Lethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1)
A diehard romantic looking to start over in a small town. Dr. Nina Gomez might be an astrophysicist and a scientist down to her bones, but she also believes in true love and happily ever after—and won’t settle for anything less. After a rocky end to her first semester teaching at the University of Montana, she’s looking forward to a new school year and a fresh start in the small town of Rifle Creek. When she meets her roommate’s work partner, a sexy, hard-edged detective, Nina is immediately intrigued. However, it’s soon clear they’re like oil and water. But when she’s confronted by the painful past event she wanted to forget, she faces an even greater danger. A predator is bent on silencing her forever, and Nina’s only hope of survival is the unattainable man who’s captured her heart. A cynical cop determined to guard his heart. Tate Baldwin has dedicated his life to serving and protecting, first in the military, and now as a detective in Rifle Creek. Badly burned by his last relationship, he isn’t looking to get involved with anyone, especially a brilliant college professor who seems to have her head in the clouds. Yet even Tate can’t deny the attraction between them that soon grows into something more. And when a secret from her past triggers a lethal threat, Tate will risk everything to stand between her and the monster who wants her dead.

Lethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1) Details

TitleLethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherKaylea Cross Inc.
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, War, Military Fiction, Military Romance

Lethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1) Review

  • Nikki Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    What a start to a new series! I'm in love with Rifle Creek already. I'm a sucker for a small town with lots of drama!Nina may be an astrophysicist but she is also an eternal optimist and a sincere romantic. She may have the worst luck on the dating front though, being smart doesn't mean making the brightest choices when it comes to dates!Tate is a veteran and now a detective with the small Rifle Creek Sheriffs department. Along with his partner Avery, who is kickass in every way possible, they t What a start to a new series! I'm in love with Rifle Creek already. I'm a sucker for a small town with lots of drama!Nina may be an astrophysicist but she is also an eternal optimist and a sincere romantic. She may have the worst luck on the dating front though, being smart doesn't mean making the brightest choices when it comes to dates!Tate is a veteran and now a detective with the small Rifle Creek Sheriffs department. Along with his partner Avery, who is kickass in every way possible, they take on everything the department throws at them. Tate no longer believes in happily ever after, he escaped a toxic relationship with someone who just wanted present after present to show how he felt about her.But meeting Nina, who is Avery's bestie and landlord, he's trying not to envision her as his! She is everything he is not. She is light and optimism and he is doom and gloom! But what follows is a wonderful development from attraction, like, lust and love! They have just about the best date ever. Tate sure knows how to plan a night out!I loved that Tate just sees Avery as his partner, not female partner. She has his back and he has hers. He knows she is capable and doesn't baby or coddle her. They spark off each other like brother and sister! Some of the best scenes, however, come from a gun-toting goat farmer and two sisters who put GBBO to shame! Tate's new business partner is also Gallant by name, Gallant by nature but also has a streak of playboy a mile wide!
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet romance meets deadly romantic suspense…Tate and Nina are my new “it” couple as their rocky start snowballed into an enduring love…Both of these characters, and the family and friends that surrounded them, were easy to like. Self-professed science nerd, Nina embraced her new home with enthusiasm and a lot of hope. Tate, her landlord/new bestie’s partner, was a protector through and through. Bitten by love, he approached life with a good amount of reserve, and Nina even more so. He struggled Sweet romance meets deadly romantic suspense…Tate and Nina are my new “it” couple as their rocky start snowballed into an enduring love…Both of these characters, and the family and friends that surrounded them, were easy to like. Self-professed science nerd, Nina embraced her new home with enthusiasm and a lot of hope. Tate, her landlord/new bestie’s partner, was a protector through and through. Bitten by love, he approached life with a good amount of reserve, and Nina even more so. He struggled to figure her out, not believing that she could be as honest and sweet as she appeared to be. In his experience, that never happened. Observing her first-hand, however, whether engaged in bake wars or her warm way with anyone she met, he quickly realized she was the real thing…I loved the sweetness and the heat between these two as they bantered and courted, getting to know each other one date at a time. When Nina was threatened, Tate was the first in line to stand between her and the deadly threat. Yeah, swoon doesn’t even begin to describe it… Full of witty banter and a blood-pounding suspense, this story was a one-sitting read that had me wonderfully lost in Rifle Creek from the first page to the last… I am hooked on what I hope will be a long, long series!
