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The Edge of Courage (A Red Team Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Levine
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Book Description

Step into Elaine Levine's exciting new series of alpha warriors--products of the government's secret corps of assassins called the Red Team:



Haunted by memories he cannot reach, stalked by an enemy bent on revenge . . .


Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn't easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye--neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.



. . . She alone holds the key to his sanity.


Mandy Fielding's dream of opening a therapeutic riding center on her family's ranch is almost within her grasp--until she hires Rocco Silas, a dangerous ex-Spec Ops friend of her brother's. His haunted eyes and passionate touch promise a love she never dared believe possible. Can they confront the truth of his past and build a future together or will the enemy stalking him destroy them both?


Editorial Reviews

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"This book is romantic suspense and had me on the edge of my seat from the get go. If you like shows like NCIS: LA, then I think you will love this book and the members of Red Team!"
-GennieG, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"The romance was front and center, with emotion practically dripping from the page. I haven't enjoyed a romantic suspense this much in a long time and I can't wait for the next book in the series."
-Lillie, The Best Books You're Not Reading column from RR @ H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk

"I'm absolutely in love with Rocco, Mandy, Rocco's teammates, the townsfolk, and the few other secondary character we've met so far. I have a feeling that this series will be topping my list of favorites in the romantic suspense category."
-MinnChica, The Book Pushers             

"Utterly addicting book that will keep you on the edge of your seat biting your nails and reaching for a box of tissues."
-Crystal, Redheads Review It Better

"Oh My Goodness! Oh My Goodness! This book has so many things that make a book wonderful! We have romance, soldiers (in and out of uniform), mystery, suspense, danger.......This book has it all!"
-Taryn, My Secret Romance Book Reviews

"Edge of Courage is not just a passionate romance, but a romantic suspense that grew more intense with every page."
-Kathy, Kathy's Review Corner

"Everything about this book was well-done. The suspense was fabulous. The romance was breathtaking...Really, really gorgeous, emotional, and beautiful. The story provided so many gorgeous moments full of emotion. I laughed and I definitely cried. Such a great book. Elaine Levine, you have a new fan!!!"
-Christi, Smitten with Reading

From the Author

Length: Approximately 367 pages
Ages: 18 & up (story contains adult content, profanity, and violence)

The Edge of Courage (Red Team) is the first book in a serialized story that is expected to include nine full-length installments + wedding novellas. I highly recommend you read this series in order!
 
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Red Team Reading Order:
1) The Edge of Courage
2) Shattered Valor
3) Honor Unraveled
3.5) Kit & Ivy: A Red Team Wedding Novella
4) Twisted Mercy
4.5) Ty & Eden: A Red Team Wedding Novella
5) Assassin's Promise (coming soon!)

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985420502
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WXJ0H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!! April 25, 2012
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First up, let me say that i bought this book on a whim, after which i read up about Ms. Levine and realised this was her first foray into contemporary romantic suspense having previously written in the historical western genre.

Now, onto the review! A 5 star debut for sure!!! This book had ALL the elements i love; a kick-ass detailed story, a tortured hero and strong heroine and my favourite; lots of hot, sweaty smexing going on!

The Edge of Courage is the first book in Ms. Levine's Red Team series and by the looks of it, this is going to be an AWESOME series! Rocco Silas; an ex-Red Team operative, has come home from Afghanistan a broken man; haunted by extreme PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) brought about by being badly injured and losing his wife, child and unborn child in Afghanistan. He is sent to Mandy Fielding's ranch to help her out and keep an eye on her by his best friend Kit Bolanger (another ex-Red Team op), who also happens to be Mandy's half brother. He doesn't want to get involved with Mandy, knowing that he has too many demons to wrestle with, but Mandy see's beyond this and turns out to be his saving grace. Their relationship was beautiful to watch; how it developed, how Mandy helped Rocco overcome his demons and eventually how he opened up his heart and let Mandy in and in the process helped heal himself.

Mind you, while all this is going on there is still an extremely evil, bad guy/terrorist running around who is out to get Rocco (and by association, the other ex-Red Team ops) for something that happened back in Afghanistan and he won't stop. I'm guessing because this the start of a new series, it is for that reason that we will see more of him in the coming books.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Courageous but not too smart September 16, 2012
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The Edge of Courage (Red Team)
I didn't really like the characters. First of all Mandy was madly in love with Rocco after knowing him a few days. And, during most of her interaction with him he was a raving lunatic or catatonic. Rocco had halucinations every few pages. After the first few times, I felt like, I get it he's broken, get on with the story. The rest of the time they were having sex where he was very dominating and not at all romantic. She was much too submissive for my liking. Within a few days he was speaking and making decisions for her. They didn't know anything about each other. They never even really had a conversation.

