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When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves? As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-l When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves? As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-long dream of promotion, and the last thing he needs now are complications. But he can’t help being intrigued by the enigmatic Ian James. Not only is Ian flat-out gorgeous, he’s also mysterious. And he awakens in David a passion that he hasn’t felt since … well, ever. Unfortunately, Ian James is a man with a dangerous past and an even more dangerous present, and loving him will come at a cost. Can David trust him? Is he willing to put his entire career on the line to protect a man who might be playing him? Is Ian capable of loving and trusting him back? Discovering the truth will take David into the heart of blackmail, corruption, and scandal. Straight to the edge of control. The Edge of Control is a stand-alone, full-length novel with NO cliffhanger!


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When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves? As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-l When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves? As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-long dream of promotion, and the last thing he needs now are complications. But he can’t help being intrigued by the enigmatic Ian James. Not only is Ian flat-out gorgeous, he’s also mysterious. And he awakens in David a passion that he hasn’t felt since … well, ever. Unfortunately, Ian James is a man with a dangerous past and an even more dangerous present, and loving him will come at a cost. Can David trust him? Is he willing to put his entire career on the line to protect a man who might be playing him? Is Ian capable of loving and trusting him back? Discovering the truth will take David into the heart of blackmail, corruption, and scandal. Straight to the edge of control. The Edge of Control is a stand-alone, full-length novel with NO cliffhanger!

30 review for The Edge of Control

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    Oh, good lord, this book had way too much angst and violence and drama for such an unsatisfying ending. David gave more than Ian, and even on the last page, Ian was playing the "I'm not good enough" card. I have no patience for that, and getting only David's POV certainly didn't help. I liked the secondary characters, especially Albert (because how can you not love a 75-year-old British man who doles out chocolate biscuits and uses phrases like "our tasty trumpet"?), and the steamy times were haw Oh, good lord, this book had way too much angst and violence and drama for such an unsatisfying ending. David gave more than Ian, and even on the last page, Ian was playing the "I'm not good enough" card. I have no patience for that, and getting only David's POV certainly didn't help. I liked the secondary characters, especially Albert (because how can you not love a 75-year-old British man who doles out chocolate biscuits and uses phrases like "our tasty trumpet"?), and the steamy times were hawt, but the angst overshadowed the romance. Also, and this has no bearing on my review, but the cover is horrid. I mean the guy in scrubs is sporting an honest-to-god mullet.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    3.5 stars This was a pretty good debut novel for author Lou Kelly. The sex and emotion were smoking hot, but the story line was a bit hard to take and the level of insta-lust on Daniel's part really creeped me out. He is the narrator of the story, the only one, so we were constantly bombarded with his inappropriate thoughts about Ian who Daniel initially thinks is rude, hostile, married with children and having an illicit affair with an older, married man. None of that seems to matter to Daniel w 3.5 stars This was a pretty good debut novel for author Lou Kelly. The sex and emotion were smoking hot, but the story line was a bit hard to take and the level of insta-lust on Daniel's part really creeped me out. He is the narrator of the story, the only one, so we were constantly bombarded with his inappropriate thoughts about Ian who Daniel initially thinks is rude, hostile, married with children and having an illicit affair with an older, married man. None of that seems to matter to Daniel who still fantasizes about Daniel's hot ass and getting him into bed. This could have been a 5 star read, or at least 4.5 stars, if it weren't for the creep factor at the beginning. The emotion was there, the sex was delicious, the plot believable but heavy on the drama, but prepare for a touch of the willies from Daniel during the first half of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    An incredibly well done romance/thriller mix. Dr. David Carlson is a workaholic and over-achiever, managing to obtain the position of Chief of Medicine at Southside Hospital at the comparatively young age of 40. He’s gay too, but has no time for a private life, spending all his waking hours inside his hospital. The only thing he indulges in is watching the hot tight ass of new male nurse Ian James walking around in scrubs. The guy is quiet and unfriendly most of the time, not making any friends a An incredibly well done romance/thriller mix. Dr. David Carlson is a workaholic and over-achiever, managing to obtain the position of Chief of Medicine at Southside Hospital at the comparatively young age of 40. He’s gay too, but has no time for a private life, spending all his waking hours inside his hospital. The only thing he indulges in is watching the hot tight ass of new male nurse Ian James walking around in scrubs. The guy is quiet and unfriendly most of the time, not making any friends at the hospital. At age 26 he is also rather old to come fresh out of med school. Still, he’s a walking temptation for cold-blooded David and just when Ian slightly warms up to his handsome boss, David witnesses something that shatters his fragile feelings for the younger man to pieces. Who is Ian James? The answer to that question shows David the dark side of urban city life and the many ways a poor young man can get caught in it. I totally liked David. His feelings for Ian and his understanding of the man’s difficult past really made me like him so much. Even when he learned the whole truth, he didn’t distance himself from Ian and stood by his side, helping him and his family in every way he could. I was a bit surprised that the second half of the book introduced so many characters that were not mentioned before, like David’s hot adopted brother Sawyer – the undercover cop with the tattoos who will hopefully get his own book soon. I was drooling over that guy way too much in this novel already… Poor Ian went through hell and barely made it out of this story alive. Good thing his boyfriend was a doctor, though, LOL. I loved the MCs, I adored the side characters and the sex was simply amazing! Can’t wait to read more from this author. 5 solid stars !

