Dancing with the Devil (Nikki and Michael Series #1)

Dancing with the Devil (Nikki and Michael Series #1)

by Keri Arthur
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Dancing with the Devil (Nikki and Michael Series #1) by Keri Arthur

BEYOND THE SHADOWS
 
Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. But all that changes the night she follows a rich man’s daughter into the shadows and finds herself caught in a war between two very different men. One is a madman, intent on destruction. The other has his own heart of darkness.
 
For three hundred years, Michael Kelly has existed in life’s shadows, gradually learning to control his vampire cravings. He is convinced that no one can breach his formidable barriers—until he meets Nikki. With her powerful psychic abilities, Nikki swiftly invades both his mind and his heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be . . . but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in this man who could easily destroy her. For only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both.

Includes an excerpt of the next novel in Keri Arthur’s Nikki and Michael series, Hearts in Darkness


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345538703
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Nikki and Michael Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 13,334
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-five books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

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Dancing with the Devil (Nikki and Michael Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog DANCING WITH THE DEVIL took me by surprise. As a Keri Arthur fan, I have loved both her Riley Jensen series as well as her Dark Angels series. So when I found out that she was rereleasing this series, I jumped at the chance at reading it. All of the great characteristics you expect in an Arthur book is present. There’s fabulous worldbuilding, incredible action sequences and strong characters that have a lot of room to grow. However, there was one thing that really stood out for me with this book. It was the writing. I’ve always that that Arthur was a good writer, but for some reason the writing style resonated with me more in this series. The tone reminds me a little of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. It’s a little more serious, especially when in Michael’s POV. More details are explored in terms of descriptions and also, I felt that this book was very tightly written, especially where the action sequences were concerned. Overall, I just thought this book was a very well plotted out and well-written book so kudos to Arthur for that! Nikki is a psychic Private Investigator. To be honest, it took about two chapters to warm up to her. I could already tell that she would be independent and kickass, but I was also looking for something that would make me relate to her. As the story progressed, I got that connection that I wanted. After employed to find a missing teenager named Monica Trevgard, Nikki is then thrust into a world that is far more complicated than the job initially let on. She meets Jasper, a guy who is absolutely crazy and an enigma. A lot of the focus is on her fear for him and I thought that made for an edge-of-your-seat read because if you’re kickass character is scared, then you can sense that as well in your own feelings as you read. Of course I have to talk about Michael who really intrigued me from the beginning. Arthur spends a little more time with his character, just doing some ordinary things like drinking wine and taking the time to understand his mind a little more. Other times, even when in his POV, she keeps readers in the dark about his intentions. It truly makes for an interesting character that I was dying to know more about. I liked her way of stringing readers as if on a leash, getting us to walk exactly where she intended us too. That being said, I found this book impossible to put down. If you’re wondering if this Urban Fantasy is worth the shot, I think it is. A lot of the time it’s hard to find something fresh in the genre after having it be around for so long. If you enjoy the tone of Nalini Singh’s writing, but like the tightly-written action scenes of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed books, then I think you’ll enjoy this series as much as I have. Arthur’s take on UF in this series feels totally different than her others, which makes me eager to read the next book, HEARTS IN DARKNESS! *ARC provided by Netgalley
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
What happens when a man who cannot love and a woman who will not love must join forces to battle evil?  Nikki, who is no stranger to unusual phenomena, is out of her league when a vampire turns the client she was hired to protect.  Michael appears out of nowhere, sent to protect Nikki against an evil vampire named Jasper with whom he has a long, violent history.  Will Nikki and Michael be able to defeat Jasper with their lives--and hearts--in tact?  One thing is certain--even if they survive, neither of them will ever be the same. I have never read any other books by Keri Arthur before, but her other series are now definitely on my "to read" list!  I'm anxious to read number two in this series.  
