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Night's Edge

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,313 ratings  ·  173 reviews
DANCERS IN THE DARK by Charlaine Harris

Dancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old vampire. But when she acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust.

HER BEST ENEMY by Maggie Shayne

Kiley Brigham refuses to believe there's a...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Harlequin (first published October 1st 2004)
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Jenny Robinson
This is probably the BEST Sookieverse book. The short story of the 2 vampire dancers in Sookie Book 7. The story is so sad, but Sean the vampire...I am in love with. These two characters are so well written. I fell in love with both of them. It is simply one of the best stories I have read in a REALLY long time. Sad, uplifting, romantic, all the good stuff. Layla and Sean. Absolutely awesome.
Barks & Bites
Maggie Shayne use to be my favorite paranormal romance author way back when she was writing for Silhouette Shadows but she lost me when she started writing the books with the witchy heroines who annoyed the heck out of me. Her story here is a haunted house tale but the hot dog swilling heroine (Kiley, is it?) is a bit abrasive. Who blows smoke in a guy's face when he was nice enough to hand over a light for her cig? What's up with that? Though I did enjoy this haunted house bits of the story it...more
I started reading this book over the weekend and I really enjoyed the first story, Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne. I'd always thought of Ms. Shayne as somewhat of a fluffy-bunny, happily-ever-after type of romance writer, especially after the first story I read by her from the Out of this World anthology. Not in a bad way per se, just more in the way that romance novels bore me. In any case, Her Best Enemy was a wonderful haunted house story, and though parts of the story were fairly predictabl...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
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Apr 01, 2008 faeriemyst rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance lovers and fans of these authors
I just finished Maggie Shayne's short story, Her Best Enemy, and enjoyed it a lot. Yes, the plot is rushed and I didn't believe they could love each other that soon at the end, but it was a really fun story! I would have liked it better if Ms. Shayne had left them just starting out in their promising relationship and not dropping the L-bomb at the end - it felt too forced and cheesy. But as I said before, it was very fun, and an easy and fast read too! :)
4/5 stars

Someone Else's Shadow was anothe...more
Three paranormal romances with some suspense. Some do it better than others.
"Her Best Enemy" by Maggie Shayne
Kiley doesn't believe in anything she can't see, but it seems there is a ghost in her new house. Of course, her only hope lies with the psychic she's been trying to prove a fraud.
"Someone Else's Shadow" by Barbara Hambly
Maddie senses something evil in the building where she teaches belly dancing, but a girl has to pay the rent. Is Phil helping her or is he the malevolent force she feels?...more
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I have only read the Charlaine Harris Short story so far. It was was very good. This is from the Sookie Stackhouse series and is #4.2. A short story telling the story of Layla LaRue LeMay.
Dharia Scarab
Three really good novellas all in one book. So good in fact, that this book is hovering between 4 and 5 stars, so it might end up with a permanent home on my book shelf.

This was my first time reading Maggie Shane, and she had some laugh out loud moments in between the ghost story and romance.

Barbara Hambly I've read and liked before, so I wasn't surprise that this was a well written story. If anything, I'd say it needed an extra 50 to 100 pages to really flesh out the story. However it would mak...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I have only read "Dancers in the Dark" so far, which I dearly loved. It's Sookie-verse, that is, it takes place in the world of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, but the character Sookie doesn't appear in this story. Sean and Layla, from this story, later appear briefly in All Together Dead with Sookie.

I only gave it 4 out of a possible 5 stars, because I havn't read the other two stories yet.

Merged review:

I have only read "Dancers in the Dark" so far, but I absolutely dearly lo...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
A estas alturas es evidente que Charlaine Harris es una gran escritora y es muy conocida gracias a su saga de la querida camarera y telépata Sookie Stackhouse que en menos de un año verá su final con su último libro.

Yo me considero una gran fan y como tal no he podido evitar zambullirme en esta novela publicada por Harlequin Ibérica y que forma parte de la saga de Sookie Stackhouse aunque se puede leer sin ningún problema sin haber leído ninguno de los otros libros.

