Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tasty Review Tour: Dancing with Detective Danger and Tour Giveaway

Uncovering secrets and exposing truth are all in a day’s work for private investigator Sterling Aegar. But when her latest case threatens to reveal her own buried feelings for an old love, Sterling runs for cover.
A body in the bathtub and pleas from a jilted wife to find her wayward husband mean a welcome break from the usual humdrum cases Sterling and her sister, Lacey, are called to investigate. But when Sterling’s old flame, Detective Ben Kirby, walks into the murder scene, she feels her world spin out of control. Danger from thugs and murderers poses no greater threat than the peril she’d suffer if she lets daredevil Ben get too close.
Seeing Sterling for the first time in two years is for Ben like drinking in a healing tonic. He could never forget the way it felt to run his hands over her delicious curves or the way she touched his soul. She remains the one person who can make the emptiness in his gut go away. Finding the murderer is his job, but protecting Sterling from seriously dangerous people is his mission.
As the case unfolds, Sterling and Ben not only solve the murder and locate the missing husband, they confront secrets that set them each free from a painful past.

Dancing with Detective Danger
Lynn Crandall
Released January 21st, 2013
Crimson Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewed by: Lisa

To start out, Lynn just so happened to write my favorite kind of Romance, a second chance romance.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the angsty built-up feelings, all the heat and physical attraction that has only gotten stronger over the years, and all the same old issues that ALWAYS seem to still get in the way...but in the all works out!!

"I'm driving you crazy? I'm driving you crazy?" Ben stood to face her as Joe ambled away into the livingroom.

"Yes." Slamming her hands on her hips, Sterling stared Ben down. "Your comments keep bringing up old stuff.  Stuff we settled two years ago."

In one second, he slammed the door shut and strode close to her.  Standing inches from Sterlings face, Ben peered down at her.  "We never settled anything.  You may have, I don't know, but we never settled anything."

Lynn had everything I enjoy about a second chance romance, and a spider web suspense plot line that kept me on the edge of my seat.  Lynn did a nice job at creating a connection between the death of the heroine's father and brother-in-law, and the murder of a young woman.  The fun starts early, when Sterling and her sister, Lacey, find the woman they are being paid to investigate, murdered, and guess who happens to be on the case....Ben Kirby!!  Oh Ben, how Sterling doesn't deserve your love! 

I can understand where Sterling was coming from with her reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship with a cop, especially after losing her father and brother-in-law, who were both killed on the job.  But, my sweet little Ben tried so hard to make her come to her senses...and she was just quite hard on him...ok...she was a bitch!!  hee hee...I just wanted to see everything work out for them in the end...and boy...did they have to go through A LOT to get their HEA...Cars trying to run them over, shots being fired at their heads...I know...How are you supposed to rekindle a relationship when you have people out there trying to kill you?

The saddest part for me was the secondary story with Lacey, Sterling's sister.  Not only was she dealing with her son being sick, but to only get a small glimpse of the man she sad.  I couldn't imagine losing the man I loved so early on in life, and it hits close to home for me since my sister and brother-in-law are both NYPD. 

For my Romance Suspense lovers out there, if you are a fan of Brenda Novak and Sharon Sala...Give this one a shot...and I guarantee Ben will be a new favorite hero of yours!

A Little Sneak Peak
Ben stood behind the richly embroidered drapes at the condo’s living room window and
discreetly watched Sterling walk to the car as he shuffled paperwork through his fingers. Her petite frame, dressed in a slim gray suit, pulled his attention as though he had no control.

That’s the way it was with her. He hadn’t seen her for two years, but all during that time he’d been unable to will her out of his thoughts for very long. Seeing her up close and feeling her presence today had stirred up old feelings inside him. After they’d gotten together, the terrible aloneness he’d grown to live with had vanished. It hadn’t mattered that before she’d come along he’d had no one, no family, because she’d completely filled the emptiness in his gut. Then when she left, he’d felt all the more alone for having known but lost her.

Sterling’s straight, chestnut-colored hair had grown longer, brushing gently against her slim shoulders. He liked it. And the two years apart had worn beautifully on her fine-boned face. She looked even lovelier than he remembered. In the brief moments he’d stood next to her, he’d taken in everything: her shapely curves, her intense, blue-green eyes, her sensuously curved lips the color of a rich Merlot wine.

Ben’s stomach tightened. It had to happen sooner or later, he thought to himself. Even though Sterling had left his life, it seemed inevitable that they’d run into each other sometime while working a case. He’d like to think it meant their destinies were intimately intertwined. That even though their paths might occasionally diverge and meander, they were actually headed in the same direction. She’d been emphatic at their breakup that there was no future for the two of them—that they wanted different things in life—but he just didn’t believe it. He believed in possibilities, and though in the interim he’d given Sterling her space, the hope remained strong in him that eventually, along the way, they would come together again, perhaps even stronger than before.

Ben watched Sterling drive away and couldn’t help himself. Was it too much to hope maybe this time it could be different?

Tour Wide Giveaway: Lynn is offering a $15.00 Amazon/or B&N Gift Card to ONE Randomly drawn commenter at Tours end.  Leave a comment here to be entered, with a valid email address PLEASE, and then follow the rest of the tour for more chances to enter,

About Lynn:
Lynn Crandall started spinning stories as a child when she tried to entertain her younger sister at night when they were supposed to be going to sleep. In the dark, her stories typically took on a scary or paranormal element -- didn't do much to put them to sleep.
Today, she hopes her stories still fail to put readers to sleep, but rather take them on a journey. That's what she’s been on since she decided to make writing her focus. As a reporter and magazine feature writer, she truly enjoys learning as she works on stories. As a romance writer, she enjoys doing the research and following an evolving story of the characters.





TrishJ said...

Yummy!! I just know I am going to love Ben. Will Definately check this one out. Thanks for the giveaway. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

Pat L. said...

Great excerpt.
Love these blog tours.
Thanks for hosting them.

Anonymous said...

Great Review! Just wanted to stop in and say hey!


Brandy Dorsch said...

Just wanted to stop in and say hey! Great Review!


Carey Sabala said...

Awesome review and followed you on the blog doll. Big hugs! Carey

Angelia Almos/Angie Derek said...

You've caught my attention with this one. I just love the title it draws you right in to want to know what the book is about.

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LS said...

I would love to win this. I love women detctives that WOW a man...Yu are a new author to me and I can't wait to read your books...thanks for the chance. NOOK is my

Jen Shields said...

Great review. Sounds like a great Crimson read!

RT Wolfe said...

I've read this book and love it! Here's wishing you many sales!
R.T. Wolfe

Grandmareads said...

I do love a story that has plenty of suspense and equal parts of romance. This is a new to me author but I like her style. I've added a new book to my TBR pile.

Tore said...

I would love to read this book. I love romance and mystery. Please enter me in contest.

HiDee said...

Loved this book! I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for the next one!