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.
What a fun, great intro into the Broken Slipper trilogy! The Patron explores the new journey Kaia goes on as she navigates the world of adulthood including the pressures of getting into an elite ballet school (her lifelong goal), working secretly as an exotic dancer to pay back her abusive father, and how much she’s willing to put on the line for a love interest.
While I enjoyed seeing Kaia explore these elements of her life with Calum, the attractive billionaire/ex-ballet dancer turned stage manager, it’s very clear that Kaia still has a lot of learning and growing to do. She absolutely shows her age in her decision-making skills – especially when it comes to her family – and I’m eager to see her character grow her independence and inner strength.
The story itself kept me hooked the entire time. So much so, I ended up binge reading it in one sitting because I needed to see how things progressed. Wood’s writing is engaging and thrilling, and I would be keen to read anything further this author releases.