Title: On the Edge
Author: CD Reiss
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Book two of four
POV: First Person – dual
Published: June 12, 2018
As the timeline continues without interruption in On the Edge, book two of the Rough Edge series, Greyson and Caden are trying to confront the thing that has driven a wedge within Caden and potentially within their marriage. As they begin to recognize signs, they alter their behavior, but extracting certain answers remain elusive.
“I’d married a strong man. A rock. A man who didn’t know how to fail.”
Delving into tough mental health issues, the effect takes hold creating a myriad of emotions and reactions. For Caden, the dynamic becomes explosive causing him to make choices that could further harm the outcome. Though Greyson tries to balance her psychiatrist hat with also being a wife, her roles complicate as much as they serve to simplify the process.
“Every word was a challenge to my assumptions, and every space between her questions was an opportunity.”
As the plot unfolds, the level of complexity and conflict rises. With such strong personalities at play, no one is willing to surrender without a fight. Getting into Caden’s POV slowly reveals more about his past and how the mind reacts in order to survive. Though Caden remains confident, detached and irresistibly domineering, there is a screaming vulnerability that percolates under the surface. Reading about his struggle is fascinating yet painful, as his emotions vow to duel until the end. I loved the developing dynamic and how complicated Caden’s battle is becoming.
“I’ve always wanted you. That’s all there is to it. Past, present, future. It just is. There’s no starting point, and there’s no end.”
In this multi-faceted and gripping story the plot points continue to build creating tension and a sense of foreboding. Knowing these characters are willing to sacrifice and fight for each other, the stakes are high for considering what is at risk. With the ending at a pivotal point in their lives, the author is successfully taking the reader further into the depths and intricacies of the characters’ minds and hearts.
On the Edge, is an intensely realistic story that touches upon human weakness and immeasurable strength. CD Reiss has expertly created a narrative that leaves the reader hanging on every word. I highly recommend.
*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*