Moira and Kenzie don’t like each other. Since the third grade they have been rivals, competing against each other in Scottish Highland dance. Both are now instructors but a scholarship opportunity has them putting their tartan back on to compete one against each other one more time. Old habits die hard as the two once again engage in insults, Only this time, maybe there’s something beneath the surface besides rivalry.
I don’t usually read YA books but this looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did because it’s a really entertaining read. I love a book where the MC’s hurl insults at each other to hide their attraction and these two were masterful with the barbs they throw at each other. Moira comes from a family of Scottish folk dancers, it’s in her blood. She’s always seen Kenzie as the girl she had to defeat. She never thought about who Kenzie was or what she was dealing with. It’s eye opening for Moira when Kenzie allows her vulnerability to show and reveals how difficult her life has been.
I always find myself drawn to the icier characters in a story featuring the sweetheart and the icy woman. Because there is always so much going on beneath the surface that leads a character to be more standoffish. In this instance, Kenzie is weighed down by so many obligations, it’s no wonder she comes across as a bit snarky. It’s only when she opens up do we see the wonderful woman she is behind her protective shield. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Kenzie and Moira. They make each other better, not just as dancers but as people.
This book is a wonderful read. It has humor and extremely likable characters, while also dealing with subjects like depression, substance abuse, family dynamics and labeling sexuality with sensitivity and care. This was my first Katia Rose book, but it won’t be my last.
An ARC was received via StoryOrigin for an honest review.