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    Nina is a very bright woman. She is an astrophysicist and a scientist down to her bones. She believes in romance and happily ever aftersTate is a detective and ex military and had a bad relationship and doesn't believe in romance or happily ever afters.When Tate meets Nina through her best friend who is also Tate's partner on the force, there was instant attractionThe characters in this book are so funny. We have Tate's neighbor with fainting sheep. 2 elderly sisters who do a lot of baking.Then Nina is a very bright woman. She is an astrophysicist and a scientist down to her bones. She believes in romance and happily ever aftersTate is a detective and ex military and had a bad relationship and doesn't believe in romance or happily ever afters.When Tate meets Nina through her best friend who is also Tate's partner on the force, there was instant attractionThe characters in this book are so funny. We have Tate's neighbor with fainting sheep. 2 elderly sisters who do a lot of baking.Then when something happens from Nina's past Tate is right there and maybe will show him that he actually has feelings for Nina.I received this from Inkslinger for review.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Lethal Edge is book 1 in a new series from Kaylea Cross that features former military men, a small Montana town, and the ladies whom they come to love! I love a small town story because the townspeople usually become great secondary characters (Pat and Bev)!Nina is a whipsmart astrophysicist but also a dewy eyed romantic. I enjoyed the fact that someone who is intellectually brilliant still held on to hope in things like love at first sight. Often, smart women in books are portrayed as cyn Lethal Edge is book 1 in a new series from Kaylea Cross that features former military men, a small Montana town, and the ladies whom they come to love! I love a small town story because the townspeople usually become great secondary characters (Pat and Bev)!Nina is a whipsmart astrophysicist but also a dewy eyed romantic. I enjoyed the fact that someone who is intellectually brilliant still held on to hope in things like love at first sight. Often, smart women in books are portrayed as cynical because they are scientists and only rely on facts. It was nice to see another side! Also, Nina's past provides some of the suspense in the book and it was very intriguing. You get glimpses into the villain throughout the story (even within the first chapter or so) and that added to the suspense. I enjoyed this aspect of Lethal Edge!Tate was a little more difficult for me to warm up to. He has a HUGE chip on his shoulder from an ex. He has basically written off love. He is annoyed and confused by his feelings for Nina, and is sure that her stance on romance is incorrect because of his experience with an ex. Tate is 37-was this one horrible ex the only relationship he ever had? If so, his behavior is a bit more understandable. If he had other relationships, or had seen positive relationships, you would think his views wouldn't be so black and white on the idea of love. Perhaps it bothered me more because I did love Nina and her optimism. Of course, during the course of Lethal Edge, Tate does develop and grow. It was just his initial behavior that really rubbed me the wrong way.Tate and his former military friends are creating a new business that will help train investigators, private security, etc and I really loved their business idea. I'm excited to see this grow throughout the books! Lethal Edge is a good introduction to this new series and there are a lot of things romantic suspense readers will enjoy!    POV: 3rd   Tears: no   Trope: ex military, police   Triggers: (view spoiler)[There is a rapist violating and stalking women in the area. Nothing graphic is described] (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] other badass former military heroes like those in Cyclone by Janie Crouch, Defending Allye by Susan Stoker, Resurrection by Katie Reus...then you will probably like Lethal Edge!  Lethal Edge [image error]  See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    LETHAL EDGE is the first instalment in Kaylea Cross’ contemporary, adult RIFLE CREEK romantic suspense series set in Rifle Creek, Montana. This is college professor Dr. Nina Gomez, and Detective Tate Baldwin’s story line.Told from several third person perspectives including Tate and Nina LETHA EDGE follows the building romance and relationship between college professor Dr. Nina Gomez, and Detective Tate Baldwin. A car accident would bring Nina Gomez face to face with Detective Tate Baldwin, havi LETHAL EDGE is the first instalment in Kaylea Cross’ contemporary, adult RIFLE CREEK romantic suspense series set in Rifle Creek, Montana. This is college professor Dr. Nina Gomez, and Detective Tate Baldwin’s story line.Told from several third person perspectives including Tate and Nina LETHA EDGE follows the building romance and relationship between college professor Dr. Nina Gomez, and Detective Tate Baldwin. A car accident would bring Nina Gomez face to face with Detective Tate Baldwin, having no idea that Tate is her new roommates partner at work. An attack at a local bar involving two students, finds Nina struggling with memories of the past when one of the victims is found assaulted and dead. As Nina battles with what happened, the killer, once again, sets his sights on Nina, in an effort to finish the job he had been unable to complete. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Nina and Tate, and the potential fall out as Nina is targeted in an effort to silence our heroine against what happened in the past.Detective Tate Baldwin is a US army soldier, is hoping to start up a ranch and training facility, with two of his former buddies, geared toward private security but in the mean time Tate finds himself on the search for a killer who is targeting women at the University of Montana. Discovering the woman with who he is falling in love may be the killer’s next victim, Tate must act quickly before it is too late. The relationship between Tate and Nina is one of immediate attraction that began with an accident that would pull our couple together when they quick discover that Nina is Tate’s work partner Avery’s new roommate. Believing himself not worthy of his own happily ever after Tate reveals he is no romantic but acts on instinct where Nina is involved. The $ex scenes are passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.We are introduced to Tate’s niece Rylee; Nina’s best friend and Tate’s work partner Avery, and former army buddy Mason; as well as neighbor Curt Larsen and his fainting goats, and spinster sisters Bev and Pat whose friendly baking competition with Nina gets out of hand.LETHAL EDGE is a story of power, vengeance and obsession; relationships, friendships, family and love. The premise is intriguing and edgy; the characters are spirited and sassy; the romance is tender and provocative.