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Dance with the Devil

(Soul's Harbor Pride #1)

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Born to be enemies. Destined to be lovers.

After killing one of her father’s enforcers, half-blood lion shifter Jillian Winters ran for her life, landing in an upscale bar halfway across the country. Her boss, Carrick—a pure-blood shifter—has no idea his barmaid is a fugitive.

When her father’s recklessness puts the Pride at risk, Jillian must return home and assume his plac
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Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

While DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is the first in a series, there was so much backstory as to how the warring packs got to where they are at the start of the story that I think there should be some sort of short story to go before this book. What we get told about the past is fascinating and complex and this conflict between the packs is what the main plot of DANCE WITH THE DEVIL revolves around. What we get in the present is a complex and dangerous political
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Jen Davis
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good shifter PNR, but so often I find them ruined by an Alpha-hole hero or a blinding case of insta-love. I am happy to report that this story suffered from neither of these problems. It had two main characters who I actually liked, a romance I could get behind, and a decided lack of d/s themes in the bedroom or out of it. Win. Win. Win.

One of the things that helped me buy in to the relationship, is the fact that our hero and heroine worked together for three years before the the book
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Samantha
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
While I absolutely love paranormal romance, deeply and honestly do, this novel just wasn't doing it for me. I wanted to love this book but I found my mind wandering as I was reading it which is never a good sign. The overview intrigued me because forbidden love is like the best and usually means the end result comes about at a mighty cost and fight. I kind of weaved in and out of liking and being bored by the story which bothered me. This was hard to rate but I think a solid kind of liked 3 star ...more
Melanie
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ry-2015, read-in-2015
5*s
Review posted here...
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Dance with the Devil is the first book in the Soul's Harbor Pride series and I have to say….. I’m impressed!

We start the book with a hook up between Jillian & Carrick, both are hiding the fact that they are shifters and both are unknowingly enemies living away from their prides. To be able to live away from the pride they must accept that if they are summoned back – they go straight back home. Both have been summoned, both assum
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Courtney
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.25 Stars

I was asked to review this book by the author and based on the synopsis, I was intrigued. I enjoy reading paranormal/fantasy books and I have never read a shifter book with lions. It's usually werewolves or panthers, so when I saw it was something slightly different form the norm, I am always more interested.


The idea of forbidden love is always a good way to capture my attention. And it's always a plus when you add in some type of mystery to the characters and their pasts.


I have to be
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Rachael Orman
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
4 Stars

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I loved the twists of the story and the trials the characters have to go through.

The main point of the story is to bring the two packs together.... only how to do it without causing a war.

I liked that decisions weren't taken lightly from the main characters since there were many lives hanging in the balance of the outcome.

However, that being said, I felt like some aspects of the story were left undeveloped or unans
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Tash
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by Give Me Books in exchange for a honest review
I must the admit the contradicting title and cover drew me to this book. As obviously it was a paranormal romance and it looked like it was going to be about shifters, lion shifters to be exact. So why Dance with the Devil?

I only could assume that the hero/heroine was a bad person or one of the other ideas that crossed my mind. So I dove into the book expecting the typical normal p
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Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Yesterday, I finished Dance With The Devil by Angela Dennis, and I liked this story a lot. Okay, we have Carrick and Jillian who are both running from their past, but they both get called home. They didn't know they were technically enemies until they reach their pride lands. When they return chaos is in the air and Jillian needs to pretty much assume the roll of Alpha. However, she never thought this to be possible since she's a half-blood. Man there is a lot of politi
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Stacy
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

Shifters, a reluctant alpha, mystery, danger and forbidden love all wrapped up in a new series from Angela Dennis.

Jillian left her pack long ago and had no intentions of going back, but when she's called home she finds herself back and in the middle of pack politics. As a half-breed she has always been an outsider and now that she finds herself in the position of needing to take over the Pride she looks at everything with a new sense of purpose. Carrick left his pack to make t
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Mary
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Jillian left her Pride because of her father's insane machinations to force her to become more and more like him. Being a half-blood shifter in a world where pure-bred shifters are favored, she's always felt like an outsider.

