Before The Edge

Before The Edge

by Kallysten

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940014765442
Publisher: Kallysten
Publication date: 06/10/2012
Series: On The Edge , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.

To see her other stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit

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Before The Edge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
meggerfly More than 1 year ago
Before The Edge is the "prequel" to Kallysten's On The Edge series. Having read the original On The Edge trilogy - On The Edge, Over The Edge and Walking The Edge - I knew all about Lisa, Brett and Leo's relationship. Those stories were mostly about Leo's integration into Lisa and Brett's lives. Because Lisa and Brett were already an established couple in those stories we never knew how they originally hooked up. In Before The Edge we finally learn how they got together. In Kallysten's world, Haventown is probably one of the most vampire friendly towns that there is. This really isn't saying much though, as biased behavior towards vampires still ran rampant. Though vampires were legal citizens and it was illegal to discriminate against them, many still did. We see this right away in Before The Edge when Lisa, a female vampire, is confronted by a bigot in a bar. Thankfully, the bar's owner, Brett, threw the offensive man out but when it was time to face the vampire he found himself tongue-tied. He'd never been that close to a vampire. Though he had no idea how to act at first they soon found themselves chatting away. As I said earlier, I knew what lay in Brett and Lisa's lives. Having that knowledge in no way diminished the reading experience. In fact, Kallysten put some conflict into this story to counterbalance that knowledge. It was just a small issue in reality but it did take me by surprise. It gave a freshness to a storyline that could have easily been stale. One thing about this story that really struck me was the insight into Lisa that we got. Now, I have nothing against here, but forming a connection with her has been a little difficult in the past for me. I've always seen her a somewhat detached. In Before The Edge we get a little "glimpse behind the mask" and I was able to understand her a little more. Especially her wistfulness for a friend that she'd left behind. Lisa and Brett fit together nicely in this story but I totally missed Leo while reading this. Though it's obvious to me that Lisa and Brett can be perfectly happy together, it's just as obvious that they're not really "whole" without Leo. I think Kallysten did an excellent job portraying that. It must have been hard to write 2/3 of a relationship but she's pulled if off without a hitch. Before The Edge is an excellent addition to the On The Edge series. Learning about how it all began was a blast for me. Whether your new to this series or an old acquaintance, you'll really enjoy this story.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Imagine a world where vampires are actual citizens, but suffer the indignities of discrimination.  Where all Lisa wants to do is enjoy her nights, perhaps dance or enjoy a quiet drink in the company of others.  Until Lisa walked into Brett’s bar, her tell-tale lack of reflection in the mirrors that appear in every bar in town usually resulted in her being escorted from the premises.  Brett, unfamiliar with the ‘reality’ that is vampire, yet inexplicably drawn to Lisa’s beauty, the two start a tentative friendship / flirtation that soon is sparking the pages with the intensity of the passion they share.  With well-developed characters that are providing their backstory to each other as well as the reader: the story is providing background and introducing the ‘how they met’ story.  I do enjoy Kallysten’s writing, the short novellas place solid characters and allow them some room for growth as the story moves forward.  The sexual tension, passions and release are exquisitely detailed with equal measure of description and imagery, providing an addictive storyline that you can’t put down.   I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It’s always fun to read about vampires and the various ways they’re portrayed, and here Lisa is portrayed as both a predator and your average woman. Brett is a typical bar owner married to his work, and gets a little more adventurous as things heat up between himself and Lisa, until of course old betrayals come back to haunt him causing a rift between them. I like Brett and his relationships with other people in his life, and I like how Lisa is when she’s with him. That being said, I was really uncomfortable with the lack of monogamy from Lisa and the fact that Brett didn’t really seem to mind. I am the kind of person who believes in honesty, even if it’s regarding an affair (it’s the hiding and lying makes the sh*t hit the fan), so I love that Lisa is open about that side of her nature. However, I’m still the type of person, and reader, that prefers a monogamous HEA (happily ever after for those not in the know), so that hurt the story considerably for me. Overall, I still enjoyed the couple’s journey and am interested in reading more about their future. A compelling vampire story that leaves you wanting more, Before The Edge is a tale about a vampire and a human finding each other surprisingly endearing and venturing into the future together despite the obstacles they face. It’s a nice sensual read for leisure time.