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Dance of Desire

(1001 Dark Nights #36)

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When Amber Watson walks in on her husband in the throes of extramarital passion with one of his employees, her comfortable, passion-free life is shattered in an instant. Worse, the fate of the successful country music bar that bears her family's name suddenly hangs in the balance. Her soon to be ex-husband is one of the bar's official owners; his mistress, one of its emplo ...more
Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Full Review for 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Nine at Of Pens and Pages.

I have to be honest. I was weary to read this story as I don’t usually read romance novels with a bit of a taboo relationship. So you see, Amber and Caleb became adoptive siblings when they were fifteen when Caleb’s parents were killed. Their romance when they were kids was cut short because of it, but the love was already there, deep in their hearts. They moved on with their lives and married other people, but when that
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Natalie The Biblioholic
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I've read something from Christopher Rice before, but it was a thriller. Kinda what I expected from him. And his mother. But when I heard that he had branched out into contemporary work, I had to see what's what. This book was PHENOMENAL!!

This story started out with heartbreak but I soon found solace in the forbidden love of Amber and Caleb. After being torn apart soon after falling in love, many years later they were finally free to pursue and explore their feelings and it was beautiful. And
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Sybil aka Lala
When I heard Christopher Rice wrote another book for the 1001 Dark Nights Series, I was all about my getting my hands on a copy. I fell hopelessly in love with his writing in Kiss The Flame and I was looking forward to his sophisticated humour, excellent characters with their endearing quirks and sweet romance. Just like the perfect gentleman (I’m assuming) he is, he did not disappoint a lady and this time he even added a delicious little treat in the form of the taboo.

Caleb and Amber were teena
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
SO holy WOW was this book good! Amazingly well written. It had a ton of feels, and was actually full of humor. It was sexy as fuck also! Belinda and Amber's mother were SO funny.

I hated what Abel did to Amber and Caleb, and if he hadn't already been dead I would have killed him myself. There is sort of some redemption of his character at the end, but I still wasn't feeling his reasoning or actions. It cause to many years of pain for Amber and Caleb.

Both Amber and Caleb were likable characters.
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I was pretty excited to find out that Christopher Rice was writing a straight contemporary romance set in my home state of Texas and was even more excited when I was granted an ARC of Dance of Desire and I'll admit that I was curious how he would handle both writing contemporary romance after writing erotic romance and writing a M/F pairing and he did an admirable job on both. Dance of Desire was sweet with a side of spicy thrown in for good
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Kathleen R.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Dance of Desire
Author: Christopher Rice
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date: February 23th, 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 148 pages
Heat Level: # 5 flames out of 5
Rating: # 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:


When Amber Watson walks in on her husband in the throes of extramarital passion with one of his employees, her comfortable, passion-free life is shattered in an instant. Worse, the fate of the successful country music bar that bears her family's name suddenly ha
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Young love torn apart before it has a chance to blossom.

Teenagers, Amber and Caleb were about to explore their feelings for one another when tragedy strikes leaving Caleb and orphan and a resolution that makes it impossible for the young pair to continue their romantic affections.

Now years have gone by and and married Amber walks in on her low-life husband having sex with another woman. Amber has had enough and decides to end her emotionless farce then and there. Unfortunately for her, the soon-
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Jennifer
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I love you, Amber Watson. I've always loved you. Even when I believed we could never be together, even when it hurt so bad to love you I couldn't see straight, I never stopped. I couldn't even try to make myself stop. It was true then, and it's true now. I'd rather spend the rest of my life feeling the pain of not having you, than spend one moment of it not loving you." ~ Caleb Eckhart

Love. Do we have a choice who we fall in love with? It's often said that the heart wants what it can't have, bu
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Jen
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Finding out how Caleb and Amber became siblings is something I'm going to remain mum about since I would prefer you discover how that all happened by reading the book. Suffice it to say that it wasn't like anything else I've come across in any books I've ever read. Yep, it was a first and that's a rarity in the overall romance genre, what with the insane influx of bo
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Tracey
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Telling her how he really felt should have been the last option. The absolutely dead-last, nuclear apocalypse option. And touching her? Well, that was beyond the nuclear option. That was a "zombies are breaking down the front door and the only way out is through the nearest window" kind of option.

Amber and Caleb have known forever that their feelings for each other were something special. But just when they were beginning to let each other know, life events changed everything, making anything o
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Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2016-reads

Amber and Caleb have a complicated relationship. They've been friends forever and kind of fell in young love as teenagers. Before they had a chance to explore their feelings a tragic accident and the well meaning, but misguided, intentions of Amber's dad now has them on paper as siblings...just not by blood. When Amber finds her husband plowing the help so to speak and Caleb's surprise return home, she realizes she still has feelings for Caleb but hasn't a clue what to do about them.

Caleb has
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E-Reader Addict
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this author when I chased a rabbit trail at the end of another book...that book lead to another book, which lead to this one. Christopher Rice is a new author to me, and after reading two of his books, I'm not sure how I feel about his stories...but his writing is fantastic!