Then there was the team of soldiers. Normally I love a team of macho professional warriors. But, these guys were constantly caught of guard and fell into traps that even I saw coming. Good looking but not to bright. The only reason they survived was because the bad guys were too stupid to kill them as soon as they captured them.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Do It February 11, 2013
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Another list of great reviews and trusting my fellow readers, I jumped on it and cleared my evening for a great read. Well, don't rush. Did you ever read a book or watch a movie where you wonder how this could be the hero and the heroine when all they seem to do is stumble through the story? The characters seemed just superficial. The bad guys always know everything, control all the moves, have all the information, blackmail all the trusted people and the good guys do nothing but 'catch up'? Here you go! The premise of the story sounded good but I kept waiting for the actual real story to begin. The good guys knew the bad guys were around and yet they went places alone. They were all prepared and everything was going to be all right except, "Oh yeah, well sorry the barns burned down. Ooops, didn't we tell you we were the secret investors? Well we might have made a mistake. The bad guys may know more than we thought." Really? Everyone seemed to be naive or slow on the uptake that they needed to do some major catch-up. Lets all go out and party. Eesh. Distance and time certainly didn't seem to be a problem. Just improbable. The story never came together and I could put it down without worry plus the number of mistakes also took away from it. With that said, I did find some of the characters interesting so with some major work and a lot of editing the sequel may be better. Goodness I hope so.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse Debut! May 9, 2012
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Holy Moly - I was flat-out gobsmacked by the intensity and emotional impact this one had on me by the end of the first chapter! The tears flowed. Elaine Levine has written an explosive military romantic suspense. This is a powerhouse completely overflowing with such courage, need and unbridled desire that it sometimes feels much too-close-to-the-real-thing.

After serving deeply undercover in Afghanistan for seven years, our hero Rocco Silas returns home a tortured, broken, and destroyed human being suffering from PTSD. He can't eat - he can't sleep - he can't remember - he can't escape the nightmares. His fear of being touched is on a whole other level of sadness brought about by events unimaginable to me. At times suicide creeps into his thoughts and seems to be his only answer.

Thank goodness, it is at this point that two lives intersect and Rocco meets Mandy Fielding, the step-sister of one of his team mates. Hope and salvation come packaged in a strong young woman, a trained physical therapist, who is filled to the brim with compassion and a giving spirit that runs towards fostering strays in need of help. When she looks into the empty and hollow eyes of Rocco Silas, she resolves to do whatever she can to help in his healing process and give him another chance at life.

As for the developing relationship between Rocco and Mandy, I can't possibly do it justice in my review. Suffice it to say that it is a thing of beauty. There are plenty of sparks, undeniable chemistry, tenderness, as well as differences of opinion. There are also some of the most unforgettable moments between these two characters that I've had the pleasure of reading in all my memories of visits to romanceland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy and entertaining read. I bought the whole series and am thoroughly enjoying it!
Published 23 hours ago by Donna Karlin
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!
New author for me. Will certainly read whole series. This book literally kept me spellbound. Could not put it down. I love military. Special forces. Read more
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Although I haven't read many stories with soldiers, I did enjoy this book. It held my attention and had many interesting characters. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time
While this book had some editing errors, the author did a good job with this story. I wanted to give the book 4 and a half stars but can't manage that on Kindle. Read more
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I could not put this one down! Loved the action, drama and suspense mixed in with the romance. Great story and characters!
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Can't put it down when you start the story.
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Really liked this book although I found it predictable and slow. Fell in love with the characters and can't wait to read more about them in the next books in this series. Read more
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This book was a great read. The story line was very interesting. Couldn't put this book down. Continue to write great stories.
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ABOUT MY WORK:

I make stuff up. And I have fun doing it.

Genre fiction gives me the perfect medium to build worlds where readers can join me for fun adventures. Pick up one of my Men of Defiance historical western romances and slip your fingers around the Colt .45 of a legendary gunslinger, be a scout for a wagon train, or ride shotgun on a stagecoach. Pick up one of my Red Team romantic suspenses and join the battle against international druglords and home-grown terrorists with a hot team of counter-terror experts.

Romance fiction lets you be, for a few sweet hours, something you're not. Which is cool, because every time you look at life through someone else's eyes, you learn more about yourself.

So read often...become who you were meant to be.

And email me => elevine@elainelevine.com. I love hearing from readers! Drop by my website (www.elainelevine.com) for more information about my books!

ABOUT ME:

I was born a poor, white child into a modestly affluent family, third daughter to a father who wanted only sons. I cooked and cleaned and mended my evil stepmother's and stepsister's ball gowns until my very own Prince Charming stole me away. We had two beautiful children, a boy and girl, who left our granola-eating, tree-hugging family to be warriors and, well, Republicans. Our son heard the siren call of the woman he loves and presented Prince Charming and me with two beautiful grandchildren, a girl and a boy. Our daughter continues on the warrior's path and yearns for a lifemate more alpha than she but has an adorable to dog to occupy her attention in the meantime. And if you believe this fairytale, you'll certainly love my books, so give them a try!

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