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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: Deadly Dance by Dee Davis Plus A Giveaway

Dee Davis delivers her usual punch of adrenaline and passion!
Deadly Dance
by Dee Davis
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0072Q50UA
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9P9M
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Book 5 in the A-Tac Series)
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

 Book Description
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
As the intelligence officer for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind.

After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she's reluctant to trust him - or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison.

Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility - his sister's murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

Hannah is a member of the elite crime team, A-Tac, who work as college professors as their cover. Hannah has experienced betrayal and lose as a child and as a member of the team. Even as a young girl she learned to hold herself apart to protect herself. She doesn’t trust easily and doesn’t plan on ever opening up to love.

Harrison is a newer member of the team, adding his computer, technical expertise, FBI and private security experience. Through the years he has never stopped hunting the serial killer who tortured and murdered his twin sister. He feels that he failed her and he questions his ability to risk loving and protecting.

When Hannah’s teaching assistant is sent an email of a brutal murder, everyone, but especially, Harrison’s, emotions are set on edge. Is there a copy cat of the dreaded serial killer? Or could the enemy Consortium be targeting the team?  As the team works together to piece out the clues before another death occurs, Hannah and Harrison are drawn closer and their relationship shifts from friendship to passion to more. Will either be able to move beyond the pain of their past to look to a future together?

I really liked how there were different clues of sight or sound in each video hint of the crimes for the team to locate the victims. I think Ms. Davis does a wonderful job of providing fast paced, high adrenaline in her stories.  She also has flawed characters who have to show courage to risk loving. I did love the section where Hannah pulls out of her safe hiding place in response to Harrison’s voice.

The one thing I felt was weak in this story is the likely exposure of their cover as college professors. It might work for the campus and students to think that several of their professors were helping the FBI because one of their assistants was somehow connected to the killings. But it seemed to me that the Consortium would be able to spot all of the members of the A-Tac team as they kept gathering in public places, like Hannah’s house. I also felt that the love making was a little heavier than need be in this book - but that is just me. Other romance readers will love the extra heat and passion.

This might not be my favorite of Dee Davis reads but it is still satisfying with strong characters, lots of excitement, and a compelling romance. If you love adrenaline and passion you must try a Dee Davis title!

Hannah’s thoughts on the death of a team member as the result of the betrayal of another:
Betrayal was the worst human offense because it came at such a high price. Trust broken, possibly forever.  Location 246
Harrison’s response to their growing relationship:
“...but I know that walking away isn’t an option. At least not for me.” Their gazes met and held, her heart constricting at the raw emotion reflected in his eyes. Location 1897
Thank you to Forever Romance, Hachette Books for providing this book through NetGalley.
The story was set in Sunderland, New York for my Where Are You Reading Challenge.

Check out my other reviews in this series: Desperate Deeds and Dangerous Desires
I have these two of the prior books available in my book boxes:

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY for Winner's choice of Dangerous Desires or Desperate Deeds:
1. If you have read Dee Davis before, tell me your favorite of her books. I think mine is still Just Breath although After Twilight and Dark of Night are tight in the race. If you haven't read her, take a look at her titles and tell me which you think you would like to read.  This is required for entry.

2.  For an extra entry, become a follower on any media (GFC, Twitter @MSEREADS, Facebook fanpage: , Goodreads or Linky - links on right sidebar) or tell me if you are already a follower.

It isn't necessary to use separate entries unless you want them in different chronological order.
(Two total entries possible.)

* This contest is only open to residents of US and Canada.
* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on June 29, 2012.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond by email or the winners form linked in the announcement.


  1. WOW they all sound great! If I had to pick one book it would have to be Dark Deceptions being the series junky that I am I like to start at the beginning and read in order.

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  2. Since I have not read Dee Davis yet, I have to start with book #1, Dark Deceptions. I am a follower. nisethusfarATyahooDOTcom

  3. I haven't read any before. I think A Match Made on Madison looks interesting.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  4. I am a GFC follower

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  5. Loved the synopsis for the books. My choice would be Dark Deceptions.
    GFC follower-danni0113


  6. I think I would like to read Dark Deceptions
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  7. I haven't read any Dee Davis, but I'd love to check out Deadly Dance.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  8. I loved After Twilight.
    GFC Krystal Larson

  9. I'd love Dark Deceptions (so I could start at the beginning of the series).
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  10. I haven't read any yet, but Dangerous Desires sounds really good! I follow by email. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. I havent read any of her books yet but I would love to. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  12. I enjoyed reading Deadly Dance. I love series books and can't believe I actually started out of order with this one. :)I love the A-Tac team. I'd love to now read Deadly Deeds. GFC name is Lucky47. Goodreads and email follower also.
    Carol L
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  13. I haven't read her books yet. I'd like to read Chain Reaction.

    I follow via email.


  14. My favorite books of hers are Enigma and Exposure.

    GFC follower and email subscriber

    castings at mindspring dot com

    1. I read Dark Deceptions and really enjoyed the book.

      I am an Old GF follower and email subscriber

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    2. Error on email address
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