Author: Megan Derr
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: London Burden
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/12/2011
Length: 06 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
In a world of demons, goblins, witches, sirens, werewolves, vampires, and so much more, it can be difficult to determine who is guilty of what and why. Chris White is a detective who fearlessly investigates this supernatural world, himself a unique product of it. He will take any case brought to him, but has a particular affinity for helping those who inhabit the poor districts of his city. From strange rituals and runaway vampires, to fighting sorcerers and confronting a demon lord, this paranormal detective will face any challenge—even a dance with the devil.
When I started listening to the audiobook of Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr, I wasn’t expecting to review it. I was reading it for a couple of challenges on Goodreads, and was taking a review break after a HUGE review week last week. However, somewhere along the way I fell in love with this book. What is a reviewer to do when she loves a book except tell everyone about it.
I am not a huge demon/vampire fiction person. I go through phases where I devour it, then I stay away from it for a long time. I am currently in an off cycle as far as they are concerned. However, I was recently challenged to read this book. It is far from the first time I have received such a challenge, but something about it called to me this time.
Chris’ story grabbed me from the first page. It is told in a variety of vingettes, so it took a little while to get to used to the pace of the story. We alternate between the present and the past. Not terribly far in the past, but we get both how Chris became who he is. We also learn about his relationships with Sable, Doug, and Phil.
Chris is a Paranormal investigator. He is also half-ghost. That is an interesting story in and of itself. Derr uses Chris and his co-workers’ diligent casework to set the scene, build the characters, and draw you in. Along the way, Derr builds the basis for a rich urban fantasy world that has too many facets to be addressed in only one book. Actually, Dance is the start of a series of stories connected by this world. Some of the stories are set in the past, some in the present.
This format is not likely for everyone. Actually, given a different mood, it may not have been for me. However, I entreat you give it a shot. I don’t think you will be sorry. Despite the fact that many of the stories on the surface seem to fall outside of my comfort zone, I will be continuing this series in the coming weeks. I think we will be treated some fantastic fiction throughout the series.
Paul Morey remains one of my goto narrators. He always does a fabulous job. I have listened to so many Morey narrated titles that his voice is pure comfort as well. He disappears, and the story comes to life.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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