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The Cutting Edge

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,711 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Can love survive the ultimate test? - Brett Rutland, Carter Engineering’s top troubleshooter, is sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett’s a hard man, so it hit him like a sledgehammer when he fell in love with Tessa Conway. Half the men in the office had been in love with her for years, but Brett was the first she’d loved in return. Their love is ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Severn House Publishers (first published September 1985)
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Ms. Howard, I love your books, but with this one, I was not feeling the love. The Cutting Edge has one of the worst alpha males I have ever read. Now, I love a good alpha male. Brett was not an alpha, he was just an ass-hat The things he says to Tessa throughout the book just had my jaw dropping. Don't even get me started on Tessa. She was such a weak minded wimpy female that I had a hard time finding much to like about her. Their love story was just unbelievable.

The mystery of who is setting up
It makes me so mad when authors I typically like re-release their ancient books, and deceive you into thinking they're new. Thankfully, I didn't buy this one. I grabbed it off the new release shelf at my library. By page 2, I realized something was off. I looked at the copyright page and discovered this had originally been published in 1985. It read like a really dated Harlequin romance -- and a bad one at that. There's virtually no plot, and it's so cheesy -- stick your finger down your throat ...more
Linda Howard is always a great read. I've never read a Linda Howard book that I didn't LOVE.
yes, this is an oldie. It was written in 1985 and also this isn't the greatest Linda Howard novel I've ever read but it is still a pretty good book.
this book has a similar theme with Double Standards by Judith McNaught
Brett is a wonderful example of the alpha male, but Tessa taking him back after all that?
Is this for real? No. Just...... No.

I read this book after finishing Double Standards by Judith McNaught, a book with a similar theme. I feel like Howard does a better job of redeeming the hero than McNaught does, plus the shorter page count makes for a less bogged-down feeling.

Brett is investigating an embezzling scheme at the company Tess works for. He decides he's interested in her and pursues her..until he realizes she's the one doing the embezzling. Then he has her arrested and intends to press charges. The only problem? Tess
BJ Rose
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Bored House wife porn of the 80's. Overly macho men and dumb minded females collide in a long boring romp of no fun what so ever. I am running out of good material to read!!!!
Narrator: Lesa Lockford

This was rather awful. The writing here had an amateurish tone to it and I found it hard to believe Linda Howard wrote it. I knew it was one of her earlier books but when it was so bad, I checked the publication and saw it was 1985 and not the 90s as I'd thought.

I picked this because I enjoyed McNaught's Double Standards very much and Cutting Edge is supposed to have a similar theme. I wanted to compare the two.

I checked what
The Cutting Edge by Linda Howard is a 1985 Mira publication.

When Brett and Evan are hired to looking into a possible embezzlement coming from someone on the inside of Carter Engineering he decides to take out the lovely Tessa Conway, one of the firm's accountants and sort fish around for information. That first date turns into an intense affair with Tessa falling hopelessly in love, almost against her will. But, when Brett uncovers evidence that Tessa is the person behind the embezzlement, he s
Paige Turner
Mar 17, 2014 Paige Turner rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Thank goodness I discovered Linda Howard later in her career. Had The Cutting Edge been the first book of her's that I read, I highly doubt I would have continued to read her books and would have missed out on a good writer whose later work I enjoy. The entire premise of this book is implausible and pretty silly, actually. That a self sufficient, vibrant woman, who has most men falling at her feet, would allow herself to be treated as if she were a cave woman to be dominated and dragged around b ...more
I've read other Linda Howard books and I've really enjoyed them. With this book, I debated between rating that it was okay and that I just didn't like it. Ultimately, I decided that there were too many parts of the book that I really didn't like to rate it as anything better than that. The 'main man' drove me crazy. I don't mind a strong male, but he was a bully and, at times, his actions and words were abusive and made me think of a rapist (she says 'no', but he does what he wants anyway becaus ...more
3.5 stars.

I did like it. I loved the heroine, she was identifiable. I'm a girl from East Tn and I so identify with the casual flirtiness. It doesn't mean anything. We're just friendly to everybody from the geeky awkward guy to the CEO and treat everyone basically the same regardless of who they are.

I also loved the cruel betrayal of the H. BUT, so far, this seems to be the pattern with LH.

