Review: Freestyle (Academy of Stardom #1) by Bea Paige

Freestyle by Bea Paige

Series: Academy of Stardom

Published by Bea Paige on June 6th 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

From the gutter to the stars…

Dance is in my blood.

It’s what keeps me sane, out of trouble. It used to keep them out of trouble too.

A group of boys I grew up with.

Xeno, York, Zayn and Dax.

We were a crew once and we ruled the clubs.

Separate we were insanely good, together we were unbeatable. F*&ing on fire.

I was their girl and they were my Breakers.

Until they did something they promised they never would; break my heart.

We were sixteen when they left me.

You see, for kids like us, dance was all we had.

Growing up in a rundown housing estate in London with no prospects can make you view the world differently.

It can make you choose the wrong path.

I chose dance, and they chose crime.

Three years later I’ve won a scholarship to Stardom Academy. I try to forget my past.

But how can I do that when the four boys who hurt me are back?

And this time they won’t walk away even when I ask them too.

Freestyle is book one of this new gritty, contemporary reverse harem academy trilogy for 17+ readers and deals with adult themes and some subjects you may find upsetting. If you love dance, your men on the criminal side, alpha hot holes and the enemies-to-lovers trope, this is for you. Contains foul language and sexual scenes.


If you loved the grittiness and darkness  of the Paige’s previous Academy series.  This series is for you. Paige takes you to the streets again for her latest series. The streets of dance, the streets where Pen fell in love with The Breakers and they with her.  They were nearly a thing. 

Until she broke their hearts

Three years have passed and they have made their choices. Now they have reunited in the most surprising circumstances when Pen gets into the Stardom Academy.  Reunited, they are all carrying chips on their shoulders and plenty of secrets.

Pen carries the biggest secret of them all.

Told  simultaneously with the past, Freestyle is the first chapter in Pen’s story. It’s not an easy story. It’s a story of survival and  rising above the ashes.  Pen’s speak to you the same way that Asia did. There something about her, that you can relate to . Her determination and that she never gives up . Even when everything she knew was  about to be destroyed . She had a dream and she was determined to dance.

Her dance spoke what words she couldn’t say.  There was so much unspoken and dance was the way to let everything out in the open. It took  a lot out of the crew and there  is plenty more to come. I would love to get into the boys’ mind but there still two books to come so hopefully that happens.  That aside, this book was the perfect start to this new series and I love how she taken it to the streets once again.  

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