Review: Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur (4 1/2 stars)
Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: July 30th, 2013
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 has a familiar setup to urban fantasy fans. There’s a detective, a love interest, and a sinister killer on the loose. Think you know how it ends? Guess again. You’re driving through the story, learning all about the characters and their motives, and then the author veers off the road. This isn’t suppose to be what happens. You can see the main road from your window and you plead and plead with the author to bring you back to that familiar turf. The author teases you, keeping the road within view.
The possibility of this book turning out the way most urban fantasy books do is there throughout the entire book, but that isn’t what happens. Michael and Nikki take a much bumpier course through the novel. The characters in DANCING WITH THE DEVIL are living, breathing, uncooperative little devils. The decisions these characters are faithful to their personalities and thus extremely tiresome to the other characters. Nikki, especially, makes choice after choice that forces the rest of the cast to waste more time than needed catching the bad guy. In fact, if Nikki had listened to Micheal THE FIRST TIME, then this would of been a short story instead of a series. (4/5 stars)
(I received a review copy of the book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for my honest critique.)