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was good? This was not good? This was everything in between? I have no idea… David is the Chief of Medicine in a hospital. He is single, gay and crushing on one of his new nurses, Ian James. But Ian seems very closed off, so David doesn’t even try to strike up a conversation. When Ian suddenly tries to seduce him, David has a feeling something is wrong. It turns out Ian is being extorted by Judge Bruce Muller, Chairman of the hospital board. The judge told Ian to seduce David so he can blackm This was good? This was not good? This was everything in between? I have no idea… David is the Chief of Medicine in a hospital. He is single, gay and crushing on one of his new nurses, Ian James. But Ian seems very closed off, so David doesn’t even try to strike up a conversation. When Ian suddenly tries to seduce him, David has a feeling something is wrong. It turns out Ian is being extorted by Judge Bruce Muller, Chairman of the hospital board. The judge told Ian to seduce David so he can blackmail David. Ian is taking care of his sister and her 3 young children, but the judge is blackmailing Ian into having sex with him, or he will get Social Services to take the children. David is not happy when he finds all of this out ,so he tries to help Ian by finding out as much as he can about the judge. The two of them grow closer and closer while they are coming up with a plan to bring Bruce Muller down... This was quite a long story and I put it down several times. I was happy I was done, even though there were parts I did enjoy. It was funny at times, but I felt as if the writer was trying to make David a bit too funny? And I didn’t feel the chemistry between David and Ian at all. The relationship could have used something more. This whole book consists of David and Ian trying to expose the big bad judge, so I was constantly on the edge of my seat. With all the dirty judges and cops it felt so depressing to me. Like Ian and David were just one breath away from being taken away from each other. It got on my nerves. No time to let your guard down here! Overall it wasn’t bad and I actually did like the last 20% more than the rest, but it didn’t blow my mind.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Well that was one hell of a pleasant surprise... I do enjoy a good romance with a bit of action and some suspense thrown in, but of course it's got to be done right and happy day this one was! I don't think I can quite bring myself to call this one a mystery because the who-done-it part was pretty clear almost from the start and normally that would bother me but there was a lot going on in this one so for me it just meant that I could focus on the rest of the story without getting distracted Well that was one hell of a pleasant surprise... I do enjoy a good romance with a bit of action and some suspense thrown in, but of course it's got to be done right and happy day this one was! I don't think I can quite bring myself to call this one a mystery because the who-done-it part was pretty clear almost from the start and normally that would bother me but there was a lot going on in this one so for me it just meant that I could focus on the rest of the story without getting distracted with putting all the clues together to see if I can figure out who the bad guy is before it gets revealed. Add to that the fact that there were a lot of secondary characters in this story and well to be honest for me this should have been ok at best but nope, that was not the case I really found myself enjoying this story, so let's take a closer look and see if I can figure out why...ok, I'll be honest here, I don't really care. I liked it a lot. I just want to share my thoughts here, if a little enlightenment comes along...well, bonus. First we have David Carlson. He's the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital ever and he's worked really hard for this position. He's put in the long hours and kept his eye on the prize and he is genuinely a good guy and nice and he's so crushing/cruising on that hot new ER nurse, Ian James. I loved how much he was perving on Ian and no it wasn't in a bad way it was totally cute and adorable how distracted he got by Ian. He definitely spent way too much time daydreaming about Ian I think the main reason that this amused me so much is because even though it's been more than 30 years, I can honestly say I'm guilty, I can remember more than one crush where I was perpetually distracted with thoughts of the person that were admittedly inappropriate and they did sometimes occur during some rather inopportune moments...sue me, I'm human and they were just that thoughts. Like David I didn't act on them...just got a little lost in them once in a while. Next we have Ian. He's got some pretty dark secrets in his past and he's trying to just keep his life on course. But Ian's past is refusing to stay where it belongs and it's coming back and bringing with it a whole new set of problems. When all that Ian really wants to do is stay under the radar, do his job and go home. He's got responsibilities that mean to much for him to risk his job with someone who he's sure that he's not good enough for. Then we have our cast of secondary characters Caroline. David's best friend and head nurse in the ER department. I love her, she's a total spitfire and loyal to a fault. She's fiesty and speaks her mind especially to David and she can walk in high heels so I'm a little bit in awe of her. Next we have Albert, David's secretary (sorry folks author's choice not mine) for the purposes of keeping things current let's think of him as David's Administrative Assistant. Albert is a fiesty, 70ish British gentleman who's been gay longer than David's been living and he's adorable. Ironically Albert has also managed to coin a term of endearment that I quite possibly enjoy less than the word 'baby' and it's various derivatives. That's right ladies and gentlemen my husband need have no fear that I will ever refer to him as my 'tasty little crumpet' holy hell and shades of Hannibal Lecter this one made my skin crawl...nope, never going to borrow it. Thankfully it wasn't used a lot in the book and other than that I did like Albert he was a bit of a colorful character. David also had an Aunt Joanie who was your typical artistic, bra burning, radical aunt...what? Everyone's got one of these, right? Well, if you don't you certainly need to go out and get yourself one they're awesome. Plus there's the rest of David's family and I wouldn't mind a story of two to find out more about them. Especially Sawyer...mmm...Sawyer, yep. I want me one of those. He's David's youngest brother and an undercover cop, he's a hardass, he's got tattoos and yeah, he's got a bit of an issue regarding his 'perfect' big brother David but don't let that fool you. He's got David's back don't you doubt it. Ironically one of the more fascinating surprises in this book had a little something to do with Sawyer and yep, that's all that I'm saying on that one. While we're on the topic of family let's not forget about Ian's. Granted it's definitely not as big as David's, but he has one and it's awesome. His big sister, Elishe is one hella' fiesty sister who swings a mean backpack if she needs to and she comes with 3 awesome kids who mean the world to both her and their Uncle Ian. Ian and Elishe are close they've been watching out for each other for most of their lives and while it hasn't always been an easy life. They've managed to create their own unique family and they know that family, takes care of family. I liked David and Ian together. It was totally lust at first sight where David was concerned and I think for Ian as well but we really only get the story from David's perspective. What I found interesting in this pairing was that while David was the older of them by about 12 years and he may have had the successful career, the money, etc. When it came what the world was like for those without his privileges he was more than a little naive. It was Ian the younger man in this pairing who truly understood the darker side of the world and what it really took to survive at times. It gave a definite balance to the relationship while David might know how to do survive in the boardroom it was Ian who knew what was needed to get them there. 'The Edge of Control' is a stand-alone story with no cliffhangers and a strong HFN/HEA ending all while offering the potential for the author to take us on further adventures with characters we've met and ones we maybe have yet to meet. ************************** A copy of The Edge of Control was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise H.

