Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.
Bad boy of ballet Valentin ‘Val’ Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success—except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet.
When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect—and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val.
Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.
I haven’t read the first book in this series, and while there were shared characters, this worked perfectly well as a standalone.
Romantic thrillers are quite difficult to get right for me. I find that part of the pleasure of a romance is protagonists getting to know each other, and working out their compatibilities and work well when they are a slice of life, and thrillers need to be fast paced and usually require a resolution.
Dangerous Dancer was fast paced, and the thriller element was on the whole well done, and I didn’t get a fell for exactly who the killer was until about 75%, as there were plenty of red herrings and false clues going on. It is actually classic romantic thriller -the detective investigating the deaths of male dancers becomes entangled with a potential suspect, as aspect that could loose him his job.
Val is an endearing character, tattooed bad boy, except he’s not, he’s lonely and covers it up with snark and attitude. He’s also Finnish, and I can’t remember reading about a Finnish MC before; Andrew is his buttoned up in control opposite. So an opposites attract friction, snarky relationship is on the cards – except I didn’t feel a great deal of chemistry between them. Because of the thriller aspect of the story there is quite a lot of linear telling in this book, and it bled into into the descriptions of the romantic relationship.
So while I really enjoyed the suspense, the romance didn’t work for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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