Rough Edge

Rough Edge

by CD Reiss

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Rough Edge by CD Reiss

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Marriage Games , a deeply intense and sexy series.

Everything is going to be perfect.

Greyson comes home from deployment to live the life she and her husband Caden dreamed of. He has a surgical residency and she has a psychiatric practice in the basement of their Manhattan brownstone.

Everything is going to be fine.

Caden loves his wife more than he can measure. But soon after she comes home, he starts hearing whispers. Someone else loves her. Someone else wants her. There's someone else, and though whoever's behind the whispers will move mountains to have her, Caden will move heaven and earth to keep her.

Everything is going to hell.

Greyson will never break her vows, even as their marriage snaps apart one piece at a time. Even as the line between dreams and reality blurs. Even as Caden demands control and Greyson cedes it, she will never, ever turn her back on him.

When their marriage crumbles, love becomes the one thing holding them together.


This audiobook contains the prequel Cutting Edge at the end.

Though Cutting Edge is a prequel, it is best listened to AFTER Rough Edge.


The Edge Series

Cutting Edge (prequel - included with Rough Edge audio)

Rough Edge

On the Edge

Broken Edge

Over the Edge

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159059093
Publisher: Flip City Media Inc
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: The Edge , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 7,104
File size: 407 KB

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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Rough Edge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
CarissaR 8 months ago
So many questions I want answers to now. Majority of this book takes place in the war zone. Of everything single moment that happens in this book makes me keep questioning the Blackthorne program. I was also glad we got more insight to Caden's past. There is a huge cliffy at the ending that is totally changing the direction of the story. I have my theories, but I'm eager to see how this will all be played out in the next last installment.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I'm really loving this book. Can't wait for book #2
18644943 10 months ago
Um, what can I say to give this book justice? Book one left me hanging dry, like wtf! This book, did the same thing! I think I was left even more confused, more lost. I didn't know who was who. I have no idea what's happening or where this story is going! But as confused and whatever I was left feeling, this story is so freaking AMAZING!! I just don't know how to seriously express myself about this book. It messed with my head, yet I just couldn't put this down. Like with "Rough Edge", "One The Edge" was just as intriguing, full of twists. It sucks you in, and takes you for a super messed up mind ride! I so invested in these in characters! in the story. I cant wait to see what's next. will it answer questions, or confuse me even more? Greyson is trying her best to help her husband and Caden is seriously messed up. I feel so much for both of them. its like they are fighting some kind of battle that seems to like its not getting better for them. I love C.D Reiss writing style. always so put together. great stories. super intriguing and steam HOT. This series is super good. Its only book 2! so much more is come and I cant wait!
D-does-reviews 11 months ago
I can’t remember the last time I dove into a book that kept me absolutely spellbound with a compulsion to get to the end of what I knew was going to be a stunning cliffhanger that would literally blow my mind! From the first page of the prequel to this series Greyson and Caden’s story has been like riding a roller coaster. You know there are going to be spins, turns and drops that will make your heart race but once the ride starts you have no choice but to hang on for your life and hope you survive the fall. Greyson and Caden’s story is all that and more. If you enjoy flawed characters that find themselves on a psychological thrill ride this is definitely the series for you.
Anonymous 11 months ago
“Is this what you wanted?” “Yes.” I was choking. “You like the monster I’ve become?” “I love it.” barely a breathe. “I knew it.” His fingers tightened. Shocked That's how I stayed when I finished reading. Forget the synopsis. Rough Edge will take you beyond what you imagine. With a journey full of ups and downs, tension and mystery, everything seems to fit perfectly. Until the end slaps the reader's face. Nothing is what it seems like. What's the truth? Rough Edge is the first book in the series The Edge and C.D. Reiss once again manages to achieve a new success. The reading surprised me. I already knew the author, I have read her previous books, I am familiar with her writing, but it did not prepare me for the impact I received. I did not expect the plot and its twists and turns. We followed Greyson and Caden, she was a military and he was a cardiac surgeon. Greyson came from a military family, but even so her choice to join the military shocked