Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Twosome Twosday: The Edge of Always

Twosome Twosday:  The Edge of Always

Title: The Edge of Always
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Release Day: 11.5.203


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He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place… 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…

Heather's Review

3.5 "You are the world to me" *swoon* smooches

I loved The Edge of Never.  It is one of my favorite books EVER and when I found out there was going to be a second book, my initial reaction was NOOOO!  You do not mess with perfection.  Just like Dirty Dancing never got a second movie for fear of ruining the magic of the first; The Edge of Never did not need a sequel.  It was perfection.  But, as time went on I got excited.  Andrew Parish owns a huge piece of my fictional heart, so I let myself hope that the magic could somehow be recaptured in The Edge of Always.
The beginning of the book moved me to tears but it didn’t take long before I started to get bored with domestic Andrew and Camryn.  They experience a tragic loss and Camryn is falling apart.  Andrew is so good to her.  He is supportive and willing to do anything to help her.  While I found him incredibly sweet, I missed the bossy—take charge Andrew I fell in love with in book one.  Just as I was getting restless, it seems, so were they.  When they finally hit the road, I wanted to jump for joy!  Andrew and Cam were back.  These two were made for the road.  For living on a whim.  For spontaneity.
We met on the road; we grew to know and to love each other on the road.  It’s where we were meant to be…it’s what we’re going to do until it becomes clear that we were meant to do something else.

On the road trip, I got glimpses of the characters that I knew and loved.  But, I never did find that magic from the first book.  And it pains me to write that because I wanted to SO badly.  There were moments that I LOVED.  I cried and I swooned.  It IS a good book, but The Edge of Never is a GREAT book.  And, while I know that I am probably in the minority in saying this, I really wish I had been left to imagine what happens next.  For me, they will always be those reckless strangers, who met on a bus and fell crazy in love… with shared dreams of traveling the world and never settling down.

Selene's Review

3.75 livin' on the egde Smooches
“You’re the world to me,” I whisper onto her lips. "I hope you never forget that.” 
“I’ll never forget …. But if I ever do, for whatever reason, I hope you’ll always find a way to remind me …” 

AHHHHHHHH! The magic that is Andrew and Cameron! GAH!!!! I LOVED these two in The Edge of Never. I was so excited to have more of that magic in The Edge of Always. While there were moments of that magic, it just wasn’t enough for me …. I was really sad to be left disappointed by The Edge of Always. And, trust me, I’m even more sad to write that I was let down by the continuation of Andrew and Camryn’s story. 

That disappointment is partly my fault because The Edge of Always IS a good book. My expectations were so, so high that it would have to completely recapture the magic of The Edge of Never and, for me anyway, that just didn't happen. 

The Edge of Always picks up two months after The Edge of Never leaves off. Andrew is recuperating from a successful surgery and getting stronger every day. Camryn and Andrew have been staying in Galveston all this time and although life is full of hope and happiness again, she is missing her mom and BFF in North Carolina. While they are back in NC for their baby shower, tragedy strikes the happy couple. Camryn is the one struggling now to hold on and in an attempt to get his girl back, Andrew takes them out on the road again. 

The majority of the book tells the story of this road trip with alternating points of view. They spend seven months on the road before returning to Galveston. Then the book starts progressing at random intervals … months, years and an epilogue fifteen years later. I can’t really tell you why but the flow didn’t work for me. I don’t know, maybe because so much time was spent detailing mundane aspects of the road trip and so little time was spent on major life events. I just felt like I still had an itch that needed scratching when I finished. 

I really hope this review doesn’t leave you with the impression I didn’t like the book because I did. It was good to see how Andrew and Camryn’s story played out. It just didn’t have the same magic, the same charm and thrill as The Edge of Never. And I really think if you go into it without the lofty expectations I had you’ll be just fine!

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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