Carrick has been exiled from his pack since he was a teen. His father hated all half-bloods, including his own son.

When a call has been issued for the Lion shifters to return home, Carrick and Jillian r
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Ruthie Taylor
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for a Wicked Reads~~

I enjoyed this book, although there were points where I got confused by the complex rules, levels of strength, magic etc. There were enough twists and turns that I was always waiting for something to go wrong - which it sometimes did! The romance between Carrick and Jillian had to take second place to the challenges that they faced, but clearly the ties are strong, and as this is the first of the series, I hope we get t
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She-Wolf Reads
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Everything about this book felt abbreviated to me - the action felt too short; the romance felt too fast and not authentic; the world-building felt both complicated and superficial...I just couldn't connect to this story. The biggest showdown in the book, between father and daughter, was over in a heartbeat. This is a slim 182 pages which explains why it moved too fast but perhaps the story would have been better served with more page time to develop characters, relationships, and complicated ma ...more
Stephanie Williams
4 Stars

*I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.*

I really enjoyed this read. Even though I was left with some unanswered questions, the twists and turns kept me turning pages. I'd definitely would like to know more about these characters and see how this story continues.
**The Wicked Reads Review Team**
E.
3.25 stars

This paranormal story is filled with—multiple factions that all have a different agenda, a territory in dispute, packs that have succession issues and heirs that aren’t comfortable with the requirements for leadership nor the strictures attendant with the position, unique genetics, complicated families, plus the heroine has some ongoing issues stemming back to a horrific attack in her past. In other words, there are number of things taking place in a short amount of time and lots of de
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A dark paranormal “Romeo & Juliet” type romance with action, intrigue and even a murder mystery. There were things that I liked and didn’t like about it but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: It was half a degree past freezing as Jillian stumbled across the snow-covered pavement.

The Review:

Dance with the Devil is the first novel in the Soul’s Harbor Pride series. This paranormal romance series has an intriguing twist on paranor
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Book Gannet
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Lion shifters, magic, alpha males, even stronger females, Pride politics, interspecies prejudices, a forbidden romance, a few death threats here and there, and a mating bond that threatens to burn it all down. Welcome to the Soul’s Harbor Pride series.

At first glance Jillian seems an unimpressive kind of girl. She sneaks about and has clearly been hiding for some time, she seems a little timid and almost afraid – until she gets her hands on Carrick, anyway. Then the real Jillian start
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Kristie Elston
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Dark Faerie Tales: http://darkfaerietales.com/review-dan...

Quick & Dirty: A dark paranormal “Romeo & Juliet” type romance with action, intrigue and even a murder mystery. There were things that I liked and didn’t like about it but overall it was a good read.

The Review:

Dance with the Devil is the first novel in the Soul’s Harbor Pride series. This paranormal romance series has an intriguing twist on paranormal creatures that I really want to see more of in future bo
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Ceres95
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. thank you Angela

Two prides, Two lions, One war, will they be able to reunite the two pride or not ?

This story is about Jillian who ran from her pride three years ago and who wants to come back for the claiming. She’s doing it for her two best friends, Abbey and Gareth. This is also a story about Carrick who leave his pride too and must come back because his father was murdered and his brother will become the new Alpha.

Jillian is a very strong lion shifter but she had a hard chi
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Maghon Thomas
I love this author and she has made me so happy finally adding shifters to her writing skills. And Lions, boy oh boy, do they roar in here. And I know I'm getting ahead of myself but I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Anyways, it's all about to go down when this book starts. Jill has to go home, she is being summoned by her very evil father, and she can't let him hurt her friends just because she got out and ran from his evil. Carrick needs to go home to help his brother after the ...more
Leona Woolfolk
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received as an ARC courtesy of Samhain Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wish I could've rated this story higher but there were too many character inconsistencies. The plot was solid and delivered really well, but other than Quinn and Lucas, the character inconsistencies really chipped away at a possible good story.