    *** A thriller, with mysterious events, hot sex, and questions ! *** Dr. David Carlson has just earned his dream of Chief of Staff. He loves his hospital and staff are the greatest and do awesome work. Ian is a new RN, handsome, brown-eyed babe, who is ornery. No one knows the anguish he lives every day. David is drawn to him. Circumstances become shocking and more entrenched as we go along. It's twists and turns, deep secrets, underhanded deals, a sinister Judge and more. The sex between David *** A thriller, with mysterious events, hot sex, and questions ! *** Dr. David Carlson has just earned his dream of Chief of Staff. He loves his hospital and staff are the greatest and do awesome work. Ian is a new RN, handsome, brown-eyed babe, who is ornery. No one knows the anguish he lives every day. David is drawn to him. Circumstances become shocking and more entrenched as we go along. It's twists and turns, deep secrets, underhanded deals, a sinister Judge and more. The sex between David and Ian is erotic, emotional, and beautiful, yet intense and powerful. Ian's past has been nothing but crude, rough, abusive, including sex, so, David's tenderness is new and appreciated. He wants this man, and he wants better for his sister and her kids. (view spoiler)[ The guys connection could have been more defined, a deeper bond. I felt the "feelings" Ian felt when he met Sawyer, David's cop brother, were very deep. They each had deep emotion from their past meeting when Sawyer was undercover. Loved the deepness of that meeting. (hide spoiler)] They all deserve a break. The evil Judge (...kidnapping...) and others he controls are getting out of hand. Deeply thought filled characters, a steady flowing plot, and great sexiness are told from David's POV, but even at that, we still get Ian's feelings through conversation and events. Peripheral characters, like David's secretary and assistant are wonderful. This story has strategy, planning and mystery. I was glad to see Ian finally get peace and healing after all he went through. Recommended to mystery thriller fans. ENJOY !! ================================== (view spoiler)[ Violence, kidnapping, abuse and cruelty. (hide spoiler)] ====================================

