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Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Dance To Die For by Rebecca Lee Smith

A Dance To Die For by Rebecca Lee Smith
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (294 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Annabel Maitland believes in destiny and following her heart--Trent Sheffield realizes his destiny is to believe in her.

Annabel destroyed her dancing career trying to save her friend Quinn's life. Convinced Quinn's death was no accident, Annabel follows a clue to a North Carolina mountain inn and discovers that everyone who knew Quinn wanted her out of their lives--including the sexy innkeeper whose laid-back charm and megawatt grin take Annabel's breath away. But trusting her heart means ignoring evidence that plants him firmly on the suspect list.

The last person Trent needs working for him is an impossibly long-legged dancer whose sharp wit and silver eyes keep him scrambling. He's falling hard, but Annabel's connection to his ex-fiancée makes him question her motives. When mysterious accidents threaten Annabel's life, they must unearth Quinn's killer before it's too late. But what if Annabel was the target all along?

It's a dream to dance at a theater, but it's a nightmare when all those dreams come crashing down- somewhat literally, too. A Dance to Die For takes readers on a heartfelt journey of intrigue, murder, and romance.

Annabel Maitland lived and breathed dancing. It's what her world revolved around.  Annabel's injury makes her no longer cut out for the competitive world of dancing. She struggles with the emotions of this outcome. And now, her world revolves around the last words of a friend; words that echo in her mind.

Annabel is a character I related to. She goes through so much in the duration of the story. She's determined to stay around her late friend's hometown and uncover the mystery of the last words, and the strange reaction some people there have to her only makes her more inclined to figure things out. What she doesn't count on? An attraction to Trent Sheffield.

Ahh, Trent. He's a little rough around the edges. Not too happy about Annabel being there. Even more unhappy about the woman Annabel worked alongside in her career. Trent's a little hard to get used to, but he's not a bad guy. It just takes some time for him to come around to the idea of this spitfire of a woman working at his inn, his home.

A Dance to Die For is a romantic suspense of the classic kind. It has a perfect blend of suspense and romance. The focal points are equally about both. The author has done a wonderful job creating the characters, the setting, and the mystery. I devoured this book in just a few hours. I enjoyed the small town country setting. It really fit perfectly in the book. The intensity of the story just kept getting better as I read on. Everyone is a suspect, everyone has secrets to hide, and as one gets uncovered, it adds more hype to the tension.

What's not to like about an emotional, witty, and sizzling romantic suspense? Grab a copy of A Dance to Die For and get swept up in this riveting story.