her family. During a mission she meets Caden, a wealthy, well-known heart surgeon who volunteers after losing his parents on Sept. 11. The two fall in love and get married. Caden returns to his life and waits for Greyson to end her time in the army. The book begins at this point, with her after being dismissed, returning home and so living the married life with Caden. Adaptations are necessary because life as a civilian is unknown to her, she will now work as a psychiatrist, which is her academic background, and despite the time spent together in the war, both have not had time to be a normal couple, facing the day by day. And little by little the affectionate and gentle man for whom she fell in love is giving way to a cold and domineering person. Caden thinks he's losing his mind. Greyson loves him and will do everything to help. And at this point, the relationship reaches a more dangerous nuance, where sadism and masochism flirt to dangerous points, throwing the reader into erotic and intense situations. The tones of the narrative become darker, reality mingles with certain mental confusions, an alter ego arises and more questions enter into equation. The ending is overwhelming, completely changing the narrative direction, showing another hitherto unknown face and featuring a brilliant cliffhanger. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest Review *
Yamikirky 12 months ago
WOW!!! I knew CD Reiss could do Dark and Twisted but despite reading the synopsis, I never guessed what I signed for!! I do not know what to say really because I am speechless and I do not want to spoil it for anyone. This first instalment was addictive, disturbing, hot and twisted at the same time. It sucked me on right from the start! Absolutely fantastic!! “ The cyclone of desires surrounding us flipped me over again. I was her lover and her tormenter. Her husband and her attacker. Her pain and my pleasure spinning in centrifuge.”
avephoenix 12 months ago
This Book Took My Breath Away!! Rough Edge pulled me in from the first line, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. So, if you’re looking for a unique story that will explode your mind and make you realize you’ve been holding your breath, then look no further. OMG, the way this series has started is astonishingly brilliant! Cade & Greyson’s story is powerful, heart wrenching, haunting, sexy, passionate and filled to the brim with pleasure and pain. Meeting this amazing characters and following the beginning of their journey has been a very intense wild ride that left me begging for more. Flawless, beautifully well written and superbly plotted. This dark romantic suspense is twisted, and one of the most intriguing, captivating, addictive and gripping books I have read this year. The chemistry between Greyson and Caden is scorching hot and off the charts; their connection palpable and believable. Definitely a must read, but don’t take my word for it, just give it a try and judge for yourself. As usual, I’m not going to spoil it for other readers, but here is a better way to get a taste of this phenomenal story: READ “Cutting Edge”, a sexy and intense prequel to the Edge Series, and is available now FREE on all platforms! All in all, this is a memorable dark romance, NOT for the faint of heart. This book can also be tag as an absorbing psychological suspense!!
MMRNY More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS!!! Rough Edge is C.D. Reiss at her best!! There is no other author out there who writes with such intensity, darkness, and psychological twisting like C.D. Reiss!! She knows how to grab you from the page go and hold you until the very last page while leaving you wanting more of the diabolical-ness that she has been serving you...and that prepared to just jump on the ride and not know where it will take, but know this is for sure, it is a ride that you will not want to get off!! Rough Edge is a powerfully intriguing, psychologically-twisting, masterly crafted original story about a couple that is fighting to save their marriage, and the extremes that they are willing to go through for their marriage. Caden and Greyson are both doctors who met and married while in the military, but who are now civilians, and are trying to navigate civilian life together in NYC, but there are "demons" from the past that are trying to break though and insert themselves into their marriage. And the devices that they employ to navigate these rough waters will have you so twisted up inside and on the edge of your seat, praying for relief for them and for you. Caden and Greyson are two very strong-willed people, but are also very dependent on each other, because their relationship is a total drug for each of them. And at this point, whether they want to admit it or not, they need each other to survive, because each one brings out the deep, dark, intense, fantasies of the other. So, if you are looking for a story with an original plot line that will have you on the edge of your seat, and one in which you will have no idea where the story is heading, but you love the darkness and intensity, and the mind games along with the most intense sexual encounters you will ever read about then Rough Edge is for you. I highly recommend it. I cannot wait for book two in this wonderfully suspenseful series.
