Friday, October 25, 2013

Review + Giveaway: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Always
Series: The Edge of Never #2
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Review Source: eARC provided by NetGalley

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SYNOPSIS:

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged-and a wedding isn't the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can't wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to-until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn't understand how this could happen to them. He's trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won't do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride...




REVIEW:

For those of you that are close to me or have been on our Facebook page you've probably noticed one of our banners was "A few of my favorite things ..." and included The Edge of Never.  So, it should come as no shock to you that when I got the email a month ago stating that The Edge of Always was now available on NetGalley, I jumped on my iPad and immediately requested a copy.  Less than 12 hours later Andrew was in my hot little hands once again.  Admittedly, I was nervous to continue Andrew and Camryn's story.  How do you continue a story that in my mind is already perfect?  Well read The Edge of Always and you'll quickly find out exactly how J.A. Redmerski not only perfected it but also blew perfect out of the water.

The Edge of Always picks up pretty much where The Edge of Never left off.  Camryn is pregnant and they are about to find out the sex of the baby.  These two are carefree like they were on the road but also cautious after almost losing their happily ever after.  Life is good and then of course the inevitable tragedy strikes.  I was expecting what happens and it still gutted me and had me bawling my eyes out.  Once again, a pile of tissue was needed to dry the tears that wouldn't stop coming.  Their pain became my pain and having been where they were in life once myself, it was all too fresh and real.

But life has to move on and though fate is a fickle mistress and Camryn believes herself to be cursed, they find the will to pull through and get back out on the road.  Andrew will stop at nothing to get the carefree girl he fell in love with to shine once again.  These two were just quite simply made for the other.  Everything about them just fits.  The changing POV of each chapter once again is amazing and had me giggling when one would promise something and even though it might be a white lie, the next chapter shows that the other person is feeling the exact same way.  Hy-jinx ensue on the road once again. I loved reading about them singing together again. As they travel around the country they make a list of promises to one another about how their lives should play out if they were to lose the other tragically and every time they added something or revisited an item they put on it, I just melted.  

Andrew is by far and away one of the dreamiest and romantic characters I've ever read about.  A true book boyfriend if ever there was one and girls, he'll make you fall in love with him all over again like it was the first time.  I feel like I read these books and I'm not reading them at all, they are playing on the pages like a movie in front of my eyes.  The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always are a feast for the senses and emotions and can teach everyone a lesson in love and how to live your life free from the day to day garbage we all bog ourselves down with.  I was sad to see it end but the story was perfectly wonderful and amazing and ended just as it should.  I won't tell you how it ends, you'll have to go pick up a copy or download it and see for yourself.  Get ready for November 5th, get the box of tissue ready and prepare yourself from the epic awesomeness of The Edge of Always.  

Enjoy this Excerpt from THE EDGE OF ALWAYS: 

“Get up, birthday girl,” Andrew announces from somewhere near the foot of the bed. I hear him slap the tabletop by the window with the palm of his hand repeatedly. 

 I roll over onto my side, putting my back toward the bright sun and then burrow underneath the sheets. A gust of cold air hits me when Andrew snatches the sheets off me. 

“Oh come on!” I moan, drawing my knees toward my chest and pulling the pillow over my head. “I should be able to sleep in on my birthday.” 

Suddenly my body is being dragged off the bed and my arms come up wildly, trying to hold on to the edge of the mattress. Andrew’s hand is wrapped firmly around my ankle. I kick and flail, trying to get away, but he drags me across the bed so fast and without much effort that I just give up. My butt hits the floor and the sheets tumble down and around me. 

“You are such an ass!” I laugh. 

“But you love me. Now get up.” 

With my hair all tangled around my head, I look up at him and pout. He smiles at me and reaches out his hand. I take it, and he pulls me into a stand. 

“Happy birthday, babe,” he says and pecks me on the lips.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born November 25, 1975, J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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