raeder101 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and am about to start the next series. Nikki and Micheal make an a great pair for heros. The villians give a great punch to the story you must read. I hope the next book brings the couple's together and have Jake up the action too. If vampires and zombies are the new thing on your list to read also read the others from Keri Arthur they are mind blowers!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay way to kill some time. The plot isn't too complicated and the characters are a bit simplistic. It's never a good idea to have to constantly remind readers of how tough the main character is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Nikki has a power of her own but in some ways is still surprised when she comes face to face with a vampire. Michael is after Jasper a very powerful madman and he ends up being close to Nikki. She challenges him and can be very head strong. She has been hired to find a missing teenage girl and the man behind it is the same man Michael is after. While Michael wants Nikki to stay safe she has a job to do and Jasper seems to have secrets she wants to know about Michael. They have to see if they can stop Jasper and if things will work between them. There is things I liked and things I disliked about this book. What I disliked is sorry to say at times Nikki. She acted tough many times and you heard how she grew up on the streets. However many times she showed no street smarts and put herself in danger. She is attracted to Michael and wants him and at other times in some ways she is scared of him. Understandable since he is a vampire. I guess you can say at times she got on my nerves. Michael I really liked. He is a vampire but doesn't want to live as one. He wants to stop evil not become it. Jasper is a crazy madman to put it simply. I love the action and flow of the story as something is always happening and you keep turning pages to see what next. There is some steamy scenes but not a whole lot. It is more about the plot and that is good. I think this book really just laid the ground for the next books in this series and we will see Nikki and Michael grow closer but that is my guess. If you like a book with a good plot, lot of action and paranormal beings you may enjoy this one.
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kimgtrrz More than 1 year ago
I loved all the books in the Nikki and Michael series! I love all the books by Keri Authur, she is great! I can't wait until the next book in the Nikki and Michael and the Dark Angels series comes out. I have read all the Riley Jensen series and I absolutley loved them! Keri Arthur is one of my vaorite writers! I'm now reading the Ripple Creek series and I'm enjoying that as well.
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BerlsKS More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Reaction… I read Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series years ago, so I jumped at the chance to read this series. I was pleasantly surprised to find most of what I loved about Arthur’s style mingled with something somehow very different in Dancing with the Devil. The Characters… Nikki James is my favorite kind of heroine; she’s got a rough past that has left her emotionally damaged, but incredibly tough. As a private investigator with a psychic ability that packs more than a little punch, she lives a high-risk life and, when combined with nagging guilt from her past mistakes, she’s as dangerous to her enemies as she is to herself. Nikki doesn’t know the meaning of “can’t” or “no” and I love her for it. But that’s all part of her tough exterior; she’s much more complex than she’d like you to know. At one point in my reading, I wrote in my notes “man! she is a kick-ass chic, hot seductress, and trembling child all rolled into one.” And that pretty much sums up the complex character that is Nikki James. Nikki may have a rough exterior, but that does little to fool Michael Kelly, who has some psychic gifts of his own. The story switches periodically between his and Nikki’s point of view, but even when in his mind there’s so much mystery to him – clearly we’ll have to get to know him better in future books. I think what comes through most clearly about Michael is his internal conflict; he’s had to conquer a lot in his past – that much is clear – and it’s left him unwilling to attach himself to anyone, even Nikki, to whom he has an immediate psychic connection. We learn so little about him in Dancing with the Devil and I for one can’t wait to learn more about this mysterious and oh so sexy vampire. I couldn’t leave this section of the review without giving a quick shout out to Jake – Nikki’s boss and father figure. He’s a character that grows on you instantly. He’s so fatherly toward Nikki and, despite having no supernatural abilities of his own, he’s holding his own. He get’s caught in the crossfire and refuses to be the victim; he looks out for Nikki – not just as a boss or friend, but like a father – and that wins him serious bonus points in my book. The Story… Dancing with the Devil opens with Nikki working on her current case, trailing Monica, the rich, spoiled brat of her client, when she lands herself into something much more dangerous than she even knew existed. Suddenly tracking down Monica is more than a job, but about saving innocent lives, including her own. Thankfully fate has inexplicably dropped Michael into her lap to help her. If only she knew more about him, why he was there helping her, and his history with the vampire behind all the trouble – James. Dancing with the Devil is everything I want from Urban Fantasy – high paced action, kick-butt heroes/heroines, and that little bit of sexual tension that drives you bonkers. The action scenes are pretty great, especially since Arthur is playing with psychic abilities that pack a serious punch. More than a few times I drew in a breath of marvel from something the characters were able to do psychically. And Arthur is incredibly gifted at those teasing moments between Nikki and Michael. She really utilizes their psychic bond to heighten the sexual tension in all the right ways. I wish I could say I was hooked from beginning to end, but I can’t. Unfortunately it took me longer than I would like to get invested in the characters and the plot. For one, I felt like the world building was a bit haphazard and some crucial information about that world came later than I would have liked. And I rolled my eyes a few times at the instant trust that Nikki has for Michael – which became even more infuriating later in the book when he’s challenging her to trust him. She went