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The Knife's Edge (Historical Fantasy Romance--Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Draven
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best First Series...

She's a queen with deadly enemies and dark sexual longings. She yearns to give herself over to the hands of another, even at the point of a blade. But can she trust her sacred medallion to protect her from the royal assasin who wants to seize her throne, her body, and her heart?

A yearning for submission.
A dark need for control.
A passion that consumes two lovers.

Everything they thought they believed can change on the edge of a knife's blade. Betrayal can become trust. Hatred can become love. Submission transforms into a humbling gift that cannot be denied.

(Warning: This short story is very steamy and contains behavior that ought be consensually negotiated with a partner in real life.)

Story approximately 5k.
Includes two excerpts from HQN Nocturne romance novels.


Product Details

  • File Size: 102 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Stephanie Draven (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NU5JRY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,397 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing world, surprising characters February 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story ostensibly about surrender, but what is refreshing about it is that unlike other works within the genre, when the surrender takes place you are truly surprised by the form it takes. Power plays are undeniably sexy, and it increases both the tension and the sense of intimacy that the author limits the plot to the interaction of two people, in spite of the very public role of the medallion-holder--even more so, that it is written from first person point of view. What a fascinating character the principle is, too! What I really enjoyed about this story is that it gives you just enough tantalizing detail about the principle characters that you are left wondering about the things that came before, and the things that must happen after. I liked that the sense of unseen forces moving under the surface of the tale was readily accessible to the reader. A little spicy, a little bittersweet, I enjoyed this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Knife's Edge May 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Treachery, deceit and greed are the motivation for Dardanus' actions towards the queens. But he finds it to be different once he gets to where he wants to be.

A short, and sweet hot read that left me wondering what would happen next with Dardanus and Nestra.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I'm unfamiliar with this author, and I was really surprised at the depth she put into this short story. Right from the beginning, I could see how well-put together this story is, lots of descriptive detail, dynamic character and easy dialogue. I love short stories, and it's not that easy to take short fiction and pack it with substance and intrigue. This story is short but layered; there's some darkness to it, some magic and fantasy, and some seduction and scheming.

The story is told in first-person from the POV of Sir Dardanus, but what makes that unique for me is that he's really an anti-hero, "a bastard and ne'er-do-well, a murderer and a seducer of women." Just what won't this man do in order to get what he desires? Even at the end, I was still a bit uncertain about what he'd actually do, and with the way the author left the final page, I have to wonder how or if this romance will continue. I choose to see hope and promise there, mixed with the darkness.

This isn't a sweet, happy romance, Dardanus and his intentions a little too dark and moody for that. Also, I wouldn't say that this story is overly erotic (and I do think it needed to be more erotic in that detail), but certain aspects of the story do hold some sex appeal for me: the domination and surrender, the dark and complex hero, even the slightly rough sex scene and the tension behind it. Combined with the author's skill, all of those things produce an engaging short read and a hero who knows how to leave his mark. I want more of him.

The Knife's Edge ends at location 366; the rest of the download is excerpts from The Fever and the Fury and Poisoned Kisses: Poisoned Kisses\Midnight Medusa (Harlequin Nocturne).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read July 3, 2012
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I picked this up for a short read while on vacation and I am sure glad I did. Without spoiling anything, I just want to say that I loved the queen--her background, her actions, and her character arc. I would *love* to see her in a longer story. I also really liked that there was just a touch of magic in the story--it didn't have to be explained or detailed. It just worked and it did its job without being a distraction. The ending gave me a bit of O'Henry--and that is always a great thing. I can't wait to read more by this author!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Keep you on Edge June 8, 2012
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This is how a short story should be!!! In 23 pages, the author was able to flesh out the main characters, tell the readers about their struggles, build a climax and then give us a denouement that excites and makes us hope.

Dardanus and Nestra are not your ordinary hero and heroine. Both have their own agenda. But a night of passion, though forbidden changed the dynamics between them with the implicit message that its repercussions are far reaching.

The book will keep you at the edge of your seat until the last page. Also, though this book is labeled erotica, it is actually PG 13.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to see these characters in a novel! June 11, 2012
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I don't normally read romance of any kind. I generally consider it the Ramen of literature. Yeah, it's cheap, plentiful and might be mildly entertaining, but there is a wealth of better stuff available. That said, I absolutely loved this short story. The characters were deep and interesting, the prose was perfect and the whole thing was just an excellent (albeit short) read. The only complaint I can really level at it is it would had been nice to have more back story on the characters. But, it says a lot about any kind of story when the only problem you have is wishing it were longer. In any case, there is no reason to not download this book, it doesn't take long at all to read, and it is free right now. I definitely enjoyed the story and will be reading more from Stephanie Draven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining afternoon read November 8, 2013
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A very short read, which is disappointing because it was really interesting and made me want to know more. I wanted to know more about Dardanus and his back story, and of course, I wanted to know what happened the next day. Even if the author hadn't made this a full-length novel, it could have been a longer novella; there is so much potential.

While I was somewhat turned off by the demand/need of submission thing, I did enjoy the intrigue and the set-up, as well as the surprise of Dardanus's change of heart.

Not a bad read for free on Kindle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
just porn
Published 3 months ago by Debi-Lou
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This is a short story which I hoped would magically become longer as I read it.
Published 4 months ago by J. Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars The Knife's Edge
This is a very short story that actually has more verbal foreplay than actual spicy bits - I never thought I'd complain about that! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing short read.
Super fast quick enchantingly erotic and completely enticing read. I came away with... that was awesome! I want more, where's the rest? Is there no more. SHOOT. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nikki W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very short
But good story. I think I would have loved it has a whole book. Well worth it!

Good villain. A lot of information for a short story.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This is super fun, smoking hot enjoyable to read! The overall storyline is great as it will pull you in from the very beginning. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kristin E.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KNIFES EDGE
ALTHOUGH THIS WAS A SHORT STORY I THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD. I ALSO READ THE OTHER STARTS TO THE OTHER ONES AND IT WAS A GOOD READ.
Published 13 months ago by DONNA c
2.0 out of 5 stars a magic necklace i guess
Really too short to even review. Not sure what was up with the necklace. Ended in a way. Puzzled about all of the plot. Product description longer than story...lol
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars it was just ok
I guess I would say that this wasnt all that memorable. I wouldnt say that it was horrible, but I would say that I wouldnt read it again.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It
The story definitely had intrigue and suspense. I enjoyed it and would be interested in seeing the story developed into a full-length book.
Published 13 months ago by Voracious Reader
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More About the Author

Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures-three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.

She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!

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