Friday, April 20, 2012

A Dance to Die For by Rebecca Lee Smith

Title:  A Dance to Die For
Author: Rebecca Lee Smith
My Rating: C

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Annabel and Trent
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: 978-1612170275
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Annabel Maitland believes in destiny and following her heart--Trent Sheffield realizes his destiny is to believe in her.
Annabel destroyed her dancing career trying to save her friend Quinn's life. Convinced Quinn's death was no accident, Annabel follows a clue to a North Carolina mountain inn and discovers that everyone who knew Quinn wanted her out of their lives--including the sexy innkeeper whose laid-back charm and megawatt grin take Annabel's breath away. But trusting her heart means ignoring evidence that plants him firmly on the suspect list.
The last person Trent needs working for him is an impossibly long-legged dancer whose sharp wit and silver eyes keep him scrambling. He's falling hard, but Annabel's connection to his ex-fiancée makes him question her motives. When mysterious accidents threaten Annabel's life, they must unearth Quinn's killer before it's too late. But what if Annabel was the target all along?
Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 292
Word Count: 80649
ISBN 978-1-61217-049-7 Digital
ISBN 978-1-61217-027-5 Paperback

My Review:
The setting of this book reminded me of the movie White Christmas. Two months after blowing out her hip trying to save fellow dancer Quinn from a fall, Annabel has come to an inn to help set up a dinner dance theater. The inn is owned by Trent and Gil, brothers who were both involved with Quinn. Theirs is a very convoluted relationship that seemed to be dictated by the vicious mechanisms of Quinn. Pretty much everyone agrees that the world is a better place without Quinn in it...except for Gil and Annabel.

This is a romantic suspense novel and the suspense side of it was done really well. Both Quinn and Annabel were drugged the night Quinn died. Someone snuck a different drug (which Quinn was alergic to) into their ibuprofen bottle. Quinn made Annabel promise to find the killer with gasping breaths about the inn as she died. The performance where she died was in NYC, but surprisingly, a large number of the Inn occupants just happened to be in NYC that night. I honestly had no idea who did it or why until right before it was revealed. I couldn't figure it out.

In the midst of the investigation that Annabel is conducting, there is someone trying to kill her, supposedly to stop her from figuring out who killed Quinn. She's also becoming involved with Trent but he has his own set of secrets when it comes to Quinn. Annabel doesn't know who she can trust and who she can't.

There's a lot to this story.. in characters, story lines, and the secrets that are being revealed. Talk about a soap opera set in the mountains of North Carolina. I loved the setting and the glimpses we got of how to set up the dinner theater. There were moments when this story was brilliant, but it did have its flaws. Several times throughout the book, I found myself disbelieving the over-the-top reactions of the characters. Yes, most of them have something to do with the world of drama, but I don't think that is to blame. I also started out really liking Trent, but as his secrets were revealed, I found him less and less likable.

This was an interesting book. A really fantastic idea just lacked a little something in the execution of the final product.

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