Death Dancer by Tara Lain Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Tara Lain popping in with the blog tour for her new release Death Dancer, we have a great new excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Death Dancer

(Dangerous Dancers 02)
by

Tara Lain

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.

Reader Advisory: This book contains descriptions of murder scenes, brief allusions to past child abuse and a scene of violence.

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Excerpt

Is that light? Val opened an eye and frowned at the sliver of brightness seeping around his closed blinds. What the fuck time is it? Am I late for rehearsal? Jesus, he never slept like this. A lifetime of living with different relatives and in ballet school with all kinds of people had turned him into a light sleeper.

Wait. No weight on his back. No soft breathing. He’d heard breath earlier—hadn’t he? He sat up, the covers falling to his hips.

Across the room, Andrew was pulling on his sport coat as he watched his foot slide on a loafer, sockless.

“Leaving without saying goodbye?”

“Oh, uh, not necessarily, but you were sleeping quite soundly.”

“Yeah, well, I was fucked into another dimension.” He rubbed a hand over his neck.

Andrew’s cheeks turned pink.

So, hello to the bumbling detective.

“Oddly, I slept like the dead. I usually wake up at the sound of a leaf. I can’t imagine what got into me.”

Val grinned. “I can. What time is it?”

“Six.”

“In the morning?”

“Uh yes.”

“Holy shit! Don’t I remember something about a day off for you?”

“No, that was a night off. Night’s over.”

Val raised his legs and hugged his knees, the sheet covering them. “So, apparently, is your liaison with my ass.”

“I have to get to work.”

Val flipped the sheet off his lap to reveal a very upright example of morning erection. “That’s exactly what I was thinking.” He bared his teeth in his snarkiest grin.

“An impressive invitation.” That produced a small smile.

“A national characteristic. Us Finns are well endowed. It’s scientific fact.” Val eyed the proper law enforcement officer in front of him. “What’s your excuse?”

Another blush. “Well, my father was known as a horse’s ass. Maybe I got the cock?”

Val fell back against his pillow and laughed. Andrew amazed him. Funny, dry, witty—weird. “So, question.” He flipped on his side.

“Okay.”

“In the throes last night, you on several occasions mentioned ‘the next time’. Is there going to be one?”

“I, uh, hope so.”

“Me too.”

Andrew smiled shyly and walked toward the door.

“Andrew?”

“Yes?”

“Who is that guy who fucked my brains out last night?”

Wrinkles played across his forehead. “I’m not altogether sure.”

The door opened. Gone.

Whew.

Other books in the series
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Golden Dancer

A reporter and the thief he’s investigating both fall for a golden dancer, forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue.

Mac Macallister is obsessed—the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing the Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. But then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.

When the mysterious Terrebone ‘collects’ this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

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About Tara

Tara Lain Author Pic 1 sTara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Review

Tara Lain - Death Dancer Cover MTitle: Death Dancer

Series: Dangerous Dancers 02

Author: Tara Lain

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (199 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (November 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

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.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-517-9

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/death-dancer

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  At first when I was given this story, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to read it.  I have to admit that the title was what gave me pause and then the cover.  I have never been a fan of dancers in my books, but then I realized that it was a juicy murder.  You see I thought horror story, which is my bad, so I was quite pleased.  I have had the pleasure of reading a few of this author’s work before and have always been entertained.

Now if you cannot handle violence or child abuse stories, then this might not be the book for you.  I do understand triggers and I admit that at first the child abuse part might have given me pause.  However it was not full out detailed but a brief glimpses into past child abuse.  This book also has a pretty good description of a murder scene, which rocked for me.  The characters were quite pleasant to read about and damn hot.

As I said above dancers are not my thing, however Val is damn sexy.  This dancer has some strong leg powers and those tattoos were sexy to boot.  And then there is a man with a badge and gun, wow let’s just say they topped the scales.  Always did love a good sexy detective.  This story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  To find out who was behind the murders, well let’s just say it was not who I expected it to be.

Val has been training to be a dancer since he was three years old.  He was originally from Finland, but his parents knew he would be a great dancer one day.  He was sent to New York to learn to dance and his parents stayed behind.  He was pretty much raised by his aunt, which for me seems quite lonely in itself.  It also has me on the ledge about the good and the bad on that.  There was only one man who was holding him back.  Val wanted to be Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, but Harry stood in his way.  And not because Harry could dance, but because well you will just have to read the book.

The sexy detective on the case has also taken a shine to our dancer.  Andrew is falling in love with his witness who is also a suspect in at least Harry’s murder.   So here is our detective in a jam, falling for a witness or a killer.

Let’s just say that after reading the book, I came to understand the cover quite a bit better.  I still don’t care for it, but it does fit the book.  You get a story that is full of excitement, suspense, murder, danger, intrigue and some hot sex.

I would definitely recommend reading this book.  Trust me you will absolutely have a blast with it.

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3 thoughts on “Death Dancer by Tara Lain Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!”

  1. Thank you so much Lisa and all the gang. I’m so delighted you enjoyed Death Dancer and am happy to be on the blog!! : )

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