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In a land where humans are enslaved as sexual toys, angels and demons are in constant conflict with their playthings. The demon Varun works with STAR, an organization devoted to human liberty, and it’s a never-ending battle.Two years ago, the angel Triste broke Varun’s heart by choosing to be his butler instead of his beloved, giving Varun no explanation and no hope. HowevIn a land where humans are enslaved as sexual toys, angels and demons are in constant conflict with their playthings. The demon Varun works with STAR, an organization devoted to human liberty, and it’s a never-ending battle.Two years ago, the angel Triste broke Varun’s heart by choosing to be his butler instead of his beloved, giving Varun no explanation and no hope. However, that doesn’t mean that Triste will simply sit back and watch as Varun takes the human Elden under his protection, and Triste’s secret investigation will unearth terrible secrets, including the kernels of a pernicious plot.Despite appearances, Triste and Varun are still in love, and Varun may well risk everything to protect Triste and discover why the angel left him heartbroken. But a still worse danger hangs over them as they seek to calm the threat of a catastrophic war....

Title : Water Waltz
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ISBN : 9781613723401
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Number of Pages : 284 Pages
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Water Waltz Reviews

  • Don Bradshaw
    2018-10-03 15:36

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire..., lovers and secrets kept me turning pages through this engaging book. I am thinking that this book is or should be the first in a series because this story centered around the demons and angels. Set in an alternate universe, the world is shared be four races of beings, Devils, Fairies, Humans and Angels or Demons. Each race has its own country and there isn't too much interaction between the races except an occasional war. Varun is a demon with an elemental gift to commune with water. He is among one of the strongest and best agents in STAR, a government agency that works to keep humans free from being property. Varun is a spy. Triste is an angel who was once Varun's lover until he broke Varun's heart. To make matters harder on both of them, Triste is Varun's butler. Triste is also a STAR agent secretly in place as Varun's butler to keep Varun safe. Varun saves a human, Elden, from a nasty demon who was keeping the man for his own pleasure. The rescue doesn't quite pan out the way Varun expected it to and Elden is soon the central player in a possible war between the humans and the angel and demon nations. The layered subplots that Ms James wrote into the story were amazing in their depth. It took me a while to like Triste and Varun because their speech when they were together was so terse. They were very well drawn characters as were the other demons and angels. There was very little action with the devils and fairies which leads me to believe and hope that this is the first in a series. The world building was well done and made the story much more interesting. This was the first book written by Ms James that I've had the pleasure of reading but it definitely will not be the last. Water Waltz is a book that any fantasy fan will enjoy so give it a try.

  • Bry
    2018-09-17 13:40

    Angels, Demons, Faeries, and humans - all living together in the same world but segregated to their own countries - supposedly at peace but of course that is only on the surface. In reality humans who are the weakest of the races are subjugated as sexual slaves despite this being illegal and punishable by death. Thankfully the author takes pity on the ready and provides a cheat sheet at the beginning of the book to give the reader some background information on each of the races, and it is something I had to utilize multiple times. The plot revolves around Varun, a demon who works for an organization that tries to save these human slaves and punishes the slavers. Varun particularly excels at the punishment aspect of his job thanks to his ability to control the element of water. He is always accompanied by his butler Triste, who interestingly enough used to be his lover until Triste dumped him and immediately asked to be his servant instead. Cause yeah - everyone who has just had their heart ripped out wants to have the person responsible around them 24/7 for the next 2 years. But hey you have been dumped so that means you are ack on the market and available so if you start a new relationship that's not your problem. One thing that really bothered me about this book was the fact that these 2 men who OBVIOUSLY love each other, despite their terse personalities with one another, each start other relationships. It is like they are cheating on one another with their complete knowledge. Something about this just completely rubbed me wrong. If you have been dumped you should be free to move on, but you actually have to move on! Instead Varum is with another man all the while freely admitting he still loves Triste. It just felt wrong. Also this book seemed like it is marketed more as a romance novel given the description on Amazon, Dreamspinner, Goodreads, etc. In reality though it was more of spy thriller to me. Don't get me wrong, like all romances by the end each character was either with the love of their life or had at least met them, but it was never the focus of the book. The plot action was always at the forefront ahead of the romantic action which read a bit clinical to me. Overall because of Varun and Triste's terse behavior and the more intense focus on the spy plot I just never really connected with them so even when they did get their damn acts together and get together I just didn't care. Oh and this isn't really important but I don't even understand why there were faeries in this book in the first place because you never meet a single one and they do not directly affect a single thing in the book. WHERE WERE THE FAERIES?! All in all I can see a lot of people enjoying this book, but sadly it just wasn't what I was hoping for. The author does have potential though and I would read other works by her. On a random final note: I didn't get the cover of this book - its like the model is a weird combination of the 2 main characters. Varun with his dark hair and water element, Triste with his slender body and angel wings. Yet the model on the cover is dark haired, slender, with wings and standing in the rain....HUH??

