The Devil and the Dancer
is similar to reading one of Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Legacy Novellas, especially her recent short story The Devil and the Dancer; its enjoyable, consistent, and when you are done you look forward to the next one.
The Elemental Legacy Novellas are an offshoot of the extremely popular Elemental Series and give supporting characters a chance to tell their stories. The Devil and the Dancer, featuring Chloe and Gavin, comes shortly after The Blood Apprentice, a story about Benjamin and Tenzin. The four characters, both human and vampire, are close friends whose lives are closely connected. Both novellas occur simultaneously with very different results. Chloe, a dancer with a traumatic past, finds refuge in NYC with her best friend Ben and his roommate, Tenzin. When Ben and Tenzin head to Puerto Rico to hunt for pirate treasure, Chloe is forced to face her personal insecurities and doubts that Gavin, an extremely attractive immortal and highly successful owner of a number of pubs in New York City, would find her as anything more than a passing infatuation. However, for Gavin there is no doubt that Chloe is not some passing attraction. Ultimately, it’s not a matter of if they are drawn to each other but how, considering their circumstance, can they make things work.
This is way I say every Elizabeth Hunter book, like a glass of Jameson, is enjoyable. She has yet to produce a dull character or write a bad story, and that is saying something considering the volume of work she has produced. I especially appreciate the fact that her characters never have bi-polar relationships; they hate each other one minute, can’t stay away the next, then repeat. Its not that they don’t have struggles, but you feel like there is always a gradual progression to them being together. This and the fact that she is such a consistently good writer; creating vivid environments with compelling stories, makes me look forward to every release.
The only issue I have with the Novellas is that they aren’t long enough to completely satisfy my thirst. The cover has barely closed before I’m looking forward to the next time I get to encounter her amazing characters. But, just like a good whiskey needs to mature for years, so it takes time for Elizabeth to create her next adventure. Luckily, its usually a lot less than the three years it takes to mature whiskey.
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.