Fierce Dancer by Liza Street
Publisher & Release: Self-published, September 7, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Nevada
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal
Length: 63 pages
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
Emma Koons had been promised a spot in a Nevada ballet company, but after making a poor dating choice she’s out on her can, with no good work prospects. Now she dances in the Lollipop Lounge. It’s a far cry from ballet, but it keeps her body toned and ready for the day she might be able to audition again.
Quentin Armstrong is a loner mountain lion shifter with a yearning to be a part of something bigger. When the Fourniers call him for a favor, he accepts, hardly expecting to fall in love with the woman they send him to find. The last thing he wants to do is expose Emma to the dangers of his shifter world, but soon he finds himself fighting not only to keep her heart but to save her life.
Content warning: This sexy shapeshifter novelette includes a happily-ever-after as well as explicit love scenes and naughty language. It is intended for adults.
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Liza Street is a new-to-me author. I received a request from her to read Fierce Dancer in exchange for an honest review. I do not tend to read many shifter novels, but this one is short, so I decided to give it a read. I am glad I did.
Ms. Street’s writing style flows smoothly, her plot is well thought out, and her pacing is great. I became engaged from the first page and remained that way until the end of the book. Her writing is descriptive without going too far, allowing me to visualize the setting and use my imagination.
Emma is a great heroine, and I fell in love with her from the start. Although she’d made a bad decision that has lasting consequences, she pulls herself up by her boot straps and goes on. While dancing in a strip club is not ideal, the money is good and the work keeps her body toned and ready if a chance to audition for another ballet company comes along. She’s very creative, and her quick mind helps when she is in a perilous situation.
Quentin is also a fantastic hero. Life dealt him a very poor deck of cards when he was only fifteen, and he has had to fend for himself ever since. For a mountain lion shifter, a pride is desperately needed, but he does not have one, so he drifts from place to place. Although all he is supposed to do is deliver a message to Emma, the attraction between them is so combustible, he cannot leave her alone.
The chemistry between Emma and Quentin sizzles, but what I liked even most is the emotional feelings they quickly develop for each other. For such a short book, Ms. Street does an excellent job with making their insta-love believable.
If you are looking for a short read with plenty of great action and suspense and a fantastic romance thrown in, then you will love Fierce Dancer as much as I did. I will probably go back and read the other books in this series. Also, I want to mention, this book has a stunning cover. Happy reading!