Aras40 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed C.D. Reiss's recent writings, but with this book she gets back to the darker writing that first brought me to her. This book is dark, twisted, emotional, and intense, but in such a delicious way that you are going to want to devour it as quickly as you can. This is one of those books that sticks with you long after you finish the last page. The story Caden and Greyson had me hooked from the beginning and I can't wait to see what the next book brings. Like literally, I can't needs to come out now! I love that C.D. is not afraid to continue to challenge, not only herself, but her readers. This is definitely C.D. at her best!
JxxxPinkLady More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and intense and I need MORE! I very much like CD Reiss going back to her dark roots.... CD Reiss has for a long time been one of my very favorite authors and the start of this series shows me exactly why. For me she is at her absolute heart stopping best when she gets down and dirty and delivers a dark and twisty romance and ROUGH EDGE is the beginning of exactly that. Oh, my goodness, I'm so very excited to read more. The series will comprise of four delicious novella length books with married couple Greyson and Caden at the heart of the story. The dynamic between the couple is intense and passionate. They have a deep sensual all-consuming love for one another which, it becomes clear, will take them to some dark and maybe dangerous places together because of issues Caden has….... I won't say more but my mind is blown, I've no idea where or how dark the narrative is going but I do not want to leave this story experience or the characters, it was addictive compulsive reading. The writing is pacey, not a word is wasted. It's a short novel yet the author conveys so much within the framework of her tight prose showing development of plot and character and most importantly, emotion. I will most definitely be reading this first part again before the next instalment is unleashed to the reading world, so friends, do not delay #oneclick today and enjoy the ride of this story! Advance copy provided/I reviewed voluntarily
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
I don’t know where to start, this is not an easy book to read or review. It reminds me of some Christine’s earlier series. Caden and Greyson met while in the military medical unit. Caden is a heart surgeon and top in his field. They are now living in New York, and trying to adjust to civilian life. Unfortunately Caden is having problems, which in turn affects Greyson. Greyson joined when she was 18, and comes from a military family. Greyson is a psychiatrist and  now has a private practice where she treats ex serviceman with PTSD. Something is causing problems for Caden and Greyson will do anything to help him even if it means she suffers with him. This is not a nice and easy story so be aware of that, I love Christine’s work, as always it grabs you hard and won't let you go. This is must buy, as this is definitely on the EDGE, and now I have to wait for the next installment. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WendyLeGrand More than 1 year ago
Caden and Greyson are taking us on a mind-bending journey!! CD Reiss has really outdone herself with this book. With this series, really, if this first book is any indication. Greyson and Caden meet while stationed together in Iraq, him a surgeon and her a Psychiatrist. Their connection is intense, more than just sexual, and they fall in love and get married. Caden's time in the Army is up so he returns home to New York to be a heart surgeon, and when Greyson's tour is up, she follows him and opens her own practice. I feel like whatever I say about this story is going to give too much away, and I can't think of just one or two things to talk about because Christine has layered so much into this, that it is all overlapping and interwoven and deep, so, so deep. The only thing I will say is that something happens to Caden, and he starts to change, away from the man who couldn't keep his hands (and all of his other parts) off Greyson to someone cold and distant and just...not her husband. As the story progresses, Greyson has a few revelations about herself that she initially doesn't want to admit, all while she is trying to figure out what is going on with Caden. The sex is over the top, hot and passionate and deviant as well? That's all I'm saying about that. We get dual points of view, as well as some flashback chapters, that give us some more insight as to what has brought this couple to the point they are at right now. I spent a lot of time not understanding what the heck was happening, but that is not a negative thing. It just means that Christine snagged me hook, line and sinker and I couldn't put the book down, trying to figure out why Caden was acting the way he was and marveling at how Greyson was trying to help him, struggling between that fine line of being a Psychiatrist but more so his wife. When I finished reading my first thought was, "that was one effed up mind trip!" and I'm sure a lot of readers are going to comment that this book really stretches your mind and thought processes about human behaviors. The ending left me dying for book 2, like right now!! Holy cow, my heart is still beating fast, reading those last lines.