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • NICUnurse Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    It’s no secret I’m a romantic suspense junkie. It finally dawned on me the other day what started it all. I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew mysteries, and while those aren’t romance books, they definitely planted the seeds of my love of mystery/thriller/suspense books. Then along came Nora Roberts, and being the avid gardener she is, she nurtured those seeds and caused them to grow amazingly well. Now, I have several favorite romantic suspense authors, and Kaylea Cross definitely is high-ranking on t It’s no secret I’m a romantic suspense junkie. It finally dawned on me the other day what started it all. I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew mysteries, and while those aren’t romance books, they definitely planted the seeds of my love of mystery/thriller/suspense books. Then along came Nora Roberts, and being the avid gardener she is, she nurtured those seeds and caused them to grow amazingly well. Now, I have several favorite romantic suspense authors, and Kaylea Cross definitely is high-ranking on that favorites list. I might have missed some of her earlier books because my kids were little and demanded much more of my time, which left precious few hours I could devote to reading. But I’ve devoured almost every book of hers since I was lucky enough to stumble onto my first Kaylea Cross book somewhere around 2014. None of them have disappointed me and neither did Lethal Edge.What I liked about the book: Obviously, the mystery is first and foremost. Her plots are well thought out and the breadcrumbs always seem to be just enough to keep you reading without giving it all away until just the right moment. But my favorite part of this book is our heroine. She’s smart. Sassy. Fun. Unique. And despite having lived through something very horrible, it hasn’t taken away her joy of living her life to the absolute fullest. I love the diversity of Kaylea Cross’s characters. They never seem to fit a certain mold or pattern. Of course, there’s a swoony hero. He’s her compliment, but she’s no shrinking violet. Oh…the food wars was a fun side story too! NICUnurse’s Rating: Please don’t ever start a book by Kaylea Cross at bedtime. Just trust me on this one. Her books are usually fast-paced page-turners, and you will finish them sometime around 4 am. Lethal Edge will do the same thing to you. I feel like I say this each time I review one of her books, but it’s so true for me: It’s really hard to be disappointed in anything written by Kaylea Cross. Lethal Edge was a gripping, fast-paced story that had me sucked in from page one to the very end.I give Lethal Edge by Kaylea Cross 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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  • CarolKat
    January 1, 1970
    Tate is former Military and now a Detective with the Rocky Creek Sheriff's department. Originally from Canada where his sister still lives, he is tasked with bringing his niece Rylee to college in Missoula. He really was having a hard time with it, and it touched my heart, especially as he talks to his sister Tala as he heads home. It's during that call which was hands free with his truck's technology, when a car veered out to run the red light and he's hit from behind.Nina's car was behind thos Tate is former Military and now a Detective with the Rocky Creek Sheriff's department. Originally from Canada where his sister still lives, he is tasked with bringing his niece Rylee to college in Missoula. He really was having a hard time with it, and it touched my heart, especially as he talks to his sister Tala as he heads home. It's during that call which was hands free with his truck's technology, when a car veered out to run the red light and he's hit from behind.Nina's car was behind those involved and when she sees the car that hit the truck stopped partway into the intersection. She pulls over to check on them. This is her first meeting with Tate, he takes charge and together they help the woman in the car. Unfortunately neither introduces themselves.A fate happens, Tate is invited to dinner at his partner Avery's home. She wants him to help her friend move around some stuff in the suite she's renting out. Turns out the friend is Nina and as they dine and get her set up he finds himself a little more than attracted to her.I love the way Tate isn't intimidated by Nina's degrees and is truly interested in her for who she is. Nina is a PhD Astrophysicist teaching at the same college his niece is attending, and she manages to present her love of the stars to him in a unique way.That isn't all there is to this story as a serial rapist hits close to home. An investigation that Tate was on originally but no longer now that he's with Rock Creek's department.I love Tate's neighbor, he reminds me of Wilson from the old Tim Allen show. Always peeking over the fence. We also meet Mason and his dog Ric as they come to town to investigate the possibilities of a nearby property.Plenty of suspense, tears, laughter, some sizzling heat and not just one romance as this tale unfolds. