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Anna Zendel is your average 32-year-old therapist, stressing about clinical exams and struggling to recover from an abusive relationship. But at night she transforms herself into the saucy burlesque dancer Velvet Crush, enchanting Chicago audiences with the art of the tease.

As Anna struggles to keep the therapy and burlesque worlds separate and get over her crush on the t
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Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 2013 by Nikki M. Pill
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
There's a first time for everything. I can honestly say that I've never seen this question asked in a book before...
Is necrophilia treatable?

I'm sad to report that the question was never answered. Apparently, it wasn't on a 'need to know' basis.

Can I just say that this question was asked by a doctor to a colleague after a therapy session with a disturbed patient (who was referred to). Doesn't that sort of go against doctor-patient confidentiality? Or am I wrong in thinking this?

Here's anoth
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Julie
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Unique murder mystery….with a twist.

Separating yourself from ‘feelings’ is not always easy. Anna Zendel is a therapist…one that believes in the courage her clients exhibit when staring down their demons. When Anna finds herself attracted to one of her patients - Max. She asks to have him assigned to another therapist. When her supervisor declines to accept, Anna is faced with making sure her ethics remain of the highest standards.

In addition to her ‘day job’, Anna is also studying and stressing
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Anna is a therapist by day and burlesque dancer by night. People around her are being murdered by a serial killer known as "The Darling Killer". Anna begins to suspect many of the people in her life and tries to uncover the truth.

It was good and done in a very unique way I think, which was refreshing. The plot is interesting and intriguing.
I like the descriptions of burlesque and something that really jumps out is the way Anna loved
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Kyra Halland
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Therapist by day, burlesque dancer by night, Anna works hard to keep the two halves of her life compartmentalized. That all falls apart when a patient confesses to a creepy fixation and the latest in a series of bizarre murders hits too close to home.

I really enjoyed this. Well-written, suspenseful, with well-drawn characters and a puzzle that kept me guessing. There are a lot of possible suspects, both obvious and not so obvious, and I found myself really getting nervous whenever Anna interacte
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

Anna is a therapist who moonlights as a burlesque dancer; she is still recovering from an abusive relationship and working to get over her crush on a fellow worker at the club. After one of the dancers is murdered at the club Anna works at, other women around her start dying. Anna is trying to stay safe and find the killer, at the same time she starts a new relationship. This book started out so good I liked Anna in the beginni
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Lucie Paris
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick read with many twists and corpses. I enjoyed the mix of psychology and inside glimpse into the burlesque's world.
It is a very feminine thriller.

The reader follows the trail of a serial killer who leaves his victims with the word "Darling" written on a body part with a crime scene usually scripted. In parallel Anna, the heroine, is a therapist waiting to see herself truely graduated who leads a double life.
On the one hand, she uses her brain to help patients. On the other, she uses her bod
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Leanne Kale sparks
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Tease is the first in a series that follows the Darling Killer. It is a great first glimpse of Darling, as he(?) continues on his serial murdering rampage. The twist at the end caught me, even though I knew it had to be one of three characters (which is obvious throughout the book), I still vacillated between which character with every turn of the page. That is a mark of a great mystery, in my opinion. The major twist, which allows Darling to continue into the next series, was a great ending ...more
Ariel Mathis
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tease is about a woman named Anna Zendel who is a therapist by day & a burlesque performer by night. There is a serial killer killing women & leaving his signature mark, Darling. He's known as The Darling Killer. Anna has a patient who worries her because he's told her he thinks about the murders & talks of being a necrphiliac. So when the killer targets Anna's fellow dancers, she questions (internally) whether or not to bring it to the police (Doctor/Patient Confidentiality). An ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review

Anna is a therapist who moonlights as a burlesque dancer; she is still recovering from an abusive relationship and working to get over her crush on a fellow worker at the club. After one of the dancers is murdered at the club Anna works at, other women around her start dying. Anna is trying to stay safe and find the killer, at the same time she starts a new relationship. This book started out so good I liked Anna in the beginning
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Erika
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, own
Not a book that I would have picked up off the shelf if I found it in B&N, but I'm glad I got the chance to read it. It really is fantastic, not to mention fantastically creepy. Can't wait for the second in the series next year.
Amanda
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I love in it. Burlesque, murder, questioning everything. I was quickly caught and captivated, I'll be definitely reading more from Nikki Pill.
Helen
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable murder mystery. Waiting patiently for the next instalment
Chrissy
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Transforming from frazzled therapist Anna Zendel to glamorous starlet Velvet Crush in half an hour was always an adventure...

