By Susan Andersen
What Lurks at nighttime Shadows of the guts? so much males who see Amanda Charles dance worship her from afar. yet one "admirer" is getting too as regards to the glamorous showgirl...perilously shut. the appearance, type, and beauty that make Amanda sparkle on level have now made her anything else: the objective of a serial killer. Detective Tristan MacLaughlin has drawn the case that's pulling him deep right into a international of pageantry and dazzle -- and towards the lovely, violet-eyed good looks who retains her secrets and techniques and feelings locked tightly inside of. Tristan by no means notion he'd be bewitched through Amanda's charms, by no means even though he'd care. And he by no means imagined that through in need of her, by way of attempting to guard her, he'd position her within the gravest possibility of all.
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Exhaling slowly, she looked at herself in the mirror, drew her frame up to its full extension until all her muscles aligned correctly from an erect skeletal structure, and executed a deep plié. From there she moved through her daily repertoire of exercises. Very well, she thought as the coils of tension in her stomach began to ease and the jumpy restlessness drained away. Maybe I can’t sleep and food probably won’t stay down. I’d settle for a good cry, but the tears won’t come. Well, dammit, I can dance.
Both Rhonda and Amanda stared at Tristan, momentarily transfixed by his smile. His teeth were slightly crooked but very white, and his smile was quirky and totally, devastatingly masculine. It changed his entire appearance, transforming him from a stern, forbidding cop to a warm, accessible man. It made Amanda wonder if she hadn’t been too hasty in her unflattering assessment of him. It made Rhonda itch to jump into his bed. The two women’s sudden regard, so unexpected and intense, made Tristan’s smile fade, and he began to feel Shadow Dance 33 flustered.
And afterward, she came to me . ” “We didn’t know what to do,” Amanda took up. “If she was just off with some man and we called in the police, she’d never forgive us. Yet if she were in serious trouble and we didn’t call the police, we’d never forgive ourselves. We talked about it in the dressing room and all the way home, and we finally decided to give her just one more day before we made any calls. But when I woke up this morning, I turned on the news, and there was a story about an unidentified woman the police believed to be the latest victim of the Showgirl Slayer.
Shadow Dance by Susan Andersen