  • Shira Anthony
    2018-10-02 10:47

    It's not often a book keeps me up reading well into the morning two nights in a row, but Hayley B. James's "Water Waltz" did just that. It wasn't only the angsty romantic elements in the book that had me glued to the pages (or rather, my Kindle), it was also the political intrigue and the wonderful secondary characters who inhabited the story that refused to let me put it down.The worldbuilding in this story is excellent. I probably had that eyes-glazed-over look on my face when I first started reading, since the book begins with a few pages of references: who the devils are, who the demons are, who the angels are and the fairies, and how the humans fit into the equation. I shouldn't have worried. The information was interesting, but the book did a great job of quickly putting me in the middle of this new universe of demons, devils, fairies and angels without any need to refer back to the beginning "cheat sheet."The book revolves around demon operative Varun and his erstwhile lover-turned-butler, Triste (which means "sad" in French, btw - loved all the French references in the story). It seems that, two years before the action starts, Triste unceremoniously dumped Varun to become his butler, without any real explanation. Without spoiling any of the plot, I can say that by about 1/3 of the way into the story, I was dying to know why Triste left the sexy and powerful Varun (and hoping that they might just end up back together again if the stars aligned).Much of the story is political intrigue, supernatural style. The plot is complex, but not overly so. The secondary characters have their own little subplots and interactions with Triste and Varun, and I ended up rooting for them, as well. Suffice it to say that what you believe is true is probably not, and characters who appear to be foes turn out to be friends, and vice-versa.Much more than just a romance (although the romance is angsty and sweet at the same time), this book was a breath of fresh air for me. Supernatural MM romance with a fascinating plot set in a fascinating universe I hope to revisit (sequel, anyone?). The story draws you in slowly, setting the stage, and then, bingo, you're caught up in the world and wanting desperately to know how it will all work out. Excellent read!

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2018-09-20 17:32

    4 1/2 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book Reviews broke off his relationship with Varun two years ago but came back to be his butler, for the last two years his heart has been breaking while he has worked undercover, now he’s losing all hope of ever getting his love back as his love turns to the arms of another. Varun’s heart broke when Triste broke it off between them and he only took Triste on as a butler in the hopes of getting him back but now he is losing hope. As a human comes into their midst will the situation get them back into each other’s arms or will it separate them forever. This is a great fantasy that pulls you in, confuses you and you thoroughly enjoy it. Triste can’t tell Varun the truth even though he would like nothing better, he has to suffer in silence as he watches the demon he loves turn to someone else. Varun knows that Triste has hidden something from him for the past two years and all he wants is his angel back but an old love of Triste’s comes back. Honest to god this is a story that has a lot of layers that has depth and intrigue and twists and turns and suspects.I am not going to go to in-depth with this book as there is a lot going on and different characters have different agenda’s and different views but I will give you a basic low down. When we first meet Triste and Varun they are stilted with each other but there is a tension between them so you know they have a history together, as the book progresses you realise that Triste still loves Varun with all his heart and your heart goes out to him when you realise why he ended his relationship with Varun and the heartache that he is going through as he watches Varun with another.Varun is a more closed off character and because of how he acts you don’t think he cares that much for Triste but it is all a front. As the story progresses you find out the full intrigue, manoeuvring and truth of what is happening and you realise what a truly well-crafted story that this really is. I will be honest and say that I was beginning to lose hope that Triste and Varun would ever find their way back to each other. The sex between our MC’s is hot but I will warn you that they do have sex with other partners before they find their way back to each other.The other characters that we meet in this book are fantastic, you can also never be quite sure what their agendas are and it keeps you thinking as you try to work out just whose side they are on. One other thing that I will point out is that the blurb is a bit misleading… not all humans are sex slaves, they actually have their own land but there is a small fraction of demons and angels that do illegal trade with devils to purchase humans. So I will recommend this one to those who love fantasy, alternative world, danger, intrigue, secrets, hidden love, hot sex, magic and a very happy ending.

