Title: Golden Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #1) Second Edition
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, M/M/M
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Mac MacAllistre is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves, but then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.
When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?
I struggled with Golden Dancer and I finally decided it was because early in the book, I was getting very little emotional engagement from the characters. There is lots of praise going around about how beautiful Trelain/Daniel/Mac are, hot bodies, long flowing hair, toned muscles, reassurances that everyone looks good all around, but any kind of feeling beyond that was lost in the hot jumbled sweaty sex. Insta-love times three.
Most of the story is told from Mac’s POV, with brief glimpses into Daniel and Trelain’s thoughts and world. Mac bounces between his struggles with realizing he’s gay, that he desires two men, telling his disapproving father, and he’s got a story to track down that involves one of the two men he’s attracted to.
It wasn’t until about 2/3 of the way through that I started to see more of Mac as a person as he struggles with his internal dilemma of exposing the man who he thinks stole the Golden Dancer, or sleeping with him again in his newfound sexual exploration. That’s when I began to feel more engaged with the book.
Ultimately, Golden Dancer was a bit all over the place and could have benefited from being longer, or, showing more of Trelain and Daniel’s thoughts and feelings for the others beyond how fast to get everyone in bed. Writing a menage can’t be easy since there is the additional point of view that needs to be included, but it needs to be there so the reader can see what’s driving all three men.