Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S. Dawson

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, Jacinda realizes her hard heart has melted. But will it be too late to save Marco—and herself—from the daggerman’s dangerous past?


Each new trip into Sang brings the reader something new and exciting, especially if Criminy is making an appearance, because new characters and new arenas of the carnival are explored. This time around we are traipsing around with Jacinda Harville, an intrepid widower turned journalist, that seeks to learn the darkest secrets of the caravan for her next book. She is sassy and bold, surprising even Criminy with her brazenness. Straight away she encounters the newest, and hottest, member of the caravan, the dangerous Marco Taresque, a knife thrower with a deadly reputation. They begin a seductive game where Marco will agree to answer her questions about his past if she agrees to be strapped down on the wheel and have knives thrown at her. One knife, one question. 

Criminy's caravan of misfits seduces as easily as a lover's caress, slow and tantalizing,  leaving you breathless for more while also giving a sense of complete satisfaction. Marco is mysterious and full of secrets, making him the prime target for Jacinda, only she soon realizes he's more interesting than she could ever imagine, giving her far more than just a story. This novella is my favorite after the original featuring Criminy and Tish because Marco is hiding a huge secret, which was something I did not see coming at all and shall not spoil here. Jacinda is a strong woman that knows her own mind and far from a simpering miss. She saunters up to the caravan with purpose. Together, they share a witty banter that is both sexy and fun. 

Next up, Wicked After Midnight (available Jan. 28th)! 

Visit Delilah at her blog by clicking here. You'll love it. She's cool and as a bonus she gets tattooed at the shop of another favorite author of mine, James R. Tuck.

Books in the series:

Wicked as They Come
Wicked As She Wants

Blud Novellas:

The Mysterious Madame Morpho
The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance

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