Love on Pointe
Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.
Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plie and chasse, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.
Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2017-06-15
Some readers like 'bad boy' or 'bad girl' characters, but I've never been that kind of reader. I've always preferred reading about basically good people doing the best they can with the challenges they face. And both Emmy and Rhys fit that description. Emmy loves to dance ballet, she even plans to be a professional dancer as soon as she graduates from BYU. Rhys also attends BYU, although reluctantly. When Rhys and Emmy meet in a Book of Mormon religion class they feel awkward, mostly because they are attracted to each other. But Emmy has little dating experience and Rhys has found out the most Mormon girls don't want to date him seriously once they discover he's not a member. But after ending up as study partners it becomes harder and harder for them to resist their growing feelings for each other. But both of them are also struggling with other challenges as well, Emmy fears she's losing her twin sister, and isn't sure she knows how to dance without her sister by her side. Rhys is struggling to take care of his mother, whose illness continues to worsen. Things come to a head once Emmy finds out that Rhys isn't a member. As the two struggle with their feelings for each other life sees fit to throw more trouble their way. I enjoyed reading about the two falling in love, although it wasn't hard to figure out that Rhys's not telling Emmy he's not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church or Mormon Church) was going to cause problems. Still, Rhys and Emmy were so good for each other, it was impossible not to root for them.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2017-06-15
Love on Pointe was an unexpected hit for me. This was the first I've heard about Tiffany Odekirk, and I have to say that she's an author to watch for. The story was really, really good! I started it late one afternoon, and only put it down when I had to. I stayed up way too late, and finished around 2 AM.
I really liked the main characters, Rhys and Emmy. Between the two of them, they dealt with some difficult issues that pulled me in. I couldn't help but get emotionally involved in their happiness and success. Their alternating points of view added a lot to the story, and the definitions/pronunciations at the beginning of each chapter were also a great addition.
The description made me think that Rhys was at the school with no one knowing he wasn't a member of the LDS Church, but it wasn't that the school admitted him not knowing (it doesn't work that way). He was just keeping it from his fellow students because he'd been burned a few times when the information came out. That was one of several things that endeared him to me. He was just trying to get through without pain-not trying to be dishonest.
I was a little bothered by the cheaper tuition reason given for Rhys choosing BYU (tuition is based on member or non-member, comparable to other universities that offer resident and non-resident tuition rates), but it was just a little detail that probably wouldn't stand out to most readers.
I will definitely read this again, and I highly recommend Love on Pointe.
By Heidi Reads..., Submitted on 2017-06-13
I loved this sweet story! I didn't go to BYU so I have to live vicariously through books ;) Rhys and Emmy are easy to like and their friendship grows as they study together and support each other in the struggles they are facing. They each have vulnerabilities that they feel safe sharing with each other, and that only makes them grow closer. What I liked the most about this book is the journey of these two different people really and truly getting to know each other. There are complex dynamics with their family and friends that also make up a large part of the story, and demonstrate the strengths and compassion of both Emmy and Rhys. The spiritual progression of Rhys is realistic and heartfelt, and took the book to a deeper level. Highly recommend to readers who enjoy LDS fiction!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
By Katie, Submitted on 2017-06-12
(4.5 Stars) Rhys and Emmy have an instant connection and balance each other out, yet their journey isn't instantaneous. Oh no--they have many setbacks and deep self-reflections to deal with through the process and it's encouraging, heart wrenching, hopeful, and sweet. Rhys is not LDS, yet he's attending BYU, a religious college. That would be so hard to do, when the majority of the students belong to the same religion.
Rhys and Emmy are likable from the very start and only rooted themselves deep within my heart as the story moved on. I love the relationships they have with those around them and especially with each other, as they hesitantly, and sometimes awkwardly, move forward. I love characters who are deep and well-written, especially as they go through various struggles in life. I don't necessarily want to see them suffer, but everyone has issues and the way a characters handles their problems and rises above them gives me hope.
I thought I knew exactly where this story was going--super sweet and all romantic--but I was in for several big twisty surprises that left me wondering how it was all going to turn out. I love those kinds of shockers and found myself really invested in the plot, completely rooting for these people.
I would love to see stories about the siblings--Cami, Evie, Jason--and even the BFF, Supe. Fun, fun book!
Content: mild romance (kissing); moderate religious elements.
*I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*
By Tressa, Submitted on 2017-06-12
LOVE ON POINTE is a heart-wrenching story about two college students who find love in each other, but under complicated circumstances have to fight for their happily-ever-after. The characters come across as authentic and are easy to fall in love with, while the story is well balanced between moments of laughter, friendship, heartbreak, inspiration, and romance. Highly recommended to fans of LDS or Christian romance!
I loved both Emmy and Rhys from the beginning. I loved that they both had their weaknesses and strengths, and were also dealing with some difficult things in their lives. They felt real and were so easy to connect with. I loved the friendship and the instantaneous chemistry you could feel from them and how that grew until they began really falling for each other.
The story kept me engaged the entire way. I loved that the plot had a few twists and that the author didn't shy away from some honest conversations and moments. I felt like the characters' feelings were so accurate. You could feel the emotions. I loved that the story made me laugh, cry, hope, and sigh. The ending was very, very sweet, and perfect for this story. The playlist at the end was a fun addition as well. :)
In the end, was it what I wished for? Sometimes I struggle with stories where one character needs to convert for a happily-ever after ending, but the author handled this one well. It felt right and beyond that, I loved reading it. Every. Single. Page. I can't wait for more from this author! I'd love a story about Emmy's sister, Evie...
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-06-12
Wow, I really loved this whole book! I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved that I felt like I'd taken a trip south to Provo as I was reading it.
Let's start with the characters. Emmy is such a great character. I loved the strength she shows as she deals with her sister quitting ballet when her sister was, she felt, the only way she could learn the dances because of her dyslexia. I loved the way she deals with the dyslexia in her classes and I loved that she refused to let it define her, but she was willing to talk about it and get the help she needed.
Rhys was amazing too! I loved the way he had given up his dreams to care for his family. I really loved seeing him with his mom, it was obvious just how much he cared for her and wanted her to be okay. One thing that was really fun about him was that he is a non-member going to BYU. But this is where the trouble comes in. He's trying to keep himself aloof from everyone. And that doesn't work so well with Emmy, for some reason.
Rhys being a non-member is one of the things that makes the plot work. He doesn't mean to lie to Emmy, it just kind of happens. This causes some issues between them obviously, but it's not the only thing that keeps you guessing in this book. There are some pretty big wrenches thrown into the plot that I didn't see coming. I loved that it wasn't a predictable story.
I also enjoyed the definitions with each chapter. It was kind of fun how Emmy's are almost all ballet references while Rhys' are almost exclusively some of the common things we say in the LDS church. I loved reading them at the beginning of the chapters!
This is a great book that you won't want to put down! I loved every word and didn't want the story to end at all. I'm actually hoping for a novel about Rhys' roommate's search for love, or maybe Emmy's sister Evie's!
By Wendy J., Submitted on 2017-06-01
I love this book! Not only is it a sweet romance, but the characters have real problems they have to work through and depth. I loved the aspect of an LDS member and nonmember dating, and the respect they had for each other despite differences. This whole story is beautifully written and I love the characters and how they grew and changed throughout the book.