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    What a captivating start to the new series! Lethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1) by Kaylea Cross has it all; romance, suspense, a villain, heroes. Humor, two great main characters and a supporting Rifle Creek community cast that is such a delight. Old, seventies and young, college kids make up this cast. As far as the older neighbors go, they provide some of the humor in this story especially with the unusual animals one of them owns. Dr. Nina Gomez is such a contrast in terms of being a romantic and a What a captivating start to the new series! Lethal Edge (Rifle Creek #1) by Kaylea Cross has it all; romance, suspense, a villain, heroes. Humor, two great main characters and a supporting Rifle Creek community cast that is such a delight. Old, seventies and young, college kids make up this cast. As far as the older neighbors go, they provide some of the humor in this story especially with the unusual animals one of them owns. Dr. Nina Gomez is such a contrast in terms of being a romantic and a level-headed logical scientist. I like how she is not cold but has a warm and fuzzy personality. This character is so likable from the very beginning when she stopped to help those in need. Former military now police officer Tate Baldwin is just a big teddy bear. Yes, a tough, no nonsense officer when necessary but he is a softy at heart when you see how he treats his family and older neighbors. Easy on the eyes and easy to love, even if he is a non-believer in love. Throw these two together and you have a wonderful romance that sizzles. Then the danger comes calling!The plot is tightly woven with even random seemingly observations or comments important. I have learned to read Ms. Cross’ books closely because there will some foreshadowing, all will connect in the end even if you are not sure until the end. This is a wonderful case of that very thing.No matter whether it is summer or winter where you are at, you can take an exciting vacation to Rifle Creek, Montana. Like me when you finish the book you can’t wait until you can go back again with the next book in the series. 5 Stars all the way for plot, characters and setting.The publisher/author gave me a complimentary ARC of the book which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • ZETTER
    January 1, 1970
    Her Knight!!!Tate Baldwin, a former Marine who'd dedicated his life to serving and protecting his country. He was very protective of his sister Tala and his niece, Rylee. He was now a detective in Rifle Creek, Montana. He was terribly hurt by the last relationship he had and he sure wasn't ready to out himself through that again. But the attraction he felt for his partner Avery's best-friend/roommate, the beautiful and smart professor, Nina Benitez was undeniable. Nina Benitez, an astrophysicist Her Knight!!!Tate Baldwin, a former Marine who'd dedicated his life to serving and protecting his country. He was very protective of his sister Tala and his niece, Rylee. He was now a detective in Rifle Creek, Montana. He was terribly hurt by the last relationship he had and he sure wasn't ready to out himself through that again. But the attraction he felt for his partner Avery's best-friend/roommate, the beautiful and smart professor, Nina Benitez was undeniable. Nina Benitez, an astrophysicist and a scientist who believed in true love. She wasn't about to settle for nothing less. After the rough semester she'd had teaching at the University of Montana, she was looking forward to a fresh start in the town of Rifle Creek. When she met her best-friend's work partner she was intrigued by the man but it was clear that he wanted nothing to do with a relationship. In spite of the interests he'd shown during their first encounter. Yet that didn't change the fact that she wanted to get to know him better. Tate had plans to build a business with two of his best-friends, Mason and Braxton. Mase came to town while Brax was still serving his tour. This was a great opportunity for the friends to help others vets who had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. But it also was a training base for those who wanted to learn self defense.When an incident involving Ry happened, Tate and Nina took control of the situation. Unknowingly Nina found herself in danger, someone from her past was trying to silence her forever. As the attraction her and Nate continued to grow so did the lurking danger. Love the relationship between the Baldwin siblings, their friends and their neighbors. Tate realized that if anyone could get through his shield it would be Nina. She was his sunshine. LETHAL EDGE is the first chapter in Kaylea Cross' newest series, RIFLE CREEK . What an amazing, exciting and mind-blowing way to kick off this new journey. Kaylea Cross did a remarkable job! 👏🏾 🌟🙌🏾P. S. Love the dedication, it was beautiful! 💕💕💕 ****Teasers courtesy of Kaylea Cross.***
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    Intrigue, danger and sexy romance! An interesting start to a new series with fantastic characters and a suspenseful storyline. Love the Rifle Creek detective partners and friends Tate and Avery, along with Tate's friend, Mason and Avery's bestie, Nina. Nina's a fabulous sweetheart that's all light and laughter even with her secret traumatic past. Her secret stays hidden until a villain begins to prey on students at the college where Nina works and Tate's niece, Rylee, is a student. The danger ra Intrigue, danger and sexy romance! An interesting start to a new series with fantastic characters and a suspenseful storyline. Love the Rifle Creek detective partners and friends Tate and Avery, along with Tate's friend, Mason and Avery's bestie, Nina. Nina's a fabulous sweetheart that's all light and laughter even with her secret traumatic past. Her secret stays hidden until a villain begins to prey on students at the college where Nina works and Tate's niece, Rylee, is a student. The danger ramps up when first Rylee and then Nina are in danger by an unknown evil that has Tate on high alert. There's good suspense and action as the hunt for the villain pulls in Tate and Avery to save a loved one. The romance turns hot as Nina and Tate fast become infatuated with it seemed a little forced until the end. Another theme of the story is the start of the adventure/tactical venture named Rifle Creek Tactical by Tate, Mason and another military buddy, Braxton. There's a wonderful family and friends in this story with kooky neighbors, the young Rylee and the love/hate thing going on with Avery and the hunky Mason. This is a quick, easy read with a slow build to the danger and a fast build of the romance. I look forward to more of these fantastic characters and this author's spectacular writing as this series develops. