Rough Edge by CD Reiss – Review and Excerpt

May 22, 2018 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Rough Edge by CD Reiss – Review and Excerptfour-stars
Rough Edge by C.D. Reiss
Series: The Edge #1
Also in this series: On the Edge, Cutting Edge , Broken Edge
Published by Flip City Media on May 22, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Pages: 242
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New York Times Bestseller CD Reiss goes back to her roots with a dark, intense tale that breaks boundaries and shatters expectations.

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By LilyGrayson returns from duty to be reunited with her new husband, Caden. Adjusting to both civilian life and marriage turns out to be more of a challenge than she imagined it would be. Determined to make a go of her life outside of the army, she sets out to do whatever it takes in her personal and professional life.

There’s no denying life doesn’t have the same edge to it as it did in the military. The challenges are still there, though, and together they fight hard to make their marriage work. Outside influences start to throw their balance. Caden’s coping mechanisms begin to create a facet to their marriage taking sheer instinct to navigate through it all.

Exactly what is causing the rift is unknown. Solving the mystery before it’s revealed in the book will be the challenge! My mind is churning over more than a few possibilities. There are times when I think I have it all worked out, then boom – another vital detail comes to light and all bets are off again.

While they met while serving abroad in the military, they were both there as medical staff. Caden is a surgeon and Grayson a psychologist. They are able to continue with their professions as civilians which appealed to me as I am not generally a fan of military based stories. While the setting is influenced by their professions, it is a relationship based mystery.

What is working for me in Caden and Grayson’s relationship is the delicate balance they are trying to hold on to. With them both being established within the medical field, I wondered about their resolve to continue cruising dangerously close to the edge panned out for as long as it did.

This brings me to the rough edge of their relationship. It was hot, consensual at the same time as being dangerous on more than one level. The next book, Cutting Edge is a prequel to this book, telling the story of how Caden and Grayson first met. Each book so far ends at the edge of a revelation, some may call them cliffhangers. What it provides for me though is time to process and ponder the story thus far. Needless to say I am hooked on a new dark series!

4 Stars


“This series grips you by the throat and refuses to let go—and you’ll be begging for more the entire time.” Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling Author


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You married a decent man.

A rock solid, arrogant war hero who knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. He wanted you, and you gave yourself to him.

You are his only desire–the only woman in his orbit–but the intensity of that desire is turning dangerous.

Love may be the death of both of you.

NY Times Bestselling author CD Reiss brings dark intensity to a couple so in love, they’ll make the darkest of sacrifices to save each other.


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In the dark, during the fundraising video, she leaned into me, taking my hand. “What’s going on?”


“Caden.” My name was more than a statement. It was a comment on how well she knew the animal, and how well she loved it.

If eyes could listen, hers did, gazing at me in the darkness. I couldn’t lie to her for much longer.

The entire invite list was watching the video. The bar was empty. The hallway lights were dimmed. The kitchen staff moved constantly and quietly to set up the buffet.

I laced my fingers in hers. She had a gold band we’d gotten out of expediency. No big sparkling rock. No sign I’d ever courted her properly before marrying her.

My father always said a man didn’t skip steps if he wanted to do something once.

I slid my cheek to hers and whispered in her ear, “I want to destroy you.”

Her hand tightened in mine so tightly I could feel our bones. Her glands must have fired, because the apples and the perfume melded and became something so uniquely her my balls ached—but not for simple release. For something more. An agreement of ownership.

Waiting wasn’t an option.

Pulling her by the hand, I headed for the hallway.

“Caden,” she said when we were away from the event, “slow down.”

I didn’t. I couldn’t. I pulled her down the carpeted steps to the lower level, stepping over a velvet rope at the bottom. The lights were out in the hall. Three doors led to three empty event rooms.

“What’s with you lately?” she asked.

“Are you saying no?”

“I’m asking a question.”

I backed into one of the rooms and pulled her in. It was dark but for light coming from under the doorways on each side. I walked in deeper, eyes adjusting quickly enough to avoid the tables and stacks of chairs on wheeled dollies.

“So am I.” I faced her. “Are you saying no?”

“What are you hoping I’ll say yes to?”

“I’m going to pull that dress up until I can get to these hard nipples.” I pinched them through the dress and she gasped. “Then I’ll bend you over one of these tables and fuck you so hard walking’s going to hurt. Are you saying no?”

“I’m not. But I want to know what’s going on with you.”

“Pull your dress up before I shred it.”

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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