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Blood & Steel

Blood & Steel [Kindle Edition]

Angela Knight
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Chapter 1

Chapter 1
Fleeing in terror wasn’t something Elyn Castel did. People usually ran from her, not the other way around. Besides, after she'd spent fifty years as the slave of a sadistic sociopath, there wasn't much anyone could do to inspire terror in her.
But Elyn ran now, and she ran hard.
She darted down the concourse in long bounds that made the humans gape, leaping over tables filled with diners, spinning around astonished space station security guards, ducking the angry claw swipe of a huge A’vi warrior.
Her sensors revealed Jarl “Blade” Bladin was still behind her, matching her stride for impossible stride. But when the ill-tempered A’vi tried for him, one swing of an armored fist sent the massive alien down with a crunch, and a startled, agonized “Chik!” The pursuing security guards had to stop to help the injured A’vi.
Never piss off a guy named Blade. Her own master could have told the A’vi that, had Blade left the vicious fuck alive.
Elyn had heard that Blade did a very thorough job on Kruz. She would have thanked him for that, if only he hadn’t targeted her next.
Just that instant, Elyn’s cyplant whispered, and she shot in the direction it indicated, a service corridor that snaked out to one of the station’s ten huge cargo holds. She could lose Blade there if she got lucky, or kill him if she had to. Or die if she failed.
Odd. A few months ago, Elyn would have viewed the prospect of dying as a relief. But Kruz still trapped her then, vicious blight that he was. Now, she had no interest in dying. She was curious about what life would be like as something other than a vampire’s slave.

Elyn might not deserve to live, but she wanted to give freedom a try.
As she ran for the service corridor, she was acutely aware of the distance between her and her target. Cold, star-flecked blackness lay beyond the towering transparent walls of the Kring Station concourse, along with the elegant white shapes of the great passenger liners and cargo vessels that orbited alongside the space station. Beyond the ships lay the vast blue arc of the planet Cameron, with its landmasses in a hundred shades of green and brown. A thoroughly beautiful view had she not been running for her life.
Elyn had always been fast. She reached the service corridor and plunged into it like a bucktor diving into its burrow. She knew that Blade was much bigger, since he’d been engineered for heavy combat, which made him slower and a fraction less agile. Still, no human and damned few aliens would have had a prayer against him. Elyn, however, was not human, and could run him into the ground. She'd already proven that. In the months he'd been pursuing her, Elyn had always outrun him.
Unfortunately, now there was nowhere to run to. Her ship didn’t board for hours yet, and she’d have to shuttle over to it. Blade would be on her long before then.
She had to either lose him or fight. Elyn really didn’t want to fight. He’d kill her. And he’d do it bloodily, as the newsies said he’d killed Kruz. If the reporters were right, if Blade really was powerful enough to slay such a monster, Elyn had no chance whatsoever.
So she listened to the ring of boots on the corridor behind her with dread in her heart. The nanotekker made no other noise, said nothing, barely seemed to breathe hard, while Elyn sucked air in desperate gulps. It was like being pursued by a hunting cat, with a beast’s utter focus and lethal determination. Blood and Steel 7
Reasoning with a man like that wasn’t possible. She could only get the hell away from him. If she could.
The corridor’s gray walls blurred past, and with each gazelle spring, her armored boots banged furiously on the deck in a drumroll of terror. Her heart kept time with the beat, pounding desperation in her ears.
At last the great double doors of the cargo hold loomed, locked against anyone who did not have the entry code. In seconds, Elyn’s cyplant electronically hacked the code, and the doors slipped soundless

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Red Sage Publishing (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NIFT2Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Story 15 May 2011
By Mel UK
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This is a fast paced short story and I reckon its worth 69p. I enjoyed the story, I won't say much as I don't want to spoil it. Elyn is a vampire and she was a vampire slave to her creator but when her creator died she was free, however Blade is much more powerful than her and he is afer her. There is action and romance in this short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad.. 2 Mar 2011
By Jess - Published on
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This little erotica story starts off explosively -- with Elyn running for her life from the assassin whose life she'd helped ruin.

What worked for me:

* I really enjoy the "enemies to lovers" plot device in romances, and this story is no exception. Having Blade out for revenge against everyone who'd caused the deaths of his team several months prior made his conflicting emotions for Elyn much more intense.
* I really liked that neither character was perfect. Blade made a very stupid mistake early on in the story in an attempt to be a smartass (his words), and Elyn literally threw herself in front of a blade later in the story because she didn't take into account that as a Tekken, Blade could take care of himself better than she could.

What didn't work for me:

* Elyn had been brutally and savagely raped and tortured for the entire 50 years that she'd been enslaved by the evil vampire Kruz and his lackeys, and yet, she shows absolutely no signs of this trauma when she not only set out to seduce Blade before the story began, but also shortly after he'd captured her. The second time comes directly on the heels of her being truly terrified by believing that Kruz was still alive and after her. This seemed to be too far at odds to her initial reaction to the possibility of Kruz being alive to be believable
* Elyn and Blade jumped into the ILY's way too quickly for my tastes. Even though they had a very short previous history together, I wasn't feeling the emotional connection that soon.

Overall, however, this spicy little short was a tasty treat, and at less than a buck, definitely worth the buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun Quick Read 24 Feb 2011
By Bookaholic - Published on
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This is a short Novella about a vampire running from a bodyguard out for revenge. You are in on the chase from the first page and it is pretty much non-stop from beginning to end.


Because of Elyn, Blades friends and the client he was protecting were killed by Kruz, her maker. Blade has already killed Kruz and now Elyn believes he is going to kill her. Instead they hook up and go after the other two vampires that were also responsible for the deaths of Blade's friends and client.

As in all of Angela Knights stories there is a lot of chemistry between the hero/heroine, some really hot scenes and a happily ever after. My only complaint about the story is that it was wrapped up to quickly. I realize it is a short story but to me the ending seemed rushed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood and steel 29 April 2011
By Marzanna - Published on
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Yeah, it's OKAY. Not up the this author's usual standard but still readable. Characters were a little fuzzy and not consistent but still OK. Plot was barely there with lots of sex and some violence. It's half an hour of your life that you won't get back. It could be worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book "steels" your heart 20 Feb 2011
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There are two genres that I dislike intensely: western & futuristic, but if they are written by Angela Knight I would very happily read both.

Ms. Knight does not disappoint in this latest offering. I didn't set the book down from the time I opened it until I clicked on the last page.

Fast paced with an equal mix of graphic violence and very well-written love scenes, Ms. Knight's world building and character development hold the reader's rapt attention.

A real page turner, this book "steels" your heart.
A must-have addition to your Angela Knight collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars romance 22 Mar 2013
By Christine foreman - Published on
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this is a great thriller romance, that may help provide a little bit of spice on those very lonely nights
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