Finding Center by Katherine Locke

Finding Center by Katherine LockeFinding Center by Katherine Locke
Series: District Ballet Company #2
Published by Carina Press on August 17th 2015
Pages: 177
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Zed and ballet are my two greatest loves
It took all of Aly's strength to get them back after a tragic accident ripped them from her six years ago. A long road to recovery led to her return, dancing full-time for the District Ballet Company and carrying Zed's child. But Aly is slipping. Each day becomes a fight to keep her career from crumbling under the weight of younger talent, the scrutiny of the public eye and the limitations of her ever-changing body. A fight she fears she's losing.
I'm scared Aly is broken to her core.
Zed recognizes the signs, but he doesn't know how to fix her. The accident left him with his own demons, and while he wants nothing more than to take care of the woman he loves, it's getting harder the farther downward she spirals. When Aly's life is threatened and Zed's injuries prevent him from saving her, he's never felt so useless, so afraid he's not capable of being the man Aly and their child needs.
With new life comes new hope. And with their fractured lives already hanging by a thread, Aly and Zed must discover if they have what it takes—both together and apart—to rebuild and carry on.

Finding Center continues the saga of 2 wounded (and very screwed up) individuals, who, after an accident a long time ago, still find themselves paying the price years later. Zed and Aly’s very unique story – set against the competitive background of professional ballet – comes to a breathtaking climax in a book worth waiting for.

Katherine Locke’s soaring, fluid prose is a wholly immersive experience, almost a mimic of the movements of classical ballet. I was captivated from the start by the dual POVs and Ms Locke’s masterful plumbing of Aly’s psychological depths while exploring Zed’s own fractured psyche. I’d always hoped that Zed would rediscover his ability to dance and it was gratuitous to see that happen in this story. Better yet, Aly’s acceptance of what ballet meant to Zed took some spotlight away from the self-centred and destructive behaviour that she tended to exhibit. The epilogue seemed fitting for the both of them, where their happy ending was really a new normal thoroughly earned after a long and painful process of cutting, shaping and learning.