  • SueM
    2018-10-08 17:37

    An interesting take on a world with Angels, Demons, Devils, Faeries and Humans, but despite the trappings of the different species, this is a M/M romance story wrapped up in espionage and intrigue. While the latter portion of the novel was fast paced and satisfying, I must admit I found the first part of the story slow going and a bit restrained. Looking at the novel on the whole, I realize that this slow pace was used to highlight the confusion the characters had as they made their way through the various layers of truth, deceit, duty and love, as well as providing the reader with a lot of background. As the characters must find their way to fit the puzzle pieces together, so too must the reader add bits of information to make a whole picture of what had happened in the past, and how that affected the present. As I said, I did find this section a bit of a struggle at the time, but having finished the novel, it actually gives the story more depth. It is well worth persevering your way through through the slow bits as I think the reader is well rewarded, on the whole, for making the effort.

  • Denise
    2018-10-08 17:47

    As I started this book, I was immediately put off by the "world" descriptions at the beginning. I figure if you're not good enough to give readers a sense of the world you've built as part of the narrative, perhaps you should confine yourself to the real world. And then there was the issue of throwing in every supernatural race available - "the only thing missing is vampires", I said to myself. But it was recommended by a friend whose opinion I trust, so I decided to give it a chance. I'm very glad I did. Once I got past my little annoyances, I found an enjoyable story with engaging characters, a good mystery and a love story with just the right amount of angst. Had I let my initial impressions stop me I would have missed a good read and the start of what promises to be an excellent series.

  • Smith Barney
    2018-10-03 12:50

    Entertaining..wicked-sexy imagination.

  • Andrew Gordon
    2018-09-27 10:59

    4.5 stars - [the half star missing is because I've been told book 2 is better so there need to be room to give that a higher rating :P]Lately my book purchases have been hit or miss, up or down. This was an up. I can gauge my interest by whether or not I read on the train or play games on my phone. As long as there were pages left, I was reading. The world in Water Waltz is fascinating. Humans, while not exactly evil, are not the 'good guys' in this. It's a delicate dance that Hayley does really well. There are plot twist you don't see until they happen, and they characters are strong and distinct. The action is more cerebral than physical and the fact that demons have 'powers' is while important on many levels, never detracts from the story in a 'superhero' kind of way. The end feels a bit cluttered, like there was a need to tie up things or maybe 'set up things' for the next book. But it doesn't take away from the story and I think most people will like to see what happens after the 'event' This was really a very different book and I loved seeing how the different races interacted. Definitely recommended reading for people who like alternative worlds and 'creatures' [her word not mind.]

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2018-09-16 17:46

    4 StarsIn many ways this was a spy novel with complex world building. For over half of the book the reader is completely in the dark about the characters motivations and agendas. At various points throughout the book everyone is subject to some kind of suspicion, and trust, or it’s lack, is a major theme. The only thing that is quickly obvious is Triste and Varun are deeply in love with each other. Both men try to lose themselves in work and physical relations with others. It doesn’t work. Both men are hurt but can’t bear to be away from each other.Water Waltz is the first of a series. Fremont and Zephyr were very sympathetic characters despite being in the wrong relationships. Fire Tango is the second. I’ve already bought it!Faye's full review can be found at Live Your Life, Buy The Book

  • Jess
    2018-10-08 12:44

    The world building and interesting take on demons and angels was fantastic. 4-5 star material.However half the book was about these two guys cheating on each other while they were clearly in love. I found that angle of the story annoying and really odd. After the reason was revealed on WHY the angel was denying his demon I had to roll my eyes because it pretty lame and I thought it didnt excuse the cheating.The author clearly has talent, I kept turning the pages to find out what was going on, there was a few good twists and her imagination if fantastic. But I really think that her characterisation needs work and the overall plot arc needs more detail. If there was no cheating - I would have rated this 5 stars.

