Dancing With Danger by Kerrigan Byrne

Title: Dancing With Danger (A Goode Girls Romance #3)
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Published: February 2021
Publisher: Oliver Heber Books
Readership: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: ★★★★
Content Warnings: Explicit sex scenes, murder, violence

I received a copy of Dancing With Danger from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A brand-new deliciously wicked romance series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kerrigan Byrne. The Goode Girls aren’t simply good, they’re stunning.

Mercy Goode is only truly good at one thing: finding mischief wherever she goes. Such as getting arrested at a murder scene with Raphael Sauvageau, a brutally handsome, ruthless smuggler with a dangerous past and a dubious future. The silver-tongued devil doesn’t deserve a lick of her confidence, but she has evidence that he’s not the killer.

She can’t deny that he’s relentlessly wicked.

Raphael has no time for obsession. He’s an empire to run, a murder to avenge, and a plan to save his brother that is likely a suicide mission. But this clever, infuriating bluestocking–who insists she’s an amateur sleuth–keeps showing up where she doesn’t belong. And for some bloody reason they can’t seem to be in the same room without him yanking her into his arms and kissing her until they’re both breathless.

Power, prestige, and a staggering fortune hasn’t filled the abysmal void where Raphael’s heart should be…

Perhaps what he needs is a night with her.

Perhaps what he needs is redemption.

Perhaps what he needs is a bit of Mercy.

It’s a strange concept to read the third book in a series without reading the previous two books, but there’s something unique about historical romance series that lends itself to being able to pick up a book in the middle of a series and run with it. Dancing With Danger is no different – it’s clear that this book ties into the stories of side-characters mentioned within, but it is itself a complete story that absolutely captivated me.

Mercy Goode is good at getting herself into trouble, including being arrested at the site of the murder of a friend of hers alongside known smuggler and scoundrel, Raphael Sauvageau. Unwilling to let the death of Mathilde go, Mercy tracks down Raphael to find out what he knows and ends up drawn into his world and into his sights.

Dancing With Danger isn’t a long book, but it packs a punch.

Mercy is a firecracker of a character and I absolutely adored her. She speaks her mind to anyone and everyone, stands up for herself resolutely, and does what she wants. She has the heart and soul of an investigator and she desperately wants to find justice for her friend, and that includes finding out what she can from Raphael, a man she knows anyone with common sense would avoid.

There is such fantastic banter in this book between Mercy and Raphael. Raphael never asks Mercy to be anyone other than herself – he embraces the parts of her that most men would find unseemly (a woman who speaks her mind? Never!). And while we know Raphael has his own plans, he can’t help but be drawn to Mercy time and time again.

I had an absolute ball reading this and I know I’ll definitely be catching up on the other books in the Goode Girls series at some point.

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