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Dance with Death

(The Four Families #2)

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Two lovers torn apart. One wicked villain. A daily fight for survival in the ownership of a depraved captor.

★★★★★ "It was achingly dark, disgustingly dark (and I mean this in a BRILLIANT way). I literally read the entire book with wide-eyes and my hand over my mouth in shock. This book is what Dark Romance is made of!!" -Boys in Books are Better Review-

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Published September 15th 2020 by Brynn Ford
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MY RATING: 5 ++++"picturesque" STARS...

This first top read of 2021...I know it's still early for favoritism but this book series right here is just what a dark romance lover like me NEEDS...
It's been so long since I found something with this level of darkness that appealed to my twisted soul.
Ash Chases Romance
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to beta read this book which is book two in the ‘The Four Families’ Trilogy, Dance With Death by Brynn Ford. Book one, Counts of Eight, is available now to start. So, you MUST read book one before moving further.

*I will mention there can be triggers for some*

...but if you are a dark romance lover who finds deliciously dark books appealing, then continue on reading.

I was so drained emotionally after reading this, but this book is still calling to me. Still sitting in
Jess *lovetolovebooks*
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can survive this.
I can survive him.
But do I want to?

I said it before and I can’t come up with anything better to describe my thoughts on Dance with Death so here goes:

Book one Counts of Eight was DARK and brutal, but book two Dance with Death was pure torture. There are a few authors that come to mind who put their characters through so much pain, heartbreak, and soul changing love and Brynn Ford is now on that list because OH MY GOD! Anya isn’t put through the wringer. No, no. She is put in
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“But I’m the devil and she’s not ready to reign in hell with me- she may not ever be...”

Dangerously addictive…this series is dark romance in all its splendor. The second book of The Four Families is everything you thought you don’t want to read but once you do you can’t stop thinking about how the genius mind of Brynn Ford works in order to create such story, characters and plot. She can easily stand with authors like C.J. Roberts, Aleatha Romig and the great Pepper Winters.

Surviving is in the b
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“He loved me and he ruined me”

Counts of Eight, the first book in the Four Family trilogy was dark, emotional, beautiful, and left me completely distraught. So when I saw I had the ARC for Dance With Death, I had to schedule when to read it because I KNEW this book was going to pack a punch 😰 Needless to say, I read it during the weekend to have enough time to recover.

Dance with Death picks up immediately where book 1 had so cruelly ended 😱 and I was not prepared!! I knew going
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dance with Death is one book that shouldn’t be read alone. If you haven’t picked up the first book you won’t understand the story and how we have ended up in the place that we are now. This book picks up right where Count to Eight left and it’s doesn’t skip a beat
If you love dark romances that doesn’t set boundaries. This is the book for you, Ford knows how to push the buttons and do it tastefully. The second book follows a similar pattern to the first book. Twisting and turning as Anya and Ezr
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⁵"Ezra gave me love.
Ezra gave me hope.
Ezra lifted me higher than I knew I could go.
And because he did, I have farther to fall in disgrace."

This is the 2nd book of the four family trilogy series. I was so excited to start reading,because Counts of Eight, the first book ended on a cliffhanger. I felt like Dance with Death was Darker,but oh so beautifully written.
I'm so ready for Book #3
Boys in Books are Better
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*BETA Read Review*

Brynn asked me to Beta read this series for her when she was releasing Counts of Eight. I absolutely jumped at the chance and fell in love with that first installment!!!
Dance with Death is book #2 in The Four Families trilogy (Counts of Eight is book #1). It is a continuation trilogy, each book ending on a cliffhanger, so you MUST read them in order.

Are you a Dark Romance fan? Do you like authors to push those edges of darkness? Are you saying "oh hell yes" to those questions?
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Bookfunnel to review

Hold onto hope was dangerous, but letting go of it would be fatal. We'd made the worst mistake of all-we had fallen in love. But all the love in the world couldn't save us from our captivity. Just when we thought we would be okay, a future we never should have hoped to have was taken from us. Our master was preparing to hurt us in his rage against our love. The only thing worse than the physical pain of the injures he gave me was the ache o
Stephanie (Bookfever)
After the ending of Counts of Eight I was super excited to get my hands on Dance with Death, and as dark and twisted as the first book was it doesn’t have anything on the sequel. It has some very dark shit but as a story it definitely kicked things up a notch and I loved that. I’m a huge dark romance lover and Brynn Ford has quickly become a favorite of mine in the genre.

