||Jan 1 2002
Jazz Hargrove has a brilliant career as a globe-trotting news reporter. She believes the secrets in her past are well hidden, until she is called home for her father's funeral...
Jazz Hargrove leaves her reporting assignment in the Horn of Africa to settle her father’s estate and finds herself plunged in a deadly drama. She is good at her job as an international reporter. She's in line for an award and due for another promotion. Back in the small, provincial capital she'd left fourteen years before, she realizes with mounting terror that someone from her past is watching her, and he wants her back. Together with a man she does not wish to trust, she must face her worst fears to save a child drawn in to the web of danger.
Pete Browning is a freelance photographer recently assigned to Jazz's crew. An ex-cop with a failed marriage and a past drinking problem, he is not interested in falling in love, but he is determined to protect Jazz as the threats around her grow, until his own family becomes the target of a murderer.
Jazz and Pete have no choice but to pursue the stalker into a world of danger. Chemistry sizzles between them even as they follow the steps of a madman. Drawn together by necessity, they learn much more about each other and their own hidden fears and desires than they ever expected, as they continue DANCING WITH THE DEVIL.
It had all been so easy. A piece of cake. People were so stupid, so trusting. They met you a couple of times, believed they knew you and never thought twice about giving you just what you needed. Mac glanced into the rearview mirror. The kid was sleeping on the backseat, all tucked up in the sleeping bag he'd so thoughtfully provided. He had plenty of sleeping pills, the rug rat wouldn't remember anything. Just an extra dose at the end, when he and Jazz took off together and the kid would doze her way to eternity.
The thought of Jazz made his palms damp and he wiped them on the fabric upholstery. He imagined her fighting her way back to him. She wouldn't like it, but she would do it. He was so close to his dream he could taste it. He chuckled. It was perfect. The perfect plan. A slap in the face for Roadkill, a bit of light amusement dealing with the kid, and Jazz back with him of her own free will. The headlights stabbed the darkness ahead and the tires made a monotonous sound on the highway. The powerful engine purred contentedly. Mac took a jelly bean from the bag at his side, held it between his teeth for a second to savor the expectation, then popped it into his mouth and crunched down.
She looked at him for a long moment. “You think he's alive, don't you?”
“I think it's a possibility we have to pursue.”
Pete's voice was low and calm. It steadied her roiling thoughts. She didn't like the probing, but she knew he was right to ask. She also knew beyond a doubt it would all have been infinitely worse if she'd had to deal with this alone.
“I was stupid,” she said vehemently.
“You made a mistake. Everyone's allowed at least one. I'll tell you about mine sometime.” He stood up. “Do you still want to leave town?”
She looked up at him. “Is it a good idea?”
“I think it's an excellent idea. My ex colleague can reach me on my mobile. And you'll be safer away from our friend the stalker, whoever he is.”
“Is he a stalker?”
“That's what I'd call him.”
Escape to Romance
Thus starts a story that took off like a flash and never stopped until I read the last sentence. This book was a page turner for me. This book had it all; love, romance, murder, mystery and a stalker that was hunting Jazz down and making her wonder who he was and why he was stalking her. There was hardly a moment to breathe in this book. I wanted to keep turning the pages and since I was trying to fit in this book with a lot of other things going on in my life right now, suffice it to say that I still managed to read it in four heavy-duty days.
Road to Romance
The plot is intricately woven and
there are red herrings galore. Patricia Crossley manages to keep the readers
guessing till the last page. The character of Jazz is beautifully and
clearly depicted. Her past and her actions are credibly displayed and she
comes across as a brave and enterprising woman. Passion between the lead
characters erupts as quickly as a volcano and is equally hot and scorching.
The bad guy is terrifying and leaves a vague sense of menace hanging
throughout the book. The pace is taut and this fast-paced tale makes for
some great suspenseful reading. Very intricate!
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL is a refreshing change of pace. While the storyline may not be unique, that can also be true of any romance story as there are only so many different plot devices, however, Jazz’s character did something that amazed this reader. Towards the end, the villain tells her to show up and not involve the police or her boyfriend, the first thing Jazz does is calls Pete and tells him to call the police. Finally, a heroine with the guts to do what she knows is right! The outcome is something you will have to find out for yourself of course, and I do recommend you buy the book and find out just what happens.
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