The Damsel and the Daggerman

A BLUD Novella

Jacinda Harville is a woman who knows what she wants. A journalist who has roamed the world in search of stories, she has made her way to Criminy Stain’s carnival. She intends to write a book about the carnival and starts to interview the performers. All of them are interesting but Marcus the mysterious knife thrower draws her like a moth to the flame. Marcus keeps to himself, hiding himself away from the past. He does his best to ignore her but Jacinda is determined to find out what he is hiding. Before she knows it, she is in deep. But does Marcus feel the same? Can she trust him or have her instincts pushed her right into the arms of danger?

I generally don’t follow too many authors into short story territory because I want more from the characters than little snippets. It takes a talented author to pull off novellas; to make the reader care so much about the world created that they will eagerly await any story that takes place there. Ms. Dawson is one of those authors. I love the world of Sang, having been a huge fan since the moment I cracked open the first book. The novellas she has done for this series have added to the world building, showing us other characters that deserve their own stories even though they aren’t novel length ones. She manages to infuse her stories with smells and textures, effortlessly. She invokes a depth of feeling that ensnares the reader from start to finish. I cannot recommend Ms. Dawson highly enough. She has a reader for life in this reviewer!

Book Blurb for The Damsel and the Daggerman

In this “carniepunk” e-novella from the author of Wicked As They Come, a knife-thrower meets a lady journalist determined to uncover his dark and dangerous past.

Bad boy knife-thrower Marco Taresque is the hottest and most dangerous performer in the caravan. He keeps to himself until a pesky female journalist arrives, anxious to interview him about his checkered past—his last assistant disappeared under mysterious and bloody circumstances, earning him the nickname “The Deadly Daggerman.”

Unsinkable journalist and adventurer Jacinda Harville doesn’t take no for an answer, and she’s determined to wear down Marco no matter how threatening—or incredibly desirable—he might appear. He agrees to an interview—but only if she’ll let him strap her to a spinning table and throw knives at her body. How can she say no? And how can she resist him when he leans close for a kiss that strikes her more sharply than any blade? It’s the first time she’s let a man get the better of her, and she’s determined it will be the last…

Just when she thinks she can’t take any more of his games, Jacinda receives a note from Marco saying he’s finally ready to tell her the truth about what happened to his missing assistant. She sets out for an address miles away, but what she finds there turns the tables on everything she thought she knew about the tender lover who wears a smile as sharp as his knives.

As secrets are unraveled and passions take hold, Ginger realizes her hard heart has melted. But will it be too late to save Marco—and herself—from the daggerman’s dangerous past?

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 4.50