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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Could you imagine your wife or husband suggesting, out of the blue, that the two of you should have an “open relationship”, enjoying sexual flings with no guilt and only 3 conditions, one of which is not to discuss your current hookup? That’s what Julia drops on her totally unprepared, hardworking and successful husband, Peter, to take the ordinariness out of their marriage. Peter never quite agrees but as this novella progresses, he finds himself in two outside relationships. The first, with an erotic novelist, Danielle, is a one-time fling, at least that’s how he sees it. Unfortunately such is not the case for Danielle, who by the time she’s written her latest book based on Peter, has fallen in love with and lust for her protagonist. Danielle wants more, much more, and won’t allow Julia or Peter’s second lover, Clare, to get in her way. And this is when Dancing Near the Edge begins to take on its thriller edge, almost halfway through the book.
This story is described as “a psychological thriller with an edge,” but I’d be more inclined to say it’s thriller romance with a psychological edge. With a scenario like that, author Rose D. Franklyn could have taken this story in several thriller directions. Well, because it’s a short story, Franklyn wraps it up quickly and neatly. It might not be what you expected, but I’m not going to spoil your enjoyment by telling you what happens. Rose D. Franklyn writes with ease, with realistic dialogue, and without in-depth characterization and long descriptions. There is no graphic sexuality as the focus is more on the psychology of the relationships and the plot itself. A good 'evening by the fire' read. Grab the hot chocolate and enjoy!