Dance Like Everyone's Watching by Eve Summers
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dandelion
As a dancer on a luxury cruise liner, Taffy has a dream job: earning tax-free money for something she’s passionate about, while not spending a cent on bed & board. Taffy, however, has a secret and the money is not coming in fast enough for her liking, especially when her focus turns away from money towards the steady, sexy and dark Ashton, whose ex-girlfriend shares Taffy’s crew cabin.
The pool boy, Ashton, is in reality the undercover heir to the shipping company's fortune. When an emerald pendant is stolen, Ashton has to discover the culprit before the company’s reputation is compromised. As much as he hates to admit it, Taffy is the prime suspect....
Dance Like Everyone's Watching is Book One in the Cruise Liner Adventures Series, and it's a fun short story that starts the series off nicely. Taffy is a new dancer on board a cruise ship where a jewel theft takes place. Ash, who's undercover as the ship's pool boy, must investigate the theft while also falling in love with Taffy. The physical attraction between the two happens immediately and drives the story along strongly. Both have a secret or two to hide, and both try their best to resist the other, but luckily for the reader, that doesn't happen!
Ash is a handsome ladies' man - the perfect hero for this story. Taffy, though she comes across as a fragile, uncertain newcomer, reveals her animal side in a couple of sizzling foreplay scenes. The single sexual encounter the two have is well worth waiting for, though I admit I would have liked to see more!
The setting of a cruise ship is a great place for the action to unfold, and the jewel theft adds a nice secondary conflict to the story as Taffy becomes the prime suspect. A couple of minor characters add good flavor too, including Ash's jealous ex-girlfriend, Helena.
Probably the only drawback of this story is its length, as it isn't really long enough to develop the conflict without tipping off the reader. As such, it's pretty easy to determine who the true jewel thief is. And, despite its length, I would have liked another sex scene or two. Ash resists Taffy for so long that at times the reader almost wonders why. Giving in to his temptation wouldn't have weakened his character, in my opinion, and would have been more realistic considering the incredible attraction between the two.
If you're looking for a fun short story set in a romantic, "getaway" locale, this one will meet your needs. I look forward to more of the Cruise Liner Adventures!