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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  • Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    5 StarsIn the newest series form Kaylea Crosa, we meet Tate and Nina. Tate is a former Marine who has decided its time for some peace and quiet in his life. After working as a police officer in the city he has moved tonRifle Creek, as a detective. This small and sleepy town seems like the perfect place for the next stage of his life. Tate is a bit “rough around the edges” when we meet him, but that soft side shows when he interacts with his niece. Having her at the nearby college gives readers a 5 StarsIn the newest series form Kaylea Crosa, we meet Tate and Nina. Tate is a former Marine who has decided its time for some peace and quiet in his life. After working as a police officer in the city he has moved tonRifle Creek, as a detective. This small and sleepy town seems like the perfect place for the next stage of his life. Tate is a bit “rough around the edges” when we meet him, but that soft side shows when he interacts with his niece. Having her at the nearby college gives readers an opportunity to see his loving and protective side while he insists on not being interested in any kind of relationship. Nina is intelligent and works at the university as an astrophysicist. She loves her job, but isn’t just the academic you would expect, she has this adorable romantic side to her as well. These two would appear to have little in common, but a spark is instant and throughout the book they compliment one another well! There is just the right amount of suspense to keep your heart pumping and pages turning. I loved this book and cannot wait for more from the series!Cara - Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
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  • Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By
    January 1, 1970
    The start of Kaylea Cross's new series, Rifle Creek, gives the story of Tate and Nina.  Tate is a local cop and Nina is a newly arrived professor at a nearby college.  When Tate's niece and her college roommate are drugged at a local bar and the roommate goes missing, Nina has to step in, even if she doesn't want to.Lethal Edge is a combination thriller and romance though it does lean more heavily on the romance part.  The build-up between Tate and Nina, each coming from different ends of the re The start of Kaylea Cross's new series, Rifle Creek, gives the story of Tate and Nina.  Tate is a local cop and Nina is a newly arrived professor at a nearby college.  When Tate's niece and her college roommate are drugged at a local bar and the roommate goes missing, Nina has to step in, even if she doesn't want to.Lethal Edge is a combination thriller and romance though it does lean more heavily on the romance part.  The build-up between Tate and Nina, each coming from different ends of the relationship spectrum, is believable and sweet.  Tate, a man who has been burned by love, is not looking for more than a no strings attached romance while Nina is looking for her soulmate.  The characters are both smartly written, Tate being alpha without being over the top and Nina an intelligent, down to earth woman.The thriller part of the story, a rapist preying on women of the town, is interesting but definitely more of a subplot and used to bring the main characters together.  The book reads at a quick pace with humorous and sexy parts that add to the story nicely.  A good summer read.   
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  • Sharrice
    January 1, 1970
    Blog tour post with teasers: https://reesesreviews.blogspot.com/20...Kaylea Cross is such an amazing author. I am always enthralled when I open one of her books. Lethal Edge is no different. Such an enjoyable story from beginning to end.Tate is an ex-military detective living in a small town who is over love and being a detective. He has no more spark in his life. When he's rear-ended and comes face-to-face with his partners roommate, Nina, who stirs in something he never expected. Now he's find Blog tour post with teasers: https://reesesreviews.blogspot.com/20...Kaylea Cross is such an amazing author. I am always enthralled when I open one of her books. Lethal Edge is no different. Such an enjoyable story from beginning to end.Tate is an ex-military detective living in a small town who is over love and being a detective. He has no more spark in his life. When he's rear-ended and comes face-to-face with his partners roommate, Nina, who stirs in something he never expected. Now he's finding any excuse to run into her, even though he's somewhat put off by the fact that she believes in true and forever love.Nina has a secret she's kept buried for almost a year and after she decided she needed a change. Moving to the small town where her best friend lives, she instantly falls in love with the college and the town. She even finds herself falling for Tate. Everything seems to be perfect except for the fact that Nina's past is coming back to haunt her and Tate's family.I really enjoyed this story. Nina suffered a trauma, but I love that it didn't define her as a character or shape the way she saw the world. She was such a fun character and I couldn't have loved her more.Lethal Edge is a must-read and I can't wait for Kaylea Cross to release the rest of the series.
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  • Kari Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Nina is a Professor who has recently relocated to Montana and is looking forward to a new job and leaving her past where it belongs. She is well educated in the field of science however when it comes to love she believes that everyone has a soulmate and that she just hasn’t found hers yet.Tate is a natural protector as evidenced by his previous career as a Marine to his current career as a detective and his plan to open a security business that will not only help those he served with but help ot Nina is a Professor who has recently relocated to Montana and is looking forward to a new job and leaving her past where it belongs. She is well educated in the field of science however when it comes to love she believes that everyone has a soulmate and that she just hasn’t found hers yet.Tate is a natural protector as evidenced by his previous career as a Marine to his current career as a detective and his plan to open a security business that will not only help those he served with but help others protect themselves as well. After the way his last relationship has ended he has no interest in going down that road again but when it comes to his family he loves deeply.Fate seems to be throwing them together both personally and professionally as not only is she his partner’s roommate, but she has become a part of the current case he is investigating. Although they couldn’t be more different there is no denying the attraction between them so when she attracts the attention of the wrong person there isn’t anything he won’t do to keep her safe.The characters are compelling, the storyline captivating and the intrigue will keep you guessing until the end.
