A Dance in the Dark [NOOK Book]

Overview

A Dance in the Dark is Karen Ranney's story first featured in the After Midnight anthology published in 1998.

Louisa is an heiress who is truly not beautiful. Douglas is a man who isn't simply a recluse. When Louisa finds a friend in Douglas, he knows it's the very worst thing that could happen to her.

In the darkness, however, almost ...
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A Dance in the Dark

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Overview

A Dance in the Dark is Karen Ranney's story first featured in the After Midnight anthology published in 1998.

Louisa is an heiress who is truly not beautiful. Douglas is a man who isn't simply a recluse. When Louisa finds a friend in Douglas, he knows it's the very worst thing that could happen to her.

In the darkness, however, almost anything is possible. An ugly woman can find beauty, and a vampire can live as a man.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013616332
  • Publisher: Karen Ranney
  • Publication date: 7/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 312,427
  • File size: 80 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney was first published in 1995. Since then, she’s gone on to write dozens of historical romances, most of them set in Scotland.

Her books have been described as evocative, intensely romantic stories featuring characters who leap off the page.

As an Air Force brat, Karen lived all over the world. In addition to being trapped in East Berlin and lost in Russia, she also numbers among her early adventures having her first date in Paris and traveling the entire route of the Orient Express.

She wanted to be an archeologist, a Foreign Service Officer, or a violinist. Instead, she became a decorated Navy Wave, a journalist, and the somewhat bemused mother of two sons. She’s also moderated a daily radio program, been a motivational speaker, and admits to having had more than six careers, among them Purchasing Director, Help Desk Analyst, Marketing Director, and a Human Resources Manager.

However, it is her love of books and a fascination with writing that have remained constant throughout her life. Writing allows her to live vicariously, travel to other centuries and answer that one eternal question – What if?

Karen also writes contemporary romantic suspense under the name of Katherine Storm.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Wonderful

    I stumbled upon this author, and after reading the reviews on this book, I decided to give it a try. I really didn't think there could be much of a story line in the length of this book, but I was wrong! It's brilliant really, the length of time you feel has gone by when reading this, and it's under 100 pages.

    The characters have real depth and their story jumps off the page and literally seems to swirl around you as you read. The story stands on it's own, you are not left wanting to know more of the history or even of their future.

    I know that years from now, I will still remember this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I have been reading a lot lately, and initially hesitated to start this book. I don't know why--maybe the description, maybe the cover. But wow, when I finally did get to it I was blown away. The characters and the dialog were drawn out so well. It was heartbreaking at times and ultimately so satisfying. It stayed with me for a long time after I finished reading it. I will undoubtedly return to it and read it again. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    A SWEET STORY OF THE UGLY DUCKLING AND THE BEAST!!

    A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney is a romantic novella set in Regency England.It is written with depth and details.The characters are warm,charming and enchanting.It has love,romance,being different,despair,loneliness,pain,and an ugly duckling meets the beast.Louisa, a heiress who is considered ugly but has a heart of gold,craves to be loved by someone not just for her money but for her intelligence,quick mind and wit.Douglas, a recluse with a dark secret (he is a vampire),and craves to be able to be with people without fear of hurting or killing them. This is a wonderful,sweet story of fairy tales can come true and have a happy ever after ending.This is a quick read and will leave you in wonder of the true power of love.I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy true love,happiness,and finding your soul mate.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at KRKS Books and My Book Addiction and More.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 May 24, 2013

    Nice read

    Nice read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Not short enough

    Tried to get through the short story, but it didn't hold my intrest after the first page. Only made it half through before i couldn't take any more. She' s ugly, he steals the life force with a touch. Bla bla bla Not a romantic story in my opinion.

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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 November 24, 2011

    A Fairy Tale Romance You'll Want To Read Over And Over...

    I read this book ages ago, rated it 5 stars, and could never think of the words to give it the glowing review I wanted. Today I wanted to rectify that ommision.
    I loved this story. Indeed, once I started it, I didn't want to put it down. It was a charming, romantic retelling of the Beauty and The Beast story set in Regency England. Louisa, an heiress, was an ugly duckling who wanted someone to care for her, not her fortune. Her parents had passed and she was living with her grandfather who wanted her to be married. Douglas, a vampire with a conscience, was a loner in the extreme. He was living in a cave with no interaction with others besides what he physically needed to survive. He had his own inner demons to fight as he was guilt-ridden from an incident early in his life. The day Louisa stumbled upon Douglas' cave was a life-changing event for both of them. Karen skillfully used their interplay of words to develop their relationship. There were a few other characters and scenes interspersed in the story but most of the story took place in the cave. I enjoyed this book very much. I was very happy with the ending and actually came away from the book feeling as if I'd learned a valuable lesson from it. Bottomline: This is a feel good book that I'd highly recommend to anyone who loves romance and/or adult fairy tales.

    The highest praise I can think to bestow is that to this day (years later) I still occasionally think of the exceptionally well-developed characters and their story.

    This was actually the 1st book I ever read by Karen and it has certainly not been the last. When I see her name on a book, I know I'm in for a good read...

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    4 stars

    i thought this book was nice.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    BEAUTIFULLY ROMANTIC

    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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