Dance of Desire

Christopher Rice
Dance of Desire
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Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Release Date
February 2016
Book 1 of 1001 Dark Nights
Contemporary Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, comes a steamy, emotional tale of forbidden romance between a woman struggling to get her life on its feet and the gorgeous cowboy her father kept her from marrying years before. The first contemporary romance from Christopher Rice is written with the author's trademark humor and heart, and introduces readers to a beautiful town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
Don't let the synopsis scare you. While the sibling storyline is the biggest piece of the story for a lot of reasons, the book was presented in a way that didn't make me want to scrub my eyeballs out when I finished. Another one well done, Mr. Rice!

Amber Watson desperately needs a break. Or a Xanax. After catching her husband banging the barmaid in the storeroom of her family's bar, she's devastated. But when the jackass tries to claim that the bar is his, Amber's had ENOUGH! Enter her teenage love and adopted brother Caleb, who rides into town with his cowboy hat and a mean right hook. Caleb, who could've been so much more to her if her parents hadn't adopted him at 15 when his own were tragically killed. Caleb, whose bright blue eyes still have the power to make her swoon and drool. Caleb, whose one kiss she never, EVER forgot. Now that her marriage is over, is there really anything holding them back from being together?

DANCE OF DESIRE is a novella by Mr. Rice in the innovative and fun 1001 Dark Nights series featuring sensual and erotic stories by a variety of popular authors inspired by the classic The Arabian Nights tale. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Rice's romance works, having read the books in his 1001 Dark Nights, Desire Exchange series, as well as his offering in the MacKenzie Family Novella series also by various authors. His writing is a strangely cool mix of otherworldly yet down to earth, and he somehow weaves a thread of magic into every word he puts on the page. DANCE OF DESIRE, while not a paranormal romance, still has that mystical feel that just wraps around you and makes you feel deeply attached to his characters.

The fact that Amber and Caleb are "technically" siblings gave me a bit of pause, I'll admit. I'm not into anything remotely resembling incest storylines, but this was most certainly not incest, and furthermore it was very tastefully done (other than a few kinda creepy references that had me wishing I could raise one brow in that really cool kinda way that all book characters seem to be able to effortlessly achieve). Anyway, the overall direction the story took was well written with a nice hint of hella hot that I adored. Amber and Caleb had terrific chemistry, and for a short story, DANCE OF DESIRE was packed with both heat and heart. I'm hoping there'll be more to come from this group in future reads by Mr. Rice.

Bottom Line: Another great addition by Mr. Rice to the 1001 Dark Nights series!
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