Friday, February 15, 2013

Dancing with Detective Danger by Lynn Crandall

Title: Dancing with Detective Danger
Author: Lynn Crandall
My Rating: B-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Sterling and Ben
Release Date: January 2013

ISBN: ebook

Publisher: Crimson Romance
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Uncovering secrets and exposing truth are all in a day’s work for private investigator Sterling Aegar. But when her latest case threatens to reveal her own buried feelings for an old love, Sterling runs for cover.

A body in the bathtub and pleas from a jilted wife to find her wayward husband mean a welcome break from the usual humdrum cases Sterling and her sister, Lacey, are called to investigate. But when Sterling’s old flame, Detective Ben Kirby, walks into the murder scene, she feels her world spin out of control. Danger from thugs and murderers poses no greater threat than the peril she’d suffer if she lets daredevil Ben get too close. 

Seeing Sterling for the first time in two years is for Ben like drinking in a healing tonic. He could never forget the way it felt to run his hands over her delicious curves or the way she touched his soul. She remains the one person who can make the emptiness in his gut go away. Finding the murderer is his job, but protecting Sterling from seriously dangerous people is his mission. 

As the case unfolds, Sterling and Ben not only solve the murder and locate the missing husband, they confront secrets that set them each free from a painful past.

My Review:
Sterling and Ben were both cops when they were dating, but then Sterling's brother-in-law who was also a cop was killed in the line of duty and Sterling panicked. After growing up watching her mother grieve for Sterling's father, also a cop, Sterling just can't risk her heart that way. She won't be in love with a cop just to watch him die and break her heart. So she left both Ben and the force.

When this book takes place, it's been two years since those events. Sterling runs a successful PI business with her sister, but that business has led her to a murder mystery and into Ben's sphere again. She hasn't seen him in two years and is disturbed to find her draw to him just as strong as ever. Even though he isn't doing the dangerous undercover work any longer, he's still a cop and she's still not willing to take that risk. 

Ben still loves Sterling desperately and truly doesn't understand her issue. Life and love involve risk...for everyone, but that's why he is a cop. To make it safer  for other people. He thinks that her job is just as risky.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were a couple of plot points that didn't work for me, but as a whole the book is written in an easy-to-read style. I was particularly intrigued with the story about Sterling's sister and her dead husband's ghost. I liked the romantic side of that, but my more practical side kept arguing the point that it's not a healthy way for her to live. It did add an interesting element to the story though and the overall theme about love. 

The question is: Is finding/having love worth the risk of losing it?

It was an interesting book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Author bio:

Lynn Crandall started spinning stories as a child when she tried to entertain her younger sister at night when they were supposed to be going to sleep. In the dark, her stories typically took on a scary or paranormal element -- didn't do much to put them to sleep. Today, she hopes her stories still fail to put readers to sleep, but rather take them on a journey. That's what she’s been on since she decided to make writing her focus. As a reporter and magazine feature writer, she truly enjoys learning as she works on stories. As a romance writer, she enjoys doing the research and following an evolving story of the characters.


Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you so much for hosting today!

Lynn said...

Thank you for your thoughtful review.

Ashley Montgomery said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Thanks, Ashley. I hope you decide to try it and find it enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by.

Lover of Romance said...

I really like the sound of this one...its very different from most of the books I usually read. So I will have to check this one out!! Thanks for sharing a lovely review!! Hope you had a fabulous Valentines!! Happy Reading!