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Dancing With the Devil: Nikki and Michael Book 1

Dancing With the Devil  - Keri Arthur Book InfoPaperback, 368 pagesExpected publication: July 30th 2013 by Dell (first published March 5th 2001)ISBN 0440246512 (ISBN13: 9780440246510)edition language Englishoriginal title Dancing with the Devilseries Nikki & Michael #1characters Nikki James, Michael KellySource:Netgalley EARCBook Buy LinksAMAZONB&NBOOK SYNOPSISPrivate 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.My ThoughtsAs a longtime fan of author [a:Keri Arthur|7742|Keri Arthur|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1297828955p2/7742.jpg] and her Myth and Magic series and the Riley Jenson Guardian series it was with great anticipation that I dove into [b:Dancing With the Devil|15797015|Dancing With the Devil (Nikki & Michael, #1)|Keri Arthur|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1356454552s/15797015.jpg|178773], book 1 in the Nikki and Michael series, which was originally published in 2001 and has been reprinted with new covers in late July 2013.Although the style is more along the lines of a horror novel the paranormal romantic suspense elements shine through and I absolutely can say that am looking forward to reading the entire series to explore further the relationship between the main characters that ended on a rather abrupt note in this first book leaving the reader wondering where the author would take it in further stories.This is a story of facing ones demons, literally and metaphorically as both Nikki and Michael have had things in their past scar them deeply mentally. The hunt for the madman whose deadly psychic abilities allow him to create an unbreakable connection with Nikki that could lead to her death if he manages to overcome her formidable will to survive, her only hope is that Michael manages to find her in time and together they defeat their foe before it it too late for them both!The action is quick and brutal at times, the buildup of tension and suspense will keep you interested and the relationship that slowly gathers momentum between Nikki and Michael is perfectly balanced as it develops fully over the course of the investigation. The final showdown is almost over too soon and the way things end with Nikki and Michael pretty much tears your heart out. Good thing the rest of the 4 books are released already because just knowing that this is part of a series following the two main characters leaves me with the hope that not only will things work out to mend the rift between them but that the rest of the stories build more on the past that crafted the characters personalities into who they are so more questions are answered in a manner that gives readers full insight into why they are at odds.Like everything else that I have read by the author so far this books promising beginning delivered and am starting the next book Hearts In Darkness anticipating it will be just as enticing and enjoyable.[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]