Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Release Event w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never #2) by J.A. Redmerski


Blurb:

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…


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Review:

I'm not typically one to gush over a particular book boyfriend but if there was ever one to gush over, it would be Andrew Parrish. I first fell for Andrew as Camryn’s love interest in J.A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never, but I felt as though I got to know his character on a deeper level in the follow-up novel, The Edge of Always. The sequel recaptures the magic of its predecessor, repeating the road trip trope with a refreshing new take. The narrative is nostalgic yet at the same time, the characters are ever conscious of the future, ensuring that their every action and decision prevents them from living a mundane existence. As a reader, I enjoyed that Camryn and Andrew aren’t a typical couple and theirs isn’t a typical romance.

The Edge of Always is ultimately about Camryn and Andrew discovering who they are as a couple. Their relationship has its share of ups and downs but the intensity of their love for each other never wavers. Andrew and Camryn are incredibly sweet together, perfectly complementing each other’s personalities, which is important considering how often they are alone together on their travels. The strength of their connection is evident, both in their easy conversations and in their steamy love scenes. Even if this book was utterly horrible (which it isn’t), it would be well worth reading strictly for the sexual encounters.

The story is beautifully written, with every word having a specific purpose. Moments that are seemingly insignificant are revealed to have special meaning so. The narrative is a buildup of small moments that make up one unforgettable journey. In addition to moments of carefree happiness, there are moments of heartache, although the author doesn't dwell on them, instead focusing on all the possibilities the future could bring. 

After completely falling in love with The Edge of Never, I had high hopes for The Edge of Always and J.A. Redmerski exceeded all of my expectations. What I appreciated most about The Edge of Always is that the narrative is more grounded in reality than other books in the same genre. Despite their taste for spontaneity, both characters are logical thinkers. Andrew and Camryn are realistic about life, not assuming that everything will turn out perfectly, but instead actively steering themselves toward the path that will lead towards a happy ending. The detail that the author puts into each chapter, including the epilogue is astonishing and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect finale to this series.

Excerpt:

Camryn still loves the newer stuff and the Civil Wars more than anything and so that’s usually what we play.

Tonight will be no different.

I love watching her perform them next to me up on stage because she becomes so vibrant and playful and sexy as hell. Not that she isn’t all of those things already, but it’s like another more daring and flirty side of her comes out when she’s singing. And she doesn’t just sing—she puts on a show. I think it’s that little actress she’s always had buried somewhere in herself. She told me she performed in plays at school, and I can definitely see she has the knack for it.

But singing alongside me also seems to make her happy, and that’s why tonight is so important.

“I’m so nervous,” Camryn says next to my ear, having to speak loudly over the music.

I make a pffft sound with my lips. “Oh, please. Since when do you get nervous anymore? We’ve done this dozens of times.”

“I know, but I’m singing in front of your brother this time.”

“He can’t sing for shit, so his opinion is hardly valid.”

She smiles. “Well, I’m not nervous to the point that I don’t want to do it. I guess it’s actually kind of exciting.”

“That’s my girl,” I say and lean in to kiss her lips.

“Those two girls,” Camryn yells to me without looking in their direction, “front table to your left, they’re having sex with you in their heads right now, I swear to God.”

I laugh lightly and shake my head. We’d started picking people in the crowd to sing to lately.

“And that guy standing next to the woman in the purple shirt,” I say, nodding subtly in his direction, “has had your thighs wrapped around his head since you walked on this stage.”

“So it’ll be them tonight then, huh?” she asks.

I nod and say, “Uh-huh.”

“Make sure you give it to them good, baby,” she says, grinning wickedly at me.

“Oh, I will,” I say with the same amount of wicked on my face. 

About the Author:

J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats 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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