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Dancing with the Devil

(Nikki & Michael #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,844 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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 know ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by ImaJinn Books
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May 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was struggling between giving this book a 1-star or 2-star rating. Finally I decided to land 2, after much pondering.

I really couldn't get into the book. The villain (Jasper) portrayed in this novel was vicious and evil to the nth degree. The dangers and suspense were not bad, and the plot was quite reasonably fair. However, that's basically where things ended. There was absolutely no real characterization in this book - the characters felt "flat" to my psychic senses. The romantic relationshi
Nikki James is a private investigator and seems to be acting as a body guard. Nikki has unique psychic/telepathic abilities that help her locate people as well as physically hold things around her. Trying to protect the teenage Monica Trevgard she follows her into a deadly situation. Nikki knows it is deadly because her psychic abilities keep screaming at her. In her attempts to save Monica, she becomes the target of a deranged vampire.

Michael Kelly is a 300 year old vampire. Tracking down and k
Jan 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not the worst book i've ever seen, but I wasn't up for reading the whole thing.

Characters don't behave the way they should. Their reactions to events are just WRONG.
If you release a monster on the world that kills multiple people, the emotional reaction from the character shouldn't be "oh, well",or "no biggie",or "ooopsy". It is totally off-putting.

The main character is a narcissistic, stubborn, semi-retarded woman... I just can't relate.
Sarah Marie
Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur

First in the Nikki & Michael series

2.5 stars

Nikki James is a Private Investigator with a past that has been haunting her for years and an ability that has done nothing but harm people. Everything changes for Nikki when she follows a teenager named Monica Trevgard who reminds her of herself into the shadows and finds herself ensnared in war between two men that aren’t human. Michael Kelly came to Lyndhurst to protect Nikki and ends up finding his archenemy, wh

Felicity Heaton
This is the first book I've read by author Keri Arthur and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dancing with the Devil is the first book in the Nikki & Michael series written by Ms. Arthur and it held my attention, gripping me enough that I managed to mostly ignore the repetitions of the heroine, Nikki, as she tries to resist the lovely slice of vampire that is Michael (which does get frustrating when she's repeatedly telling herself that she has to stay away from him, can't love him, y ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy
I'm struggling on what rating I'd like to give to Dancing with the Devil. Honestly, I didn't really like this book. On the other side, you see the beginning of the great UF writer Ms Arthur will become and realize that it's mostly you and your pet peeves that are involved in this "dislike".

Whatever the reasons, I can't and won't say this has been a good read for me. At times it felt more like a chore than a pleasure. I had the idea the story couldn't decide what it is: pnr or UF? I found it weak
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dancing With The Devil is the first book in Keri Arthur’s Nikki and Michael vampire series from bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, Keri Arthur. Dancing With The Devil follows the events in private investigator Nikki James’s life when she unwittingly becomes the target of an evil vampire (Jasper) on killing spree in her home town of Lyndhurst. Which is a place located somewhere I don't know..I'm not even sure if it's a real place. During the investigation she meets Michae ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so nice to re-read this book. I remembered how much I loved Keri Arthur's writing. :) ...more
3.5 stars

I really liked it, but something was missing that kept me from getting truly invested in it. Nikki and Michael were fleshed out characters, but they needed more time for their connection to be believable. Their relationship was rushed, but I did like them together.

Nikki was aggravating sometimes. It was admirable that she always tried to do what was right, but not when her own life was at risk. She ran head first into danger quite a few times despite her own intuition and other warning
This reminds me a lot of Arthur’s Lizzie Grace series, so, of course I loved it. Though, I wonder if I was supposed to read the Damask Circle series first...

Maybe check that out before you read this.

Anyway, we’ve got lots of fun super powers here. Visions and telepathy and telekinesis and witches and vampires and psychometry and ZOMBIES! Plenty of action, and a romance. Awwww! But, Nikki has some work to do there. Can’t say more.

A very fun book with likable characters. I will definitely read on

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 b
I have to say that although I didn't bathe this book in stars, Keri Arthur's early writing style (and sometimes cheesy lines) throughout didn't stop me from getting attached to Nikki & Michael. The ending left me wanting more and more I shall have! I will definitely be reading book 2, Hearts in Darkness and probably the rest of the series.

Dancing with the Devil introduces us to Nikki & Michael.

Nikki James is a Private Investigator with strong psychic abilities. Her abilities include psychom
Private investigator, Nikki James is on the trail of a young woman who has left home. Being a talented psychic with telekinetic abilities, life has been difficult for Nikki, forcing her to keep her distance from others, but making her one of the best in her field. Michael Kelly has been a vampire for over 300 years and works for a secret organization that has tasked him with protecting Nikki from an evil entity who is on her trail. Naturally, Nikki makes Michael’s job almost impossible with her ...more
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
Nicki is a private investigator who in her efforts to find a teenager who run got involved with the wrong croud she finds herself in the middle of a centuries old feud between two deadly vampires. Jasper wants to kill her in order to control her psychic powers and Michael hopes to use her to lure Jasper into a trap. Things go off track though when (surprise surprise) Michael starts to get more and more involved into Nicky's life and they find themselves more and more entwined by the day.

Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Kerri Arthur and I was pleasantly surprised.

There was never a boring moment as this book was filled with action from start to end and I definitely didn’t expect that. The writing was vivid and fluid which kept me engaged the whole time – it was really hard to put this book down. There was a cheesy line or two along the way and a bit humor here and there which rounded the story up quite well.

