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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 th 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.


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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 th 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.

30 review for Lethal Edge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    If you hate insta-love, this is not the book for you. If you love a hot romance, a romantic story and terrifying suspense, this one is for you. Most of the series that Kaylea Cross has written dealt with heroes who were military, former military, SWAT, FBI, ect. A lot of them have focused on threats to national security in one way or another. Lately she has shifted her focus to more small town issues, which is not to say that they are any less, just different. "Lethal Edge" still has her tradema If you hate insta-love, this is not the book for you. If you love a hot romance, a romantic story and terrifying suspense, this one is for you. Most of the series that Kaylea Cross has written dealt with heroes who were military, former military, SWAT, FBI, ect. A lot of them have focused on threats to national security in one way or another. Lately she has shifted her focus to more small town issues, which is not to say that they are any less, just different. "Lethal Edge" still has her trademark action. Our heroes in this Rifle Creek Series are former military, so she isn't straying to far, but the setting in Rifle Creek, MT is different, with a different set of problems. Dr. Nina Gomez has loved the stars her while life, so her career choice as an astrophysicist and a scientist is no surprise. She is a professor at the University of Montana, but coming back after summer break has decided she wants to live in the small town of Rifle Creek with her best friend, Avery, a cop there. New school year, new home - time to put away what happened during her last semester. Nina is the eternal optimist and romantic, a glass half full kind of person. She sees life as an adventure and believes in Happily Ever After. Tate Baldwin is a former Marine who has bounced around a bid after his discharge. He has landed as a detective in the small town of Rifle Creek and found his home, even if the job is a snore at times. It's a new beginning for him too after the breakup of a long term relationship that left him cynical and his heart broken. True love? It doesn't exist. When he meets Nina, he feels the first sparks of attraction for a woman in over a year, even if she is totally unrealistic when it comes love and relationships. When Nina's past threatens her future, Tate knows he will move heaven and earth to keep her safe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    Nina is a very bright woman. She is an astrophysicist and a scientist down to her bones. She believes in romance and happily ever afters Tate 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 attraction The 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 afters Tate 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 attraction The 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    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 review www.thereadingcafe.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Brooks

    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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Cassie

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    What a way to blast off a new series!!! Great new town, quirky townsfolk, a seriously gorgeous setting that feels like coming home after just one book, I really couldn’t ask for more. Nina and Tate are both adorable but you know Tate is sexy, masculine adorable and Nina is totally geeky adorable...lol I can’t wait for more this going to be an amazing series. Fast-paced and thrillingly sexy with a sweetness that blew me away.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Ruthven

    I loved this book so much. It was definitely a great way to kick off a series. With twists you'll never see coming, prepare to be on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. Don't let the small town setting fool you, there are plenty of places for the evil to lurk. With loveable characters and a plot that'll keep you guessing, I definitely recommend and am diving straight into the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Review coming soon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    NICUnurse Stephanie

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    CarolKat

    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!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna Ferriola

    Lethal Edge- Rifle Creek book 1 This was an amazing start for this series set in Rifle Creek with an action packed story and a very tender romance. Tate, a Rifle Creek police detective has been burned by his ex and had sworn off love and relationships until he meets his police partner, Avery's new tenant, Nina. There was something about her that he could not resist and as it turns out the feelings were mutual. Tate's niece, Rylee who had just started college had been drugged while at a club and h Lethal Edge- Rifle Creek book 1 This was an amazing start for this series set in Rifle Creek with an action packed story and a very tender romance. Tate, a Rifle Creek police detective has been burned by his ex and had sworn off love and relationships until he meets his police partner, Avery's new tenant, Nina. There was something about her that he could not resist and as it turns out the feelings were mutual. Tate's niece, Rylee who had just started college had been drugged while at a club and her friend was missing and later found dead. The exact same thing had happened to Nina and that was the reason she had moved to Rifle Creek to start over because she was running away from being raped and not reporting it. This was the beginning of an exciting story that brought the rapist to justice but not before Nina had to run for her life after being kidnapped by the rapist. The rapist plotted the kidnapping while Nina a professor at Raylee's college were in lock down because a call claimed there was a shooter on campus. Tate had been dating Nina and he knew something was suspicious when he went to the campus because he could not get a hold of Nina. After the rapist put Nina in the truck of his car and had plans to kill her, but Nina popped the truck and escaped with her hands zip tied behind her back. Nina was brave as she ran from the rapist while Avery and Tate were tracking the rapist as well. It was exciting as things worked out with Tate taking down the serial rapist and saving Nina. Nina and Tate got their happily ever after in the end with them finding true love. I cannot wait to read the next book in this fantastic series .

  16. 4 out of 5

    ZETTER

    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.***

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading

    Let me just start by saying, I’m in love with this series already! Tate is completely bitter after his last relationship. He’s also a realist due to the fact he is both ex military and a police detective who has seen the worst humanity has to offer. A romantic relationship isn’t even on his radar. Nina may be the sexiest nerd ever! While she’s literally an astrophysicist, she also lives every day to make it her best. She is a true romantic and beacon of positivity. And, she believes in fate. They a Let me just start by saying, I’m in love with this series already! Tate is completely bitter after his last relationship. He’s also a realist due to the fact he is both ex military and a police detective who has seen the worst humanity has to offer. A romantic relationship isn’t even on his radar. Nina may be the sexiest nerd ever! While she’s literally an astrophysicist, she also lives every day to make it her best. She is a true romantic and beacon of positivity. And, she believes in fate. They are complete opposites in every way, but their instant attraction is undeniable! Despite Nina’s positive outlook on life, she has had a terrible taste of reality that is back to silence her forever and it’s up to Tate to save her before it’s too late! I really adored this couple and their opposite attract dynamic! I love that Tate was more romantic than he realized, learning to understand that it all depends on your partner. And, Nina is so strong, sexy and positive despite her past. I loved how much zest for life she has and how contagious it is with everyone she meets from her best friend Avery, to her students, Tate, and even the older sisters who live across the street and their hilarious baking rivalry! And, speaking of Avery . . . I can’t wait to see what happens between her and Mason - you’ve gotta love when a couple's best friends also find themselves involved! Thrilling. Exciting. Romantic. Awesome. 5 stars! I’m super excited for more from Rifle Creek!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gin