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  • Kathryn Linke
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars Lethal Edge is the first title in Kaylea Cross new Rifle Creek series, featuring Nina Gomez and Tate Baldwin, a pair who couldn’t be more dissimilar when it comes to their beliefs of finding true and lasting love!Nina is an astrophysicist, a scholar and scientist to her core. She’s passionate about her profession and teaching the next generation, but she’s just as passionate and optimistic in her beliefs regarding fate, love, and romance. Tate on the other hand is a former military man 4.5 Stars Lethal Edge is the first title in Kaylea Cross new Rifle Creek series, featuring Nina Gomez and Tate Baldwin, a pair who couldn’t be more dissimilar when it comes to their beliefs of finding true and lasting love!Nina is an astrophysicist, a scholar and scientist to her core. She’s passionate about her profession and teaching the next generation, but she’s just as passionate and optimistic in her beliefs regarding fate, love, and romance. Tate on the other hand is a former military man, turned detective and he’s seen the worst in people and been burned himself so is more than a tad pessimistic when it comes to relationships and finding a happy ever after. The side characters were intriguing and I look forward to seeing more of the quirky and fun inhabitants of Rifle Creek with future additions to the series. Lethal Edge had everything I look for in a romantic suspense. An engaging story line, packed full of heat, heart, humor, intrigue and danger. I will be eagerly awaiting to the next release in this series.
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  • Yvonne Cruz
    January 1, 1970
    Lethal Edge gives us an engaging introduction to the Rifle Creek series .In this first story our main characters are astrophysicist and scientist Dr. Nina Gomez, and Rifle Creek detective Tate Baldwin.Both have had to deal with a painful past. But while we are aware of Tate’s ex, Nina has kept her hurt close to her heart.As their lives seem to be moving right along, a girl disappears and Nina feels the need to divulge what happened to her.The danger intensifies. What happens when Nina is forced Lethal Edge gives us an engaging introduction to the Rifle Creek series .In this first story our main characters are astrophysicist and scientist Dr. Nina Gomez, and Rifle Creek detective Tate Baldwin.Both have had to deal with a painful past. But while we are aware of Tate’s ex, Nina has kept her hurt close to her heart.As their lives seem to be moving right along, a girl disappears and Nina feels the need to divulge what happened to her.The danger intensifies. What happens when Nina is forced to run? Will she survive the danger? Will Tate realize and accept that his heart belongs to Nina ? Will he get a chance to tell her or will it be too late?Not only were the plot and the main characters interesting, but so were the secondary characters giving the story a bit of a comic release.I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for Avery and Mason.I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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  • Ana Paula
    January 1, 1970
    This is the beggining of a new Kaylea Cross series and you can count on a lot of action and insteresting characters (and great sexy scenes!). This time, we get to know the residents of Riffle Creek like Tate Baldwin, an ex-military and police detective, badly burnt by a former relationship and only caring about his family and friends. He is trying to transiosing into a new business venture with his military friends. Little did he know that his life would be transformed by the happy-go-luck Dr. N This is the beggining of a new Kaylea Cross series and you can count on a lot of action and insteresting characters (and great sexy scenes!). This time, we get to know the residents of Riffle Creek like Tate Baldwin, an ex-military and police detective, badly burnt by a former relationship and only caring about his family and friends. He is trying to transiosing into a new business venture with his military friends. Little did he know that his life would be transformed by the happy-go-luck Dr. Nina Benitez. She is his partner new roomate and a professor at the local University, super inteligent, but too romantic for his taste. Tate and Nina are such a great opposites attract couple and they are the core of this book.I love Kaylea Cross books because they are three dimensional and have the point of view of several characters which makes the reading almost a movie experience.The book is very good and a great start to a new series!Looking forward the next ones!Love it!
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    CW: rape is discussed, character is drugged, memories of rape, active shooter situationThis is a new series by Kaylea. The characters are really strong. Tate gives Nina the nickname of "Sunshine" and it completely describes her. He initially thinks she is naive about the world, but discovers that she's resilient. Nina's outlook on life is supported by the strong foundation she was able to grow up with. Tate is cynical towards relationships and realizes that he is. He also learns that some of his CW: rape is discussed, character is drugged, memories of rape, active shooter situationThis is a new series by Kaylea. The characters are really strong. Tate gives Nina the nickname of "Sunshine" and it completely describes her. He initially thinks she is naive about the world, but discovers that she's resilient. Nina's outlook on life is supported by the strong foundation she was able to grow up with. Tate is cynical towards relationships and realizes that he is. He also learns that some of his views are based on his past partner's view on what is required in a relationship. He learns to appreciate Nina's views and accept that he is a romantic. For all the above content warnings, the action portion of the story is very low-key. Tate is a police officer, but he's not directly involved in the investigation, so he is responding to events in a similar fashion to all the other characters. I think everything is handled well. I think this is a strong start to the series.
