Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Dancing Men
Author: Adira August
Series: Hunter Dane Investigation #2
Genre: MM BDSM
Length: 385 Pages
Publisher: Adira August
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For adults who love some mystery with their men. A 70k police procedural with a liberal dose of M/M heat. The 2nd of the Hunter Dane Investigations. Matchstick Men, their 1st case, also available on Amazon.
An ancient burial urn, empty for millennia, is suddenly not so empty.
When Detective Lieutenant Hunter Dane probes the murder at Natural History Museum, it’s his own past that haunts him. To solve the complex case, Hunter needs the talents of Camden Snow, the brilliant, beautiful, “no limits” Dom who’d helped him unravel a very peculiar, and very personal, murder.
But now, Cam’s ready to kill Hunt, himself! Their high-intensity D/s relationship that began in a playroom, ended in an emergency room.
Detective Dane is about to discover that history does, indeed, repeat itself. And his brain and body—humming with suspect information and sensual anticipation—want so much more than a killer behind bars.
Review: This is technically the third installment of the Hunt/Cam story, with On His Knees being the first introduction. These two have been explosive from the get go, with some very unique qualities. Hunter is the intense Detective, who happens to be a switch, and Cam is the much younger professional skier who is a very unbending Dom. Even though we learned that Cam more than has what it takes to take care of Hunt, events in the last book have left them somewhat adrift. Cam is now recovering from his injury, and Hunt is MIA and trying to deal with everything that happened. You most definitely need to read these in order, and while On His Knees introduces these two, it is more important that you read Matchstick Men to really be caught up with where these guys are now.
After a bumpy start, Hunt and Cam are reunited, though they still have a ways to go. Hunt is still trying to come to grips with what he wants/needs from Cam, and he still has the side that needs to Dom other submissives, though they tend to be female. Anything he got from subbing to other doms has never been about sex, until Cam. Without Cam, he has tried to find other ways to deal, mainly with the use of a masseuse, though that doesn’t quite take care of everything.
When Hunt is tasked with leading a new investigative team to solve a murder, he handpicks the members and brings Cam on board to handle the techy stuff. They worked really well together in the past, and that continues here. It also has the benefit of giving Cam something else to focus on other than his skiing career which seems to be coming to an end, though not for the obvious reasons.
This story focuses quite a bit on the murder, mystery and investigation, while the other issues are played out as well. The writing is fabulous, the details all falling into place like a well-worn puzzle. There are a few pieces missing here and there, but the guys manage to find most of them to complete it in the end. The mystery of the urns was very interesting and you can tell a lot of thought and research went into bring that part of the story to life.
I have to express again what a unique relationship these guys have. They are still really discovering a lot of it and tweaking things here and there as adjustments are required. They show confidence in one aspect, and vulnerability in the other, and I love watching them try to figure things out for themselves as well as each other. These two are really complex characters, and what they have just works so well. Matchstick Men was nominated as best BDSM for 2017 on Goodreads, and I can’t agree more. It won’t be for everyone, but if you like your BDSM that ventures a bit from the norm, I highly recommend you give this series and this author a try. I am hooked and cannot wait for the next installment, or whatever else Ms. August comes up with!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*