DANCE OF DESIRE
– SYNOPSIS –
When Amber Watson walks in on her husband in the throes of extramarital passion with one of his employees, her comfortable, passion-free life is shattered in an instant. Worse, the fate of the successful country music bar that bears her family’s name suddenly hangs in the balance. Her soon to be ex-husband is one of the bar’s official owners; his mistress, one of its employees. Will her divorce destroy her late father’s legacy?
Not if Amber’s adopted brother Caleb has anything to do with it. The wandering cowboy has picked the perfect time for a homecoming. Better yet, he’s determined to use his brains and his fists to put Amber’s ex in his place and keep the family business intact. But Caleb’s long absence has done nothing to dim the forbidden desire between him and the woman the State of Texas considers to be his sister.
Years ago, when they were just teenagers, Caleb and Amber shared a passionate first kiss beside a moonlit lake. But that same night, tragedy claimed the life of Caleb’s parents and the handsome young man went from being a family friend to Amber’s adopted brother. Has enough time passed for the two of them to throw off the roles Amber’s father picked for them all those years ago? Will their desire for each other save the family business or put it in greater danger?
DANCE OF DESIRE is the first contemporary romance from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, told with the author’s trademark humor and heart. It also introduces readers to a quirky and beautiful town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs.
READER ADVISORY. DANCE OF DESIRE contains fantasies of dubious consent, acted on by consenting adults. Readers with sensitivities to those issues should be advised.
– REVIEW –
Amber Watson and Caleb Eckhart have been in love with each other since they were teenagers. Their parents are the closest of friends. But one night, a tragic twist of fate ensures that Amber and Caleb will never be more than siblings. Yep, siblings.
When Caleb’s parents are killed in a car accident, it falls upon Amber’s family to take in the orphaned teenager. Which they willingly do — Abel and Tina Watson think of Caleb as a son. But in order for Caleb to truly be their son, the Watsons ask that he forsake the romantic love he holds for Amber and consider her to be a true sibling. Amber’s mother, Tina eventually explains:
“ ‘Cause what Caleb needed more than anything was a family and you had to be part of that family, no matter what. And like it or not — and I didn’t like it, not one bit — there was only one way your daddy knew how to make that happen.”
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Okay, let’s get this right out of the way: This is not a tale of incestuous love. Caleb and Amber are not biological siblings. They are in no way related. But because “Daddy” Watson came down hard on this “sibling” mandate, by the time Amber and Caleb have grown into adults, they’re pretty messed up in the love department. Understandably, Caleb and Amber’s lives have taken them in different directions and both end up marrying the wrong people.
Fortunately there is some Divine Justice in the Universe, as upon the death of “Daddy” Able Watson, a newly divorced Caleb is appointed trustee of his adoptive father’s estate. Which, in turn, is a godsend to Amber, as her slime ball ex-husband is just about to cheat Amber of her rightful share of said Daddy’s estate.
Things begin to immediately crackle and sizzle between Caleb and Amber, but what’s a good story without a little angst? It takes a while for these two to get their act together and ultimately, it takes an intervention by an interested party to get this show on the road. In the meantime, characters pop in and out from various 1001 Dark Nights Series novellas and it’s like old home week.
Dance of Desire by Christopher Rice is offering number four in this years 1001 Dark Nights roster.
Author Rice has a gift for creating original characters. His Texas gents may wear big hats and his ladies may have “air in their hair” but to call them stereotypical would be unjust — each character rings true.
Woven throughout this story are references to Rice’s hugely popular Desire Exchange Series, and well as Liliana Hart’s beloved MacKenzie Family Series. Plus, we get an introduction to The Haven Creek Inn (some great action going on there, folks — wink, wink). While it’s always nice to see some friendly faces in the crowd, it did feel at times that some of the cross-series interactions were less Dance of Desire related and more of a marketing strategy.
An enjoyable, quick read — at times funny, at times angsty — and containing some “hallelujah” sex, Dance of Desire delivers on its title.
Note: This is an adult romance, written for an adult audience. While taboos are suggested in this material, it is not incestuous. Dance of Desire does contain adult themes, and as such, is great bedtime reading for the adults and not the kiddies.
*I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
After publishing four New York Times bestselling thrillers by the age of 30 and being declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, award-winning writer Christopher Rice became the first author to make his erotic romance debut part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series. THE FLAME: A Desire Exchange Novella kicked off a steamy new series set in New Orleans, featuring magical candles and a sexy new breed of supernatural beings, The Radiants, who are devoted to helping heroes and heroines realize their heart’s desire. THE FLAME earned accolades from some of the biggest names in erotic romance and was quickly followed up by THE SURRENDER GATE: A Desire Exchange Novel, available from Evil Eye Concepts as a Blue Box Special. Aside from authoring eight works of dark suspense, Christopher is also the co-host and executive producer of THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN, all the episodes of which can be downloaded at TheDinnerPartyShow.com and from iTunes. Make sure you’re subscribed to The Dinner Party Show’s You Tube channel to receive their newest content in 2016.