Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur

July 31, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

Dancing with the Devil by Keri ArthurDancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur
Series: Nikki & Michael #1
Published by Dell on July 30, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there's nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her.
Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life's shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy's deadly trap?

Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

Dancing with the Devil is the first book in the Nikki and Michael series. Nikki is a street-smart private investigator with a touch of magic to help her complete her job. Michael is an old vampire with an agenda, and for right now that agenda includes saving Nikki from herself–or, rather, from the big bad vampire at the other end of Nikki’s latest case. Because Michael and this other vampire have a history together it’s not that difficult a decision to stick around and make sure the job is done right.

This was a fun book to read, but it didn’t have too much to make it stand out from all the others in the genre. My favourite part was the bonding between Nikki and Michael, although the instant love and attraction just doesn’t do it for me. Even with the bond, they could have been fighting more against the attraction and bedding, after all. This is the first book in a series, after all, and I really would have liked to see more tension and worry about the will they won’t they, which this book was very much lacking.

However, not everything is explained in this book. There is a shadowy organization that Michael works for, leaving something that will hopefully be explored in later books. Why was he sent to protect Nikki? I mean, yay for her, but there has to be more to this. While at this point the book hasn’t been too memorable, as the first in a series there is room for improvement and I’d love to see how the next book takes off.

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