Wendy reviews ‘A Dangerous Dance’ by Davidson King. Self Published July 15,2018, 242 pages.
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Finally working for a man he can trust has given Bill a new purpose. His boss, Christopher Manos, commands respect and absolute loyalty, and Bill has proven himself worthy of a seat at Christopher’s table. Becoming best friends with Christopher’s husband, Snow, has further proven his allegiance and cements a place for him in the Manos family. When Snow’s life is in danger, Christopher places his full trust in Bill to destroy anything and anyone that poses a threat to his husband. But hunting and wiping out the enemy for the safety of everyone Bill cares about means partnering with the one person he has vowed to never see again.
Mace wears a mask of vain cockiness and uses his model good looks to his full advantage. Known to many as Without a Trace Mace, he’s a deadly assassin well known for wiping out whole families and getting away without a trace. With a dangerous past and an unknown future, Mace uses his veil of conceit to keep others at a distance, rarely trusting anyone. When his boss, Black–the one man he trusts above all others—gives him his next assignment, he learns his newest partner is none other than Bill, the man he’d do anything to avoid.
With the safety of the Manos family on the line at the hands of a brilliant maniac, Bill and Mace begrudgingly put their differences aside to ensure Snow, and his loved ones, are protected from harm. With their lives in grave danger and the clock ticking towards zero hour, they navigate deathly perilous situations and uncertain outcomes, hoping they survive long enough to keep the Manos family safe.
Bill and Mace’s traitorous hearts draw them closer together no matter how hard they fight the inevitable. With the lives of their loved ones hanging in the balance, they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous dance. But when the music stops, will they both be left standing?
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“Billy Boy!” Mace said loudly with a clap, making Snow jump.
“Well, if it isn’t fuck face Mace.” Watching Mace’s smile fall and morph into anger made my entire week. If I was going to find any joy in this job, it was going to be repeatedly knocking that pretty boy off his self-made pedestal.
“Let’s put the pissing contest off for a later date.” Black’s gravelly, booming voice was powerful enough to make you snap to attention. But I couldn’t help myself. I shot Mace a wink and joined Snow when he sat on the couch.
“I’ll rip those eyes from your head while you sleep, fucker,” Mace whispered so only Snow and I could hear. I knew Snow was about to go rabid, so I beat him to it.
“You assume I sleep.”
Mace wanted to say something else, but when Christopher slapped a folder on the coffee table between us, it was all business.
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
It is rare to find someone that can write so well right out of the gate, but Davidson King did it. I thought her second book was just as well written as the first but this one… She blew the doors right off their hinges with this book. It is her best work yet. I really can’t say enough about how great the story of Bill and Mace is.
The plot is carefully crafted and develops perfectly without any lagging, there were no holes or inconsistencies. The characters had depth and were realistic and there was just enough peppering of the secondary characters to give some insight (I hope) into the next book of the series.
Skip on down to the giveaway from this point if you don’t want any spoilers. I try not to divulge too much but sometimes I get carried away.
I’ve never really been a huge fan of suspense and drama because it always required more thinking and remembering than I wanted to invest in a book. This story (and series) is gripping enough from the start that I was caught up instantly and before I knew it, was happily invested.
Bill and Mace, who are not friendly with each other, suddenly find themselves thrown together in order to save Snow. Bill, has a personal reason for making sure that Snow and his family are safe. He would give his life easily and take any that got in his way to make sure his best friend never had to worry about his safety. He has a past that threw him from one bad experience to another and he made some bad choices to escape them. He owes Snow and his family everything. They made it possible to for him to feel like he was somewhat worthy. His work for the Manos family means everything to him.
Mace doesn’t have the ties to the Manos family like Bill does, but he has just as much reason to help. His ties are to his boss, Black. They are just as binding and mean as much to Mace as Bill’s do. Mace broke my heart a bit when his past was divulged. I was glad that he and Bill didn’t take too long to see each other for the men they really were underneath the faces they put on to show the world. I like that these guys are tough as nails but that’s not all they are. They still have some humanity left even if they have done things that make you question how.
These guys had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat through most of the book. There was such an element of danger in everything they faced and I wasn’t sure any of them were going to make it out alive at a few points in the story.
Speaking of story… yes, romance happens and it’s really good, but that isn’t all that happens in this book. The writing of a character who is unhinged isn’t easy. To be able to make it all work and for the story to come together in a way that’s credible is even harder. It all comes together seamlessly in this book. Davidson King is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors. A true master storyteller!
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.
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