Dancing with the Devil Paperback – Mar 2001
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"A romantic detective vampire tale that will send fans of all three genres comparing her to Huff and Hamilton." -- Harriet Klausner, The Midwest Book Review
"The first in a debut series, this fabulous vampire romance will have readers begging for more! A definite collector's book!" -- Award-winning, best-selling author, Carin Rafferty
About the Author
I started writing when I was about twelve. Id just finished reading one of Elaine Mitchells Brumby books, and hated the fact she killed off my favorite character--so I rewrote the book and changed the ending. I havent stopped writing since, though its only in the last few years Ive seriously thought about getting published.In 1997, I placed second in the Washington Romance Writers Novel Beginnings contest (specialty romance) with Heart of the Hunter. In 2000, I was short-listed in the Random House George Turner Prize with Spook Squad (urban fantasy). Dancing with the Devil is my first published book.
I live in Melbourne, Australia, and Im a dessert and function cook by trade. Im married to a wonderful man who not only supports my writing, but who does all the housework as well. We have one daughter, one dog and a garden full of weeds. When Im not working or writing, I can be found parked in front of the TV watching re-runs of the X-Files or Buffy.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This was a very fast moving story, no down time at all. The characters are vivid and the story line twists and turns more than enough to keep it interesting.
Michael Kelly is a vampire who is on the hunt for one of his own kind. Michael plans on using Nikki and her psychic powers as bait to lure the evil vampire to his death, instead he soon finds himself trying to protect and comfort her. He's already damned to eternal life; losing Nikki will damn him to eternal hell.
Ms. Arthur creates well-drawn out characters. Nikki is a strong and independent heroine who refuses to be told what to do. She struggles with the choices she's making, and the choices she's made in the past. She's afraid to care too much, afraid to love.
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is a fast paced suspense, where a touch of romance, loads of psychic abilities, a few vampires and zombies will have the paranormal reader sitting up and asking for more. Isn't it nice that the author has already started HEARTS IN DARKNESS (12/01), which is the sequel to this book? <G>
Nikki James, a private investigator, is on a new case. A rich and troubled teenager needs to be followed and rescued. But evil is waiting! The unlikely protector comes in the shape of Michael Kelly. Michael is a hunter and a vampire... Sounds good? You bet!
Dancing With The Devil is scary as hell, not for its gory details but for the extremely passionate and very often threatening atmosphere so aptly created by Keri Arthur. I was kept on my toes with fear and was intrigued by how willing I was to accept the characters supernatural abilities as given and normal.
I felt completely and utterly mesmerized by the story and its author's voice and I can "only" highly recommend it! I fell in love, cried, laughed, and I ended up heaving a big sigh of longing for its happy ending. Thank you Keri Arthur for reintroducing me to the vampire novel genre.
Unfortunately the past wasn't the only thing to unravel.
The main character, Nicki, is a strong heroine with unique psychic talents and a strong sense of self.
Michael, the vampire hero, was interesting at first but soon became ineffectual to the story and to Nicki.
Even with his knowledge of his enemy (he's been chasing him for years) & his own vampiric powers he never seemed to be much of a challenge for Jasper (the evil vampire). He was constantly in the wrong place and never seemed to be much help in the tough situations.
Also, the romance seemed lackluster and forced. Attraction but no major sparkage.
There is no comparing this book to those written by Huff and Hamilton - where they constantly have/leave you wanting more I was hard pressed to finish this story (something that doesn't happen very often).
To be fair, I also found several publishing mistakes in the book that detracted from the story. (i.e. a character pours two cups of coffee than two sentences later pours two cups of coffee.)
I usually don't nitpick on publishing errors but some of these were just to big to ignore. Between the writer, publisher, copy editor, etc. you'd think someone would have caught the more telling mistakes.
My final take is: I might read the sequel, or I might not - which isn't a very high recommendation in my book!
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this book, it is about a psychic private detective and her trek through the dangerous vampire filled streets of Lyndhurst. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Vampire Angel
I am an avid reader, often 2 to 3 books per week and this book was less than entertaining. I stuck with it because I kept hoping it would get better. Romance, what romance? Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by J. C. stickler
1st book in a series. Great book, lots of action, vamps, zombies, psychic powers, attraction between PI Nikki and vampire Michael. Read morePublished on June 1 2002 by MizMode
I enjoyed this book & liked the special abilities of the heroine, Nikki & found Michael's character to be darkly intriguing. I am looking forward to the sequel. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by B. Engum
This book was great. I did not want the story to end. Deffinitely recommended. It is a keeper. This author is on my favorites list. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001
This first book in the series is GREAT! If you like the Anita Blake Vampire books you will like this author. Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by Amazon Customer
First of all, I LOVED this book. I bought it on a whim and I am soooooooooo glad that I did.
Nikki James is a private investigator who possesses physic ability. Read more
It seems I've been looking for too long for a book that's going to keep my interest from beginning to end, but this book did it. Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by Gabrielle Luthy