“My new obsession. I’m eating every word of this series and begging for more.”
— Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author
New York Times Bestseller CD Reiss goes back to her roots with a dark, intense tale that breaks boundaries and shatters expectations in
Who do you love?
The decent man you married?
The surgeon shattered during the war?
The emotionless Dominant who appears in his eyes more and more often?
All of them?
Even when he breaks you?
Even when he makes you beg?
Is there no pain or pleasure he cannot deliver?
What will you sacrifice to heal him?
Will he sacrifice his sanity to protect you from the exquisite torture of his cruel hands?
This is more than a marriage.
It’s a crack at the edges of the mind and heart.
It’s a promise written in the heavens and a wound splitting the sky.
Love may be the death of both of you.
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5 +++ Stars
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
If there’s one thing Reiss executes exceedingly well is the research she does for her stories. Rough Edge is no exception. Facts are presented in a gritty and realistic manner that more than skirt around the dark side of eroticism and as the title implies, is rough-edged. And it’s beyond brilliant. Okay, so if said facts have been twisted a tad, it’s a means to an end but that’s the author’s prerogative, right? Even though the subject in question is a hard pill to swallow, some actions are even harder to understand for the players. That being said, the author’s outstanding narrative helped me become totally invested in her protagonists. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I lost sleep over Captain Caden St. John and his wife, Dr. Greyson Fraizer’s dilemma. At times, I found it difficult to collect coherent thoughts regardless of what these two professionals were up against. So, prepare yourselves for a roller-coaster ride of emotions and an intensity like you’ve never experienced before from Reiss’ storytelling.
Caden and Greyson’s narrative is an unusual one in the respect that there’s no build up to their love story. Told from a dual point of view in past tense, flashbacks soon put me in the picture. I learnt where they met and how an all-consuming attraction, boundless lust and a professional and personal respect flowers into what appears to be a solid problem-free marriage. By no means was it made in heaven, albeit all the points for being a successful one are there. I wanted them to be invincible, they did, too. Yet Reiss doesn’t make it as simple as that. She’s gone back to her writing roots and I folks, wasn’t just jumping for joy, I was blinkin’ well happy dancing!
In the beginning, there wasn’t a second where I felt unduly concerned about Caden and Grayson’s relationship. Stronger than a team, ‘their togetherness’ seemed to rule so clearly that the author’s vivid account of their feelings fooled me into thinking everything was tickety-boo. Reiss does this to the reader very cleverly. Result…it didn’t take long for me to let my frustration be heard in the way of some rather unladylike expressions, because when it came to the crunch, I suffered as much as her characters. Perhaps I’d relaxed a little too much into their story or maybe it’s my blind faith in this lifelong institution called marriage… whatever, while lapping up the author’s characters’ anecdotes, I noticed that the very love balance achieved showed signs of cracking. And I, in all my naïvty, believed said cracks could be fixed or brushed under the carpet. This is serious stuff though. Questions arise. Some are answered quickly; others, the ones I wanted to know like yesterday, were left pending. So what caused the last straw to break? How deeply ingrained is the crack and secondly, is there anyone sufficiently trustworthy and prepared to help Caden? The answer is closer to home than you can imagine…ahem, don’t think too much…just one-click and find out!
I couldn’t have wished to meet a lovelier and more generous person like Greyson. She’s out of her comfort zone, making the best of it with style and know-how. All said and done, in her professional capacity, dealing with the most complicated of cases under whatever circumstance is what she does well. And more important are words of encouragement from the man she worships. Little does she know her personal life would be thrown off course, turned inside out and left feeling alone in that very city she’d quickly adapted to.
Caden knows something is very wrong in his marriage when both he and Greyson come back to what is considered civilization. He adores her. His only way of expressing his feelings will make you sit up straight, turn the pages even quicker than you had been and damn well hope for the best. Get ready; something strange is lurking, it won’t go away, it’s growing stronger. Excuse me if I say he’s the bee’s knees personified. The imperfectly perfect swoon-worthy dirty-talking hero who had me at the drop of a hat made my heart bleed for him. And my heart cried out even louder for his wife.
I wouldn’t be letting on if I told you what Caden does for a living as it’s in the synopsis. Nevertheless, for lovers of CD’s penmanship and newbies included, (the cadence in her words are layered, fluid and stunningly evocative), I’d highly recommend going in blind. It’s all about the element of surprise in this book, all said and done, this is a psychological headbanger of the first degree that oozes angst and passionate eroticism. What more can I say except thank goodness On the Edge, the next book in The Edge series releases soon. Bravo Reiss! Five +++ stars.
About the Author
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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