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christelle

    What a pleasant surprise. I was swept into the story right from the beginning, thanks for the author’s solid writing, the fast pace, and the endearing characters. And of course, the hotness !! David is the newly appointed Chief of Medicine : hard worker, dedicated and caring, if not a bit naïve. Alone since the death of his partner 2 years ago, he’s surprised to have a huge crush on Ian, the new nurse in the ER, very good with the patients, but quite grumpy with his co-workers. One day, David ove What a pleasant surprise. I was swept into the story right from the beginning, thanks for the author’s solid writing, the fast pace, and the endearing characters. And of course, the hotness !! David is the newly appointed Chief of Medicine : hard worker, dedicated and caring, if not a bit naïve. Alone since the death of his partner 2 years ago, he’s surprised to have a huge crush on Ian, the new nurse in the ER, very good with the patients, but quite grumpy with his co-workers. One day, David overheard Ian and Bruce, the chairman of the hospital board, having sex in the public bathroom. David suspects some sexual harassment and starts digging. And what he is going to discover is far above what he initially thought. But he is a determined man, deeply attracted to Ian, whatever his past and his baggage, and there is nothing that could stop him in his efforts to win his man. It’s an angsty story, with a gripping plot, if one is willing to suspend belief a tiny bit, that entertained me so much that I even overlooked the extra-sugar because let’s face it, I’m a sucker for MCs with a deep sense of family and who try hard to have a good life when dealt with bad cards, for some suspense and for a sweet HEA.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raj

    This book could have so easily have been a 5 star read for me as others have found it to be extremely charming.I so dislike single point of view books as some of the horrors experienced by the second character is highly diminished in the aftermath when the tale is retold.It's like holding ash in your hand after the blaze has long since cooled off. A book has to be truly exceptionally written to raise above this. I know one always has to suspend disbelief when reading fiction but how on earth does This book could have so easily have been a 5 star read for me as others have found it to be extremely charming.I so dislike single point of view books as some of the horrors experienced by the second character is highly diminished in the aftermath when the tale is retold.It's like holding ash in your hand after the blaze has long since cooled off. A book has to be truly exceptionally written to raise above this. I know one always has to suspend disbelief when reading fiction but how on earth does a 60 year old man continuously subdue a fit 28 year old man to the point of physical defeat.This phenomena is prevalent the entire book.I'm still unsure how Ian got himself kidnapped by Bruce the 'super strong evil octogenarian' single-handedly. Ian was like a damsel in distress the entire novel.It's a mystery that he survived the hardships that he did because none of that fight was evident the entire book. Dave the only point of view the entire journey was for me a character of immense strength & his brother Sawyer's presence was most noted despite his silence.Ian the love interest provided the beauty that drove men to commit unspeakable evil deeds & not much else.I could not get much more out of his creation as the reader is forbidden entry into his inner musing. So if you like linear fairy tales than this book is bound to capture your attention as it is all about feeling good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Hoffstaetter

    What a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book really grabs a reader and personally I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. This story covers David Carlson, the new Chief of Medicine of Southside General Hospital near New York who is also a focused, dedicated, repressed Doctor and Ian James, a surly, unapproachable (by the nursing staff) male nurse but deals very well with patients. The obvious bad guy is Judge Bruce Muller What a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book really grabs a reader and personally I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. This story covers David Carlson, the new Chief of Medicine of Southside General Hospital near New York who is also a focused, dedicated, repressed Doctor and Ian James, a surly, unapproachable (by the nursing staff) male nurse but deals very well with patients. The obvious bad guy is Judge Bruce Muller on the board of directors of Southside General Hospital and the free clinic. What you will find in this book is drama, suspense, blackmail, forced non-consensual sex, extortion, falling in love, murder, a drug ring, prescription drugs, drug running, kidnapping, sexual tensions/desires and erotic scenes. The story-line and plot is well thought out and written. The characters are well developed, believable, sympathetic and have needs with desire. I can without hesitation recommend this book to people that like to read a fantastically well written romance, you will not be disappointed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa1269

