Death Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #2) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: A tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.
Bad boy of ballet, Valentin “Val” Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success -- except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet. When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect – and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val. Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves – and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.
My Review: I received a copy for review purposes. As usual I will be as honest as I can but you might not believe me. I want to gush all over this one and say things like brilliant, extraordinary, and emotive. The thing is, all those do describe how Tara made me feel about the story. It even had my favourite dancer and journalist from book one making an appearance. I did sort of guess half right about who done it so that pleased me too. I really enjoyed book one, have loved reading book two and can only hope Tara writes a book three because I am loving the insider view of the murderous world of the ballet dancer. Oh, and one more thing - the cover is gorgeous so even if you don't like the story (why wouldn't you?) you can always sit and admire the cover :D