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Lilting, lyrical prose? Check! Fragile, chipped/broken characters? Check! Shockingly hot intimacy? Check! C.D. Reiss’ ground breaking new series begins with Rough Edge. In her latest book, Ms. Reiss explores marital relationships and devotion and how they are impacted by trauma, abuse, and mental health. Only a talented storyteller like Ms. Reiss could also add in a bit of suspense and mystery to the mix. Ms. Reiss’ writing is emotive. Her characters are sympathetic, and their story is compelling. Two doctors who have been through the Hell of active duty are now married and civilian. They are looking forward to meaningful practices and a quiet life together. However, there are dark, disturbed forces tracking them like hungry wolves. Rough Edge is the spellbinding beginning to the four-part story of Drs. Greyson Frazier and Caden St. John. Every page of this book is intense, and the boundary blurs considerably as Ms. Reiss takes her readers to the edge of all that they believe.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Rough Edge follows a married couple, Caden and Greyson. They met while in active duty. There is a little bit of toggling between past and present but for the most part this book is focused on these two living as a married couple and civilians for the first time. Caden is a heart surgeon and Greyson is starting her own psychiatric practice. She is focusing on helping vets dealing with PTSD. These two are madly in love and can't keep their hands off each other until suddenly Caden starts becoming cold towards Greyson one minute and obsessed with her another. Greyson starts to worry what Caden's behavior means but what she initially thought, isn't what's going on. In fact, as a reader you really don't know what's going on either. I really don't think I should say any more, not that I could explain what is going on anyway. One thing I can say is it was a total mind trip. I went into this book blind and I highly recommend doing the same. It's an experience this author is known for giving her readers. It's going to have you scrambling to try to figure out what is going on, how far this author is going to take this and who will these people be when it is all said and done. The author leaves us hanging on a pretty big moment and I need the second book NOW!!! ARC provided by author.
Rachael_Leissner More than 1 year ago
The blurb for this book immediately pulls you in! It’s a very accurate synopsis of what lies between the pages of book 1 in The Edge series, where we truly see CD Reiss “going back to her roots”. She has found a way to blow me away that doesn’t transpire too often anymore. I was captivated from the blurb! Diving into this story of Greyson and Caden, I only found that as their story unfolded, Christine has in a very profound way, pulled a story out of a very broken soul and turned it into a page turner! I devoured this book in under a day. It was one of the first books in a very long time to leave my head spinning and yet leave me yearning for more. The story itself is of Caden and Greyson. Both recently out of the service, and adjusting to the Civilian life. Their marriage is so fresh they haven’t even lived together before Greyson ends her time in the Army and returns to be with her new husband in NYC. As their story unfolds, you see a very dark and very fascinating journey these two must go on to overcome the demons that lie beneath the surface. Their chemistry and passion is so ferocious, I truly cannot wait to see what else CD Reiss has for us in this series. And that is all I can say about this book without jeopardizing plot lines! If you are looking for a read very different from anything you have most likely picked up before, this is where I say you start!
Mjones74 More than 1 year ago
Aaaahhhh..... A new series from C.D. Reiss, The Edge Series, YES YES YES!!!! Rough Edge (The Edge #1), Greyson and Caden, their undeniable love and marriage grew out of the ashes of the devastation of a War! But now as they face a civilian life where their love and marriage should blossom and flourish their minds/bodies and love/marriage will instead fight the ultimate WAR, a WAR unlike any they've faced before!!! This is book 1 and right from the beginning my senses were tingling with anticipation while I was in a constant state of mind-numbing-bending-blowing fascination and it never let up to the very last words.... And those last words have left me dangling from a dark, beautiful, jagged ROUGH EDGE!!!!! WHEW, insanely-erotic-mind-twisting-masterpiece!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caden and Greyson met in the service. They married in a quick service during one of Greyson’s leaves. When her time is up she doesn’t re-enlist. They have to adjust to married life and life away from the service. Super hot romance with themes of BDSM. Great start to the series. Very intense story. Amazing depth to the characters.