    What a ride this book takes readers on… With the countless ways that Ian’s suffering broke my heart, I was completely enthralled by the chemistry between these two men and couldn’t put this book down. Blanketed in hostility and secrets, ER nurse Ian meets David, Chief of Medicine and everything he could never allow himself to have, and the sparks begin to fly. As David peels back layers of lies and deception, the fascination grows as the danger escalates and they’re forced to confront not only I What a ride this book takes readers on… With the countless ways that Ian’s suffering broke my heart, I was completely enthralled by the chemistry between these two men and couldn’t put this book down. Blanketed in hostility and secrets, ER nurse Ian meets David, Chief of Medicine and everything he could never allow himself to have, and the sparks begin to fly. As David peels back layers of lies and deception, the fascination grows as the danger escalates and they’re forced to confront not only Ian’s tormenter but an attraction that neither has ever experienced before. Ian’s hopelessness in the face of blackmail tore at me, but David’s confidence that they can get through it together tempered that weight. Despite coming from backgrounds that are worlds apart, these characters are such a great balance for each other that I couldn’t help but love them. The dynamic between them is highly charged, intense and sexy one moment, romantic and tender the next. In direct contrast to how much I loved David and Ian, Lou Kelly gives us an antagonist that is so clearly hateful that I was almost disappointed that he didn’t suffer the gory and painful death I was envisioning for him. Reserving my bloodthirsty instincts for Bruce, I adored Albert, David’s steadfast secretary, with his dry wit and sly observations, and Caroline, the spitfire head ER nurse who is David’s best friend. I also would love to hear the enigmatic Sawyer’s story, nudge, nudge Lou Kelly… With a quick moving and suspenseful plot, I couldn’t get enough of these characters. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fundamentally

    Ultimately loved this I had a little bout of niggles while reading the first part of the story. David, the new Chief of Medicine at the hospital, seems quite obsessed with Ian, the new ER nurse. I can get behind a good case of insta-lust, but Ian was cold and antagonistic to him, then David catches him in a compromising position and starts thinking the worst, when he mistakes Ian's sister for his wife. Then, when David is given more negative information, even though it comes from someone he disli Ultimately loved this I had a little bout of niggles while reading the first part of the story. David, the new Chief of Medicine at the hospital, seems quite obsessed with Ian, the new ER nurse. I can get behind a good case of insta-lust, but Ian was cold and antagonistic to him, then David catches him in a compromising position and starts thinking the worst, when he mistakes Ian's sister for his wife. Then, when David is given more negative information, even though it comes from someone he dislikes and distrusts, he thinks even worse of Ian. But he still watches and lusts after Ian constantly. So, I saw: overblown obsession and David being gullible and naive as well. Yet, as the story continued, I saw that mostly it fit his character; the naïveté anyway, not the obsession. David had led a privileged life and in spite of his experiences as a physician, had little real-world understanding. That gave some balance and contrast to Ian's rather beaten-down, world weary and solitary character. I also wanted the story to build just a little faster. The character build for Ian started there though and the basis for the suspense and mystery that was the background part of the story. It wasn't boring, though and the plot was carefully built. It was rather slow burn, although the "love you's" came fairly quickly once David and Ian got together. I loved the secondary characters as well; Caroline, David's best friend and also a nurse at the hospital and his assistant Albert, an aging Englishman. I did get get a bit tired of "crumpet" references. I think the author might have given him more British flavor than there was. Ian and David's family were pretty distinctly drawn and the sister and kids didn't overwhelm the story. I really liked the strong hurt/comfort storyline, combined with the tension and suspense of trying to resolve the questions and find a solution to Ian's troubles. That part of the plot also included David's brother Sawyer, who I really hope to see in a future story. His position as an undercover cop and their sister Katie being a lawyer allowed for some overly convenient solutions, but I felt it worked for the story. I appreciate that while there was not an overwhelming amount of sex in the story, what was there was, was very hot! So, an excellent debut novel for Lou Kelly. Was it one of the best I've ever read? No, but it was written so well, had so few errors (if any), and made me stay involved, interested and feeling empathy with the characters. The hospital and medical information, the climactic scenes and the way events were resolved, appeared accurate and realistic. I very much look forward to the next offering from this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I have to start by saying, I freaking LOVED this book!!! I just ate this book up in 3 hours hehehe, no joke! this hooked me from the very first words and didn't let me go until the end, actually no, it still hasn't let me go, I want more... I will beg if I have to. I loved David and Ian! David is 40, single, a sweetheart, funny, smart but naïve and did I mention so lovable. Ian, oh Ian, such a grumpy mystery in the beginning but we come to find that he is an awesome little brother and loving Unc I have to start by saying, I freaking LOVED this book!!! I just ate this book up in 3 hours hehehe, no joke! this hooked me from the very first words and didn't let me go until the end, actually no, it still hasn't let me go, I want more... I will beg if I have to. I loved David and Ian! David is 40, single, a sweetheart, funny, smart but naïve and did I mention so lovable. Ian, oh Ian, such a grumpy mystery in the beginning but we come to find that he is an awesome little brother and loving Uncle. Ian is a first year nurse that is trying like hell to take care of his family after a rough past. it broke my heart at points to know what he went through. Together David and Ian are so perfect for each other. I loved the dynamic of their relationship and watching them totally fall for each other. The families of these guys were just as awesome; Aunt Joanie, Elise, Emma, Annie, Jack, and Sawyer (this hottie needs a man asap!) I loved Emma and David's vocab game, I was snickering the whole time. And I think every person needs a Caroline, let me tell you! She was an awesome best friend to both the guys. And we can not forget sweet Albert! Don't get me started on the bad guy(s), I wanted to join the line with David for batting practice ;) Seriously though, I'm not telling the story, cause I liked figuring everything out and it was well worth it! I highly recommend this book. Not reading this will cause cancer... Love, Aunt Joanie ;) now go read!! Shoo shoo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dutchgirl

