Edge of Danger

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Even the deepest peril couldn’t keep him away from her.

As an anti-terrorism operative in T-FLAC’s classified paranormal unit, the intrepid, ruggedly handsome Gabriel Edge protects the world from the forces of evil. So when an ingenious and extremely volatile invention is stolen from a covert lab in Arizona, Gabriel zeroes in on the brilliant young scientist who helped to create the device. From Gabriel’s first contact, Eden Cahill leaves an ...

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Overview

Even the deepest peril couldn’t keep him away from her.

As an anti-terrorism operative in T-FLAC’s classified paranormal unit, the intrepid, ruggedly handsome Gabriel Edge protects the world from the forces of evil. So when an ingenious and extremely volatile invention is stolen from a covert lab in Arizona, Gabriel zeroes in on the brilliant young scientist who helped to create the device. From Gabriel’s first contact, Eden Cahill leaves an indelible impression.

Using a mysterious telepathic power as ancient as his Scottish heritage, as well as his seductive physical charms, Gabriel must infiltrate Eden’s mind to uncover the secrets she so desperately protects. But Gabriel is in a bind–for the only way to penetrate Eden’s memories is through one shared intimate encounter that will trigger revelations, shatter lives, and just might save humanity–all at a terribly steep price.

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“Cherry Adair delivers thrills and sizzle.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345485205
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Edge Trilogy
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 384,803
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestseller Cherry Adair has garnered numerous awards for her innovative action-adventure novels, which include Edge of Fear, Edge of Darkness, Hot Ice, On Thin Ice, Out of Sight, In Too Deep, Hide and Seek, and Kiss and Tell. She has also contributed to Red Hot Santa, a thrilling collection of holiday stories. A favorite of reviewers and fans alike, she lives in the Pacific Northwest where she is at work writing the next T-FLAC mission.
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Chapter One

Edridge Castle
Montana
Wednesday 0600

“I don’t give a damn if it’s a matter of national security or not,” Gabriel Edge savagely told the man he held at sword point. “I am not having sex with that woman.”

The two men could have been sword fighting in medieval Scotland instead of twenty-first-century Montana. But both the castle and the heavy claymores the two T-FLAC operatives so expertly wielded were the real deal.

For several minutes the only sounds in the Great Hall were their breathing, the clash of ancient steel and the soft sibilant shush of bare feet on stone. Swordplay was a well-choreographed dance, and they knew how to keep it interesting.

Their blades slid against each other ritually as the men circled each other, feinting, testing for weakness, wait-ing for a split-second opening. Slightly better conditioned for a sport that required both strength and dexterity, Gabriel intentionally moved off balance to fool his opponent. Then, keeping his swift curse mental instead of verbal, sidestepped Sebastian Tremayne’s lightning-fast return thrust.

Pleased with himself, Sebastian shot him a triumphant glance. “Your country nee—”

“Same tune.” From a high guard Gabriel made a strong downward cut, the blade of his broadsword flashing silver in the early morning sunlight streaming through the high arched windows. He moved with a feline grace and speed that had Sebastian backing up. Fast.

The first time Gabriel had set eyes on Dr. Eden Cahill he’d felt this same cold clench in his gut. It was getting worse.

“I’ll find another way,” he assured his friend grimly. And he would. As soon as he damn well came up with something that would work just as quickly, and just as well, as having sex with her.

Sebastian almost took off Gabriel’s hand because he was so distracted. He’d taught his friend well. “Good one.” He brought his attention back to the task at hand. Cutting back on the inhale, he halted his own strike an inch from his friend’s heart. Again. “You’re dead,” he said with satisfaction.

They straightened and parted, each pausing to wipe the sweat from their eyes with their forearms. They were in hour two of practicing cuts and strikes. They’d stop soon. But not yet.

“Ready?” Gabriel asked after a few moments’ rest, replacing both hands on the leather hilt of his sword.