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  • KS
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery, romance, and the stars.This is a new series by Kaylea Cross and it looks to be so much fun. I loved this first book and I'm even more excited for the next one! Can't wait.Tate has been burned by an ex and is also a little disillusioned with his career. Nina is an astrophysicist (don't see that very often), whipsmart, and a romantic at heart. On the surface - they shouldn't be a good match, but oh boy!I liked their relationship from the start and Tate's fierce loyalty to his family. The Mystery, romance, and the stars.This is a new series by Kaylea Cross and it looks to be so much fun. I loved this first book and I'm even more excited for the next one! Can't wait.Tate has been burned by an ex and is also a little disillusioned with his career. Nina is an astrophysicist (don't see that very often), whipsmart, and a romantic at heart. On the surface - they shouldn't be a good match, but oh boy!I liked their relationship from the start and Tate's fierce loyalty to his family. The supporting characters are great as well and can't wait to read their stories in future books.This book shows the tentative start of a new relationship, some past trauma that could be a slight trigger to some, and definitely romance and intrigue. These books are always a great mix of romantic suspense.This is sure to be another thriller of a series.I voluntarily requested and read an advance reader copy.
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  • Pauline Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Lethal Edge is the debut novel in Kaylea Cross' new Rifle Creek series. The start of an exciting new business venture for ex-military friends banding together to provide an "adventure ranch/ training facility geared toward private security and contracting groups," and a whole next cast of characters, are introduced in Lethal Edge.Tate and Nina's story and journey to HEA is perfectly balanced. One one hand there is the development of Tate and Nina's relationship and on the other, there is the sus Lethal Edge is the debut novel in Kaylea Cross' new Rifle Creek series. The start of an exciting new business venture for ex-military friends banding together to provide an "adventure ranch/ training facility geared toward private security and contracting groups," and a whole next cast of characters, are introduced in Lethal Edge.Tate and Nina's story and journey to HEA is perfectly balanced. One one hand there is the development of Tate and Nina's relationship and on the other, there is the suspense created as the ongoing mystery is worked through to its conclusion.All in all, Lethal Edge is an exciting and sweet love story that provides the perfect foundation of characters, both primary and secondary, which readers will meet again as the Rifle Creek series develops.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered Kaylea Cross earlier this year and immediately devoured her backlist. I was so excited for this new series since Kaylea is a definite auto-buy for me.This book is a fantastic start to the new Rifle Creek series. I loved Tate and Nina and thoroughly enjoyed watching their relationship bloom. I also enjoyed all of the secondary characters. The side story with Pat and Bev was hilarious and I’m already counting down the days till Avery and Mason’s story.My favorite part of Kaylea’s book I discovered Kaylea Cross earlier this year and immediately devoured her backlist. I was so excited for this new series since Kaylea is a definite auto-buy for me.This book is a fantastic start to the new Rifle Creek series. I loved Tate and Nina and thoroughly enjoyed watching their relationship bloom. I also enjoyed all of the secondary characters. The side story with Pat and Bev was hilarious and I’m already counting down the days till Avery and Mason’s story.My favorite part of Kaylea’s books is the fact that the main conflict is rarely between the main characters. I feel like that’s exactly how it should be in romantic suspense books! That was the same case here.If you enjoy romantic suspense I highly recommend picking up Lethal Edge today!
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  • Yoshitha {BookJunkieJane}
    January 1, 1970
    Woot Woot!!!! 💃 This was a damn sugar rush with an action-packed treat!! 💗💓💕💞💝 Rifle Creek has started with a bang n will be a thrill ride for sure!! 💣💥 Tate n Nina together we're so adorable, it was heart-melting!! 💜💛💚💙 The positive vibe n energy Nina passed on to Tate was so visible during their times together n they had great chemistry!! The cooking challenge between the Rifle Creek neighbors was a superb addition!! 💟💖❤ The action sequences of the book was just as great n this was a damn good Woot Woot!!!! 💃 This was a damn sugar rush with an action-packed treat!! 💗💓💕💞💝 Rifle Creek has started with a bang n will be a thrill ride for sure!! 💣💥 Tate n Nina together we're so adorable, it was heart-melting!! 💜💛💚💙 The positive vibe n energy Nina passed on to Tate was so visible during their times together n they had great chemistry!! The cooking challenge between the Rifle Creek neighbors was a superb addition!! 💟💖❤ The action sequences of the book was just as great n this was a damn good book overall!! 🆒📚 Loved it n so looking forward to Mason n Avery's journey next!! Their snippets in Lethal Edge was wonderful which sparks curiosity about Lethal Temptation!! 👏👌
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  • Melissa May
    January 1, 1970
    A real pageturner!This is the first book in the new Rifle Creek series by Kaylea Cross. Detective Tate meets his partner Avery’s best friend Nina, she just moved to Rifle Creek. After an incident with Tates niece on the campus where Nina works as a professor the suspense starts. It’s a great plot and I love the characters,the fainting goats are hilarious 😂 as is the rivalry with Avery and Nina’s neighbors about baking desserts. It has a good balance between romance and suspense.I can’t wait to r A real pageturner!This is the first book in the new Rifle Creek series by Kaylea Cross. Detective Tate meets his partner Avery’s best friend Nina, she just moved to Rifle Creek. After an incident with Tates niece on the campus where Nina works as a professor the suspense starts. It’s a great plot and I love the characters,the fainting goats are hilarious 😂 as is the rivalry with Avery and Nina’s neighbors about baking desserts. It has a good balance between romance and suspense.I can’t wait to read the next book in this series about Avery and Mason. Kaylea Cross is definitely one of my favorite authors!
