The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

by Linda Howard

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From New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard comes a fan–favourite tale of romantic intrigue

Brett Rutland is the top troubleshooter at Carter Engineering, and he's used to getting his way. When he's tasked with cracking an internal embezzlement case, he meets firm accountant Tessa Conway. She's beautiful and interested, but falling for her will not only test Brett's control, it may also jeopardize the case–especially since she's the prime suspect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459291218
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 51,512
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, I grew up in neighbouring Middletown with parents who lived to be on the water. After graduating from Middletown High School in 1984, I attended the University of Rhode Island where I double majored in journalism and political science. I graduated in 1988 and went to work for a small community newspaper, the writing equivalent of boot camp. We worked like dogs for almost no money, but we had a lot of fun and learned so much about writing, editing and life.   

I lived in Rhode Island until I was 26 when I did something I had vowed to never do while growing up in a Navy town—I married a Navy guy and moved from the smallest state in the U.S. to Rota, Spain, where he was stationed. To say the change in my life was dramatic is putting it mildly! We had the time of our lives in Spain from 1992 to 1995, where I also earned a master's degree in public administration through a program offered to the military by the University of Maryland. Our daughter Emily was born there three months before we returned to the states.   

After we moved to Rhode Island in August 2002, I started to get more serious about the book but still wasn't able to get very far. A year later, in November 2003, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The next nine months were a roller coaster ride, during which I turned to the book more and more often, seeking an escape from the nightmare of my mother's illness. By early August 2004, I had four solid chapters that my mother was the first to read. I made her cry, she said. She died on August 31, 2004.   

Something that had lain dormant for years kicked into gear in the aftermath of my mother's death. I asked myself—what are you waiting for? What meaning will it have to finally write that book if you wait until neither of your parents—the two people who always said you had it in you—aren't around to read it? I firmly believe my mother is sending me these amazing characters who continue to pop up out of nowhere and lead me on one great adventure after another. How else can I possibly explain the incredible things that have happened in the years since she died?   

I finished Jack's book, "Treading Water," on May 18, 2005, and published it along with its two sequels, Marking Time and Starting Over, in late 2011. (Read more about The House That Jack Built.) I've finished a few since then, including "Line of Scrimmage," which was the first to be published in September 2008.   

I finally sold to Sourcebooks Casablanca in late 2007. Line of Scrimmage was my first published book in September of 2008. Love at First Flight followed in July of 2009. In early 2010, I sold Fatal Affair to Harlequin's new Carina Press digital-first imprint. Fatal Affair was released in July 2010, followed soon after by Fatal Justice, Fatal Consequences, Fatal Destiny and Fatal Flaw. Fatal Attack will be out in November 2012 and the early books in the series will be released in mass market paperback through Harlequin's HQN imprint beginning in the fall of 2013. Going back to 2010, authors were getting more and more excited about the opportunity to publish direct to readers via Kindle, Nook, Kobo and later the iPad. I decided to test the waters and published True North in November 2010 and The Fall in December 2010. Everyone Loves a Hero was released from Sourcebooks in February 2011, and I followed that with the release of the following books in 2011: The Wreck, Maid for Love, Fool for Love, Ready for Love, Georgia on My Mind, Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over. Many of these books had been written for years and were waiting for the right avenue to get to readers.   

When people ask me what led me to the decision to self-publish, my reply is always the same: "No one was interested in these books except my readers." And boy have they shown me the love for my self-published books! The McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series, which now also includes Falling for Love, Hoping for Love, Season for Love and soon, Longing for Love, has turned me into a bestselling author on Kindle and Nook. The success of that series also led to the recent sale of my Green Mountain Country Store series to Berkley publishing. Watch for the debut of that series in 2014. Readers can also look forward to much more from Gansett Island, much more from Sam, Nick and the Fatal Series gang, and another book in the Treading Water series called Coming Home, which I hope to have out by Christmas 2012. It will pick up Reid and Kate's story from Marking Time ten years later—a story readers have asked me to write. 

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The Cutting Edge 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The female character is a wimp! This is not reflective of an 80's woman or even a 40s woman. I love Linda Howard books, but not this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of Linda Howard's earlier books and fits the times. Since it was a Harliquin Romance it is in the shorter format. I rated it below average only because the 2012 reader is more sophiscated than she was in the 80's and 90's and has higher expectations. I am sorry there was not a badge on the book indicating it is a "classic".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please note this is a re-release from 1985 and is on a par with a bad Harlequin romance. It is obviously the result of formula writing. I am sorry Ms. Howard gave her ok. It certainly is not a credit to her present skill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cutting Edge is a great book that keeps you interested from start to finish . . . I really enjoyed reading it. . .It was easy to lose yourself in the pages and escape reality.
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved it. This was a classic romance. This story was about a good girl that gets falsely accused of a crime. She is accused by the man she recently fell in love with. The guy that accused her is a man that does not form close relationships easily and unfortunately he jumped to the wrong conclusion and then realizes his mistake. He must try and make amends to the one woman that got past his defenses. It is such a great romantic read. I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally enjoy all Linda Howard books, but this one left me disappointed. I understand it is a re-release and the characters are supposed to be living in the early to mid 1980's but even then any woman would have more backbone than Tessa does. All she seems to do is cry. I have read other Linda Howard re-releases and I was not as disappointed as I was with this book. The story is a good idea but the characters were so annoying it ruined the book for me.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While nothing special, this is a nice little romance to spend some time with. Brett is an enjoyable character, the plot is interesting enough, and the general quality of Howard's writing is present. It's not a full-length novel, however, and Howard does have several, better works to offer if you're on the fence about this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorites. I wish it was available for Nook.
reader_824 More than 1 year ago
Another Linda Howard at her best. Although an early work, Ms Howard's talent is obvious and this work is one with strong characters who also have strong standards of right and wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Mom i dont want to go to school" that was the first thing i heard when i woke up 'Oh no Eric is at it again' i thought the dragged myself out of bed. <p> "Eric yoh are not sick so you are going to school" my mom responded to my very annoying little brother of 11 <p> "But Mom there is nothing fun to do at school and the teachers dont like me" Eric, Jr. said in his winny voice <p> "Eric you want to be a vet when you grow up right?" I asked deciding to help my mom out the the usual school battle <p> "You know i do Lena" he said with enthusum <p> "Well if you want to be a vet you have to go to school work really hard the go to college. So go get dressed and i will walk you to the buss stop ok little E" i said ruffeling his hair then turned him around giving him a push to the door of the bathroom. <p> "Ok sis" he said with a bounce in his step. <p> "Lna how do you do that i used the exact same words almost and he just said 'Mom i dont wanto to go to school'. How do you do it?" Mom asked shaking her head <p> "Well mom it is because i am the older sister and role modle and you are well Mom. I got to go get dressed" I said then went to my room to get my clothes. When i came back out i was in jeans and a long sleeve. I went straight to the kitchen to get brekfast and Eric. He was wearing his favorite shirt a shirt that said"I am daddy's little helper". Dad's death had hit him hard. "Ok little E lets go to school. Mom your dropping Arica off at her school right." I said while grabbing my little brothers hand. <p> "Yes i got her see you latter Sweetheart" mom said as she grabed my sisyer and headed to the car. <p>"Ok Eric lets go to scholl" i said the went to te buss stop. One thing about living in a small town you only need one bus stop for the schools. <p> <p> <p> <p> <p> <p> *~Mended Heart~* yes i found a title for my book and a name for a few of the characters. I have my HQ at 'eea' got a question advice or tips or even just a comment go ahead and post there. I know this chapter made no sense now but in latter chapters it will make sense. Lots of hugs.