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.
On the surface, Dancing with Detective Danger should be a home run. There are plot twists and turns, deceptions, jilted wives, unsolved murders, chase scenes, dangerous thugs, PIs, dirty cops and a crazy hot hero. It’s short, fast paced and technically well crafted. But something just didn’t click with me. I think it may’ve been the heroine, Sterling Aegar that turned me off in this book. She’s been dealt a lot of shit in her life. Sterling grew up in a cop family so she knows all of the bonds and goodness that comes from that lifestyle. Sadly, she also knows all of the heartache that can come from being the daughter of a cop. This heartache has shaped her view of the world, specifically when it comes to relationships. Even knowing her history, I never felt connected to Sterling. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t root for the bad guy against her, I just never liked her…at all. She’s cold, closed off and a bit bitchy, and not in a sassy good way. I honestly don’t think she deserves the affections of Detective Ben Kirby. Ben is a really good guy, a great guy actually. I also guess he’s proof that the heart wants what the heart wants, even if those of us on the outside don’t see the attraction.
I really wanted to love this story. Like I said, it’s a interesting mystery with lots of twists for you to sort out. Sterling’s sister, Lacey has a great side story going on and I think I would’ve enjoyed more of that instead of Sterling’s story. In fact, it’s Lacey’s story of love, loss and recovery that bumps my rating up to a 3 star. I just really had a difficult time connecting with the heroine and that made me feel removed from the main storyline. Indifferent, that’s the word I’m looking for. I have to say, Ms. Crandall does an excellent job with Ben…he’s really sexy, and strong. Ben is all the things you look for in a hero. Sterling was straight up crazy to deny that man, especially after he changed so much for her. There are several points in this story that don’t make a lot of sense to me but I guess alls well that ends well.
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.