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Knife's Edge by Emily L. Byrne
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Byrne is capable of blending a dizzying number of kink fantasy elements into powerfully hot stories with a strong sense of character.

The collection opens hot and strong with “Reunion at St. Mary’s,” an absolutely scorching story that combines a dizzying number of fantasy elements in a group sex scene that keeps me gasping for pages on end. (Nuns, spanking, and the girls’ hockey team are somehow just the beginning of this fantasy.)

I was afraid the next eleven stories would seem pale in comparison to this particular filthy, kinky gem.

Byrne, however, is very wise with pacing and variety throughout the book. After “Reunion at St. Mary’s,” she showcases other strengths of her writing. “Arachne” in particular relies on gorgeous language, strong characterization, and a particularly creative mythological retelling to hold its own after the unrelenting heat of “Reunion.” Another story, “The Hands of a Princess,” appeals through humor and a strong plot—while still being quite kinky in its own right.

A couple of stories ("Planet 10" and "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid") skirted the edge of dehumanizing fetishes (for a particular (alien) race, and for a woman in uniform), but Byrne seems aware of the situation and addresses the issue within the story. A couple of weaker stories seemed underdeveloped.

However, those things shouldn't scare readers away from a collection of stories that reaches impressive heights of kink, strikes strong emotional notes, and surprises and delights through new ways of handling favorite scenarios.

I'll be posting a longer review on my blog on 5/6/17. After that date, this link will take you there:
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Reading Progress

April 29, 2017 – Started Reading
April 29, 2017 – Shelved
May 5, 2017 – Finished Reading

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