  • Amber
    2018-09-17 17:44

    This was an very complicated intriguing story. I would call it more of a mystery intrigue book rather than romance although there are plenty of couples and sex. It kept me on my toe trying to figure out what was going on and what would happen next. The various couple did involve heavy levels of both angst and cheating, which is a turn off for some, but didn't bother me too much. There was a reason for the cheating to a certain extent and can see why it was happening.

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2018-10-08 14:34

    Reviewed by: DonPublisher: Dreamspinner PressGenre: MM FantasyCheck out the review on

  • L.E.Olteano
    2018-10-01 10:31

    Really, really awesome writing! Loved the read.

  • Manda
    2018-10-08 17:36

    There has to be a sequel to this, there are too many unanswered questions and possibilities! I really can't wait to read the next one, but I guess I will have to!

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2018-09-17 18:46

    3.5 starsI'm not sure how to describe this book; in my opinion it was a bit more fantasy than romance. The politics and world building were so complicated that they took over most of the reader's attention, as opposed to the romance. In fact, they were so complicated that I almost put it down after reading about one fourth of the book and still being unable to understand what was going on. And then magically, about one third into the story, everything became not only clear, but extremely captivating as well; after this point I was unable to put it down until I reached the end.I'll try and write down the plot description as simply as I can here because, to be honest, Goodread's synopsis personally lead me to expect something different from what the book turned out to be: There are two main countries in this story: Feinan, where the demons and angels live along with a handful of devils, and the country of humans. Those two countries fought in the past and the humans lost, but they have been living peacefully for the past decades. Lately though, the demons have been secretly stealing humans to use as sex toys.Varun is a demon who can control water and a member of the goverment's secret STAR organization (think CIA) whose mission is to rescue those humans and kill the demons (or angels) responsible. Varun's butler is his ex-lover, and also ex-STAR agent, Triste, for whom it's obvious he (=Varun) still has feelings, though he also has a lover, the devil Fremont, who is also a STAR spy.The story starts when Varun rescues a human named Elden from the demon Barish. Although he's under orders to deliver all rescued humans back to STAR's shelter, Varun for reasons he refuses to confide to his trusted butler, decides to keep Elden in his house. This is an act that could get Varun killed if STAR found out, so Triste, sets out to find Varun's reasons for acting so strangely.As I said before, the book's main problem is that it takes too long for the story to take flight. The writer decides to keep many secrets for longer than she should trying to increase the suspense but in such a complex world, this proves to be a mistake as the complexity becomes almost overwhelming for the average reader. However, if you can persevere and last past the first 100 pages, then you'll be rewarded with a highly addictive and engaging tale of spies, unexpected plot twists, double agents, betrayed lovers, traitors and assassins. After this checkpoint, I really couldn't read fast enough to find out who were the bad guys and how the heroes could save themselves and their country from the mess they found themselves into. I admit that though I liked Triste in particular, and even Varun in a lesser degree, their romance was not the pivoting force of the book, as they spent most of the book with different partners each. I also liked the secondary heroes as much as I liked the main ones; Fremont was a delight and Leandre, Amer and Zephyr, though with less important roles, were still intriguing and not just space fillers. What seemed a bit strange though was that almost everyone in this strange world, was homosexual; but then in a world where faeries, devils and demons rule, why should anything be strange?I'd recommend this book, more to fantasy than romance lovers, or at least those romance readers who appreciate a complex world building. Personally, I'd love to read more books in this world Hayley James built and hope this was not a stand alone but the beginning of a series.ARC provided by NetGalley

