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The Cutting Edge

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,273 Ratings  ·  148 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 i ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Severn House Publishers (first published January 1st 1985)
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Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, the cover for the kindle edition is not at all appropriate. This book was written 35 years ago. The cover/picture should sort of portray this.

He sees her, he wants her, he gets her. LOL. Not much to say about it really. He is a dick but of course she forgives him and all's well that ends well.

The original paperback version might have suited better. More dated looking!

Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw my GR friend finish reading this book then I tried to think about the story, but I found myself somewhat forgetting most of it! That bothered me a lot so I immediately decided to start re-reading this book. Although this is my second time reading, it could still bring tears to my eyes when Brett thought Tessa was a thief and filed the charges against her. He had her arrested for embezzling and it had torn her heart apart. They had misunderstood each other. Both Brett and Tessa had thought ...more
This is paint-by-the-numbers Linda Howard. She has used the trope of the undercover dude out to nail the femme fatale, in both senses of the word, to death (Mackenzie's Mission, Loving Evangeline, Almost Forever). Every single time of course, the hero, though he is supposedly a genius at his cloak and daggers stuff, is too dense to realize his target is innocent, and even after he realizes who the true, mustache-twirling, criminal mastermind actually is, he fails to so much as apologize for his ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"The Cutting Edge" is the story of Brett and Tessa.
When Brett Rutland, the troubleshooter at Carter Engineering is called in to investigate the embezzlement of money, he zeroes in on Tessa Conway, firm accountant and book-keeper, initially as an informant, and later as a suspect..
Tessa has been burnt twice badly by love, but when Brett ends up relentlessly pursuing her, she ends up falling for him- not knowing about his true motives, or the heartbreak she would soon suffer..
I had read that this
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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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
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
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?
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroine-i-adore
Sweet heroine gets falsely accused of embezzlement by the man she recently fell in love with. She gets arrested and is hurt by his betrayal. He realizes his mistake and he must grovel to win her back though it's not hard because poor girl she loves him with all her heart! Very romantic book.
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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