The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S Dawson (Blud #2.5)

The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S DawsonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance – Steampunk

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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?

What an amazing series this is, the world is so dark and different, the characters are intriguing and dangerous (even the good ones) and romances between hero and heroine are hot and sexy. The Damsel and the Daggerman bring us back to the caravan to be immersed in the carnival world with some of my favorites, Tish and Criminy,

Marco Taresque is the mysterious knife thrower who appeared one day walking from the moors, the rumor he is a murderer but he does not speak of it and many are scared to ask. He does have the attention of all the women in the caravan, a dark, moody sexy man that they all want to “help” but he just ignores them and stays to himself.

Jacinda Harville is a journalist who used to travel the world with her husband Liam, when he died defending her she made some changes in her life and travels alone searching for interesting stories. She has come to Criminy’s caravan to write about life in the carnival, she just needs Criminy to let her in, as she knows he hates journalist. With Tish’s approval after a reading, Criminy grudgingly lets her stay but with conditions to not interrupt the workers too much.

As soon as Jacinda sees Marco she is intrigued, she hears the rumors and wants his side of the story, and she wants him. Thus begins the push and pull of their relationship, she is determined to get some answers and he claims he does not want to talk but she gets a different vibe from him and agrees to several tests in order to ask questions. It is only after his past comes back to haunt him does the truth come out, and they are both in danger.

I am thoroughly entranced with this series, I love the world and the characters Ms. Dawson has created. Criminy Stain is the ringmaster and is just as intriguing and dangerous as he was in the first book and I am so glad this story takes us back to the caravan. I really like Jacinda, such a strong female heroine that can take care of herself and goes after what she wants, Marco, but when she senses he is vulnerability, she is willing to back off and I like that about her. Marco is just a likable, dark and dangerous and oh so sexy, a perfect hero. He has several secrets and Jacinda believes he is hurting, so tries her best to get him to talk. The chemistry between them is off the charts, the way he kisses her…oh so sensuous.

As I said before, I love the setting of the carnival, the world of Sang and the interesting characters that live there, Demi and Cherie are fun and so young but are essential in this story as well as the next and I am excited to see what adventures they will soon have.

The Damsel and the Daggerman is a short story that is a great addition to the series. The story is fast paced and although short it has an interesting plot and I was invested until the exciting conclusion. And although this is part of an ongoing series, it can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this story and as always Ms. Dawson takes us on a wild ride of danger, mystery and romance.

I give The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S Dawson 4.5 stars!

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