THE EDGE OF NEVER by J.A. Redmerski
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: J.A. Redmerski
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Recommended Reading: 17+ (Contains Strong Sexual Content)
****THERE ARE NO SPOILERS****
THE GIST: I feel like a bus hit me. A big one, like that 5th avenue bus with the huge rear end. A bus filled with screaming children and pervy men waiting or an opportunity to cop a feel. Not that there were any screaming children in the book, it’s just that feeling of anxiety and the unknown, the shifting and jostling with nothing to hold on to. That is what The Edge of Never did to me. Jostled and touched and screamed at the top of its lungs, threw me in to the street, then ran me over. I loved this bus ride, even with its faults and recommend you take it for a spin.
SYNOPSIS: “A New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Best-Seller
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)” (Amazon)
THE LOWDOWN: I can’t tell you how much I didn’t want to like this book – scratch that – I can’t tell you how much I didn’t want to love this book. And I didn’t at first. I found it boring and trite and the characters unlikable. Riddled with explanations and drawn out banter, my head began to nod and my eyelids drooped. How could this be one of the biggest sellers? Then, it gradually began to pick up pace. The characters and writing found a rhythm that I enjoyed, steadily gaining momentum. Then, about half way through, actually at exactly the 50% mark, the book knocked me down and left me gasping for breath. The ride didn’t slow down once it picked up and kept its steady pace throughout the remainder of the read. It was so gripping I even shed a tear. One solitary, lonely drip of salty water escaped from my inner ocular orifice (dramatic right?)
This is epic people! I am not a book crier!
The feeling didn’t end at three in the morning, when I finally shut off my Kindle after reading the very last word. It carried through into the next day. I had that resounding feeling of loss, only a true book lover understands. Even with a rock solid conclusion, I wanted more. I didn’t need more, but I wanted it. Every morsel of pain the characters felt, every intimate moment and deep love that the characters experienced, I experienced right along with them. Redmerski’s writing didn’t start off amateurish, it just played me for a fool, setting me up for the big bang (pun intended) so that I wouldn’t see it coming, and I didn’t.
I loved the main characters with all their flaws (although I got a little embarrassed during some of the singing scenes – kinda cheesy). I believed in what they were doing, their mission of sorts, and wanted nothing more than to see them succeed. And although I thought I knew which direction the book was headed, I always questioned my instincts, because until the end, everything remained unclear. (my instincts were right)
This road trip, I live life by my own rules and there is isn’t anything anyone can do about it, face down your demons and have fun in the interim, passionate and incredibly sexy book is so good and if you haven’t spent money on it…do so now.