Title: Death Dancer (Dangerous Dancer book 2)
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, murder mystery, ballet dancer, detective, suspense
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.
Bad boy of ballet Valentin ‘Val’ Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success—except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet.
When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect—and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val.
Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.
Reader Advisory: This book contains descriptions of murder scenes, brief allusions to past child abuse and a scene of violence.
Tara Lain definitely knows how to write a book that will capture the readers attention. Even more so Tara knows just what to put in the book to keep the readers attention to the very end. Death Dancer was no exception. This book had me held captive from the first page all the way to the last page.
Andrew is the lead detective on the dancer murder case. So far there has been three murders when the next murder leads to NYBT were the newest victim was a dancer. When interviewing other dancers he meets Val and immediately attracted to him but is weary of Getting close to him since he is a possible suspect.
Val may be.a ballet dancer but he is no pushover. When he is shoved to the side because Hardesty is jealous of his dancing abilities he makes no secret of being happy with how everything went down. So when Hardesty is murdered also, Val becomes the number one suspect. But after Andrew got to know Val and spent time with him both casually and not so casually he knows in his gut that he did not have anything to do with the murders. Andrew also starts to suspect that Val is in the killers sights.
With each new piece of evidence that gets uncovered more questions arise. The more questions that arise the more doubt sets in. With each new turn of events the murder mystery seems to become more and more complicated and more and more worrisome.
Can Andrew figure out who the killer is before it is too late? Has Andrew fallen for someone who could possibly do something like this?
I love that Tara made this mystery not cut and dry. There was twist and turns that most would never suspect. Tara also brought back the previous characters from book one in this series and made them a part of everything that was going on, which I really loved. This is definitely an amazing addition to the first book in this series and I hope there is plans for other books in this series also. If so I look forward to reading them also.