“Yeah.” Tremayne stepped back, sword raised.

Agile and fast on his feet, Gabriel circled. The longer they practiced, the heavier the claymore seemed to become. That ten pounds felt more like fifty after wielding it for an hour. A good workout. Both for his body and his mind.

“Been at it longer than you,” he pointed out, reading the familiar I’m-going-to-beat-the-shit-out-of-you-this-time glimmer in his friend’s eyes. They watched each other like hawks as they slowly circled one another.

Waiting for an opportunity. Waiting for an opening.

From a hanging guard, Sebastian brought down a strong downward diagonal thrust. “Faster on my feet than you.”

Knuckles white, Gabriel blocked. “You’ll have to be.”

Tremayne was a little out of breath, Gabriel noticed with satisfaction. They were evenly matched, he was just better at hiding his uneven breathing than his friend was.

Buttery light streamed through the leaded glass windows embedded in the thirteen-foot-deep walls. The Great Hall was constructed of rough-hewn stone the color of a good wine cork, and hung with enormous, priceless, centuries-old tapestries, coats of armor, ancient weaponry, and other objets d’art.

One of Gabriel’s distant ancestors had built the castle in the Scottish Highlands for his young bride, Janet, in the first part of the fourteenth century. Hadn’t worked out too well for him, but Gabriel wanted to live in the castle that had housed seven hundred years of the Edridge family. They might no longer use the old Scottish name, but the castle would always be home.

A man with his abilities could always get what he wanted.

As a boy he’d wanted the castle, and he’d gotten it. Using his wizard skills, he’d teleported his ancestral home stone by bloody stone until it stood, stark and proud, hundreds of miles from civilization. Somewhere inside that foolish boy had lived the naive hope that, with the ancestral home in Montana, his father would venture from his native Scotland to be with his family more often.

Magnus, unable to resist the lure of his Lifemate, had wanted Cait badly enough to ignore the Curse. Thinking he could change it, he married her. The first year had apparently been idyllic. Then things had turned to shit.

Terrified that she would die due to his close prox- imity, Magnus had spent the next twenty years in exile from his beloved wife and their three sons. Once a year he’d visit, but a series of near fatal accidents, or Cait’s failing health, would always compel him to leave.

Their mother had been in ill health all their lives. She’d wasted away, pining for the husband who had married her and then lived to regret it. Their parents’ frustration and unhappiness had been a stark lesson for Magnus’s three sons.

Gabriel and his brothers were certain their parents had died of broken hearts. In five hundred years, no Edge had ever broken Nairne’s Curse. None ever would.

Okay. He got it.

He could marry someone he didn’t love, but could never love the woman he married. Hell, he could never love. Period.

No Lifemate.

No three sons on three sons.

No such fucking thing as happily ever after.

Screw it.

He had his work with T-FLAC. The counterterrorist organization was his life. His passion. It was enough.

Between missions he relished the isolation, the ancient history, and the drafty halls of Edridge Castle. In a world filled with death and betrayal, the connection to his past kept him centered.

In his daily life as a T-FLAC operative in the psi or paranormal branch, he used the most sophisticated high-tech military hardware coupled with ancient magic. When he was in his ancestral home he used the weapons hanging on the walls. Weapons his family had collected and used for centuries.

His weapon of choice for today’s exercise was the claymore.

Weighing close to ten pounds, and with an overall length of more than four and a half feet, the claymore was a formidable weapon. Despite its antiquity, the lethal sword could deliver great sweeping slashes or powerful thrusts. Just what he was in the mood for this morning. He’d slept like shit last night, thinking about the good doctor. Or rather—trying not to think about her.

Narrow-eyed, Gabriel choked up on the leather- covered hilt with both hands as he anticipated his opponent’s next move.

“If I could read minds,” Sebastian said, clearly flagging, “I’d sleep with her.”

