up as a patron at my club. He’s drawn to my provocative innocence, not realizing that I am also a ballerina in his dance company. When I dance for him, he feels something stir in his cold, dead heart.

After Calum finds out my little deception, he should turn me in. After all, ballet requires sacrifice.

But to my surprise, he makes me an offer I can’t refuse.

And now I am staring into his dark blue eyes as I dance for him privately. Trying desperately to remember rule number one of being an exotic dancer.

Don’t fall for your customers.

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• MY REVIEW •


🎵 “Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well
Live fast, die young
Bad girls do it well.”


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Ballet dancer by day, stripper by night!? Yeah, I knew I had to read this one! 😄 I’m fan of dance movies and tv shows, but I must admit I haven’t read much books that centers around this world. I was hooked on the premise, not only because Kaia is a ballet dancer — which stereotypically is a world of prestige and exclusivity to be in, but because outside of it, she’s living a completely different life that could put her dreams of being a prima ballerina at risk. It instantly makes you curious as to why she would jeopardize a life-changing opportunity?

The Patron immediately pulls you into a troubling world of secrecy, indulgence, and greed. Kaia is an easily likable heroine who has struggles that a lot of us can relate to. You’ll soon discover that things are not what they seem in Kaia’s life, and they go to a whole new level of drama when she meets Calum.

Unlike Kaia, I have a love/ hate relationship with the hero. If you like reading about complex, broken assholes who you can’t completely hate for their behavior and actions, then you might just enjoy meeting Calum. 😜 He comes off as arrogant jerk, a secretive and no-nonsense type of guy, but as the story develops, he starts giving away his backstory and the reasons behind his attitude. Are you going to completely love his actions? Well, no. But is it based off of good intentions? Yes. So you can see the dilemma I had whilst reading this book. Do I like the guy or do I hate him? Ugh.   

Kaia and Calum are put into certain situations that they’re forced to deal with, and you can’t help but sympathize. They’re both dealing with personal issues that seems to be getting the best of them. But whenever they meet, time seems to stop and there’s a certain amount of escapism from their gritty reality… and it’s those scenes where you really can’t help but hunker down and keep reading. Kaia and Calum have such zingy chemistry with moments of both the sweet and swoony, and of the hot and heavy smutty variety! 😍

I love the gradual build-up of their secret hookups and the constant suspense to see if they’ll get caught in the act. I really couldn’t get enough of it. This was such an intriguing story. Not only was I completely invested in seeing how Kaia and Calum’s relationship would develop, but by the end of the book I was literally left with my mouth agape (picture a goldfish making bubbles)! This is the first book in the Broken Slipper Trilogy, and yes, it does end on a cliffhanger—and a painful one to boot! 😧

Please note that this book contains sensitive matters that may be triggering for some readers such as violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and attempted human trafficking. It’s not overly detailed or graphic but definitely for readers 18+ only!

But I highly recommend it to fellow romance readers! This is an adult (darkish) contemporary romance. It has a few romance tropes within such as, billionaire romance, taboo romance, and secret romance. So if any of those takes your fancy, make sure you add this one to your reading list. There’s a great balance of interchanging atmospheres between the preen and proper ballet world and the down and dirty raunchiness of nightclubs and private lap dances.

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Definitely a little different from other contemporary romances I’ve read recently, but I think the dance backdrop is what makes it so. Full of drama, powerplays, and unpredictability. It’s well-paced storytelling and told from dual points of view. You get an introduction to both Kaia and Calum’s present lives but also snippets of their backstories that not only elevates this entire story but provides these main characters with dimension. There’s a relatively diverse group of secondary characters included—some of which have already made their personalities and motives loud and clear, whilst others I feel are still hanging back. I guess I’ll have to see in the next books how much of a role they play.  

Like I said earlier it’s full of drama and there are characters and plotlines in this book that will elicit some strong emotions out of you. I won’t spoil it for you folks, but I will say that it’s been a while since I’ve encountered an antagonist in a contemporary romance who I’ve wanted to choke so badly. I’ll leave it at that. Lol. 😜😂

It’s an attention-grabbing start to the trilogy. It’s freaking hot, intense, and will have you staying up late reading it! I’m already anxiously waiting to see what happens next!           

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Vivian Wood and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛

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🩰 Broken Slipper Trilogy

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Pre-order the entire trilogy now!

📒 Book One: The Patron
📒 Book Two: The Dancer
📒 Book Three: The Embrace

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Hope you enjoyed my review! Happy reading guys and catch you in my next one! Xo

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