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A Dangerous Dance

Author(s): Pauline Baird Jones

A gothic romance novel set in Louisiana

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune…
                                                                            William Shakespeare

His whole career, Remy Mistral has fought for reform in a state where corruption is an art form. Now is his chance to quit talking about reform and make his move to change things, but two things stand in his way.

One is a woman, the other a killer.

Dorothy Morgana Merlinn would like some answers but her parents are dead—her father by an assassin’s bullet—so she’ll have to settle for justice. She’ll do what it takes to get it, including making a deal with Remy Mistral, the man who humiliated her ten years ago.

But when she stirs up the Louisiana mud, she gets more than she bargained for, including a romance with the man she planned to put in the crosshairs to flush out a killer.

Greed, corruption and betrayal clutter the board in a complicated chess game with life, death and love on the line…

Praise for A Dangerous Dance:

“Sinister and twisted individuals make this suspense thriller quite the dark and intense read. Jones cranks up the action and danger, as well as psychological suspense. Nail biting fun!” Romantic Times Magazine

“I really enjoyed A Dangerous Dance...I found myself drawn into these complicated figures, who all seem to have an ulterior motive...I found the characters to be similar to a chess game, where you draw your opponent into a checkmate. This is a very interesting book that will keep you intrigued to the very end.” Romance Reviews Today

“A DANGEROUS DANCE is as dark and sinister as a French Quarter alley. Dorothy and Remy are a great team, intellectually and romantically. They realize both of their lives are in jeopardy as they get closer to the killer. This psycho-thriller is full of greed, corruption, danger, and surprising twists and turns. Each of the supporting characters are hiding hateful secrets. Be prepared -- no one is who you think they are!” America Online Romance Fiction Forum

Excerpt


Remy Mistral was watching for the opening and still he almost missed it. Out of the corner of his eye he caught the impression of a break in the dense foliage on his left and hit the brakes. There was no one behind—and hadn’t been for the past half hour of driving—so he backed the sleek gray Mercedes, and turned into the even narrower side road with a swaying lurch as his car’s suspension tried to adjust to the sudden downgrade in conditions. Two car lengths along, he found his way barred by a vine-covered gate.

A push of a button silently lowered the tinted window. He rested his arm on the frame as warm, thick air rolled in carrying the pungent scent of growing things. With one finger he pushed his sunglasses down, the better to pierce the green and yellow shadows and vines that prevented him from finding a pattern in the ornate gate’s grillwork.

Remy shifted to neutral and pushed open the door, letting more humid air rush in and overpower his car’s air conditioning. He slid out and stretched—it had been a long ride from New Orleans—slipped off the jacket of his gray Armani suit and draped it carefully over the seat back. Only then did he approach the gate.

On either side, a thick layer of vines clung to the gate, and a fence marched into shadow in an unyielding line. Remy tugged at the vines at the center of the gate, until he could see the pale, yellow gleam that marked the road through a line of oak and cypress trees dripping with the gray ghosts of Spanish moss. A few more tugs and he found and traced the letters scrolled into metal.

Oz.


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ISBN (Print):
ISBN (Electronic): 978-0-9960566-8-7
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 06/25/2014
Publisher: Pauline B Jones

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