Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur – Review


Dancing with the Devil

By Keri Arthur

Expected Publication: July 2013

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Source: Gifted for honest review by Netgalley

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Zombies

Read If you liked: Anita Blake

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her.

Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life’s shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy’s deadly trap?

Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

my thoughts


I could not help but draw similarities between Dancing with the devil and Anita Blake series.  I loved the mystery of Dancing with the devil,  and you have to admire the main character Nikki who has managed to survive a life on the streets and become a private Investigator.  Nikki has some unusual talents in that she possesses Telekinesis and Telepathy.  This is a handy trait for a private investigator to have, especially as she meets the Mysterious Michael.  Michael is trying to hunt down and destroy the big bad evil vampire  Jasper, and of course he develops strong and Instant desire for Nikki which he tries to ignore.

The story line for Dance with the devil is similar to a lot of Vampire novels, which was a bit disappointing, but I did grow to like the characters Nikki and Michael although I felt more for Nikki’s human boss Jake than I did for Michael which is unusual for me as I usually side with the Bad Boy.  Jake is not a romantic third which makes this book more enjoyable for me, as Jake is married and more like a best friend/ brother to Nikki, looking after her and keeping her from making stupid mistakes,  I do think a lot was left open with Jake though and mystery surrounds him, making me think in future books he may not be what he seems.

As I have said in earlier posts, even if the genre plot is the same as the rest it is the little mysteries that the Author provides that makes it enjoyable and stand out from the rest, and I really do believe this is where Keri Arthur makes Dancing with the devil stand out.  The book and plot were full of little twists and turns and kept me guessing and reading.

If you enjoyed Anita Blake by Laurel K Hamilton, I do think this is a book you should try, I am Looking forward to reading the rest in the Nikki and Michael Series.




11 thoughts on “Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur – Review

  1. Telephathy and Telekinesis are some handy tricks to have up your sleeve for sure! Especially for a PI. I enjoyed the beginning of the Anita Blake series so I bet I would like this story. Thank you so much for the review!

  2. I haven’t actually got right into the Anita Blake series as yet, there are so many books in it! This book sounds interesting though. I have read a Keri Arthur book before, Dark Wolf, but became a little over whelmed as it had over the top sex scenes in it, turning into a swinger book, cos of the shifters. But you have me intrigued by Nikki and Michael….. might have to look into it!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Awww…. Jodi! I just noticed my button on your blog!! Thanks heaps girl! Us Aussies have to stick together!!

    • No problem I love your blog 🙂 you will be happy to hear that there is no over the top sex scenes in Dancing with the devil. and If you don’t like over the top sex scenes I would only recommend the first few anita books, as we go along they become straight out porn lol. I read all 22 books in a year. Thanks for stopping by

      • Hehe…. I don’t mind it too much, but it felt like a full on orgie!! lol I don’t think I was right into the characters either, which didn’t help…. But I will try something else of Keri’s for sure.

  3. Ah, yes, I read the first Anita Blake book and was like, “uh, where’s the famed non-stop sex?” Now I know. I haven’t read any Keri Arthur yet, is there a series of hers you love?

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