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    First of all, HOLY HOT COVER! I mean it's mouthwatering, but then the story starts! Kaylea Cross did a phenomenal job with this start to her new series, Rifle Creek, and I"m HERE FOR IT ALL! Nina is a very smart lady, as she's an astrophysicist, but she's also an optimist in life. It makes for a fantastic heroine, though she does have the worst luck in her dating life because maybe just maybe she doesn't make the right choices when it comes to her heart. Tate is veteran, and now a detective with First of all, HOLY HOT COVER! I mean it's mouthwatering, but then the story starts! Kaylea Cross did a phenomenal job with this start to her new series, Rifle Creek, and I"m HERE FOR IT ALL! Nina is a very smart lady, as she's an astrophysicist, but she's also an optimist in life. It makes for a fantastic heroine, though she does have the worst luck in her dating life because maybe just maybe she doesn't make the right choices when it comes to her heart. Tate is veteran, and now a detective with the Rifle Creek's sheriff department, and he & his partner (Nina's friend & roommate Avery) definitely are the best. However, Tate doesn't believe in love after a really bad relationship, so he never saw Nina coming. They have a strong connection from the jump, with chemistry that shot sparks everywhere. Unfortunately, Nina's past catches up with her, putting her in grave danger which she'll need Tate's help with. It made for some f-bomb worthy twists to get the heart racing. With some very hilarious secondaries who did their best to steal the show while making me laugh hard rounding out Lethal Edge perfectly in my eyes, this is a story that everyone needs to read! I CANNOT WAIT for more of this series and HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alphas Do It Better Book Blog

    5 Stars In 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 Stars In 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

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By

    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.   

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharrice

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH ONE OF A VARIETY OF SOURCES. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I was actually really excited when I heard about this series! It seemed like a great way to finally make a decision about following this author's work, as it wasn't connected to any of her other previous series. I have to FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH ONE OF A VARIETY OF SOURCES. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I was actually really excited when I heard about this series! It seemed like a great way to finally make a decision about following this author's work, as it wasn't connected to any of her other previous series. I have to say that I found the work quite enjoyable! First of all, I love books that have a suspense angle that is done well, and this one succeeded admirably! There were a lot of twists in the suspense that I didn't see coming, and was shocked at the end reveal. The suspense angle of the story kept me riveted to the book! I loved Nina and Tate as a couple! They complimented each other well, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow, despite Tate's reluctance. I would have liked to see some interaction between Tate's sister and Nina, but it wasn't a huge problem that there wasn't any. I found this book to be a quick and engaging read, one that I highly recommend to others!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Linke

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ana Paula

    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!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    CW: rape is discussed, character is drugged, memories of rape, active shooter situation This 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 situation This 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    KS

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Romantic Reads and Such

    Nina is a delightful character - a great mix of romantic and scholar. She sees the world with such wonder and fun, and is a good foil to Tate who has seen some of the darker side of life. Recently burned by a bad relationship, he's not looking to get involved but Nina has a certain draw to her that he just can't resist. As much as I loved Nina (and wish I could be more like her), Tate did take a little more warming up to. I also feel like, for all his fighting getting involved, he moved pretty qu Nina is a delightful character - a great mix of romantic and scholar. She sees the world with such wonder and fun, and is a good foil to Tate who has seen some of the darker side of life. Recently burned by a bad relationship, he's not looking to get involved but Nina has a certain draw to her that he just can't resist. As much as I loved Nina (and wish I could be more like her), Tate did take a little more warming up to. I also feel like, for all his fighting getting involved, he moved pretty quickly into falling in love. I think that his attitude either needed to be a little less adamant or a little more time spent in the progression of their relationship. Overall though, it was definitely a minor quibble that was easily overcome by the great characters, the enjoyable interactions between them, and the nicely developed suspense element. Cross also nicely sets up more stories in the series and I'm ready to see what she brings us next. (All opinions are my own.)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janice Kellam

    Tate: Military veteran and current sheriff’s dept. detective, wants to come off as a gruff, no-nonsense man. Nina: Brainy professor of astrophysics and astronomy who hides a painful secret, but still dates to find her one true love and continues to see the good in the world. I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters in Lethal Edge and the strong plot. While Nina and Tate find each other attractive, they don’t jump into anything because she wants the kind of love her parents and sisters have, Tate: Military veteran and current sheriff’s dept. detective, wants to come off as a gruff, no-nonsense man. Nina: Brainy professor of astrophysics and astronomy who hides a painful secret, but still dates to find her one true love and continues to see the good in the world. I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters in Lethal Edge and the strong plot. While Nina and Tate find each other attractive, they don’t jump into anything because she wants the kind of love her parents and sisters have, whereas he is a skeptic that thinks romance is unrealistic. Things build between them as authorities are searching for a predator around the h’s university (which the H’s niece attends). Lethal Edge keeps you glued to your device with humor, friendship, mystery and action, along with seeing Tate realize there are many forms of romance and he can have that with Nina, and Nina learning she can fall and Tate will catch her when her secrets come to light. SWOON!! 💞

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