Rue May necesita un trabajo pa...more
--The 1st story is: Her Best Enemy By Maggie Shayne
I have to tell you I was a bit on the fence with Shayne. That is until I read this short by her. I kinda had a "huh, Oh yeah I really like this author. I must read more by her." moment. She really made this book for me. That being said. Kiley Brigham is the main character. She has just bought a haunted house. She is also a journalist at the local small town paper, Where she is well know for discrediting Physics, palm readers, and such. One man,...more
Night's Edge is a book of 3 short stories about supernatural romance. I really enjoyed Her Best Enemy and Dancers In The Dark, but didn't really think much of Someone Else's Shadow. Her Best Enemy was pretty creepy, and I really enjoyed the ghost aspect of the story, but the romance aspect was predictable as they always are in romance books. Dancers In The Dark was about vampires, so I knew I would love it, the fact it's set in the Sookie universe made it that much better, as I already knew the...more
Sheri Ward
Night's Edge is an anthology, which includes Her Best Enemy, by Maggie Shayne, Someone Else's Shadow, by Barbara Hambly, and Dancers in the Dark, by Charlaine Harris.

At the moment, I have only read . I picked up Night's Edge because I've been reading Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, and I was thrilled to find out that this story, though set in a different area, has the same premise; vampires out of the coffin because of Tru Blood.

Eventually I will move on and read the other two stories...more
The Charlaine Harris and Maggie Shayne storys saved this book.

Dancers in the Dark is the story of the two Blue Moon Production dancers in the All Together Dead book at the ball after Sophie-Annes trial. It was very nice but it left me wanting more. I bet that could be a spin off series. That could be because Harris is one of my favorite authors or just that the story was that good. I would have liked to see their relationship fill out a little more in the story but because of time constraints, t...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Layla's story. It was so captivating and I wanted more of it. Not that the author did a sub par job I just enjoyed it immensely and really didn't want the story to end. The other two stories in this book I have to say I didn't have any interest in reading at the beginning. However, I am one of those people who can't just read half a book and put it down I have to read the whole thing so I chugged along.

The 2nd and 3rd stories were remarkably good. I get them mixed up in wha...more
Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris
3/6/10- This short by Harris takes place in the same universe as the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Vampires are "out" because of synthetic bottled blood. Rue May is a traumatized human hiding from her past. To make money she gets a job as a dancer with an entertainment company. The company pairs a human partner with a vampire one. At her audition she she is drawn to Sean because he is professional and not trying to cop a feel while performing. Over the course o...more
Kevin Richey
I'm currently reading through all the Southern Vampire Mysteries, and I'm trying to read all the short stories in between the books in their chronological story order. So this has brought me to "Dancers in the Dark," which was the only story of this collection that I read (for now, anyway). It is the first story by Charlaine Harris that I've read that wasn't narrated by Sookie, and it was much different in tone than the Sookie books.

"Dancers in the Dark" centers on Rue a.k.a. Layla, a young woma...more
An urban fantasy anthology with 3 excellent novellas -- all are enthralling tales that hit the ground running and don't let up until they end. I'm not familiar with Maggie Shayne or Barbara Hambly, but if they can do a great a job in long form as they have with these novellas, I need to read more of their work. I especially liked the fact that the stories get creepier as you go.

Note also that these UFs have a heavy dose of romance mixed in with their paranormal thriller plots -- just enough to e...more
I really liked this book. Two good ghost stories and a vamp story by Harris that was not all Sookie this and Sookie that.
1) Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne - Story of a report or journalist (whichever you want to call her) who goes about debunking supernatural specialist (ghostbusters, mediums, witches etc) and writing about it in her column. There is this one guy who she can not catch faking it. Anyway she has just bought this new house and guess what she is not the only one there. So she turns...more
Jenny Delandro
1st story Charlene Harris

Explores the world that CH created, through the eyes of a young dancer who is in hiding and the vampire who comes to know all her secrets and saves her life.
A story of privilged son who abused her, and tried to kill her and how she won the day... how she gained a life with someone who loves her.. and how the bad guy lost it all ...
Very easy to read .... filled with friendship and commitment and pride
A feel good story ... Rue is surprised that she has friends who would h...more
I picked this up for the Charlaine Harris short story, and figured the other two were a nice bonus. Good thing, too. The Harris story was worth the eight bucks, though I would've loved to have read a more fully realized version of the story. It felt a little rushed, sometimes.

