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Sara Martin has been through a lot. Two years ago, her husband and son were both killed in a car accident, and Sara's still mourning their loss. Her nights are troubled by disturbing dreams and crank calls, the latter of which sends her to detective Eric D'Angelo for help. His sexy looks and protective demeanor penetrate Sarah's defenses.
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To make things worse, there's a killer on the loose, and Detective D'Angelo has been assigned to the case. Not only are the murders as grizzly as they come, but they're getting closer and closer to home, and to Sara.

The review of this Book prepared by Elizabeth Cooper

Ivy, Sep 2003, 6.99
ISBN: 0804119783

Two years have passed since the car accident that took the lives of her husband and four-year-old son, but free lance photographer Sara Martin still grieves. When the phone calls began, her friend Bess Haskins pushes Sara to talk with her husband Tony, an Austin police detective for advice. Sara reluctantly does, but Tony misses the appointment. His partner Eric D'Angelo takes time from the Sinatra serial killer case he works to provide her with practical tips.

Surprising both Eric and Sara, they feel an immediate attraction to one another as neither has found any recent interest in the opposite sex until now. However, the Sinatra case intersects with Sara as the killer, over the phone, begins describing the grisly scenes to her in some sort of macho boasting manner. If he did not love her, Eric would wonder if Sara was helping the murderer, but because he does he concludes that she is the ultimate target, but who is this Sinatra fan?

Though serial killer romance tales have been in over abundance of late, this novel is a refreshing entry due to the Sinatra angle. The story line is loaded with action that turns quite frenzied when Eric realizes that his beloved is in danger. The lead couple is a charming pair and his partner and her friend add depth to the stars. Dee Davis furbishes a strong police procedural romance and readers will enjoy DANCING IN THE DARK (but keep the lights on it's hard to read in the dark).

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving your bodyguard Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   photographer Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   California City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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