“I’m sure you would.” He used Sebastian’s distracted focus to springboard his riposte off his blade. And the game was back on. “But you can’t,” he told his friend, who was T-FLAC but not part of the special “psychic phenomena” branch. The psi division was considered, by some, to be the elite group of the counterterrorist organization. By others it was the whoo-hoo division that they didn’t understand. None were permitted to acknowledge the group outside the organization.

While there were still a few hundred known wizards in the world, the general population—normal people—were totally unaware that they even existed. And Gabriel and his brothers wouldn’t even be wizards if not for that long-ago Curse.

Jesus. Talk about a woman scorned. The witch Nairne had laid one on his cheating great, great, how ever many greats, grandfather, Magnus Edridge, several hundred years ago.

The Edge family had changed their name, and had paid for the slight ever since.

Thank God he and his brothers had decided that the Curse, like the proverbial buck, stopped with them.

Not that any of them believed there was such a thing as a “Lifemate.” But they weren’t taking any chances. It wasn’t difficult to keep women at arm’s length, not in their business. The hours were long, their whereabouts frequently top secret.

The three of them had long ago agreed that they’d keep their relationships with the opposite sex casual. And if one of them should veer off the straight and narrow, the other two would pull him back from the abyss.

In thirty-four years, Gabriel had never met a woman who tempted him to change the “casual” rule, not even a little.

Until he’d laid eyes on the gorgeous doctor Eden Cahill.

He’d been near her that once. It had been enough. He’d taken one look. One. And been consumed by an unspeakable lust. It had been instantaneous, overwhelming, and dangerous as hell. He’d wanted to breathe her breath, to absorb her distinctive scent, to learn her textures. He’d hungered to taste her soft mouth, and run his hands over her silken skin.

For the last three days he’d been able to think of little else.

He blocked Sebastian’s parry, edge on edge, with the incrosada, the crossing of the blades, bringing both weapons to a bone-jarring, shuddering stop. The vibration shimmied up his arm. The very air reverberated with the sharp scraping sound of steel on steel echoing off the ancient stone walls.

Their eyes met. Held. Not sleeping with her, he telegraphed as he gave a sharp twist of his wrist to indicate that his opponent should step back. Bloodlust raced through Gabriel’s body.

Don’t think about her, he told himself, feeling feral and slightly out of control at the memory of Dr. Cahill’s glossy dark curls and her big brown eyes—

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  • Posted May 5, 2013

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    Gabriel Edge is a TFLAC operative with special abilities. He nee

    Gabriel Edge is a TFLAC operative with special abilities. He needs Dr. Eden Cahill’s help to stop the enemies who have stolen a top secret robot from the lab where she works. They are soon working together to stop the mad man as well as becoming closer to each other with an unexpected passion. You don’t want to miss the Edge Brothers trilogy in the TFLAC series from Cherry Adair. Definitely a great read for any fan.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    THE EDGE BROTHERS

    THE EDGE BROTHERS COULDN'T BE ANY HOTTER IF CHERRY SET THEM ON FIRE WHICH SHE KIND OF DOES LATER ON IN THE SERIES. GABRIEL"S STORY IS PRETTY HOT WITH HIM BEING INVISIBLE AND SEDUCING EDEN INTO CLIMAX! HE DOES THIS IN ORDER TO LOWER HER WALLS SO THAT HE CAN GET INTO HER MIND WITHOUT HER KNOWING AND WITHOUT HIM BEING IN DANGER OF TRULY FALLING FOR HIS LIFE MATE! THE EDGE BROTHERS ARE HOT, YOU CAN'T MISS THEM!!!

