Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: The Edge of Control
AUTHOR: Lou Kelly
LENGTH: 265 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016
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!
I really enjoyed David and Ian together. David is your classic all American dashing hero in many ways. And in other ways he is awkward and unsure of himself and Ian, even though he wants Ian pretty much from the moment he sees him. Ian is hostile and uncommunicative in his belief that he does not really belong and that his past will ruin everything he holds dear.
Once David finally gets Ian to talk to him they click right away, maybe a little too fast. They are helped along by David’s best friend Caroline and his secretary Albert, who are clearly rooting for the two to get together.
But Ian is in some very big trouble and David is determined to help him get out of it even at the cost of his own career. With the help of his friends and his brother Sawyer, who is a cop, David and Ian race against time to stop a dangerous man who is a direct threat to Ian’s safety.
Catherine and Albert were fun as David’s and then Ian’s support team and Sawyer was very intriguing. I am looking forward to reading his own story.
I found this a hard book to review. There were many things that I loved about the story and some things that I did not like so much. But overall, the good outweighed the bad on this one. The writing was engaging and easy to read. Once the story got going, it kept me riveted and I read the whole thing in one sitting.
The story is all from David’s pov and the beginning of the book is slow going. There is a lot of internal observations and musings by David and his thoughts about Ian at first seemed a little stalker-ish to me. Once they started interacting, things picked up and the story took over and pulled me toward the end.