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The Edge of Control

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  48 reviews
When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves?

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-l
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published June 1st 2016
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Oh, good lord, this book had way too much angst and violence and drama for such an unsatisfying ending.

David gave more than Ian, and even on the last page, Ian was playing the "I'm not good enough" card. I have no patience for that, and getting only David's POV certainly didn't help.

I liked the secondary characters, especially Albert (because how can you not love a 75-year-old British man who doles out chocolate biscuits and uses phrases like "our tasty trumpet"?), and the steamy times were haw
3.5 stars

This was a pretty good debut novel for author Lou Kelly. The sex and emotion were smoking hot, but the story line was a bit hard to take and the level of insta-lust on Daniel's part really creeped me out. He is the narrator of the story, the only one, so we were constantly bombarded with his inappropriate thoughts about Ian who Daniel initially thinks is rude, hostile, married with children and having an illicit affair with an older, married man. None of that seems to matter to Daniel w
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly well done romance/thriller mix. Dr. David Carlson is a workaholic and over-achiever, managing to obtain the position of Chief of Medicine at Southside Hospital at the comparatively young age of 40. He’s gay too, but has no time for a private life, spending all his waking hours inside his hospital.

The only thing he indulges in is watching the hot tight ass of new male nurse Ian James walking around in scrubs. The guy is quiet and unfriendly most of the time, not making any friends a
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This was good? This was not good? This was everything in between? I have no idea…

David is the Chief of Medicine in a hospital. He is single, gay and crushing on one of his new nurses, Ian James. But Ian seems very closed off, so David doesn’t even try to strike up a conversation.

When Ian suddenly tries to seduce him, David has a feeling something is wrong. It turns out Ian is being extorted by Judge Bruce Muller, Chairman of the hospital board. The judge told Ian to seduce David so he can blackm
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was one hell of a pleasant surprise...

I do enjoy a good romance with a bit of action and some suspense thrown in, but of course it's got to be done right and happy day this one was!

I don't think I can quite bring myself to call this one a mystery because the who-done-it part was pretty clear almost from the start and normally that would bother me but there was a lot going on in this one so for me it just meant that I could focus on the rest of the story without getting distracted
Denise H.
*** A thriller, with mysterious events, hot sex, and questions ! ***
Dr. David Carlson has just earned his dream of Chief of Staff.

He loves his hospital and staff are the greatest and do awesome work.
Ian is a new RN, handsome,

brown-eyed babe, who is ornery. No one knows the anguish he lives every day. David is drawn to him. Circumstances become shocking and more entrenched as we go along. It's twists and turns, deep secrets, underhanded deals, a sinister Judge and more. The sex between David
What a pleasant surprise. I was swept into the story right from the beginning, thanks for the author’s solid writing, the fast pace, and the endearing characters. And of course, the hotness !!

David is the newly appointed Chief of Medicine : hard worker, dedicated and caring, if not a bit naïve. Alone since the death of his partner 2 years ago, he’s surprised to have a huge crush on Ian, the new nurse in the ER, very good with the patients, but quite grumpy with his co-workers.
One day, David ove
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This book could have so easily have been a 5 star read for me as others have found it to be extremely charming.I so dislike single point of view books as some of the horrors experienced by the second character is highly diminished in the aftermath when the tale is retold.It's like holding ash in your hand after the blaze has long since cooled off.

A book has to be truly exceptionally written to raise above this.

I know one always has to suspend disbelief when reading fiction but how on earth does
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
What a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book really grabs a reader and personally I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. This story covers David Carlson, the new Chief of Medicine of Southside General Hospital near New York who is also a focused, dedicated, repressed Doctor and Ian James, a surly, unapproachable (by the nursing staff) male nurse but deals very well with patients. The obvious bad guy is Judge Bruce Muller ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a ride this book takes readers on…
With the countless ways that Ian’s suffering broke my heart, I was completely enthralled by the chemistry between these two men and couldn’t put this book down. Blanketed in hostility and secrets, ER nurse Ian meets David, Chief of Medicine and everything he could never allow himself to have, and the sparks begin to fly. As David peels back layers of lies and deception, the fascination grows as the danger escalates and they’re forced to confront not only I
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ultimately loved this

I had a little bout of niggles while reading the first part of the story. David, the new Chief of Medicine at the hospital, seems quite obsessed with Ian, the new ER nurse. I can get behind a good case of insta-lust, but Ian was cold and antagonistic to him, then David catches him in a compromising position and starts thinking the worst, when he mistakes Ian's sister for his wife. Then, when David is given more negative information, even though it comes from someone he disli
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-them, favorites
I have to start by saying, I freaking LOVED this book!!! I just ate this book up in 3 hours hehehe, no joke! this hooked me from the very first words and didn't let me go until the end, actually no, it still hasn't let me go, I want more... I will beg if I have to. I loved David and Ian! David is 40, single, a sweetheart, funny, smart but naïve and did I mention so lovable. Ian, oh Ian, such a grumpy mystery in the beginning but we come to find that he is an awesome little brother and loving Unc ...more
I was pulled in from the start and i couldn't put the book down so i read it in one go. I read somewhere that this is a debut novel from the author and if this is true then i'm truly impressed because this is a well written romance with crime mysterie elements and the mix romance/crime is very nicely done. I loved both main characters and i enjoyed their journey. I have to mention that i too (like many others) developed a soft spot for Sawyer, i read that he is going to get his own book and i'm ...more
Kendra T
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