1) H/h get together and all is well
2) H betrays heroine because he thinks she betrayed him or for some other
I've gotten tired of waiting for new Linda Howard books to come out, yes I know she just came out with one but I read it right away and now I have to wait for another year or so for another one to come out. I've read most of her back list except for some of the really old ones so I decided to start reading those.
Keeping in mind that THE CUTTING EDGE was written in the early 80's and that it's one of her first books ( I think ), I really enjoyed the story. The only thing that I would say is that
Very nice narration of a story I liked better when I read it years ago.
4.5 stars for the narrator; 3 stars for the story.
Very angsty, which is right up my alley, but since I'm usually an HP reader I'm not used to having a hero do this much groveling and redeeming of himself -- still not sure how I felt about it. Definitely liked the book overall, but I found the ending a little drawn out and lacking in tension (due to the prolonged period of hero groveling/redeeming). Overall though, a very good read.
OUTSTANDING! I don't know how this one got passed me. It's a vintage Linda Howard Category with a great storyline. The hardcore Alpha male that's gets taken down by his own vindictiveness. I love that the heroine recognized early own that she was going to get hurt in the relationship and stepped into it anyway. This one will definitely be read over and over again.
Looking for a no brainer but this book set women back 20 years (and yes this is a dated text of 1985) but I would not have tolerated a man like Brett even back then in 85. Heard there are better books by this author so maybe this was just a bad choice on my part.
Book Him Danno
Old romance...our library had it labeled as new and so I ordered it and yuck!!!!...Honey...sweetheart...Baby....Yuck I do not enjoy old romances with nothing more then they meet and they have sex and they have a fight and they have sex again....the end.
First read this romance over 10 years ago. So when I saw it was republished as a hardcover edition, I couldn't resist buying and re-reading. I enjoy all of Linda Howard's books. Usually they are more than just all romance.
CMac G
I started it June 10, 2015 and stopped after a couple of chapters so I'm marking it as finished in 2000 so I will remember this dud but not have it count as my 2015 finished books.

Not worth the time. The plot is a complete insult to readers' intelligence. So there's a highly successful, emotion proof, super exec supposedly doing an objective and thorough investigation and his first move is to instruct a low level not pretty but damn sexy employee in the department he's investigating to have din
You know how it is when you see pictures of yourself from 30 years ago, and you think...."Hmmmm, shoulder pads, not a good look for me....."

Well -- "Cutting Edge" is sort of like that. I love Linda Howard, but hadn't read this early, early book. So when I saw it as a reissue at the library, I couldn't resist. many 'oldies but goodies' it made me a little nostalgic for those early romance novels with a virgin heroine and a tough-as-nails hero. The romance genre has changed over time, a
Total melodrama, over the top. It really makes me appreciate Linda Howard's recent books. Hard to believe this is how she started out.
I find myself rolling my eyes and saying "REALLY???" quite often. Not sure if I can make it to the end....
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Lesa Lockaman - Narration 5*s - Story 2.5*s

Reviewed for AudioGals 9/6/12

Linda Howard wrote several books early in her career in which I find the heroes define the word Troglodyte = a person characterized by outmoded or reactionary attitudes with heroines who put up with them and actually fall in love with them instead of sweeping them out the door. With the recent release of The Cutting Edge in audio format, I was hoping the new-to-me narrator would change that
Jami Dutcher
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.
Emily Taylor
I am generally a fan of Linda Howard's, and the only thing I can imagine is that this was an early effort because it was terrible. The heroine at one point cries so hard she loses her voice, and then THAT becomes a plot point.

And, if I hated the heroine, the hero wasn't all that spectacular either. We're told he's smart, cunning, ruthless... But he's not any of those things... Seriously, give this one a pass. It's terri-bad.
Tairyn Ayala
This is my first book by this author. I hate to say, but it is by far one of the most cliched book I've ever read. I thought the plot was good, but not not exploited to its full potential. The female protagonist was a submissive doormat who I could not relate or care for in the least. The male was a chauvinistic jerk. I will give Ms. Howard one more try, hopefully I pick a better book.
You can tell that this is an older book, written when trends were different. I didn’t care much for Brent. He thought everything should be his way. Right from the start he bulldozed over Tessa, pretty much told her how it was going to go and pressured her into taking things further. Tessa was such a doormat, I found it hard to like her. She let Brent talk her into things she didn’t seem ready for. I hated how Brent treated Tessa when things went to crap. He didn’t give her a chance to have her s ...more
Christina A. Marley
I’m sorry but I just can’t like a guy who tried to send his lover to prison. I didn’t care much for Tessa (I found her weak) but I don’t think she deserved that treatment from Brett. I also hated how she just forgave him.
I listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook. I did not necessarily like the story, and checked a few times to make sure my copy was unabridged. This book seemed like it took place in the span of a week, which might have been different had I read and not listened. It did not seem realistic and I did not necessarily like the characters of the book.
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