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Recent Re-Issue Release Review- Hearts In Darkness:Nikki and Michael Book 2

Title:  Hearts In Darkness: Nikki and Michael Book 2

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Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Author: Keri Arthur

Publisher: Dell, August 2013 (re-issue)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Private Investigator Nikki James has a lot to contend with. Her lover, Michael Kelly, walked out without so much as a goodbye, and what seemed like a simple case of stopping a runaway teen brought her face-to-face with another clutch of deadly vampires. But if that seemed bad, it is about to get a lot worse, because when Michael returns, it is not for her, but for the case.

Wealthy men are starting to vanish from a resort in Jackson Hole—which is exactly where Nikki’s runaway teen seems to be as well. Something nefarious is going on at the luxury spa, but what? The last thing Michael needs is a confrontation with Nikki—especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But posing as a newlywed couple at the swanky resort may be the best way for both of them to solve their respective cases. This time, Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. Yet before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael’s past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn’t physical. It’s a matter of the heart.

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I was not crazy about book one in this series, DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, but  because I have enjoyed Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series I wanted to take another look at a book in this series.  And, yes, this book appealed to me more than the first.  The romance is stronger, it is not quite as dark and yet it has loads of action.  There are multiple other worldly characters with special attributes from vampires, witches, Imps to clairvoyant Nikki. The world these creatures populate is our world although that felt vague to me.  This series remains not a favorite of mine although this book is much improved over the first in the series.

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Review (re-release)- Dancing With The Devil by Keri Arthur (book#1)

Title: Dancing With The Devil (book #1, Nikki and Michael Series)

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Genre: Paranormal romance

Author: Keri Arthur

Publisher: Dell, re-release July 30, 2013(original, ImaJinn, 2001)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

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.

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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.

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