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Edge of Danger is the first of the Edge brothers trilogy who all

    Edge of Danger is the first of the Edge brothers trilogy who all happen to be TFLAC operatives with special powers. Gabriel Edge is the oldest of the Edge brothers and never plans to marry due to a family curse that was put on his family centuries ago by a witch that his many times great-grandfather was engaged to, but did not marry because he fell in love with someone else. Gabriel is assigned to penetrate the mind of Eden Cahill so they can rebuild an artificial intelligence robot she created that was stolen by a terrorist so they can destroy the stolen robot, but when he tries and is unable to do so the only way he is able to get to her photographic mind is through an intimate encounter when her guard is down enough for him to get the needed info. Can they stop the deadly robot in time and can they break the curse the will cause her death? This book has plenty of danger and passion. Loved this book.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    A must read for paranormal romance fans

    I liked this book in the Edge series, having not read a book by Cherry Adair before my sister lent me the first book, I was impressed with her writing style and the way she blended the paranormal with her characters every day life. I just recently reread this the first book, realizing that I never did finish the series. This story came out in 2006 and was one of the first of it's kind. After rereading this book I got sucked into the story again, and the need to know if these brothers were successful in breaking a curse that's been on their family for generation. The three brothers are part of an anti-terrorism operative, T-FLAC’s classified paranormal unit. Gabriel Edge protects the world from the forces of evil using a mysterious telepathic power as ancient as his Scottish heritage. Gabriel's latest mission is to recover and extremely dangerous invention that was stolen from a covert lab in Arizona. Gabriel's only lead is in the memories of a brilliant young scientist who helped to create the device. From Gabriel’s first contact, Eden Cahill leaves an undeniable impression. Gabriel must form a bond with Eden to access her memories, and use his psychic gift, the fastest way to form this bond is through sex. This is where the family curse could really rear up and bite him in the butt.

    If you love paranormal romance I would recommend this series to you they are a fun, interesting, and romantic read.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Edge of Danger!!!

    Wow!!! This is a very good book, it is a quick read. Edge of Danger grabed my attention and I could not put it down! I read more than half the book in one sitting. I think it is a must read and can not wait to get my hands on Edge of Fear!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    SLOW STARTER

    I really liked this book, but like another reviewer, found the first half slow and repetitive. The second half was great and I look forward to the other 2 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Fun summer reading

    When Dr. Eden Cahill assisted with the development of Rex, a revolutionary robot capable of performing monumental, humanly impossible tasks intended to assist in the face of any disaster, she locks away every detail of its production deep in her photographic memory. Rex is capable of much more than has been divulged and when it falls into the wrong hands it appears that the entire country is in danger.***** Gabriel Edge, one of three brothers who are wizards born under an ancient curse, is a T-FLAC operative who needs to get Rex's production information from Eden's locked mind. When an attempt at seducing her while she sleeps fails to produce the mind-opening revelations that Gabriel had hoped for, he teleports an uncooperative Eden from Tempe to his castle in Montana.***** When it becomes evident that Eden may be his lifemate, Gabriel fights his attraction to her, knowing that falling in love with her could prove fatal to her, just as it was his mother. Eden's life appears to be in danger either way, and when attempts are made against her, Gabriel is more determined than ever to protect her as they work together to save the country.***** Cherry Adair has done an excellent job, as always, of writing a hero that any woman would love to have in pursuit, and a heroine who is adorably fresh, while determined to maintain her independence and the professional position that she has worked so hard to attain. Secondary characters are equally charming and while I am anticipating the stories of Gabriel's brothers, Caleb and Duncan, I am just as intrigued by Gabriel's sidekick, Sebastian Tremayne, and hope to read more about him in the future.****** EDGE OF DANGER has just the right mix of intrigue, searing passion, and character intelligence to satisfy lovers of romantic suspense, and the addition of a bit of the paranormal is a wonderful touch from the clever mind of Cherry Adair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    High Drama!

