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Tango's Edge Paperback – September 2, 2011
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About the Author
Carole Bellacera's work has appeared in magazines such as Woman's World, The Star, Endless Vacation and The Washington Post. Her first novel, Border Crossings, a hardcover published by Forge Books in May of 1999, was a 2000 RITA Award nominee for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book, a nominee for the 2000 Virginia Literary Award in Fiction. It was also a 2000 finalist in the Golden Quill award and in the Aspen Gold Award and won 1st Place in the Volusia County 2000 Laurel Wreath Award. Her second novel, SPOTLIGHT, was a 2000 RIO Nominee in the Dorothy Parker Award for Excellence in Fiction (Best Romantic Suspense), a 2001 Holt Medallion Finalist for Best Mainstream Novel and a 2001 Booksellers' Best Awards Finalist. Carole's work has appeared in various anthologies such as Kay Allenbaugh's Chocolate for a Woman's Heart, Chocolate for a Couples' Heart and Chicken Soup for Couples. A resident of Northern Virginia, Carole has been married to Frank, a retired Air Force man, for 37 years, and is the proud mother of two grown children. As a military wife, she has had the privilege of living in some wonderful places, including Hawaii, Greece, Colorado and North Carolina.
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not because it's a bad book, because it isn't. It's an okay-to-pretty good-book, but the subject matter is not
what I expect from Tor. It's an average story of ice-skating competitiors from different cultures who fall in
love and have an escape-car trip, break up, get back together, etc. You do learn quite a bit about the world
of completitive ice-skating, and the characters are well drawn, and the book is well-written--except for a
number o obvious editing errors that I also do not expect from Tor editors. If you like a nice little love story in
a different venue, I guess you will like this fine. I just expected more.
Joan Conning Afman; author
Even before he approaches Kerry to ask for her help, the chemistry between them sizzles, and yet a personal relationship is out of the question knowing what lies ahead of him.
The story follows their cross country trek to win Mikhail’s freedom from Russia, from his overbearing partner, and from a haunting past. Mikhail and Kerry discover they have much in common along their personal journeys to the Olympic dream. Followed by the Russian mafia and people with their own personal agendas to stop them, this is a thrilling tale that kept me reading to find out how it all unfolds. Ms. Bellacera does a brilliant job of creating well-rounded characters that you cheer for and boo for. There are even moments when you feel sorry for the antagonist—well almost.
In the interest of disclosure, there were many editing snafus. My favorite one was an errant search and replace, where the letters t-u-n-a were replaced with c-a-v-i-a-r and “whole word” clearly wasn’t selected. This created one spectacular word that stopped me dead in my tracks until I was able to solve the puzzle of what that word was meant to be. There was also one section of the story that stretched my imagination beyond belief – while the bad guys chased after Kerry and Mikhail, they had an uncanny ability to know exactly where they’d stopped. The truck stop for food I could buy, but later, when they switched cars, it didn’t make sense to me how the bad guys 1) knew they had stopped to do that, and 2) knew – traveling across the width of the entire country—which car lot and in which city they stopped (this also turned into a copyedit error—which city did they stop in?). That “bad guy” scene wasn’t necessary to the story or to the plot.
That being said, the occasional editing errors did not stop me from enjoying the story as a whole. It was a very entertaining read and I would highly recommend it.
American Kerry Niles and her lazy partner Adam Cutter are the best chance for the home country to win a medal. Kerry meets Mikhail's friendly former partner Tanya Novokiva who with Sergei Isavenivic is good but not great. Tanya introduces Kerry to Mikhail who she was attracted to when she saw him at the World's two years ago. Mikhail stuns Kerry when he asks her to help him deflect. If she helps him, Kerry knows this will cost her only chance at medalling.
Tango's Edge is a strong romantic suspense thriller starring two likable lead characters, a super support cast, and a powerful world stage ice dancing background. The story line contains more twists and spins than a dance routine as the course of freedom to love is not easy with both American and Russian interests involved in a Cold War revision. That segue seems real even if two decades has passed since the Iron Curtain collapsed as the audience will score Carol Belacera's tale with a 10.