Pointe of Pride

Pointe of Pride
Pointe of Pride

Pointe of Pride

By Chloe Angyal


336 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9798890680129

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2024)
Amberjack Publishing


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Carly Montgomery has only one goal as she arrives in Sydney, Australia: Be the world's best maid of honor. And then, when she gets back to New York City, she's going to figure out how to get promoted so she doesn't spend the rest of her ballet career in the corps de ballet playing Peasant Maiden #4.

But the second she steps off the plane, she runs into trouble—and into Nick Jacobs, the most uptight, judgmental, inconveniently attractive man she's ever met. And to their mutual horror, Nick is also in Sydney for a wedding. The same wedding. In which he is the best man.

Carly will do anything for her best friend, including running all over Sydney with Nick—Nick who has his life together, Nick who's made the transition out of ballet into photography so perfectly, Nick who has the most irritatingly sharp cheekbones and stormy blue eyes. And when the director of New York Ballet announces that she'll be making her decision about promotions ahead of schedule, Carly chooses to stay in Sydney, even if it means shelving her pride to ask Nick for help.

Nick Jacobs is coming back to Sydney with a secret. His life in Paris, where he recently retired from ballet, has fallen apart. With no girlfriend and no new career to speak of, Nick can't bear to tell his friends at home the humiliating truth. And after fifteen years dancing overseas, what does home even mean anymore?

Nick doesn't want to team up with Carly Montgomery, a human hurricane who creates chaos every time she walks in the room, but sparring with her makes him feel the most alive he's felt in months. When she asks him for help securing her promotion, he sees an opportunity to kickstart his own flagging career. Looking at Carly through his lens all day starts to change how Nick sees her, and soon, he can't stop staring. Carly's a human hand grenade, but suddenly Nick wouldn't mind pulling the pin.

When she finds out the truth about him, though, the explosion might destroy them both.


Pointe of Pride is utterly charming.”  —Cat Sebastian, author of We Could Be So Good and The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

Pointe of Pride combines witty banter with elegant prose, and the tension between her sparring leads kept me turning pages until all hours of the night. The romance at the story’s core is honest, tender, and truly lovely. Like any good dancer, Pointe of Pride digs deep and then soars.” —Andie Burke, author of Fly with Me

Author Biography

Chloe Angyal is the author of the novel Pas de Don't as well as Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself, which the Boston Globe called “incisive and unsparing” and “an important read for ballet lovers and an essential part of any conversation moving forward.” Chloe holds a BA from Princeton and a PhD in arts and media from the University of New South Wales. She lives in Iowa.