Every chapter had my hard thumping because I was actually scared for the characters, especially Anya. I’m still trying to catc
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Four Families series or trilogy was my first foray into Brynn Ford's world, and she's quite simply, blown my mind.  I recently reviewed another dark romance thinking it was the darkest ever, but I was truly mistaken as Dance with Death has taken that top slot.  You know what's even more crazy?!  I read Counts of Eight (Book 1) and Dance of Death (Book 2) one after the other so I was distraught for a couple of days even though I'm a dark & twisty girl.  I mean, I'm not much better now, but se ...more
Bookiechick  Reviews
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy cliffhanger!
I swear Brynn is trying the ‘death by cliffhanger’ thing cause damn!
So much emotion, the intensity is off the chain and the devotion and love between the characters is awe inspiring and swoon worthy.
Definitely some surprise twists I didn’t see coming. Not gonna lie I’m cheering for Nikolai to some extent, I don’t care. I know what he’s done is despicable, but, we all love the bad guy to some degree, but is he really the bad guy?
I’m loving the world of this book. It’s not o
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m starting this review with one complaint. We have to wait till January to get the next book?! My heart can’t take it! That said, this book was amazing! It is really dark, and if you don’t like dark books with lots of triggers, it’s not for you. I however, love these kinds of books that take a reader to an uncomfortable place. Ezra and Anya continue to build an amazing love even though their apart. I’ll be honest though, if I was Anya, I would have taken her way out. It would be too much to li ...more
Emma (emjbookshelf)
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Death is the second book in The Four Families trilogy. If you have not read Counts of Eight first then you will not understand this story.

This book literally picks up where Counts of Eight ends so straight from the get go you're in emotional turmoil. Brynn Ford has a way with writing that you completely connect with the characters. If you thought Nikolai was a monster in book 1 then wait till you see what kind of monster Vigo is in this one.

Anya & Ezra have a love so deep that even f
Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)
Absolutely breathtaking! This book had me on the edge of me seat for the entire ride. Who would have known I would actually LIKE Nikolai? Yea he might be a 'monster' but he is just misunderstood OKAY!!! Vic was the actual monster here. Dang. He was crazy! This book had the perfect and right amount of darkness that I love in a good romance book. I loved Ezra just as much in this book too. Him and Anya felt so deep for each other, nothing could keep them away. Even crazy psycho masters. Cannot wai ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start with Anya and Ezra's story. It's hard to say anything that won't be a spoiler. Once again if you have triggers be forewarned. Their story is a love story with so many people doing their best to keep them apart. Even apart their love never wavers. This book was so fluid that you didn't know what was going to happen next or by whom. Many times I wanted to yell at this author of throw my kindle or both. I definitely enjoyed this book and can't wait for next book. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anya and Ezra are in love but are both captive to an evil master. Anya is going through all kinds of torture. The only thing that pulls her through is the hope of being with Ezra. The brutality of this book takes you through a range of emotions. Have your tissue box close by when reading this story.
3.5 stars

She was apathetic about life when she was mine, but she hadn’t actively sought the escape of death. She still had that fight left in her, even if it had been slowly fading over the years.

“Have you found that I’m a kinder master than he is?”
I swallow thickly, my eyes turning toward the unlit fireplace. “You’re no kinder.”
“Don’t lie to me, Anya,” he hisses. “You attempted to take your own life tonight.”
“He may have driven me to it faster, Nikolai, but you were driving me there all the sa
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! This story keeps getting better and better! Just when you think you know what can don't. Anya, Ezra and Nik steal scene after scene and I don't know who I love more. Dark, twisted and fantastic chemistry. If you're into Dark Romance this is definitely for you. The way Brynn weaves in a love story in a tragic setting is brilliant. I don't want to say too much because of spoilers but THINGS GET CRAZY! With the way Book 1 ended it picks up right were we left off and this book ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5

Dance with Death is the sequel to Counts of Eight and the story picks up where it left off from that heart-stopping cliffhanger. Once again, before diving into this series or this book, please do take note of the trigger warnings provided by the author which can be read at the bottom of the book’s blurb.