David is the Chief of Medicine at his hospital, and he has an immediate attraction to a new ER nurse. Ian is crabby, withdrawn, and rude to his co-workers, but for some reason, David is completely enthralled with Ian and can't get him out of his head. The two guys have very different backgrounds: David grew up not having to want for anything, Ian grew up way too fast and taking care of himself and his sister when they were young. Ian
Viki Evans
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The edge of control

4.5 stars
I loved this story from this new to me author. Fast paced and just what I needed to really enjoy my Sunday. Hope we get a follow up to this book,I really need to know Sawyer's story xxx
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this. Fast-paced action, engaging plot and romance that's both tender and hot!
3.5 Hearts

David cannot stop staring at the new nurse with the bad attitude on David’s first day as Chief of Medicine. There is something that draws him in, and it’s probably Ian’s looks. David really should get laid.

Ian is more than aware that he has the looks that draw powerful men, and even when he tries to hide behind attitude, it doesn’t seem to deter them. Which is how he finds himself in the position he is in, and on the cusp of losing everything.

This story was certainly complex. There was
Joyfully Jay
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

When we first meet David, he is sarcastic and entertainingly inappropriate as he can’t take his eyes off of Ian. When he is caught staring, his friend and co-worker asks, “Were you staring because you were wondering why someone who doesn’t actually like people would become a nurse?” To which David thinks, “Uh no, actually, nothing like that. More like, was he gay, did he have a partner, would he want to do incredibly dirty things in the on-call room if I asked?”
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Really? Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me. When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama.

Lynnette Hartwig
I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopef ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2016
Chief of Medicine David Carlson has got himself a serious case of lust over standoffish ER nurse Ian James. Getting to know the man (despite Ian's best efforts to keep a wall between himself and everyone around) awakens feelings that go far beyond just physical attraction. Finding out that Ian is in some deep trouble connected to blackmail, corruption and drug running sees David put his career as well as his heart on the line.

It took me a while to get into the story - oh so much insta-lust and l
Can i give this book a 10 star? David you are a knight! So fucking silly and hopelessly in love, from page 1 until the end i am grinning, still smiling even when im done reading it.. A wonderful book thank you for sharing this to us. I can David love to Ian.. David you're so lovable and goddamn funny.. Can u be mine? Lol!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i loved it...for some reason i have come to expect the different POV but this book didnt and it took me awhile to adjust...would have loved to get the insight of Ian's view, but it was great and entertaining read
Reminded me a LOT of Shattered Glass, which I also really liked despite being a lot darker than my typical wheelhouse. Similarities:
--One MC is a professional and somewhat Richie Rich guy who falls into serious instalust with a younger man he knows nothing about. It quickly becomes all out obsession, but in a surprisingly endearing not-creepy way. He is determined to solve all the other MC's problems.
--The other MC is lower class with a criminal history. He has a heart of gold and he's the caret
Aleana Joy Pearson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was an ok book. David’s Internal monologue got repetitive and annoying in the beginning. He makes way to many assumptions. Gullible how can he just believe everything Muller says right away. I wish Ian would have had more faith in David and accepted his help. He still tried to push him away to the last page and that annoyed me. Caroline was awesome I loved her. I hated Judge Muller right off the bat. I knew he was going to be the bad guy. I do want a story about Sawyer. I felt so bad for him.
Denise White
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised

This was my first book I've read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters....I liked David and scored Ian... The plot was good with the right amount of romance and suspense ... I will definitely read more from this author... The only reason I didn't given it 5 stars is I wanted more understanding of the relationship between David and his brother Sawyer.... It maybe I just wanted more Sawyer ...
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edge of my seat good

This is my second book by this author and I really enjoyed it. There was intrigue, corruption, blackmail surrounding Ian and David. I couldn’t put it down, really good. Great story and secondary characters too.
Elisa Rolle
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly
1) Once again, this author has impressed me. Each character, including secondaries, were well rounded and felt real. The story moved quick, but not insta-love, and the suspense portion delivered perfectly. You could imagine yourself in the corridors of this hospital, watching the drama unfold.
2) Written from the first person point of view, it was a delightful and heartwarming book, I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed reading
Natosha Wilson
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wow this was much better than I thought it would be. David is the new Chief of Medicine at the Hospital. He meets Ian, a nurse. And it is instant attraction for David. But Ian is hostile and has all kinds of secrets. Ian has had a rough life and he is being black mailed to do all sorts of nasty. I especially didn't like it that the asshole on the board was fucking Ian in the hospital bathroom. I never like it when the main couple has sex with others in my books. But here it served a purpose. Not ...more
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