    I was pulled in from the start and i couldn't put the book down so i read it in one go. I read somewhere that this is a debut novel from the author and if this is true then i'm truly impressed because this is a well written romance with crime mysterie elements and the mix romance/crime is very nicely done. I loved both main characters and i enjoyed their journey. I have to mention that i too (like many others) developed a soft spot for Sawyer, i read that he is going to get his own book and i'm I was pulled in from the start and i couldn't put the book down so i read it in one go. I read somewhere that this is a debut novel from the author and if this is true then i'm truly impressed because this is a well written romance with crime mysterie elements and the mix romance/crime is very nicely done. I loved both main characters and i enjoyed their journey. I have to mention that i too (like many others) developed a soft spot for Sawyer, i read that he is going to get his own book and i'm very happy with that, i can't wait to read his story :) The Edge of Control is one of the best books i read so i highly recommend this one!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kendra T

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review David is the Chief of Medicine at his hospital, and he has an immediate attraction to a new ER nurse. Ian is crabby, withdrawn, and rude to his co-workers, but for some reason, David is completely enthralled with Ian and can't get him out of his head. The two guys have very different backgrounds: David grew up not having to want for anything, Ian grew up way too fast and taking care of himself and his sister when they were young. Ian I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review David is the Chief of Medicine at his hospital, and he has an immediate attraction to a new ER nurse. Ian is crabby, withdrawn, and rude to his co-workers, but for some reason, David is completely enthralled with Ian and can't get him out of his head. The two guys have very different backgrounds: David grew up not having to want for anything, Ian grew up way too fast and taking care of himself and his sister when they were young. Ian's past haunts him, and he struggles with the knowledge that power corrupts and can get you killed if you cross it. David is naive in general, and gets a big wake up call regarding privilege and power. I really enjoyed this story. There was mystery, drama, sweetness, and love. Great combinations for a book. This was really well written, and I was intrigued right from the beginning. I liked the secondary characters (Caroline, Albert, and the siblings). I am really interested in learning more about Sawyer, and hope that he can get his story told in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Viki Evans

    The edge of control 4.5 stars I loved this story from this new to me author. Fast paced and just what I needed to really enjoy my Sunday. Hope we get a follow up to this book,I really need to know Sawyer's story xxx The edge of control 4.5 stars I loved this story from this new to me author. Fast paced and just what I needed to really enjoy my Sunday. Hope we get a follow up to this book,I really need to know Sawyer's story xxx

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Absolutely loved this. Fast-paced action, engaging plot and romance that's both tender and hot! Absolutely loved this. Fast-paced action, engaging plot and romance that's both tender and hot!

