Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dancing with the Devil (Nikki & Michael #1) by Keri Arthur

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.

4.5/5 stars

 I had this book on my TBR pile for awhile and just never got around to it for one reason or another so once I got an ARC from Netgalley I no longer had an excuse for not reading it. I can honestly say I should have read this book much sooner. I really liked it. While it had the usual traits of vampires, drinking blood, sunlight aversion, and invitations to enter a residence, it also had a few new ones that I thought were pretty cool. Nikki's was a strong woman that had a bit of vulnerability to her that meshed really well. Her mysterious new friend, Michael, was just as vulnerable when it came to love. Good thing they hooked up together to figure it all out. Oh, and they solved the problem of a power hungry vampire while trying to deny their feelings. Jake was a great fatherly character too that held his own against vampires and irate fathers/clients. Can't wait to start the next book cause this one left me hanging about their relationship. Definitely recommend this to PNR lovers.

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