Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
My RatingA+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Main Characters: Camryn and Andrew
Release Date: November 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

My Review:

I read this as part of our Chick-lits Book Club read for December. I know everyone kept talking about how good it was and I whole-heartedly agree. This is a book about self-discovery and LIVING. Camryn has had the most awful 18 months that began when her boyfriend suddenly died a week before her high school graduation. Since then, life has just spun out of control. And so she grabs a backpack and gets on a bus...doesn't care where it's going. As long as it's going away from where she's been. Because where's she's been isn't where she wants to be. She's living life by rote. Getting up, going to work, going out with her friends, but none of it feels like living. 

She meets Andrew on the bus. He's making his own journey. His father is dying and he's using this bus ride to see him to try and get his head on straight. He's 25 to Camryn's 20 and he knows that he needs to stay away from her because he isn't what she needs, but he simply can't do it. 

I loved, loved, loved this book. It's written in first person POV, but that switches from Camryn to Andrew and back again. So you know there's something more to Andrew's story than he's letting on. Neither one of these people wants to connect to the other. For Camryn, the risk of love is just not worth it. She NEVER plans to love again. For Andrew, there's this unspoken reason that lingers in the background throughout the novel. But they do become attached to each other and learn to LIVE through each other. Their story and their journey and their romance is absolutely beautiful. 

Andrew is one of those characters that you just can't help but fall in love with. He's caring and protective and gorgeous and tattooed (yes, he absolutely has that bad-boy vibe going for him). He's everything that is perfect for Camryn because she is so wounded and numb to life. He pushes her and it's such a good thing for her. Through him, she learns to live again and how to feel again...definitely two things that she's completely lost in the last 18 months. 

But the story is also heartbreaking. I finished reading this book on a road-trip with my family and I was literally sobbing through the last 10% of the book. My son and husband didn't know what to do besides laugh at me because I was so upset over the book. But never fear....it does not end unhappily. I loved this book...did I mention that already??

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