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Monday, February 22, 2010

Pas de Deux by Fiona Jayde

Pas de Deux by Fiona Jayde
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LTD.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cholla

One wrong move, and she could be dancing on her grave…

Two years after an injury put her dancing career on hold, Lynnrina Kovaleva is determined to reclaim her place on the stage. On the eve of her comeback production, she takes the edge off her nerves with a one-night stand in the strong arms of celebrity bodyguard Mateo Rivera.

Ex-cop Mateo is celebrating one hell of an anniversary: eight months since he was declared unfit for duty. When a delicate beauty boldly propositions him in a bar, he chooses to lose himself in her body rather than lose his mind to alcohol. This choice comes back to haunt him when he’s hired to protect a prima ballerina who’s been receiving threats.

Despite her shock at seeing him again, Lynn must not allow their intense attraction—or any creepy fan letters—to undermine her performance. Mateo can’t reconcile this coldly focused dancer with the passionate woman who seduced him. Yet he sees fire under the ice, pain hidden by the smooth mask of perfection.

The vivid memory of their entwined bodies wars with the job at hand, but he must keep Lynn safe—regardless of the cost. The most difficult challenge, however, will be keeping his hands to himself.

In the world of ballet, competition is fierce and one wrong move, one slight injury and your career could be over in the blink of an eye. Just ask Lynnrina Kovaleva. In her first performance since her surgery two years ago, she’s feeling the need to prove herself all over again. Her eagerness and drive to excel is about to lead her into extreme danger…

Lynn Kavoleva is a prima ballerina even if she doesn’t act like one. I was so happy that she wasn’t a stuck up snob like ballerinas are so often portrayed. It was also refreshing to hear her fears and worries, even if she did her best to keep them quiet. Her addiction to chocolate was a nice personal touch as well, making her a very likable woman.

Mateo Rivera is an ex-cop with the weight of the world on his shoulders. After tragedy on the job one night, he finds himself declared unfit for duty. He struggles with guilt and responsibility and how he wants to live his life. His chance meeting with Lynn eases all that for that one night, until they meet again, months later. His inner turmoil and her insecurities create some wonderful tension between the two of them, causing them to combust from all the friction. The brief look into both Mateo’s home life as well as Lynn’s is poignant and adds so much to their characters.

Lynn and Mateo make a great pairing. Protector and protected, elegant ballerina and ex-cop. Their characters came alive for me and drew me into their world. Lynn’s profession brought me into a venue I’d never ventured into before and it was fun going behind the scenes with a ballerina. Pas de Deux was both a beautifully written and intensely sexy story. A wonderful read for any day of the week.

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