Written by: Wayne C. Rogers
Larry Brooks wrote another masterful, erotic, psychological thriller that equals, if not surpasses, his first novel, DARKNESS BOUND. This book gives new meaning to the word “relationships” and how even the darkest of them need a little love thrown in now and again.
In the third novel of what Mr. Brooks jokingly refers to as “relationship thrillers,” SERPENT’S DANCE begins its dark tale of woe by introducing Bernadette Kane, a beautiful, strong-willed woman who’s determined to get retribution against the man who caused her sister to commit adultery and then suicide.
There isn’t much that Bernie knows about this secretive individual other than that his first name is Wesley, he’s rich, he has a personal jet plane, and he lives somewhere around Phoenix, Arizona. With the help of her close friend, Eric Killen, it proves to be enough to get her headed in the right direction. It isn’t long before she finds herself not only living in Scottsdale, Arizona, but also working for the man (Wesley Edwards) whom she thinks caused her sister’s tragedy.
Worming her way into the good graces of Wesley and winning his trust proves to be a challenge because he’s in the middle of an illegal deal that could earn him and his company millions of dollars. Bernie, however, is a very persistent lady who knows how to manipulate the sexual buttons on men with her beauty and intellect. She’ll seduce Wesley one way or another, and then extract her revenge on him. What Bernie’s totally unaware of is the large number of subplots spinning around her. More is going on underneath the surface than even she can imagine.
One of the plots involves a couple who call themselves Diana and Damien–both of whom are into some serious kinky sex and are now upping the stakes to include murder. Damien has his eyes on Bernie and wants to bring her into the love triangle, seeing how close he can get to the raging fire without being burned. Bernie will soon have her hands full with the hottest sex of a lifetime, double-crosses and triple-crosses, and just trying to stay alive long enough to find out what really happened to her sister.
I have to admit that SERPENT’S DANCE stimulated my libido with the kinky exploits of Diana and Damien. I got so caught up in what they were doing that I neglected to pay attention to what was going on in the rest of the novel and was therefore stunned by an unexpected turn of events. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will tell you to prepare yourself for the unexpected during the final hundred pages. Nothing will turn out as it seems, and there will be a load of surprises that appear to come from out of nowhere until everything is explained.
With regards to the characters in the novel, Diana and Damien steal the show from everyone else. These two people are the epitome of darkness, sexual depravity, and death. This isn’t to take away from the other solid characterizations in the book. It’s just that Diana and Damien were more fun and interesting to hang around with, filling me with curiosity and a desire to learn more about them.
Though things didn’t work out the way I expected, Larry Brooks still turned out a superb thriller that’s utterly suspenseful, erotic in the darkest sense of the word, and shocking to the core. The author has created a genre of his very own with absolutely no competition from other authors. Read SERPENT’S DANCE first, then pick up copies of DARKNESS BOUND and PRESSURE POINTS, and see if I’m not right. This author definitely knows how to turn up the temperature!