Dancing with Fire
Susan Kearney
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Dancing with Fire
Susan Kearney
Tor Books
384 pages
July 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Susan Kearney's Dancing with Fire moves away from the paranormal romance genre in which she has recently been writing to a more apparently down-to-earth set of characters. We are introduced to three sisters: Kaylin, Becca and Lia Danner, who have to come to terms with the death of their scientist/chemist father at the beginning of the book. Everyone thinks his father's death was an accident, but it soon becomes apparent that there may be something more sinister going on and that people may be trying to find his formula for biodiesel.

Sawyer Scott was Dr. Danner's research partner, and he works with Kaylin to investigate who may have caused the accident that killed Dr. Danner. As Kaylin and Sawyer work closely together and learn about each other, their attraction grows. But with kidnapping and other danger to the family, is there any chance for a future for them, especially since Kaylin doesn't want to marry someone like her father and instead wants to go to New York to dance?

Dancing with Fire is okay, with some moments of suspense and a varied cast of characters. It is also rather unbelievable at many times, stretching credulity to the breaking point as we try to go along with the plot. Some aspects of characterization are rather sparse, such as Becca's boyfriend, Shadee. I was never entirely sure who he was or exactly what he did within the story, and the arrival of the girls' grandmother into the story is skimmed over. The unlikelihood of the plot in places rather spoils this otherwise reasonable read; although the hero and heroine are engaging people, I never entirely entered the world of the story to fully appreciate them.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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