A Dance in the Dark

A Dance in the Dark

by Karen Ranney


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Louisa was an heiress who knew, only too well, that her money - not her face - attracted suitors. She hated being on display, despised hearing the cruel comments about her appearance, and disappeared as often as possible from the social events held by her grandfather to find her a husband.

One day she discovered a cave on her grandfather's property, but it wasn't just any cave. This one contained a library, a reading chair, and a mysterious man by the name of Douglas.

Perhaps it was the darkness of the cave. Or perhaps it was because Douglas was hiding from the world, too, but a friendship developed and then an attraction.

Louisa was adamant about discovering the reason Douglas was hiding, just as he was determined to keep Louisa from figuring out that he wasn't exactly human.

In the darkness almost anything is possible. An ugly woman can become beautiful and a vampire can live as a man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987033038
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 02/16/2019
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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A Dance in the Dark 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this author, and after reading the reviews on this book, I decided to give it a try. I really didn't think there could be much of a story line in the length of this book, but I was wrong! It's brilliant really, the length of time you feel has gone by when reading this, and it's under 100 pages. The characters have real depth and their story jumps off the page and literally seems to swirl around you as you read. The story stands on it's own, you are not left wanting to know more of the history or even of their future. I know that years from now, I will still remember this one.
pcwojto More than 1 year ago
I have been reading a lot lately, and initially hesitated to start this book. I don't know why--maybe the description, maybe the cover. But wow, when I finally did get to it I was blown away. The characters and the dialog were drawn out so well. It was heartbreaking at times and ultimately so satisfying. It stayed with me for a long time after I finished reading it. I will undoubtedly return to it and read it again. Highly recommended.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I read this book ages ago, rated it 5 stars, and could never think of the words to give it the glowing review I wanted. Today I wanted to rectify that ommision. I loved this story. Indeed, once I started it, I didn't want to put it down. It was a charming, romantic retelling of the Beauty and The Beast story set in Regency England. Louisa, an heiress, was an ugly duckling who wanted someone to care for her, not her fortune. Her parents had passed and she was living with her grandfather who wanted her to be married. Douglas, a vampire with a conscience, was a loner in the extreme. He was living in a cave with no interaction with others besides what he physically needed to survive. He had his own inner demons to fight as he was guilt-ridden from an incident early in his life. The day Louisa stumbled upon Douglas' cave was a life-changing event for both of them. Karen skillfully used their interplay of words to develop their relationship. There were a few other characters and scenes interspersed in the story but most of the story took place in the cave. I enjoyed this book very much. I was very happy with the ending and actually came away from the book feeling as if I'd learned a valuable lesson from it. Bottomline: This is a feel good book that I'd highly recommend to anyone who loves romance and/or adult fairy tales. The highest praise I can think to bestow is that to this day (years later) I still occasionally think of the exceptionally well-developed characters and their story. This was actually the 1st book I ever read by Karen and it has certainly not been the last. When I see her name on a book, I know I'm in for a good read...
AAR More than 1 year ago
A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney is a romantic novella set in Regency England.It is written with depth and details.The characters are warm,charming and enchanting.It has love,romance,being different,despair,loneliness,pain,and an ugly duckling meets the beast.Louisa, a heiress who is considered ugly but has a heart of gold,craves to be loved by someone not just for her money but for her intelligence,quick mind and wit.Douglas, a recluse with a dark secret (he is a vampire),and craves to be able to be with people without fear of hurting or killing them. This is a wonderful,sweet story of fairy tales can come true and have a happy ever after ending.This is a quick read and will leave you in wonder of the true power of love.I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy true love,happiness,and finding your soul mate.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at KRKS Books and My Book Addiction and More.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An uplifting treat to read - more poetry than prose - literature! SW
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
A Dark Yet Sweet Paranormal Historical Romance - 4 and 1/2 stars! A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney is captivating, somewhat sad, yet sweet in its ugly duckling theme. Louisa believes herself to be ugly, not just unattractive, but actually ugly. She hears the snickers when she enters a room, the horrible insults launched at her back as she passes by, and knows that no man truly wants her for anything more than her extensive dowry. When she encounters the dark stranger who lives in a cave, keeps to the shadows but whose soothing voice and demeanor intrigues, and attracts her, she soon learns that there is more to a person than what is reflected in the mirror, or in others' eyes. Douglas fears that trying to live in the world alongside those who are so different from him endangers all who cross his path. Soon he learns that whereas normal is a concept which all humans strive to obtain, no one is truly normal and he may be accepted for his differences more easily than he expects. This dark, sweet novella about love overcoming diversity and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder will keep you enthralled from the beginning moments, when Louisa discovers the cave home of Douglas to the reveal of his dark secret, a lovely dance in the moonlight, and their eventual happily-ever-after. I highly recommend reading A DANCE IN THE DARK by Karen Ranney for any number of reasons listed above, but mostly because it's just that good - in fact, I wish it had been longer. ***Copy gifted as part of subscribing to author's newsletter. My review is honest and unscripted, and was not requested by author.
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Nice read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to get through the short story, but it didn't hold my intrest after the first page. Only made it half through before i couldn't take any more. She' s ugly, he steals the life force with a touch. Bla bla bla Not a romantic story in my opinion.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful lovestory. I always enjoy stories that get to the point. Looking forward to more.
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nookexpert More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was nice.
IvyD More than 1 year ago
A DANCE IN THE DARK is a touching novella of the transformative and redemptive ability of love when we allow ourselves to look beyond outward appearances. I was immediately drawn in from the moment Louisa entered the cave. Like a moth to the flame Louisa and Douglas are drawn to each other despite numerous reasons against their friendship. Louisa is an extremely rich heiress who has inherited every unfortunate facial feature in her family. She believes she looks as much like a horse as is humanly possible. None of her suitors can see past the face to the person and beauty beneath; to her honesty, fairness, intelligence, and compassion. They pursue only her fortune. It shouldn't still hurt but it does and keeps her separate from everything and everyone, an outcast. Douglas is voluntarily an outcast and hermit when Louisa stumbles upon him in the hidden cave. Douglas is also a vampire. Not the traditional blood sucking variety either. Really interesting and I've only read a few like him. He can "read" Louisa's thoughts and know her inner self. All her beautiful qualities are revealed to and cherished by him for their rarity. For her part Douglas is always hidden in shadow so Louisa knows nothing of his looks, only what he reveals through actions and words. Together Louisa and Douglas discover friendship that blossoms to more even as Douglas tries to shove her away. The difference between how we see ourselves and how we look to another when viewed through the eyes of love is the center of this wonderful story. Truly romantic and well worth reading. I received this from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.