Amber and Caleb were childhood sweethearts, sorta. After sharing a steamy kiss at 15, the death of Caleb's parents puts an end to their budding relationship when Amber's parents legally adopt Caleb. Now it's ten? twe
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Melinda Hennies
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trust Your Heart

Amber has been in a loveless marriage and finds her husband with someone else. Amber is going to make some changes when someone from her past returns.. Caleb her adopted brother. They have a chemistry that is sizzling but Caleb was warned off years ago. Caleb follows Amber and tells her the truth and his he feels as does Amber. Together along with her mom life turns out for Amber!
Meredith Wild
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
A perfect blend of heart wrenching and toe curling, and the writing was impeccable. I absolutely loved this story and its many colorful characters! I know I'll be picking up many more of Rice's books!
Tina rotondo
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I couldn't put this book down. It was a great story. Hot, sexy, and full of desire. Christopher Rice did a great job on this ...he has me hooked on the series!
Tina Mourer
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this and love Christopher Rice

Another great story from Christopher Rice looking forward to the next one on the list. Desire & Ice. Hot stuff
Vagabonda Reads
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it

Amber Watson and Caleb Eckhart have been in love with each other since they were teenagers. Their parents are the closest of friends. But one night, a tragic twist of fate ensures that Amber and Caleb will never be more than siblings. Yep, siblings.

When Caleb’s parents are killed in a car accident, it falls upon Amber’s family to take in the orphaned teenager. Which they willingly do — Abel and Tina Watson think of Caleb as a son. But in order for Caleb to truly be their son, the Watsons ask th
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books are love
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just when my kindle panties were calming down Christopher Rice has this wonderfully sexy and sinfully delicious love story heat them up and set them on fire. This is a story of love that went unbidden and was reawakened after a struggle within from each of the characters.

Amber and Caleb grew up together and were each other’s first kiss. On the night of that kiss something tragic happens in Caleb’s life and their world is turned upside down. Neither has forgotten the love they have for each other
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Steph
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't let the synopsis scare you. While the sibling storyline is the biggest piece of the story for a lot of reasons, the book was presented in a way that didn't make me want to scrub my eyeballs out when I finished. Another one well done, Mr. Rice!

Amber Watson desperately needs a break. Or a Xanax. After catching her husband banging the barmaid in the storeroom of her family's bar, she's devastated. But when the jackass tries to claim that the bar is his, Amber's had ENOUGH! Enter her teenage
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Sydney Whyte
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of the bittersweet and heart-wrenching
Recommended to Sydney by: 1001 Dark Nights newsletter
This is only the second book I have read of Christopher Rice’s. I loved the first. I love this more. Why I don’t own everything he’s ever written I don’t know. Not enough time in the day I guess, but I’m determined to make him a regular in my growing kindle library.

Dance of Desire is the tragic story of death, of how it changed the course of history, changed the promise of young love to something taboo; forbidden. Having to bury deep the burgeoning attraction they have only moments previously fo
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Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
Amber and Caleb have a complicated relationship. They've been friends forever and kind of fell in young love as teenagers. Before they had a chance to explore their feelings a tragic accident and the well meaning, but misguided, intentions of Amber's dad now has them on paper as siblings...just not by blood. When Amber finds her husband plowing the help so to speak and Caleb's surprise return home, she realizes she still has feelings for Caleb but hasn't a clue what to do about them.
Caleb has a
...more
Kimberly
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

Amber catches her husband cheating with a waitress in the storage room and that sends her life in a tailspin. Not only is he a cheat and a liar, he also happens to own the family bar and he is running into the ground. Just in time, her adopted brother Caleb steps in and saves the day. Amber's father made sure to have a safety net just in case Amber's husband did the wrong thing. Only problem? Amber and Caleb have wanted each other desperately since they were 15 years old. But, circumst
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Kat Valentine
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
let me start by saying welcome to christopher rice the NEW voice in contemporary romance, this is his first book in this genres and after reading dance with desire im sure it wont be his last.i loved caleb and ambers story. its about two teenagers coming of age feeling those first desires and looking at each other though different eyes then before. but just as these two are coming together tragedy strikes and for these two two their new found feelings are no more. because instead of becoming lov ...more
Lit Reader
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had trouble with the writing style and rythm here, the third person narrator was too serious and dettached, the description and language sounded not natural and did not flow well. The supposedly hot scenes were like reading the description of a movie scene, something for actors to perform, yet, not so much to feel (nuance, anticipation, longing, intensity, and so on).

My hypothesis is that maybe it has something to do with the author being male, yet I have to read way more male-written romances
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Laura
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin. Amber and Caleb are intriguing, quirky characters. While this book may fall into the contemporary romance category, it was anything, but categorical. The dialogue was crisp and full of humor. The passion started to really heat up in Chapter 9 when Amber and Caleb consummate their love for one another. The heat kept getting hotter from there. Without creating any spoilers, it does have a very happy ending. Of course I loved Ambers last name, Watson. I look forward to reading more ...more
Trish-Sunshine Reads
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading Christopher Rice and I am so not disappointed. He put so much emotion and heat into one book. I can't wait to read more from him.
Brandy
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved!!!

This was an Amazing book filled with Intrigue. I could not put this book down it kept me wanting more. I Definitely Recommend this book!!!!
William Bitner Jr.
Another home run from one of my favorite authors.
Sandra Brady
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jennifer
rated it it was amazing
Feb 21, 2016
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Christopher Rice is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and is the New York Times bestselling author of A DENSITY OF SOULS and the Bram Stoker Award finalists THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES. He is the head writer and an executive producer of "The Vampire Chronicles", a television show based on the bestselling novels by his mother, Anne Rice. Together they penned RAMSES THE DAMNED: THE PASSI ...more

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