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  • Posted October 31, 2013

    A Dark Yet Sweet Paranormal Historical Romance - 4 and 1/2 stars

    A Dark Yet Sweet Paranormal Historical Romance - 4 and 1/2 stars! A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney is captivating, somewhat sad, yet sweet in its ugly duckling theme. Louisa believes herself to be ugly, not just unattractive, but actually ugly. She hears the snickers when she enters a room, the horrible insults launched at her back as she passes by, and knows that no man truly wants her for anything more than her extensive dowry. When she encounters the dark stranger who lives in a cave, keeps to the shadows but whose soothing voice and demeanor intrigues, and attracts her, she soon learns that there is more to a person than what is reflected in the mirror, or in others' eyes. Douglas fears that trying to live in the world alongside those who are so different from him endangers all who cross his path. Soon he learns that whereas normal is a concept which all humans strive to obtain, no one is truly normal and he may be accepted for his differences more easily than he expects.

    This dark, sweet novella about love overcoming diversity and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder will keep you enthralled from the beginning moments, when Louisa discovers the cave home of Douglas to the reveal of his dark secret, a lovely dance in the moonlight, and their eventual happily-ever-after. I highly recommend reading A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney for any number of reasons listed above, but mostly because it's just that good - in fact, I wish it had been longer.

    ***Copy gifted as part of subscribing to author's newsletter. My review is honest and unscripted, and was not requested by author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Beautiful lifemate story.

    Wonderful lovestory. I always enjoy stories that get to the point. Looking forward to more.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    4 stars

    i thought this book was nice.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011


    A DANCE IN THE DARK is a touching novella of the transformative and redemptive ability of love when we allow ourselves to look beyond outward appearances. I was immediately drawn in from the moment Louisa entered the cave. Like a moth to the flame Louisa and Douglas are drawn to each other despite numerous reasons against their friendship. Louisa is an extremely rich heiress who has inherited every unfortunate facial feature in her family. She believes she looks as much like a horse as is humanly possible. None of her suitors can see past the face to the person and beauty beneath; to her honesty, fairness, intelligence, and compassion. They pursue only her fortune. It shouldn't still hurt but it does and keeps her separate from everything and everyone, an outcast. Douglas is voluntarily an outcast and hermit when Louisa stumbles upon him in the hidden cave. Douglas is also a vampire. Not the traditional blood sucking variety either. Really interesting and I've only read a few like him. He can "read" Louisa's thoughts and know her inner self. All her beautiful qualities are revealed to and cherished by him for their rarity. For her part Douglas is always hidden in shadow so Louisa knows nothing of his looks, only what he reveals through actions and words. Together Louisa and Douglas discover friendship that blossoms to more even as Douglas tries to shove her away. The difference between how we see ourselves and how we look to another when viewed through the eyes of love is the center of this wonderful story. Truly romantic and well worth reading. I received this from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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