Julianna and Carrick had such promise and potential in being great leading characters at the beginning when their background and identity wer
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Lauren
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it


This book was one of those rare middle of the road ratings books for me. I really wanted to rate it higher than a 3.5, but the abrupt beginning and the back and forth POV in the middle of the chapters really threw me for a loop. I love dual POV books, but this one just grated on me a little bit by changing in the middle of the chapter. Had each chapter been from a single characters perspective and switched back and forth, I would have felt differently about this story. I spent several seconds t
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Pansy
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like paranormal books at all, you will love this. Especially if you also like some mystery, action, and suspense mixed with a bit of romance. This one has it all. It is a wonderful read.

The characters were wonderfully flawed, but very likable. Well, most of them anyway. There is always the antagonist that everyone hates, but they too are needed to make a good story.

Lion shifters are a bit out of the norm of the usual shifter book. They are – literally – a different animal all together. T
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Carrie
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, calibre-library
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book throws you into the deep end of this world and doesn’t let up. There are surprises, betrayal, and oodles of secrets that fuel this story.

Jillian has been hiding her shifter identity right under the nose of another powerful shifter, much to Carrick’s shock. These two have been skirting around their attraction for years, unwilling to act until the night Jillian knows she must head home. Her abusive home is the last place sh
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Petula
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★
Jillian ran away from her pack after she killed one of her father's enforcers. As a half blood she has been abused by the whole pack all her life. She is masking what she is, and living as a human.
Three years later she has been ordered home. But there are some that will do anything to stop her from returning.
Garrick has been running a bar in the city for years. When Jillian applied for a job, he was drawn to her. But he couldn't risk a relationship with a human. He has been ordered home f
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Molly Smith
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Initial Thoughts: Overall I liked this debut series and new-to-me author. Though it started off a bit shocking to me, jumping right into passion, it did not go as I thought. I liked how the romance between Carrick and Jillian was twined with the fate of the pride. I was nervous due to the start of the novel that the passion would be more heavily weighted in the overall story, thankfully this wasn't the case. The story was balanced. The mystery of the assassination attempts wasn't quite a mystery ...more
Kim
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
As the first in a series, Dance with the Devil took some time to get to the meat of the story. The beginning is full of backstory and sets up the rest of the series. Necessary? Yes. But, it is still hard to push through to get to the good stuff. With that said, it is well worth the time to keep going!

Jillian and Carrick both have their secrets. Some were suspected, but others were surprises to each other. When they are each summoned home to their respective packs, they find chaos and danger. Whi
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Tammy Wooding
Aug 05, 2016 marked it as books-i-have  ·  review of another edition

After killing one of her father’s enforcers, half-blood lion shifter Jillian Winters ran for her life, landing in an upscale bar halfway across the country. Her boss, Carrick—a pure-blood shifter—has no idea his barmaid is a fugitive.


When her father’s recklessness puts the Pride at risk, Jillian must return home and assume his place as Alpha. But not before she indulges in a taste of the attraction that’s been building for years between her and Carrick.


Carrick Granger has had a soft spot fo

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Jenn
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but I really enjoyed it. I think Abbey may have been my favorite character, and I'm curious how the rules of vampirism work in this universe because she's a half lion, half vamp. It's not the most interesting thing about her, and I found she seemed to get almost all the great lines and quips. The main characters, Jillian and Carrick, have undeniable chemistry, and the sexy scenes are well-written. They're not over the top, not crass or crude, but not annoy ...more
Dana Busenbark
Jillian is a half-breed shifter, son of the Alpha leader of her Pride. After killing a man, and maiming another, she runs away. She finds herself in an unknown city. She walks up to a bar and is taken in by Carrick, the owner of the bar as a soaked and miserable looking cat. That's what Garrick thought when he first saw her, but knows nothing of the fact that she truly is a cat shifter. Magic keeps everyone from sensing her animal form. One thing leads to another and she finds herself called hom ...more
Melissa
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Very Good Start to a New Series
I am a lover of all things paranormal so when I was offered the chance to read and review this book, I didn't even read the blurb, I was honestly attracted enough by the beautiful cover and the title. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I dove headlong into the story. I really enjoyed it and it was a extra added bonus that the two lovers are actually bitter familial enemies. Way to ramp up the drama. The whole plot was very well executed and the story is told fr
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