Book Review: Second Position by Katherine Locke

Posted June 17, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 4 Comments

Second Position

by Katherine Locke

Second Position

Original  Publication Date: April 13, 2015
Publisher: Carina Books

Obtained Via: Bought
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Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight…Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had… or destroy the fragile recoveries they’ve only started to make.


Second Position is a sweet, quiet book. It feels unique in regards to its genre. It is clearly NA, but without many of the NA tropes. It’s still contemporary, and still romantic, but really shows the potential of what NA can be. It’s sensual, but doesn’t rely on that to tell a story. It offers new things because it doesn’t follow a cookie cutter path with its character in either their lives or their character arcs. By the start of the book, Zed already has a degree and is teaching at a local school, and Aly is on leave from her current ballet company.

There are few things I like more than a second chance romance, and Second Position is a perfect example of why I’m such a fan. These characters have grown since they were last together, but they still have the same spark that drew them to each other in the first place. They’re each dealing with their own lives, but they try so hard. I so appreciated the way both Zed and Aly’s recoveries were depicted, too. Zed is a recovering alcoholic, and Aly is in recovery from an eating disorder and attending therapy. I don’t think I’ve ever said this before about a book, but I absolutely loved the chapters with Aly and her therapist. They’re written purely in dialogue, and it’s a technique that really works in this case. They develop such a great rapport and even at it’s darkest there’s a sense of hope.

The romance really worked for me, BUT I think I enjoyed it because I read the free prequel novella first. It set the foundation really well and made me realize why these characters liked each other, and I’m not sure I would have appreciated their reconnection as much if I didn’t have the back story. Technically, all the details you need to know are layered in Second Position, but I don’t think they have the same impact through the character’s memories as they do in the novella. I loved watching Aly and Zed figure out how to be together as two new people, one who could no longer dance and one who thought maybe she should’t for sanity’s sake but still wanted to.

I mentioned it above, but Second Position is quiet and sweet. Reflective might be the right term. It is a story about two people, and the plot is secondary to that(which does not mean it’s not important, just not as important as the character’s journeys). At times it’s hard to read, when the characters really struggle, but there’s always a measure of hopefulness there.


  Second Position is a lovely novel full of second chances and new beginnings. At times it shines a harsh spotlight on the character’s journeys, but it’s also hopeful and sweet. 4/5 cupcakes.




4 Stars

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4 responses to “Book Review: Second Position by Katherine Locke

    • Stormy

      I hope you enjoy it! And definitely try the novella first–normally I hate added novellas, but this one is a prequel & free, and really helped me understand the story on a deeper level.

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