The Sharp Edge of Love by Diana Sheridan

The Sharp Edge of Love by Diana Sheridan
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (45 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

When he goes to a local Renaissance Faire on Saturday morning, Josh expects to have a good time, but not much else. He certainly doesn’t expect to meet Ethan, a good-looking man in the jousting tournament, or for Ethan to spend the day and night with him. The more time passes the more perfect Ethan seems to be.

But that perfection begins to crumble when he realizes that Ethan is hiding something—and that something seems to have something to do with the recent stabbings in the city that are leaving men blind and horribly disfigured…

Dating can be full of unexpected twists and turns. If only Ethan knew what was going to happen next with his new beau!

The food in this story sounded amazing. The descriptions of it made my mouth water more than once because of how much time the narrator spent talking about which ingredients were used and how the dishes were made. This is definitely a book that is best read on a full stomach or with some tasty snacks handy.

I would have liked to see more time spent developing the romantic relationship between Josh and Ethan. While I liked both of them as individuals and was intrigued to see what they’d be like as a couple, their relationship moved so quickly that I sometimes wondered why they had both decided to pursue it before getting to know one another better. It would have been really helpful to have more clues about why these men made this decision.

The ending was well done. It fit in with everything I’d figured out about the characters already. What I appreciated the most about it was how it was revealed. I can’t go into any details about this without giving away spoilers, of course, but seeing it unfold was delightful. Ms. Sheridan seems to have an intuitive understanding of how to pace the last few scenes in a short story in such a way that makes it impossible for me to stop reading until everything is finished.

I’d recommend The Sharp Edge of Love to anyone who is in the mood for something surprising.

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