  17. 4 out of 5

    FantasyLiving

    3.5 Hearts David cannot stop staring at the new nurse with the bad attitude on David’s first day as Chief of Medicine. There is something that draws him in, and it’s probably Ian’s looks. David really should get laid. Ian is more than aware that he has the looks that draw powerful men, and even when he tries to hide behind attitude, it doesn’t seem to deter them. Which is how he finds himself in the position he is in, and on the cusp of losing everything. This story was certainly complex. There was 3.5 Hearts David cannot stop staring at the new nurse with the bad attitude on David’s first day as Chief of Medicine. There is something that draws him in, and it’s probably Ian’s looks. David really should get laid. Ian is more than aware that he has the looks that draw powerful men, and even when he tries to hide behind attitude, it doesn’t seem to deter them. Which is how he finds himself in the position he is in, and on the cusp of losing everything. This story was certainly complex. There was a lot going on, and some of it was enjoyable, and some of it not so much. I did enjoy most of it. I liked David as a character. I thought his nobleness would keep him out of the fire. His stupidity in pursuing the sexy nurse with the great arse was a strike against him, but sometimes we can’t control those lustful hormones. Ian leads a pretty complicated life, filled with pain, poverty, and worry about his niece. He is just trying to survive and make money, so he can support his sister and niece as best he can. It’s not his fault he keeps getting trapped by corruption. The overall story arch was good. The romance was a little rushed, but no more than a lot of stories out there. I enjoyed seeing the mystery unravel as to who Ian was, and how David seemed to turn into to a hormonal teenager around him. It was sweet, if not naive of David to think Ian was pure and perfect. I was pretty sad about the slut shaming, but you know, that seems to be life, and I’m glad David wasn’t part of it. The plot worked well within the Medical setting. I always enjoy a good conspiracy theory, and the poor soul who gets trapped in the crosshairs. The ending was a bit bizarre, but engaging, and dramatic, in true, unhinged rich-white-man-is-the-villain way (aren’t they always?!). Some of David’s reactions were disappointing, but at the end of the day, he pulled his shit together enough to be there for Ian. A satisfying read if you enjoy hospital drama with an edge of suspense. A review copy was provided for an honest opinion

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars When we first meet David, he is sarcastic and entertainingly inappropriate as he can’t take his eyes off of Ian. When he is caught staring, his friend and co-worker asks, “Were you staring because you were wondering why someone who doesn’t actually like people would become a nurse?” To which David thinks, “Uh no, actually, nothing like that. More like, was he gay, did he have a partner, would he want to do incredibly dirty things in the on-call room if I asked?” A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars When we first meet David, he is sarcastic and entertainingly inappropriate as he can’t take his eyes off of Ian. When he is caught staring, his friend and co-worker asks, “Were you staring because you were wondering why someone who doesn’t actually like people would become a nurse?” To which David thinks, “Uh no, actually, nothing like that. More like, was he gay, did he have a partner, would he want to do incredibly dirty things in the on-call room if I asked?” David immediately knows that he would never do any of those things because Ian is a subordinate and David is a professional and is way too focused on his job. It doesn’t stop him from gazing longingly at gorgeous Ian, however. Their first conversation results in Ian telling David to “Fuck off,” and they’re pretty much off and running after that. Ian keeps to himself and we learn he had a hard life. Without giving away too much detail, he had an abusive father, wound up on the streets, and did whatever was needed to survive, which put him in on the radar of a corrupt judge with a lot of power. Ian is tangled up in a mess of a scheme as he’s coerced to agree to things he wants no part of. He has no way out and he soon realizes his usefulness may have run its course. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Really? Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me. When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama. Som Really? Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me. When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama. Some of the sleuthing was exciting. Ian, his sister and her kids were fantastic characters. I also enjoyed David’s family. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy David himself. His confidence felt more like arrogance and his interest in Ian felt more paternal than sexual. He also came across as a very old forty year old. I’m pretty sure the relationship between a young nurse and the Chief of Medicine could work. This one probably could have been sweet instead of slightly stalkerish, but I just didn’t feel the connection between these two men. Ultimately, the three stars is for the intrigue, not for the romance. I really struggled with this story, finding it difficult to engage with. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Inked Rainbow Reads.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette Hartwig

