Title: Dancing Men: Hunter Dane Investigation 2 (Hunt&Cam4Ever, #3)
Author: Adira August
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Murder/Mystery
Page Count: 384 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
An ancient burial urn, empty for millennia, is suddenly not so empty.
When Detective Lieutenant Hunter Dane probes the murder at Natural History Museum, it’s his own past that haunts him. To solve the complex case, Hunter needs the talents of Camden Snow, the brilliant, beautiful, “no limits” Dom who’d helped him unravel a very peculiar, and very personal, murder.
But now, Cam’s ready to kill Hunt, himself! Their high-intensity D/s relationship that began in a playroom, ended in an emergency room.
Detective Dane is about to discover that history does, indeed, repeat itself. And his brain and body—humming with suspect information and sensual anticipation—want so much more than a killer behind bars.
Put Your Dancing Shoes On!
I am still in love with this series. Was this my favorite book so far? No. That distinction still belongs to Matchstick Men because that book, is incomparable—so far this year—as far as I’m concerned. I gave it 5 stars and it was a hard act to follow. So why only 4.5 stars on this one? I’m not really sure I can put my finger on it, but I’ll give it a shot.
I’m still enjoying the MCs. I was glad that Hunter didn’t stay too far in his head for too long. The same thing goes for Cam when secrets were revealed and he struggled with … well, what he was struggling with. I won’t spoil it. The mystery was good, but it didn’t captivate me like last time. I never really understood why The Big Bad did it. I’m not sure we got an explanation beyond “So and so did it and this is how.”
There were enough twists and turns and surprises to keep it interesting and it was never boring or predictable, so I guess I just wanted more on the motive(s) and how/why this person became privy to the information that started the whole thing. What can I say? I’m a Criminal Minds fangirl nutball. I want to know why the crazies do what they do.
I think I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a little more relationship progression. I feel like the plot took too much of a front seat here and the relationship part was like white noise in the background. Don’t get me wrong! There was some character and relationship development, but it seemed static, like it was more of an acknowledgment of what readers already knew after book one and not something that actually moved things between Cam and Hunter measurably forward.
I’m also not real enamored of their current sexual dynamic or the fact that we didn’t get to see much of it this time. I have a hard time believing that there aren’t exclusively committed D/s and/or BDSM relationships between two and/or more people. Maybe wanting to see that with Hunt and Cam makes me old and boring, I don’t know, but my heart is telling me these guys deserve to experience that, both individually and together. In short, I’m not sure where the author is headed with these guys and I’m a little disillusioned about how things stand now. Just a teensy bit, because I’m still in luuuurve with this couple and this series.
P.S. I’m no expert on D/s and/or BDSM so please take my words with a grain of salt. If I’m wrong or misinformed in my understanding of the commitment aspects of the aforementioned ‘lifestyles’, please message me. I like to learn knew things as opposed to spewing personal opinions with no basis in fact or practice. I don’t take constructive criticism personally and prefer knowing over any sting I (won’t) feel over being wrong about something!
That said, would any of that keep me from reading this book in the first place if I could wind the clock back? No. Would it keep me from reading it again in anticipation of the next book? No. I am still fascinated by how Hunter’s mind works and by Cam’s intuitive responses to what Hunter needs as well as his own self-awareness. Objectively speaking, I didn’t expect any insta-fixes for these guys, so in that respect I’m satisfied. I just hope there’s some tangible progress in their relationship going forward even if it doesn’t look conform to my personal expectations.
This is not a romance, but it is a love story. However, even given that little bit of perspective, I’m still just not sure that what is occurring between Hunter and (especially) Cam meshes with my perception of the characters as they’ve been written so far. I’m feeling a disconnect there that, arguably, may not exist anywhere but in my head. That’s why, this time, I couldn’t give the latest installment of the Hunter Dane Investigation series 5 stars. It did earn a solid 4+ but I was hoping for more.
Put your dancing shoes on people and get to steppin’ with Adira August’s Dancing Men. Despite my grumbling, I am still enamored of Hunt and Cam, still in love with the series, and I absolutely adore the writing style, the dialogues, the plots, the ideas and the overall story arc. I’m a firm believer that you can’t win them all, so while this book ended up being first runner-up to the last, I will, without a single shred of doubt, be tap-tap-tapping my toes while waiting for the next book to come out. I maintain a compulsive need to see what happens with this couple. That won’t change.
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