The beginning of the story, while many things happened, still
Aug 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Nikki is a private investigator with psychic abilities investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl named Monica. When she gets close to finding Monica along with some other missing women, she quickly realizes she is dealing with something beyond the usual suspect type - something evil. Michael swoops in to save her life. He is also an investigator/bounty hunter of sorts and also a vampire - a good vampire compared to the bad vampire, Jasper, they begin to hunt together.
This story has so m
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5.

This story is one of Keri Arthur's earlier novels, re-edited. Nikki is a Private Investigator who has psychic abilities, Michael Kelly is a centuries old vampire who works with the Damask Circle.

They are both working on the same villain. Michael looking to kill the crazy Vampire: Jasper, Nikki, who is asked to find a rich man's daughter (who incidentally got herself involved with Jasper).

As the two meet, they find themselves drawn to one another.

This novel was a good start to
A Dance with Several Missteps
Private investigator and psychic Nikki James is on a case that's hitting a little close to home. She's tracking a troubled teen for her frantic father, a teen who reminds Nikki of herself at that age, when the girl enters an abandoned house with a serious lack of curbside...or any other sort of appeal.

Nikki can feel the evil that waits within the building, calling to her client's daughter, courting her. It's like nothing Nikki has ever felt before and it makes her wa
Lyndi W.
Jul 04, 2017 marked it as d-n-f
I wanted to like this. Partially because it's a completed series, but also because I haven't really read much vampire stuff lately.

Unfortunately, I hated Nikki. She was TSTL and unbelievably naive. I hated everything she did... She'd say something and I'd be like "WTF is she thinking?" She'd do something and I'd go "Holy shit, she has a death wish." Like the entire first chapter is her going "Oh man, this is a bad idea. Everything in my body and soul is saying not to go into this house. So I'm
Nitzan Schwarz
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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Good God this book was boring.

Seriously, I did not expect this. The "heroes" kept getting into traps, nearly dying, failing and in pain. Rinse and repeat. It got old real quick. Even scenes one would normally classify as action scenes were dull and dry without an ounce of soul.

And let's just take a second to lament how dumb someone has to be to fall into traps over and over and over again. At a certain point, couldn't you try to put a trap of your own?
This book kind of fell flat for me. I didn't feel really drawn into it. I liked the story, but wished the characters more fleshed out. There was no build up with the romance so it was hard to believe they were in love. In fact, the whole time, he's saying he can't have a relationship and she's saying she doesn't want a relationship. It also felt weird that no one knew of vampires or zombies or other supernatural beings. If you have strong psychic powers and have known others of the like, do you ...more
Marta Cox
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these books. Perhaps a little shorter than I like but always entertaining. This was a recent 're read for me ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This one moved so slowly and the MC was just a bit TSTL.
Tory Michaels
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nikki is a psychic Private Investigator who is smart and street wise having spent several years living on the streets as an orphaned teenager. She has been employed to find a missing girl but soon finds the case is much more complicated than it seemed. While tracking Monica she comes into contact with Jasper - someone who is completely crazy and obviously not human.

Michael has been tracking Jasper for years trying to stop his ruthless killing spree. When he realises that Jasper is intent on cla
Bella Heart
Sep 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Michael is a 300 year old leading man - a vampire who works for the Damask Circle, an organisation comprised of other non-human creatures, whose goal is to keep the world safe from other things like them.

Nikki - our leading lady - is a psychic private detective, hired by one of the wealthiest men in the city to track down his daughter Monica. Normally that would be easier said then done, but Monica has taken up with a man named Jasper, a crazed and sadistic vampire. They very same vampire that M
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's not *quite* bad enough for 1 star, but close. It starts out mediocre and just gets worse and worse as time goes on. The plot becomes less and less coherent with every chapter. The characters actually get *less* interesting as time progresses. I didn't expect much from this, but even so it's a giant disappointment.

All you need to know about the quality of the plot, in one quote: (Nikki is in a dark basement, and just walked into a room where Something Horrible is hiding.)
"Perhaps if she clos
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a string of mediocre books "Dancing With the Devil" was a wonderful treat! The characters were vivid and engaging and the world building was superb.

After living a few years on the streets, Nikki now works as a private investigator for her boss and father like friend, Jake. She has the unique ability of psychometry which her family deemed witchcraft or devil worshipping. So, her father abandoned Hera d her mother but when her mother died no one else would take her.

Nikki has been ask
Nikki, a private investigator with psychic powers, is currently looking for Monica, a missing teenage girl. During her search she finds out that Monica is in the hands of a powerful and mad, zombie-raising vampire called Jasper. Fortunately Nikki meets Michael, another vampire, who is on the hunt for the mad man himself. Together they do everything in their power to stop Jasper and find themselves in many dangerous situations. They also discover their feelings for each other, but both of them ha ...more
Alex McGilvery
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dancing with the Devil is yet another book in which a women detective is out to fight a horrible evil, meets and falls in love with a vampire, and goes on to fight to evil with the vampire at her side. At the same time Dancing with the Devil is not just another detective/vampire romance/thriller novel. What saves this book from being a clone of so many similar books before it is the deft handling of the romance and partnership. Nikki and Michael work together, and even work together well, but th ...more
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs ...more

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