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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dance for Me by Pam Champagne

Dance for Me by Pam Champagne
Publisher: Siren Publishing, April 2009
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (78 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Stephanotis

Lara Stevens, a Boston detective has her hands full investigating a series of bizarre serial murders. She also has to deal with Reino Larkin, a man twelve years her junior. With several exotic dancers murdered, Lara goes undercover as a stripper at the club where the victims danced.

When Reino discovers his murdered friend had been an exotic dancer, he becomes a regular where she danced. Determined to find her murderer, night after night he sits in the club searching for clues. When Lara, the cool detective he'd spoken with at the BPD struts onto the stage, wearing a smile and little else, the heat rises and with it his protective instincts.

The lust in his eyes as he watches her on stage gets her juices flowing. Can Lara keep her professional kick ass attitude when all she wants is Reino?

This title was previously published.

Detective Lara Stevens has a lot on her hands. A serial killer has already murdered four women when in walks sexy Reino Larkin, friend of the third murder victim. Lara’s 38, he’s 25, handsome and she can’t seem to say no to him, even when he asks if he can tag along to help find who murdered his friend.

When she goes undercover as exotic dancer, Summer Day at the Beaver Lodge, the club where all victims worked, things heat up between her and Reino. Will this jeopardize the case, or put them one step closer to solving it?

I liked this story, the problem I had was it was too much story for too short a book. It made the chapter transitions a bit jarring. My other problem and I’ll be fair here, I read a lot of mysteries so I usually figure out who the guilty party is in almost every book now. Having said that, I guessed who the bad guy was as soon as he was introduced into this story, but some of you might not figure it out so easily. Apart from these two elements, the author did a great job of developing the characters and their relationship in such a short time frame.

I think this would have been a first class book if it had been longer with more characters and red herrings to throw you off track. However, if you’re not a die-hard mystery fan but want a quick sexy read, it’s worth checking out.

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