By day, 32 year old Anna is a licensed therapist, analytically helping her patients work cognitively through their struggles, all the while shadowing her own personal experiences with a past relationship full of emotional abuse. By night, though, Anna is a sexy, saucy Burlesque dancer, boldly flaunting her control over her own sexuality in a strong feminist statement tha
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Caitlyn Burleigh
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Gaele
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book starts with a fabulous premise, and the writing does set the scene for the reader, placing you in the mix. Anna is an interesting character, with a solid voice and a clear passion for her ‘day job’ as a therapist. Additionally, whether it was her in her character, or a holdover from the professional detachment of a therapist, she was difficult to know, needing a bit more background to offer a more empathetic character. At some points her voice falters, and she seems to question everyon ...more
Jennifer
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I don’t normally choose books that I categorize as a thriller but I liked the description of the story so I took a chance on it. I was intrigued from the get go.
The story was well written. There was just the right amount of mystery and “who done it” to keep me turning the pages. It played out nicely and I didn’t figure things out until towards the end.
Anna was a character that took me a while to warm up to. She’s single, working on getting licensed in therapy. She is also a burlesque dancer wh
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Marianne
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have a friend who introduced me to the world of burlesque and I have always been fascinated with the art form; so much so that I have considered taking classes so that I could do private performances for my partner. I think that is the main reason I got this book – it melds two very separate lifestyles into one that works. I too have done something similar to this. Having a high stress job sometimes makes one do something that is so opposite, just to be able to finally get away from that stres ...more
Laura
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anna Zendel is a therapist by day and burlesque dancer Velvet Crush by night. She struggles to keep the two worlds apart, but the Darling killer makes that impossible to maintain. He's called the Darling killer because he writes the word darling on his victims after he kills them.

Up until Anna, the victims seemed to be a one shot sort of deal. But with Anna, he seems obsessed. He sends flowers, jewelry, and starts killing people she knows. Who or what is next?

I couldn't put the book down. I read
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Scott
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not crazy about the rating system here. Three stars says "I liked it" and four says "I REALLY liked it". I did like this book, but three stars feels so --- average. It was a good story with interesting characters and an engrossing mystery. At times I felt like the narrative got bogged down in too much detail, and was overly descriptive, but then at other times it clipped right along.

I will look for the next book in this series, which is described to be a trilogy, although I have a sense of
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Tez
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I normally avoid self-published fiction. But this one has a professional-looking cover, the story intrigued me, and it was free via NetGalley.

I'm glad I took a chance on it. I've been looking for a good psychological thriller starring a therapist since M. J. Rose stopped writing Butterfield Institute novels. Anna Zendel is a decent replacement. Of course, since this is the first in a trilogy, there's no closure. The Tease has plenty of twists, and the story is far from over. I'd love to read the
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Vicki
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book. I read it really quickly but it just didn't cut it with me. I have seen some great reviews for it so it many have just not been my type of book. The worst, although I didn't grade on that, was the ending. I am all for tilogies, whatever, but each book should be able to stand on it's own. It definitely left you hanging.
Jill
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and it's free on Amazon this week, check it out!
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I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy and loved it - it's a nail-biting read with an awesome heroine.
Emily
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to read the next book. Unfortunately, I found it easy to see the twist at the end, but it was a good turn.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
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Nikki M. Pill has a BA in English and Philosophy, and an MA in Psychology. Her short story "Shadows on the Pews" appeared in Hell in the Heartland Volume I and received an honorable mention in Best Horror of the Year Volume I. She enjoys her bellydance alter-ego Moxie’s reputation as the Scariest Bellydancer in Chicago. She loves to read, cook, watch movies, do yoga, listen to music, and make thin ...more