  • Katie Michaels
    2018-10-08 10:56

    I am a fan of m/m romance and I enjoy the paranormal, so when I read this blurb on this story, I thought it might give me the best of both worlds. The story takes place in a world filled with demons, angels, and other creatures who are at odds with humanity. The bulk of the book is set in the demon world, where the supernaturals like to kidnap humans and take them as slaves. Not all the paranormals support this behavior. In fact, the government has a covert agency to recover kidnapped humans and punish the offenders for their crimes.Varun is a demon who works for the agency. As the book begins, he rescues a human from bondage, and in the process uncovers a deeper schism between his people and the humans than he ever imagined. But perhaps the bigger issue at the center of the story is his mysterious relationship with his butler, an angel named Triste. The men were lovers for years, until Triste suddenly broke things off and took the job as Varun's servant. Obviously, they still love each other, but won't admit their feelings.The why's behind Triste's decision to break up with Varun are revealed deep into the book. But until then, we have to watch both men engage in sexual relationships with other people. This was a big turn off for me. It's hard to root for your main couple when they are both getting it on with other dudes for more than half the book. In detail. Speaking of the m/m action, I think everybody in the book is gay. There are maybe one or two females in the whole book --and all the guys are doing each other. Even the humans. I'm down with guy on guy, but it's weird that no one likes the ladies.The book is heavy into the political machinations of several entities, from the humans to the supes, to the factions fighting the slavers. It got confusing at times and convoluted. Some things were far too drawn out, while others were not given nearly enough time to play out. One relationship in the second half of the book happens so fast, I nearly got whiplash. The guy went from heartbroken, to sleeping with a new partner, to "growing his heart" in the other man's chest (don't ask) inside of 50 pages.There is some pretty good action in the last 1/3 of the book; and I found Triste likeable and easy to root for. I just didn't engage all that deeply. It was definitely different, and it had some interesting parts. But I'm not sure it was for me. A little less than 3 stars.*ARC Provided by NetGalley

  • Sonya
    2018-10-10 16:46

    More than anything despite the adult theme I was drawn to the story. A world where angels and demons are in love with each other is silicious even blasphemy. Given what you’re taught in Sunday school demons bad angels good and the two shall never meet in between. But that is neither here nor there, at the beginning of the book the question that hung in the air was what happened between Triste and Varun. Triste’s reaction to Fremont and Varun’s relationship echoed what was once between them it was obvious they still loved each other. Secrets, lies,intrigue, assassination attempts set in an alternate world where humans are illegally trafficked and used as pets or sex slaves. After a devastating war that decimated the human populous and divided the species into separate countries inhabited by the demons, faeries, angels and humans. I loved the world’s mythology and it’s inner workings.What I didn’t like was surprise, surprise the descriptive sex scenes but I never do, the pacing it took awhile for things to heat up. Varun sudden 360 when Triste gets hurt okay I get it when someone you love gets hurt. Your pride is out the window all bets are off but the fact that they burned so fast through that wall Triste had put up over the past two years was ridiculous. Angels are weaker than humans what ? Any manifestation of angels in literature they are never weak in fact they are the opposite. The ending felt unfinished like there was at least another book in there.I would recommend this book if you are a fan of erotica, trashy romances with “heaving breasts” but kicked up twenty notches with a dose of paranormal romance. I really liked the demons I must say better than the humans the fact that the characters are gay fades into the background that is until the sexy time starts. There were a lot of saving graces to this book the pacing wasn’t one of them slow,slow, fast fast, slow slow remind me of a waltz ironically. If like you’re like me let the story pull you in don’t fight it, just read with an open mind. I gave Water Waltz a three and a half out of five. I loved the premises I just wish it was executed better.

  • Rita
    2018-10-04 12:49

    Such a boring book. The first 100 pages are just there to torment you and nothing more, after you get past the first 100 it does get a bit more interesting, but still... I didn't think Triste of Varun were enjoyable, they were just bland. Although I liked Fremont, I'm afraid to read the second book, because of the fear it'll be as bland as this one.

  • Jen
    2018-10-03 15:38

    Not sure if this is considered fantasy or paranormal, so I marked as both. This story kept me glued to it right up to where the two finally get back together and then I lost steam. The end was good, though, but there was just that spot that slowed to a crawl for me. Might have been because that was where I expected it to end but it didn't. Still very good and I'll read it again sometime.

  • Mistral
    2018-10-03 10:55

    3.5 stars

  • Ladene
    2018-09-25 10:39

    Good story.

  • Kira
    2018-10-07 12:54

    100 pages in and just can't give a shit about any of these characters. the plot is incessantly vague and annoying.

  • Ayanna
    2018-09-30 17:58

    I HAVE QUESTION. IF TOY WHY FIGHT. WHY HAVE TOY THAT FIGHT. FIGHT WITH SEX TOY DEFEAT PURPOSE OF SEX TOY.^I don't know why I do these things I'm not funny >.<(but i still want to know)