The Music & the Mirror

by Lola Keeley

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.

Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure builds as she knows she must pour everything she has into opening night and prove to her rivals and herself that Victoria’s faith in her is not misplaced.

In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.



Genre Romance
Length 311 pages
Publication Date April 26, 2018
Publisher Ylva Publishing
ISBN 9783963240140

Customer Reviews

2 reviews for Music & the Mirror, The – Paperback

  1. gastophonum

    You danced ballet as a kid and want to stir up some fond memories mixed with steaming hot emotions?
    You always wanted to be a prima ballerina and now you want to live that dream a little further with some dreamy romance?
    You have never, ever touched a pair of ballet shoes? slippers? whatsitcalled? And are way too butch to ever wear a tutu?
    No matter what – this is the book for you! Whether you know all about ballet or you are hoping that a “plié” is some kind of french pastry you can eat, the way that ballet is touched upon in this book will satisfy you. For the pros, there’s a lot of little references that will leave you smiling, and for the not-yet-ballet fans, there’s subtle yet evocative descriptions that will leave you with a clear picture of exactly what is going on.
    “The Music and the Mirror” gives you a page turning, inhale-in-one-go kind of romance between two fascinating women featuring no “soap opera misunderstandings and needless drama” (as one of the main characters puts it) whatsoever and a main plot with very high, very realistic stakes, which makes for a compelling story.
    From a technical standpoint, the writing in this book is just as artful as the dances of the lead, with well executed dialogue scenes standing out the most and remaining in your head long after you’ve turned the last page. Beautiful and flowing style give you a sense of Anna’s wonder at dancing into her dream job, while leaving you with a pounding heart right in the center of the action. The story is masterfully told, but doesn’t follow any 08/15 plotline, so there will be a few surprises in store for you…
    Oh, and don’t get me started on the sex scenes – they are straight (well not so much straight as directly) from any lesbians fantasy…

  2. Ameliah

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s been a long time since I read a story about a dancer and this one was most excellent! It started out at a good pace and stayed steady which made it a fast but good read. The characters felt magical to me. The elegant and regal Victoria, the fresh-faced and persistent Anna, the other female dancers classic and proud and dreamy… I cared so much about all of them. The slowly building love story was special too. I could feel the emotions and I knew when they were finally intimate it would be so intense and amazing. This book is as timeless and classic as ballet itself.

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