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Under Winter Lights: Part One by [Lewandowski, Bree M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2775 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pronoun (9 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MSJW5A6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #520,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lewandowski has done an excellent job in her debut novel. Under Winter Lights: Part One, is a slow burn but definitely kept my attention. The insight to life as a ballet dancer is intriguing, if on occasion a bit too descriptive. Her characters are believable and people with whom I could relate.

The author does not fill the pages with sex but with sexual tension. The anticipation is a wonderful aphrodisiac. A long awaited kiss is as titillating as the forbidden consummation.

Martina is a young ballet dancer living in Chicago. She lives alone in a dismal apartment to afford her the opportunity to live her dream. Attending Bellus is an honor that Martina appreciates and strives to do her best. Minimal funds mean struggling for simple things in life, to include food, but she pushes on because of her love of dance.

Mr. Jung, the instructor at Bellus, is a hard nosed relentless perfectionist. He does try and take care of the health of his dancers with good physical therapist and a free meal a day. He takes an interest in Martina. Her insecurities at even being good enough to be there play in his favor of intimidating her.

Maraav, a Russian dancer that came to Bellus under a cloud of mystery from the Russian ballet scene. He is sweet and charming in contradiction to his reputation. He befriends Martina when they are paired together. Maraav is a prodigy in the dance world but rumored to have an attitude problem. He calls her "Mooshka" and that does funny things to my heart.

Ups, downs and struggles of Martina's world was an emotionally fueled experience. Anxious to get the next book to see what happens next. Part One ends on a cliffhanger that has me waiting on tenterhooks.

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Reviewed by Becky for Jo&IsaLoveBoooks.
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Anyone who knows me or follows my reading habits will know that I don't really do love stories, but I decided to give Under Winter Lights a chance as the story revolves around a ballet school; and ballet is something that has always fascinated me.

Martina is a quiet girl from a small town with a big heart and a huge talent, and there is no reader that could resist falling for her... but I must admit, I fell for Maraav so much too - he's everything I'd want in a man; talented, respectful, hardworking, dedicated, selfless, reliable and must have the most gorgeous arms. Martina and Maraav are an unlikely couple on the face of it but their feelings are so believable because Bree has managed to write them, especially Martina's, in such a real way that it bought me to tears. I even had to take a few days reading break because Bree's writing made me drown in my own feelings. Bree has also managed to include many layers to the two main characters that you start to realise the two are very much made for each other - these aren't just two characters that are just dancers, they are also two individuals that have lived lives previous to when this story is set and who have been shaped by those lives. Bree seems to have put a lot of thought into the two main character's backgrounds and how these backgrounds might affect who they are and how they react to certain situations... and I love it.

I really want to focus on Bree's writing because I think she deserves recognition for how wonderfully she's written this story.
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We meet small quiet town girl Martina she has a big heart and a big talent in the ballet world. Martina's world consists of music and ballet. When Alan Jung comes into the picture he can offer Martina that she has ever dreamed of fame and luxury.

We then meet Russian rebel Maraav who is talented, respectful, hardworking, dedicated to his profession, selfless and reliable.

This is a beautiful love story.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll feel like you're really a part of the ballet world! 2 Jan. 2017
By JC in GA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book! And that's saying something for me because this is a romance, and I rarely read romance. But this book is so much more. Yes, it's the story of Martina and Maraav. How they meet. The initial attraction. The gradual realization that there's something more there. But this book is also about ballet. It's about a young dancer who struggles with self confidence in the beautiful but sometimes frightening world of professional dance.

The details of this book are so rich I felt like I was right there with the characters as they went to rehearsals and performances. It rekindled my love for dance and made me want to be more diligent about attending my own ballet classes. The world it showed me was so lovely I never wanted to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading so I could remain immersed in that world.

Romance fans will enjoy this book for the chemistry between Martina and Maraav, but for me that storyline took a backseat to the ballet. All I wanted to do was soak up juicy details about the professional dance world. It's a world I'll likely never be a part of, but I still have those little girl dreams of being a ballerina. This book allowed me to live those dreams through the characters.