back and forth on the trust way to fast for me – I think I got a bit of whiplash! But the last 50% at least had my glued to the page, so it’s worth the wait and occasional whiplash. Concluding Sentiments… Overall Dancing with the Devil didn’t disappoint. I loved the action and the Arthur shocked me with her ability to tease and drag on that sexual tension so artfully (considering her Jensen series was NOT about the tension!) I’m looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I read all of The Riley Jenson Guardian series, so I was extra happy to find out the Keri Arthur started this one. The amount of development she put into the characters was great, because I find that I need that in order to care about what's going on plot wise. The plot is a little on the simplistic side, but I'm assuming that the next books in the series will get deeper. Also, another plus to this novel is that you can play a drinking game. One shot for every time you read "darkness" in a chapter. Some chapters will get you completely wasted! LOL...okay, I'm joking, but I did notice that Keri was a little heavy on her use of the word "darkness" in this novel.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Nikki is a psychic private investigator, she is able to throw kinetic energy, and able to sense things most people cannot. Her job is to find Mr. Trevgard's daughter and bring her back. While following Monica Trevgard, Nikki gets the feeling that she is being followed and even goes into a house that she feels isn't safe. This is where her eyes are opened to the fact that there are things that go bump in the night. Zombies, vampires and crazy people, oh my! Michael is in town to kill a bad guy that he has a history with. He is also there to protect Nikki from said bad guy. I think the main part of the book for me was the fact that I knew it would come down to this. Would Michael be able to put aside his history with the bad guy in order to save Nikki? The story was a tad bit predictable, but I did enjoy it. Since I was really intrigued by Michael's character, I was glad to see that the story was told in both Nikki and Michael's POV. Dancing with the Devil didn't go super in depth on his past so I'm hoping book two will shed more light on his character. I've read both the Riley Jensen series as well as the Dark Angels series by Keri Arthur. So when I saw this series which I didn't really know much about on NetGalley I jumped and requested it immediately. This series is actually a re-release of her previous work. This book leans heavily towards Urban Fantasy with little to no Paranormal Romance. This could change with book two, I'm not certain if the entire series will follow suit. If you're a Keri Arthur fan, or even a Urban Fantasy fan you will probably enjoy this book.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from August 02 to 03, 2013 Book Info  Paperback, 368 pages Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Dell (first published March 5th 2001) ISBN 0440246512 (ISBN13: 9780440246510) edition language English original title Dancing with the Devil series Nikki & Michael #1 characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there's nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her. Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life's shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy's deadly trap? Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all. My Thoughts As a longtime fan of author Keri Arthur and her Myth and Magic series and the Riley Jenson Guardian series it was with great anticipation that I dove into Dancing With the Devil, book 1 in the Nikki and Michael series, which was originally published in 2001 and has been reprinted with new covers in late July 2013. Although the style is more along the lines of a horror novel the paranormal romantic suspense elements shine through and I absolutely can say that am looking forward to reading the entire series to explore further the relationship between the main characters that ended on a rather abrupt note in this first book leaving the reader wondering where the author would take it in further stories. This is a story of facing ones demons, literally and metaphorically as both Nikki and Michael have had things in their past scar them deeply mentally. The hunt for the madman whose deadly psychic abilities allow him to create an unbreakable connection with Nikki that could lead to her death if he manages to overcome her formidable will to survive, her only hope is that Michael manages to find her in time and together they defeat their foe before it it too late for them both! The action is quick and brutal at times, the buildup of tension and suspense will keep you interested and the relationship that slowly gathers momentum between Nikki and Michael is perfectly balanced as it develops fully over the course of the investigation. The final showdown is almost over too soon and the way things end with Nikki and Michael pretty much tears your heart out. Good thing the rest of the 4 books are released already because just knowing that this is part of a series following the two main characters leaves me with the hope that not only will things work out to mend the rift between them but that the rest of the stories build more on the past that crafted the characters personalities into who they are so more questions are answered in a manner that gives readers full insight into why they are at odds. Like everything else that I have read by the author so far this books promising beginning delivered and am starting the next book Hearts In Darkness anticipating it will be just as enticing and enjoyable. