Title: Dancing With The Devil (book #1, Nikki and Michael Series)
Genre: Paranormal romance
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Dell, re-release July 30, 2013(original, ImaJinn, 2001)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
BEYOND THE SHADOWS
Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. But all that changes the night she follows a rich man’s daughter into the shadows and finds herself caught in a war between two very different men. One is a madman, intent on destruction. The other has his own heart of darkness.
For three hundred years, Michael Kelly has existed in life’s shadows, gradually learning to control his vampire cravings. He is convinced that no one can breach his formidable barriers—until he meets Nikki. With her powerful psychic abilities, Nikki swiftly invades both his mind and his heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be . . . but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in this man who could easily destroy her. For only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both.
I didn’t read this book when it was first released in 2001, but I read and liked some of the author’s Riley Jensen series which followed. This book #1, seemed more Urban Fantasy than the Jensen series, even leaning more toward the Horror genre. That may have colored why I did not like it as much as the books in the Jensen series.
Keri Arthur is great at creating taut, suspense-filled scenes with liberal does of drama, action and creepy factors. She can also hold her own in the romantic scenes. I did become frustrated with the heroine’s repeated attempts to ignore the dangers to herself even when others pointed them out. This is often a trope used with kick-butt heroines and I’m not liking it because it makes the heroine look less intelligent. We are often told that Nikki and Michael are attracted to one another but somehow the chemistry is just not there.
I recommend this book for those who like dark, very dark Paranormal Romance. The writing is better than most and the creepy scenes are very well written.