This book is darker and heavier than the first book, and I found myself mostly clenching my fists with a tense feeling while reading it. I was nervous and anxious for what was g
Fantasy Land Romance Reader
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Dance with Death could not be titled better. This book broke me. Usually in a series the second book can feel like a filler. This is NOT the case with Dance with Death. I cried for Anya, Ezra, and even Nikolai. The hell that Anya is put through because of Nikolai's jealousy and hatred toward Anya and Ezra brings this story to a whole new level.

Dance with Death is a dark, disturbing, twisted story that brought tears to my eyes multiple times. I honestly thought Anya couldn't go through much more
Erin Figueiredo
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gut Wrenchingly Twisted and Heartbreakingly Intense!

OMG! Dark, twisted and depraved does not completely cover how extreme this book is. Dance with Death is filled with intense pain, utter hatred, anger and complete hopelessness. My heart was shattered so badly throughout this story that I am not sure if the final book in this amazing trilogy will be able to piece my heart back together again.

This is definitely not a story for those with triggers as this one digs deep into dark topics.

Anya is p
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Death is book 2 in The Four Families trilogy and must be read after Counts of Eight.

I’m always excited to find a new dark series and trigger warnings are my one-click indicator. From book 1 we met Anya and Erza who are dancers that are stolen by Nikolai who is the head of one of the families. Anya was taken 3 years ago and is at this point accepting of her fate and relatively submissive to Nikolai. Her task in book 1 was to force Erza to conform to the rules of the house and prepare
Kelly Gregory
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuation of Anya's and Ezras love story, but I have to warn you that this is not all fluffy hearts and rainbows!! Oh no this story is dark, it is actually one of the darkest romance books I have read in a long time and I absolutely loved it!!
We were left with a bit of a cliff hanger from book one, I remember screaming at my kindle because I just needed to know what was going to happen and i was relieved to find book two took off from the exact same scene where book one left us!
M. Mendes Bookstagram
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow…my mine is blown away right now. My emotions are all over the place with Dance With Death. I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to give and spoilers. But man this books is an excellent example of dark romance. Dance With Death is extremely dark and Brynn Ford, author did a fantastic job with how this book is written. This book is the second book in the Four Families Book. Brynn Ford, author, is new to me and I have to say I will be checking out her other books both for this series and any ...more
Voluntarily reviewing an ARC of this. All opinions are objective and my own.

Read in one sitting! This book is fantastic. It picks up right where book 1 ends.

Let me start by saying that this book is dark!! Darker than the first book for sure, and is not for the faint of heart. After the events leading to this one, Anya is sold off to a master worse than her current one. He’s dark, does not care for her in the same way, and treats her like an actual slave rather than a kept woman. He locks in in
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Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Death (The Four Families Book 2)
Brynn Ford

“Holding onto hope was dangerous, but letting go of it would be fatal.”

I love when an author can pull raw emotions from a person when they read it.
I was literally felt the pain the agony and loneliness and despair forever grasping to a hope that seem hopeless.

This story was well written.
The story really let you know that there are bad people out there that can harm you and hurt you and try to destroy your very mind and sanity if you let it.

Beth Smith
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dance with Death is book 2 in The Four Families series. This book definitely has triggers, so you need to bear this in mind before reading.

This book is so dark and twisted, but the relationship between Anya and Ezra and the beacon of hope that they have, is the factor that keeps this book going for me.
I hurt so much for Anya, and the pain and sorrow she felt. Just like I loved how Ezra kept his strength and never stopped fight
Laura Jackson
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“ if our love song had a theme song, Don’t make it worse”- Ezra
The story continues and I have to say this book really dives into the trafficking side of this book. Anya and Ezra are still surviving.. I don’t know how to be honest because I would have thrown in the towel..
This book has so many triggers that I really strongly advise to read with caution.. it deals with attempted suicide, non con/dub con, rape, bloody scenes, murder, not to mention the human trafficking and physical violence.. s
Andrea Turner
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy Mother of God!! Brynn has taken us on a whole new level with this installment of the Four Families. I finished this book in a day, and I can’t stop thinking about all of them. Every single second of it!

In Counts of Eight we were left with a crippling cliffhanger, and Dance with Death will leave you gutted. Ezra and Anya’s life hangs in the balance and Nikolai is their keeper. We have seen the torment that Nikolai has done to her, but the worst is yet to come.

I felt every single emotion fo
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Brynn Ford writes dark and dirty romance for daring readers. She is a lover of the dark, twisted, and playful, and strives to bring the unmentionable aspects of passionate romance into h

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