    I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopef I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopefully he will get his own story. It was clear that the men belonged together and was glad that they were able to get their HEA. I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Chief of Medicine David Carlson has got himself a serious case of lust over standoffish ER nurse Ian James. Getting to know the man (despite Ian's best efforts to keep a wall between himself and everyone around) awakens feelings that go far beyond just physical attraction. Finding out that Ian is in some deep trouble connected to blackmail, corruption and drug running sees David put his career as well as his heart on the line. It took me a while to get into the story - oh so much insta-lust and l Chief of Medicine David Carlson has got himself a serious case of lust over standoffish ER nurse Ian James. Getting to know the man (despite Ian's best efforts to keep a wall between himself and everyone around) awakens feelings that go far beyond just physical attraction. Finding out that Ian is in some deep trouble connected to blackmail, corruption and drug running sees David put his career as well as his heart on the line. It took me a while to get into the story - oh so much insta-lust and loads of angst, plus Ian's endless "I'm not good enough!" whining just annoyed me after a while. Nevertheless, once the suspense part really got going I found myself sucked in, and I really adored the secondary characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise White

    Pleasantly surprised This was my first book I've read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters....I liked David and scored Ian... The plot was good with the right amount of romance and suspense ... I will definitely read more from this author... The only reason I didn't given it 5 stars is I wanted more understanding of the relationship between David and his brother Sawyer.... It maybe I just wanted more Sawyer ... Pleasantly surprised This was my first book I've read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters....I liked David and scored Ian... The plot was good with the right amount of romance and suspense ... I will definitely read more from this author... The only reason I didn't given it 5 stars is I wanted more understanding of the relationship between David and his brother Sawyer.... It maybe I just wanted more Sawyer ...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Can i give this book a 10 star? David you are a knight! So fucking silly and hopelessly in love, from page 1 until the end i am grinning, still smiling even when im done reading it.. A wonderful book thank you for sharing this to us. I can David love to Ian.. David you're so lovable and goddamn funny.. Can u be mine? Lol!!❤️❤️❤️❤️ Can i give this book a 10 star? David you are a knight! So fucking silly and hopelessly in love, from page 1 until the end i am grinning, still smiling even when im done reading it.. A wonderful book thank you for sharing this to us. I can David love to Ian.. David you're so lovable and goddamn funny.. Can u be mine? Lol!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    i loved it...for some reason i have come to expect the different POV but this book didnt and it took me awhile to adjust...would have loved to get the insight of Ian's view, but it was great and entertaining read i loved it...for some reason i have come to expect the different POV but this book didnt and it took me awhile to adjust...would have loved to get the insight of Ian's view, but it was great and entertaining read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Reminded me a LOT of Shattered Glass, which I also really liked despite being a lot darker than my typical wheelhouse. Similarities: --One MC is a professional and somewhat Richie Rich guy who falls into serious instalust with a younger man he knows nothing about. It quickly becomes all out obsession, but in a surprisingly endearing not-creepy way. He is determined to solve all the other MC's problems. --The other MC is lower class with a criminal history. He has a heart of gold and he's the caret Reminded me a LOT of Shattered Glass, which I also really liked despite being a lot darker than my typical wheelhouse. Similarities: --One MC is a professional and somewhat Richie Rich guy who falls into serious instalust with a younger man he knows nothing about. It quickly becomes all out obsession, but in a surprisingly endearing not-creepy way. He is determined to solve all the other MC's problems. --The other MC is lower class with a criminal history. He has a heart of gold and he's the caretaker for his younger family. His story includes off-page prostitution/statutory rape, and corrupt cops/officials.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aleana Joy Pearson

    It was an ok book. David’s Internal monologue got repetitive and annoying in the beginning. He makes way to many assumptions. Gullible how can he just believe everything Muller says right away. I wish Ian would have had more faith in David and accepted his help. He still tried to push him away to the last page and that annoyed me. Caroline was awesome I loved her. I hated Judge Muller right off the bat. I knew he was going to be the bad guy. I do want a story about Sawyer. I felt so bad for him.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Edge of my seat good This is my second book by this author and I really enjoyed it. There was intrigue, corruption, blackmail surrounding Ian and David. I couldn’t put it down, really good. Great story and secondary characters too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Pauloski

    Loved this book Good book with a bit of mystery. I have not read this author before but I enjoyed this book and will read another by her. Excellent character development and well written.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allen Ratings

    Awesome!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hough's Books

    A combination of plot twists, and a variety of interesting characters make this a must read.

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