Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Edge of Never

Author: J.A. Redmerski
Pages: 427 
Genre: New Adult
Published Date: November 15th, 2012
Rating:  ❤❤❤❤❤

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?

As much as I want to say that I loved this book, I simply can't. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book. However, it is not that good. Or maybe it was because I started The Edge of Never with high expectation since a lot of people told me it was so good that it would leave me heartbroken after reading.

When I read the first 10 chapters or so, I was so into the book. It was full of surprises. Heck, I love surprises. I was literally on the edge on my seat and "ooh" & "ahh" quite a few times that I am not ashamed to admit. It was, in my opinion at that time, one seriously great book.

Then things started to get a bit messy and weird when Camryn and Andrew began to talk about sex. It was just so unpredictable. I had already known that there would be sexual content in the book, but it still took me by surprise. At that time, I didn't know I was fond of surprise anymore. Not when it was that kind of surprise. The book became a bit kinky.

Anyway, I loved the characters. Camryn and Andrew were great together. The plots and the wording were also nice (except for that "surprise" part), so it was nice and fun to read.

It was supposed to be a tearjerker, but my eyes were as dry as Sahara desert. It made me wonder if it was me or the book was not that emotional as it is said to be. I was happy that the book ended with a happy ending.

Well, to sum up, the book was good enough to read. Entertaining? Yes. Sweet? Yes. Emotional? Maybe. But it didn't rock my world as I hoped it would.


Libbie Bement said...

Pretty much my entire reaction to this one. I was hooked like a trout at the beginning, couldn't put it down, staying up entirely too late, etc. As soon as the sex talk began, it was like someone popped the balloon and the whole thing went boom. And, suddenly I wasn't sneaking away as much or staying up as late.

I was afraid for a second it was going to turn pornmance on me, but it didn't do that, either. It just kind of...was.

Gisbelle said...

OMG... I am glad you felt the same. I did not see that coming at all. I am totally fine with adult books, but this one just freaked me out. The whole sex talk (between people who just met less than a week) was just so unbelievably shocking.

Libbie Bement said...

Shocking, and frank, and then...nothing ever seemed to come of it. She declares that she likes to be "almost forced" yet, he was more demanding *before* she said that, then never was again and she seemed okay with that.

The whole talk it self just seemed to come out of left field, run the bases from forced to anal...then scamper away, never to be mentioned again. Definite headscratch moment.

Gisbelle said...

Totally. I was like "Seriously?". I really like how you put it "headscratch moment" lol...

I don't think I will even talk about that with my close friends, let alone a total stranger.

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