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  • Reading In the Red Room
    January 1, 1970
    This is book one in the Rifle Creek series. Nina is a college professor Looking for a fresh start. So she moves to a new town. Tate is former military currently working at a police department. Tate and a few of his friends are planning on starting a business together. When Nina and Tate meet they have instant chemistry. As they are getting to know each other something horrible from Ninas past resurfaces. I have Been a huge fan of Kaylea Cross for awhile now, she never disappoints. I’m very excit This is book one in the Rifle Creek series. Nina is a college professor Looking for a fresh start. So she moves to a new town. Tate is former military currently working at a police department. Tate and a few of his friends are planning on starting a business together. When Nina and Tate meet they have instant chemistry. As they are getting to know each other something horrible from Ninas past resurfaces. I have Been a huge fan of Kaylea Cross for awhile now, she never disappoints. I’m very excited to see where this series goes.
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  • Vanessa LeBlanc
    January 1, 1970
    I receive an ARC and this is my honest review. To say I was excited to start this new series from Kaylea is an understatement. Let me tell you she did not disappoint. This story had suspense, laughter, love, steam, aww moment (my romantic heart loved this book) and also this book had heart pounding moments. I loved everything about it. A great way to start a new series. Got to see a bit into the other characters as well. Which I love cause that’s what makes me so excited for the next book to com I receive an ARC and this is my honest review. To say I was excited to start this new series from Kaylea is an understatement. Let me tell you she did not disappoint. This story had suspense, laughter, love, steam, aww moment (my romantic heart loved this book) and also this book had heart pounding moments. I loved everything about it. A great way to start a new series. Got to see a bit into the other characters as well. Which I love cause that’s what makes me so excited for the next book to come out.
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  • Sally Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    ***Great Romantic Suspense Read***⁣⁣⁣⁣Ohhhhh I adored Tate and Nina 😍 I really enjoyed this first book of the Rifle Creek series. ⁣⁣⁣⁣The story was slow to start with whilst we got to know the team of new characters (think I’ve already fallen for Mason ❤️) but once the storyline developed it gripped me and didn’t let go, the suspenseful part of the story was truly evil (for anyone with triggers, rape is mentioned but not in detail) ⁣⁣⁣⁣I loved some of the quirky neighbours (yes, I had to google ***Great Romantic Suspense Read***⁣⁣⁣⁣Ohhhhh I adored Tate and Nina 😍 I really enjoyed this first book of the Rifle Creek series. ⁣⁣⁣⁣The story was slow to start with whilst we got to know the team of new characters (think I’ve already fallen for Mason ❤️) but once the storyline developed it gripped me and didn’t let go, the suspenseful part of the story was truly evil (for anyone with triggers, rape is mentioned but not in detail) ⁣⁣⁣⁣I loved some of the quirky neighbours (yes, I had to google fainting goats! Lol) ⁣⁣⁣⁣Lethal Edge is a great romantic suspense read, highly recommend! Personally can’t wait for book 2 ❤️📚⁣
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing new series❤️Lethal Edge is the first book in a new series by Kaylea and it’s amazing❣️Nina moves to Rifle Creek for a fresh start and is staying in close proximity to her bestie. When her bestie’s work partner arrives for dinner her first night, she’s surprised to see it’s Tate, the handsome, sexy man she met earlier in the day when he was rear ended😱This story is exactly what I expect when I read something by Kaylea - it has suspense, action, romance and great characters😍 I also loved t Amazing new series❤️Lethal Edge is the first book in a new series by Kaylea and it’s amazing❣️Nina moves to Rifle Creek for a fresh start and is staying in close proximity to her bestie. When her bestie’s work partner arrives for dinner her first night, she’s surprised to see it’s Tate, the handsome, sexy man she met earlier in the day when he was rear ended😱This story is exactly what I expect when I read something by Kaylea - it has suspense, action, romance and great characters😍 I also loved the added bonus of the bake off wars😜A must read new series and author🤩
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  • Patti Correa
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing start to this new series from Kaylea Cross. I love how this book has lead ins to the future books in the series. So many new characters to fall in love with. And Rifle Creek seems to be such a wonderful small town! Nina and Tate are both very strong characters, I love how she is an astronomy nerd and shows Tate the stars, just so cool. Tate is a force, that I fell in love with instantly.
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  • Helen (Blissfully Bookish Besties)
    January 1, 1970
    What a great start to a new series! I've fallen in love with Rifle Creek and its fab mix of characters. This is Tate and Nina's story, despite seeming to be complete opposites, the spark and chemistry between them can't be denied. With the perfect balance of action, suspense, romance and heat, this is romantic suspense at its finest. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series and return to Rifle Creek!
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous New Series!Lethal Edge is the first book of Kaylea Cross’ new Rifle Creek series and it is so good! Tate and Nina have opposite outlooks on life, he’s jaded by life and she is sunshine and romance. Tate is so drawn to Nina and Nina definitely wants Tate. Their story is not easy, but loving each other through it is. I can’t wait for Lethal Invitation, the next book in the series! It is sure to be an awesome read as well!
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