Emory faces life’s challenges at the one place that’s never failed her, the ballet barre. But even the barre can’t steady her when fate brings her face-to-face with her old college flame, Mason, who’s hoping to return to the NFL after a career-threatening injury. Before they can surrender to their sexual desires and find salvation in each other’s arms, they need to come to terms with their past. Mason must confront the demons that have set him on a path of self-destruction, while Emory must decide whether to keep her painful secrets locked away, or expose them and risk losing the love of her life. But nothing can prepare Mason for what Emory has kept hidden, or the possibility that he himself may be to blame for the very secrets she keeps – and why they continue to haunt her.
We received a copy of First Position for an honest review.
First Position is a story about second chances. Emory and Mason are both extremely talented athletes who fell in love during college. When their careers were not meant to be together Mason breaks it off…abruptly (douchebag!). He quickly becomes involved with a bimbo who hangs around the football team, marries her, and starts his career in the NFL. When Mason and Emory are reunited 6 years later he is recovering from an injury and she is a professional photographer, her ballet career had ended with a broken ankle years earlier. Mason is in the middle of a nasty divorce and Emory has just broken off her engagement to Dr. Eric (douchebag #2!), perfect timing, or so it would seem. We learn about their history, how they met, their first time, and what tore them apart. (We also hear bits and pieces about Emory’s roommate Wesley and his relationship – most of which was useless information to the story, I just didn’t get it). As Mason and Emory begin seeing each other again they are each getting their second chance. Mason hides things from Emory to protect her feelings and this pisses her off to no end….normally I wouldn’t blame her but in this case she is hiding a whopper of a secret herself! We get hints as to what it might be, and I was eventually able to guess what the situation was. I was pissed at her, she was such a hypocrite!!!! Mason just wanted to have things go smoothly and she was just blatantly not telling him something that he had every right to know.
I enjoyed the realness of their relationship. They had prior history which made their love more believable, Mason was super sweet but had an angry possessive quality about him as well. Emory loved Mason and learned to stand up for herself and what she wants and needs. I enjoyed the story however in some ways it lacked something for me and in others there was just too much going on with the secondary characters. I liked that we had finality at the end to see where the story ended.
“A minute can change a man’s life.”
In a book about second chances this couldn’t be more true.