Review by Sophie ~ Balance by Lucia Franco


 Title: Balance
Series: Off Balance #1
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose—producing champions.

Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.

Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.

WARNING: This novel contains explicit content.


I finished the book quite some time ago but really needed to collect my thoughts on how I would review it.  There were times that I loved it and times that I wasn’t sure I could go on.  BUT I did keep going and I am glad I did.  Lucia’s writing was on point. The characters were well developed and the story flowed.  Going in I knew this was quite the forbidden romance and I was excited, but I did have a hard time with it.  It made me a little uncomfortable at times. I didn’t expect to have those feelings knowing it was a work of fiction but I did.  Putting my uncomfortable feelings aside, it was a good book but I just couldn’t get over the age difference.  Will I read the next one?  Absolutely!  It still was a well written book and I desperately need to know what happens.

3.5 Stars

♥ Sophie

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A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

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