Execution (Off Balance #2) by Lucia Franco
Published: April 22nd, 2018
The move to World Cup Academy of Gymnastics is the greatest challenge Adrianna has encountered. Punished for Coach Kova’s overwhelming desires, she’s reeling with resentment while she sits out the first meet of the season. As Adrianna fights to regain her focus, he pushes her body to the extreme, leaving her mentally and physically exhausted. Kova underestimates Adrianna’s endurance, and gravitates more toward her, despite his internal battle raging within to stay away. They try to disentangle themselves, but the tension between coach and gymnast mounts, engulfing them both in a forbidden world of deception and passion. The one place where they should never feel alive, is where they find complete absolution. But one slip, one wrong landing, a missed grip, and everything they built can come tumbling down, damaging both their professional and personal lives.
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“Another time, another life… You look absolutely breathtaking tonight, malysh.”
Execution picks up right were Balance left off. Hayden just found out about Adrianna and Kova and life just gets more intense. It is meet season and she needs to qualify for elite. Her strange relationship with her coach is added stress she does not need plus her mother is like an overbearing time bomb ticking over her. Add to that, her best friend is acting extremely weird and hiding things from her. Adrianna’s life is truly not easy in this book. The plot is much like the first pretty much 80% of the way through. I was going to give it 3 stars or 3 & 1/2 stars because the relationship is still annoying and Kova is pretty much a jerk (not that I mind that per say because my favs are villains.) It’s more so that the age gap is still so odd and I can’t get behind cheaters (she actively knows he is cheating and has no problem and he is doing the cheating and both are just annoying.) But the bombshells at the end and my OCD of needing to know how things end are keeping me. Let me tell you those plot twists thrown at Adrianna made up for a lot because my jaw was literally on the FLOOR. I was literally not expecting it in the slightest. Plus as I said I want to know if she makes it to the Olympics. Also, romance aside I love their relationship when they are on coach and athlete mode (strictly professional) because he is literally one of the few people who actually believe in her talent (I am looking at you Joyce you pathetic excuse of a “mom.”) The pace is so-so. It is not fast nor is it slow. If you are into taboo stories/forbidden romance or sports stories/romance I think you will enjoy this. Or if you are like me and just want to see how Adrianna’s life plays out then you might enjoy it also.
“We are a team—I exhale, you inhale. We fight together. We work together. It is an amazing feeling when you find someone who shares the same passion as you. The possibilities are endless. I am the beast beneath your beauty, pushing you. From here on out, we do it together. You come to me for anything and I will do everything in my power to make it happen.”
I like Adrianna as an athlete and sometimes as a person. I feel for her when she lets her coach pretty much break her heart over and over. But, it’s hard to care when she doesn’t care about Katja and how all of this will affect her when she fins our Kova is cheating on her. Like I said I just can’t get behind cheaters or the people who KNOW the person cheating is already in a relationship and doesn’t care. I do love her as an athlete and how ambitious she is. I truly wish she would just focus on her goal of the Olympics and her injury especially with that BOMBSHELL of a secret. Kova is a great coach and I admire how much he cares for his athlete’s success. As a boyfriend he is garbage. He 100% knows what he is doing and I don’t believe a word out of his mouth. Hayden is such a great friend and I hope he is more prominent in book three because he really is a great person. Her family is just wow. All those secrets that came out leaves a lot to be desired about them. Joyce is trash and if her end doesn’t come I will go in the book and do it myself. Her dad is so-so. I think he loves her but he really is more focused on money and status. Her brother is the one who loves her most and I want to see what else happens between him and her bestie. The overall cast could use better development as people lol.
“I’m going to prove it to you. I’m going to show you that I want it, that you’re not wasting your time with me. I’m going to show you that I’m worth it.” His eyes glossed over and he nodded with his chin toward my phone. “I already know you are worth it.”
This is a typical new adult novel. The writing is good but don’t expect some Pulitzer prize type of novel or think piece. The author did her research when it came to gymnastics. I really got to know the sport and all that it entails from an athlete. Those parts of the novel are so interesting. The parts with her family and those plot twists were handled really well. It is the typical rich family with ghosts in the closets but the author totally shocked me. I saw nothing coming and was left speechless. The romance was eh. Of course, I loved some of the quotes but just as quotes in relation to Ria and Kova not so much. The sensual scenes are graphic and a lot. So if you are not into that just pass this book but if you don’t mind then you will probably love it lol. They were actually written in a non-cringy way so a lot of stuff was pretty hot (not the characters just how the author executed those scenes.)
“To make the impossible possible, you have to twist the situation around so you’re not the only one left with your back against a wall. Everyone needs a hero, but you have to save yourself first before you can save everyone else.”
Again, I hate cheaters and people who know the person is a cheater so for me the romance is why I take stars off every time. Plus look, I don’t mind age gaps I mean I loved Daisy and Ryke from the Addicted/Calloway sisters books. But, this gap is too much, he doesn’t respect her/manipulative (she can be a little as well which was concerning), he’s cheating, she knows he’s cheating, and they had sex when she was still a minor. All the opposite of Ryke and Daisy. The author executed sensual scenes well but I didn’t like the characters involved. I think for the first time I would not mind a love triangle because I would much rather her with Hayden although I don’t really trust her to not cheat on him. It is a mess but if you like taboo/forbidden romance then you might enjoy it more than me.
Strength didn’t come from what you could do, it came from the power within one’s heart, a determination unlike no other to thrive.
“By the way, I would find you anywhere.” I tilted my head to the side in confusion. “You said you are going to move so I cannot show up whenever I wanted. Ria, I will always find you. You have a part of me that no one has ever had, as I do with you.”
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