    Long ago, there was a secret society of wizards whose sole purpose was to protect the innocent from evil at any cost. They were forced to hide themselves. Soon, normal people forgot about wizards and stopped believing in magic. Today, the three Edge brothers (Gabriel, Caleb, and Duncan) carry on the legacy. They are special operatives with the secret paranormal branch of T-FLAC. This is Gabriel's story. ............... Dr. Eden Cahill works in a computer lab within Verdine Industries's main Arizona office. Recently, Eden walked into the lab to find her long time mentor, Dr. Theo Kirchner, dying from gun shot wounds and the prototype of Rx793 'Rex' stolen. As she promised her mentor, Eden destroyed all files and data about Rex. Though Eden let her mentor get credit for just about everything, Eden was the master mind behind Rex's robotic abilities. She had let her curiosity get away with her and ended up with what was supposed to be used as a field medic under military battle conditions. Instead, the madman who took the bot now has a soulless, calculating machine with the capability of doing untold harm to mankind. A bot that looks like an innocent five-year-old boy. ................. Gabriel Edge is the eldest of the brothers. Using his special psi-abilities, he is to knock on Eden's mental door and extract all the needed information about Rex and how to destroy it. However, Eden is somehow blocking him. The only way for Gabriel to get the info is to convince Eden to trust him before an unknown rogue wizard uses the bot he stole to create havoc. At the same time, Gabriel must protect Eden from the wizard. If Eden dies, all hope is lost. ................ ***** OUTSTANDING! This is the first of a trilogy about the Edge brothers. The second story, 'Edge of Fear', will be released in August 2006. The third story, 'Edge of Darkness', will go on sale in September 2006. To make it all more interesting, author Cherry Adair added a special twist that kept me on the edge of my seat (no pun intended). The three brothers are part of a five hundred year old curse. When they find their 'lifemates' they must deny themselves of finding love. If they ignore the curse, the women they love die. Guess who Gabriel's lifemate is. Take my advice: Order out for dinner, unplug your phones, snuggle down somewhere comfortable, and enjoy this tale of high drama! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    An OK read

    I have mixed feelings on this book. I absolutely love paranormal romances. I started out with Christine Feehan's paranormal romances and have kept reading them ever since. This book was not awful by any means. I found the first half of the book was extremely slow. I put it down a number of times and thought about picking up something else. The obsessive compulsive part of me refused to allow myself to do that. I trudged through the first half. The second half exploded and I was finished with it before I knew it. Secong half was really great. From the moment they figured out who the 'culprit' was, the book was great. Just really slow getting there. I will read the other two in this series and hope that the beginnings of those two were not as slow as this one was. I just found that alot of the first half was unnecessary. No big deal though :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Diversion to the paranormal

    I'm not quite sure what happened here with this one. This book is way outside Cherry Adair's normal writing style. The book reminds of a grown up version of a Harry Potter book. let's hope the next two edge books coming out are back to her normal TFLAC style.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A strong paranormal romantic suspense

    Gabriel Edge, a T-FLAC paranormal unit agent has made a pact with his two siblings to never seek a lifemate or marry and especially never fall in love. He knows that for five centuries his ancestors have suffered from broken hearts due to Nairne¿s Curse. The three siblings vow to end the curse with their generation.------------------ However in Montana his current assignment frightens him because he never desired a woman as much he wants Dr. Eden Cahill. His partner Sebastian Tremayne wants Gabriel to seduce the scientist so that he can get close to her to read her mind to learn what she knows about the national security case they are investigating in which she is intricately involved. Gabriel is willing to do so from a distance by invading her dreams, but fears if he gets close she will read his mind about how much he claims he¿s not in love. She reciprocates his deepest need, but controls herself as she refuses to reveal what she knows just because her heart, her body and her soul pleads with her to do so.-------------------- EDGE OF DANGER is a strong paranormal romantic suspense. The lead characters are a fine pair as they are falling in love, an emotion neither wants, while ¿battling¿ one another as he needs to know what she hides and she refuses to cooperate. Fans will enjoy the first ¿go to the Edge¿ thriller and look forward to the ¿fear¿ and Darkness¿ takes starring Gabriel¿s concerned siblings that the curse is happening in spite of their efforts to end it.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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