Pas de deux is a beautifully written novel by one of my favorite authors, E.J. Noyes. It is one of those books that I will want to read over and over again. It’s that good.
The story is an enemies-to-lovers romance. Caitlyn Lloyd and Addie Gardiner knew each other from their teens when they were in Pony Club. They were not really friends then, and Caitlyn especially has some ill feelings toward Addie. Caitlyn is not happy when she finds out Addie is the new vet for the US Olympic Dressage Team that she is trying out for. It adds a lot of tension to an already tense situation as the riders and horses work for the few spots on the 2016 Olympic team.
The characters really make this story. I already knew that Ms. Noyes is an expert at creating realistic and memorable people that readers can connect with, but I think she has done an outstanding job with Caitlyn and Addie. I love how they interact with each other in the story, from the first reunion when Caitlyn still harbors bad feelings for Addie to later when they are trying to resolve the tension and misunderstandings between them. They actually talk to each other, and what is even more wonderful…listen to each other. You don’t see that a lot in romance stories. This is not your usual fall-in-love, fight, break-up, and make-up tale. It is much more realistic, and I loved every minute of it. Of course the horses, especially Caitlyn’s Dewey, make the tale even better.
I had a blast reading this novel. I’ve listed it as a favorite book, and it has my highest recommendation.
I received and ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.