I will definitely be reading the next installment in this series. I can't wait to find out what the future holds for these characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not some Mary Sue Romance! 15 May 2017
By S.J. Penner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a story about two flawed and fantastic characters in a world that doesn't give them any space to breath. Lewandowski touches on (though does not linger) on eating disorders, self image issues, rumors, obsession, and the fanatic and frankly mad love that some people have that drives them to dance. There are some issues, especially in the first chapter or two, with sentence fragments but it sorts itself out quickly. I finished this book in a day, and I am absolutely bouncing in my seat for the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Xscape 15 Dec. 2016
By Tina Mezzano - Published on Amazon.com
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As a native Chicagoan I felt like I was standing in the cold waiting for the bus. I thought the author perfectly illustrated, how the wind would whip around corners and sting your face..it was like I was walking with Martina. I'm looking forward to continuing this journey. Will she becomes a strong confident female lead, or will the big bad city eat her up?
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about ballet process in theatre 2 Dec. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! I loved how it explained how a dancer goes from practice to production! Loved the hidden/forbidden romance as well!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Originally Posted on GoodReads: goodreads.com/lmgr 1 Dec. 2016
By badwolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Anyone who knows me or follows my reading habits will know that I don't really do love stories, but I decided to give Under Winter Lights a chance as the story revolves around a ballet school; and ballet is something that has always fascinated me.

Martina is a quiet girl from a small town with a big heart and a huge talent, and there is no reader that could resist falling for her... but I must admit, I fell for Maraav so much too - he's everything I'd want in a man; talented, respectful, hardworking, dedicated, selfless, reliable and must have the most gorgeous arms. Martina and Maraav are an unlikely couple on the face of it but their feelings are so believable because Bree has managed to write them, especially Martina's, in such a real way that it bought me to tears. I even had to take a few days reading break because Bree's writing made me drown in my own feelings. Bree has also managed to include many layers to the two main characters that you start to realise the two are very much made for each other - these aren't just two characters that are just dancers, they are also two individuals that have lived lives previous to when this story is set and who have been shaped by those lives. Bree seems to have put a lot of thought into the two main character's backgrounds and how these backgrounds might affect who they are and how they react to certain situations... and I love it.

I really want to focus on Bree's writing because I think she deserves recognition for how wonderfully she's written this story. Despite Bree using ballet terms that not all people understand, including myself, there were never times when I was annoyed or confused by the terminology - there wasn't too much of it that I was overwhelmed with descriptions of seemingly impossible dance moves, but also enough that I always knew that this book isn't just about lust and romance, but also the beauty of ballet too. It is hugely obvious that Bree knows what she's talking about when she describes the dancing and how it affects the body, and this increased my enjoyment massively (there's nothing worse than a writer thinking they know what they're talking about when they really don't)... I've always admired the hard work and dedication put into ballet and it's always seemed incredibly romantic and erotic to me, and this book has just boosted these opinions for me. My only issue is one more of editing than the actual writing, and it's that I think sometimes chapters were too long and should have been split when certain scenes or interactions ended.

As I am not usually a romance book lover I think it's super important that I mention that none of the 'romantic' scenes in the book were overwhelmingly cheesy or lame and so I was able to enjoy those parts of the book as well (actually a lot more than I anticipated I would). This book took me a few more days than it should have done to finish and this is down to the fact that Bree's writing was just too real for me to cope with after a recent break-up, leading me to take a few days off of reading. Everything that was written about Martina's emotions hit me in my heart so hard because I really related to her, and this made it obvious to me how much work Bree has put into making her book as honest as possible. [Spoiler:] Bree was also able to create incredibly sexy, erotic scenes without the main characters even kissing and that takes so much skill.

One more thing I must mention is that I think Bree has included a couple of issues that I think are probably fairly common within the ballet world; how tired Martina becomes, how she manages to end up neglecting her health a little and how taxing the dancing really is on her body... but also the issues surrounding Martina's relationship with Mr. Jung - [spoiler:] the scenes that were meant to make my skin crawl did, but there were also times I wanted to scream and cry for Martina. I really want to know where this part of the story ends up going, because I'm scared for Martina but also rooting on Maraav to deal with the situation.

[Spoiler:]I hate that I have to wait to find out what's going to happen, I am beyond excited for when Martina and Maraav finally do the dirty and I really hope Bree writes this scene as well as I think she can. I also want to know what decisions Martina is going to make about being at The Bellus after The Nutcracker is over because of how Mr. Jung has been treating her and what career move Maraav is going to make once the show is over. I'm such an impatient person, I want part two now!!!
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