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Cutting Edge: The Edge - Prequel Kindle Edition
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Oh…the intricacy and depth of this Prequel which sets the stage for the epic to come!!! I had the distinct pleasure of reading Rough Edge first which left me breathless almost clinging to life it is that good. Now this (short in comparison) Prequel, Cutting Edge sucked me back into a story which is a love story that has tensions pulling it from the inside with the deep seated psychological wounds and issues of both lovers…Caden and Greyson, as well as, pushing up against it with dark motives from shady characters and (I’ll say it) perhaps the twisted evil agendas of the powerful in our society. Don’t let me forget to tell you that it is “F-hot”!!! Seriously dripping, melting, turning “sand into glass” hot!!!
You could sit back, read and enjoy the unfolding of a great, erotic romantic suspense epic that “The Edge” is shaping up to be…or…you could wake up and listen to the subtle touches this master author writes into her story.
“The sky was crystalline blue, heavy and thick, the only pure thing in a messy world. It connected all of us equally under its sapphire bowl.”
“…his [flipping] eyes were the color of the bowl that connected all of us.”
“The eternal sky was captured in his eyes, deadly and comforting, alive with purpose.”
“I could never forget the love in them."
Each of the above quotes was taken from different passages of Cutting Edge. When you read actively and attuned to the words… you begin to see the beauty, intelligence, heart and perhaps a glimpse of the author’s soul.
Cutting Edge takes place entirely in a forward Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. Greyson a true soldier at heart…a lifer... is a US Army Psychiatrist tasked to keep the surgeons and medical staff functioning at their maximum capacity to handle the crush of incoming wounded from a forward area offensive action. Cayden is the volunteer US Army trauma surgeon who gave up a lucrative civilian practice to do his part after 911. He is exceedingly capable and almost demonic in his drive to stay scrubbed up and in surgery days upon end, dealing with devastating injury after injury. The initial meeting and chemistry between these two is mesmerizing!!!
I also hear a love letter in Cutting Edge to those who have borne the battle and the inescapable scars it leaves on their psyche. Compounding these wounds is the difficulty for a strong battle-tested soldier to admit their unseen wounds…to admit to any weakness. I hear acknowledgement of the unique struggle of woman to earn the equal privilege to sacrifice their blood and soul for that which a soldier is commanded to do? I hear the whispered questions in the heart of those who lost a leg, an arm, a buddy, their mind … “Why?” I hear the soldier who believed that the military was the way to educate their mind earning the access to advanced education still hoping they will still have a mind to educate after the battle is done. I hear the burden the military family bears and the unique damage(?) to the psyche of a child when their warrior parent(s) speak of the carnage they witnessed on the battlefield. I hear an ode to the bravery and self-sacrifice of the poor and middle class who always have been asked in large majority to serve or who volunteer to serve. Their sacrifice never truly or fully appreciated by those who would wage war without reservation for less than noble reasons and not for the ideals we hold true.
I also hear in the very name Caden St. John that this is going to be one “hell” of a love story…pun intended. Cutting Edge sets the stage, gives you a delicious nibble and cuts close to the heart of what’s to come on the edge as Cayden had to precisely wield his scalpel in surgery. It’s an invitation and by God right now, it’s free! “Awake” my friends!!! How can you resist? How can anyone resist?
This is how Major Greyson Frazier and Captain Caden St. John meet. It’s war time in Iraq. A psychiatrist and an army surgeon out in Fallujah. Treating the incoming casualties has it own casualties on the medic team. Unending hours saving lives, there is no sleep and no rest for the weary. Major Frazier’s duties are to watch the doctors and nurses and to aid in their fatigue. And Greyson becomes very invested in Caden’s welfare leading to feelings. I loved getting the background of how Greyson and Caden became a couple. Their passion and intensity was their from the beginning.
And their there is Ronin......he is definitely the wild card and not in a good way for me.
Awesome prequel......reading before or after Rough Edge is preference. If you like the story from the beginning, then read Cutting before Rough, but I promise reading after is still fabulous!!!
We get the inklings of the horror that Caden can't get over, as he had no basic training for what he would see. I liked his flirty, take charge nature and Greyson as the veteran, seems to be his perfect match. They have a true chemistry that is made that much stronger due to their current circumstances.
I liked getting a real glimpse of the ravages of war, seen through Greyson's eyes as she treats soldiers, recovering from their wounds. You can tell the author did her research and doesn't hold back.
Left with a bit of indecision or perhaps the greatest decision they could make, I look forward to book one to continue Greyson and Caden's story.
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I don't think it really matters if you read this prequel before or after Rough Edge, but if you're OCD like me and have to read books...Read more