Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
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Life in a were bordello is all Keira has ever known. Because of her mixed blood, none of the magicians’ guilds want her, or protested when the Weres bound her as an indentured hooker. Mired in the hopelessness of her dreams, Keira longs for more.
Barrett, one of the Daoine Sidhe, runs a magician supply shop in what’s left of Seattle. No one is more surprised than he when the Sidhe leader commands him to extricate Keira from the Weres.
Magic and intrigue throw Keira and Barrett into one another’s arms. Convinced they have a job to do, they struggle against the heat of the passion between them. Until it gets way too hot to handle
As you can imagine I was at once intrigued by the blurb, I am not drawn to stories about women who are enslaved or selling themselves to men. But, I love a good paranormal romance and I was interested to see where this one would go. I can say I wasn't disappointed. Dancing in the Flame is the story of Keira a young woman who has been under the "protection" of the Weres' since she was a child, her mother was bound to the Weres' as well. But, Keira doesn't want to suffer the same fate as her mother, to die in a bordello from overuse. She wants out, but the Weres have put a whammy on her making almost impossible for her to escape. When she is allowed a little bit of freedom she escapes to Barrett's magic shop.
Barrett, may seem like a run of the mill shop owner, but really he is the right hand man of the Daoine Sidhe leader. He is intrigued by the young woman who comes into his shop but doesn't speak or buy anything. He knows there is something special about her, he just doesn't know what. When his leader comes to him and tells him that he must go get Keira from the Weres' he jumps at the chance to help the young girl. After a harrowing escape, they both escape to the realm of the Daoine Sidhe. It is here that Keira finds out that she is the leaders long, lost...well forgotten daughter, and she must learn about and control her once dampened powers before her birthday so that she may be crowned Queen.
From here the book takes on a fantastical leap, from the post-apocalyptic streets of Seattle to the stunning world of the Daoine Sidhe. The attraction between Keira and Barrett is tangible but neither trust that they can be with the other. With the help of a fairy and a Goddess these two see that it is possible to be together. I liked the characters, especially Keira's fairy friend. All in all this wasn't a bad read, it was very quick so you can imagine the story progresses very quickly. The one thing that I would have like to see differently, was a little less background on how the earth was destroyed. It was a little confusing and I wasn't sure if the paranormal beings were the cause of the nuclear contamination or the human in retaliation for the war between the paranormals. It took up a lot of space an it wasn't clear who did what. Otherwise, it was a good story to read to pass an afternoon. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Gimpel.