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect example of how an author should and can evolve as a scribe. This one of Keri Arthur's early works. It doesn't do justice to her talent and excellent way of spinning a paranormal tale. Her [[ASIN:0749955872 Full Moon Rising: Number 1 in series (Riley Jenson Guardian)]]series is superb for example. In this one the author is just cutting her teeth. A lot of the scenes are a little predictable and tedious. There is no real connection to the characters, perhaps because they lack the depth to create empathy. The main character has the annoying habit of running into situations, despite being warned and constantly plays the helpless female. So if you like your heroines strong and independent this one might be a tad disappointing. I can only repeat that her later books are quite exceptional, so I would recommend not giving up entirely on this author if this book isn't quite up your alley. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then close your eyes. When they did, a 3D image appeared all around them, as if they were actually there. They were in the special box seating, and could see celestia and luna clearly. They were still young, much younger than twilight when she became a princess, and you could tell both were nervous. The royal assistant was standing next to them, and a crown-bearer brought the crowns in. They were both identically sized and were the same style. The assistant said a few words, then placed the crowns upon celestias and lunas heads. The crowd cheered, but not a sound was heard from cassi, who was sitting, silently, watching the proceedings, a depressed mood surrounding her. Rachel penelope and rita opened their eyes again. Cassi shrugged. So did you enjoy it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in wearing a white strapless dress that is floor length. There is embriodery across the top and down the side. A single blue gem hangs from a silver chain. Her green eyes sparkle in the lights. Her black hair is curled and barely past her shoukders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in with a short black strapless dress that is ripped up and ruffled at the bottom she has laced up black boots on and a skull necklace and earings in her hair is down and straighten*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sighs and sits down in a corner*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her eyes flash back to days in the auditorium. And she almost blacks out. "Slow dancing. Not good. Bye." Heads to Camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rachel: Awesome!<br> Rita: That sounds so cool!<br> Penelope: Sounds sparkly to me! *Hops around.*
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
Nikki is a psychic who uses her gifts to give her certain advantages in her PI work. When her current assignment, as a bodyguard of sorts to a rich man's daughter, goes terribly wrong and the daughter (Monica) is ensnared by the will of a vampire (Jasper). Michael, a 300-year old vampire, has been sent by his organization (somewhat shadowy and never fully explained) to protect Nikki and to eliminate Jasper (who has been his enemy for about 75 years). This is typical Keri Arthur in many ways. This book is not a romance and there is no happily ever after, although it definitely has the undertone of romance to it. Like her Riley Jensen series, Nikki and Michael are attracted, but it looks like it will take several books for them to find their way home to each other. I like a slow moving romance, and there was definitely a lot of one step forward, two steps back, three steps forward movement in this book when it came to that particular thread. I liked Nikki a lot. She's smart, uses her head, and except when it comes to emotional vulnerability, willing to do what it takes to get the job done. I loved the exploration of her psychic gifts, and found it refreshing that she hadn't been actively a member of the paranormal community (beyond the fact that she was herself psychic), but didn't poo-poo the idea or go into denial either when faced with zombies and vampires. Michael was a strong, male lead. He runs up against Nikki's emotional barriers more than once, and even is willing to risk forever damaging her trust simply to keep her safe. He'd rather she live apart from him, than risk her dying. By the end of the book, the two find themselves irrevocably bound together, but yet Michael heads off for parts unknown to deal with a terrible addiction while Nikki denies that she might be in love, or at least have strong feelings, for Michael. Jasper and Monica were both delightfully twisted. Yes, Jasper was your standard evil vampire, but Ms. Arthur played up his telepathic powers beyond what you see in your standard-issue vamp. I liked that a lot, the way she played into the psychic side of things. Nikki's boss/partner was a great character in his own right, and hopefully he'll be kept in the series as it goes on. A solid 4-star read. In reading reviews, apparently this is a re-release of Keri Arthur's, and from the comments, I get the distinct impression that it was Americanized for this release. It definitely didn't have the Australian feel that her Riley Jensen series did, which I find interesting (along with the switch from first-person to third). Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
For starters I have to say Keri Arthur cannot disappoint in my opinion. She is an absolute favorite of mine, so I was beyond ecstatic to discover she was going to be re-releasing her Nikki and Michael series in the US!!  There was never a dull moment for me with this book! It was filled with action that had me sitting at the edge of my seat through pretty much the whole book. The characters were fantastic, both very strong willed, very compatible and the chemistry between them is a blast to read. The story sucked me in from the very beginning and still hasn't released me because it leaves off on one heck of an &ldquo;UGH&rdquo; moment. But rest assured the other books are going to be coming out in one month intervals, so the wait will not be long. I DEFINITELY recommend this book along with any other book that has Keri&rsquo;s name on it because you just can&rsquo;t go wrong with one of hers!!! I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.