The other two, though, even going in with low expectations, weren't great. "Her Best Enemy" struck me as cardboard characters acting out the most cliche ghost story imaginable, with sex thrown in for the hell of it. I liked...more
Cynthia Armistead
"Dancers in the Dark" by Charlaine Harris is set in the same universe as the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse stories, but with none of the incredibly annoying characters. How refreshing! It does go back to the same stuff Harris explored in her Shakespeare series and one of her standalone books (Sweet and Deadly? I can't remember if it was that one of the other, as they don't stand out in my memory too much anyway). The story wasn't terribly, though, and I was engaged. I kept thinking while re...more

Si no fuera porque me puse a ordenar los libros en GoodReads nunca hubiera recordado la existencia de esta historia.
No tengo pensado hacer una reseña sobre la saga de Vampiros Sureños (o Sookie Stackhouse, o True Blood) hasta después de leer el treceavo y (finalmente) último, pero ésta es una historia aparte así que realmente no tiene importancia si lo hago ahora.

Sookie no aparece en este libro, ni siquiera se la nombra.
Tampoco está ambientada en Bon Temps sino en una localidad ficticia llamada...more
Erin Ashley
I really do like anything to do with Charlaine Harris. This book was a great novella and I liked each story for what it brought to the book as a whole. 'Her Best Enemy' was high on the list for me. I liked the struggle and the sexual tension between Kiley and Jack. It was great to read about and it all flowed well together, I would love to read more about them if possible.

'Someone Else's Shadow' was probably last on the list for me in this novella but it was a good storyline and easy enough to...more
While the only author I had read in this book before was Charlaine Harris, I was fairly impressed by each of the stories. All three writers know how to write a compelling short story, and I think that the stories were the perfect length to keep me interested, and I'm intrigued enough to look up any other stories the three authors have written.

The first story, Dancers in the Dark, is a background story for two characters briefly seen in Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels. I enjoyed it because it ga...more
I was excited to read this novella, compelled to see how Charlaine Harris would write in the 3rd person, having read all the Sookie Stackhouse books (which are in 1st). The result was a massive surprise. Whilst the story was difficult to get into, and even more difficult to stick with about halfway through, the end was worth every hesitation I had. Told in a dark, ominous tone that's worlds apart from Sookie's narrative, 'Dancers in the Dark' is, if anything, an intriguing look into Harris's wri...more
I picked up this collection of novellas for the paranormal elements and those were great!

The romance elements were, eh, not my thing. Solidly written, but typical with a sexist edge at points.

Dancers in the Dark has a typical overly protective and at points invasive male lead. This is in character for the male lead, since he is an ancient vampire with some out of date views which are tempered by modern learning, but still present and color his reaction. I think what I had the most problem with...more
Lisa Wolf
OK, I'll be honest -- I only bought this book because it contains a story by Charlaine Harris, and I only read that one story out of the three in the book. "Dancers in the Dark" is a Sookie-verse story without Sookie. In other words, if you're a devoted fan of the Southern Vampire series, you'll want to read this, but don't expect your favorite heroine to show up. The story focuses on Sean and Layla, who appear briefly in the 7th Sookie book (All Together Dead, one of the best in the series). "D...more
Dancers in the Dark was really good. I liked it and would read it again. It was a great short read. I liked the emotions and feelings and how Rue really did have friends, she just had to look. Great job. Her Best Enemy was really good too. I liked the whole fraud who's not a fraud thinking he's a fraud thing. That was a pretty good story line. I would definitely read this again. It was a great short read and I liked all the characters and it had some good 'what's going to happen next' scenes. Ya...more
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr...more
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