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I Belong

Early Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

TitleThe Edge of Always

AuthorJ.A. Redmerski

GenreNA Contemporary

Series: The Edge of Never (Book 2)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455549002 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455549009 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed byBridget


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 . . .


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…

Quick & Dirty: A very touching love story filled with heartache and hope. Fans of The Edge of Never will be very satisfied with this wonderful sequel.

Opening Sentence:  A few months ago, when I was laid up in that hospital bed, I didn’t think I’d be alive today much less be expecting a baby and engaged to an angel with a dirty mouth.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Camryn Bennett met the love of her life five months ago on a Greyhound bus. Her life was in shambles when she met Andrew and now she finally feels like she is complete.  They plan to spend the rest of their lives together and to always do the one thing they love most: travel. Then a horrible tragedy strikes and Camryn is left devastated. She has sunk back into herself like she did before she met Andrew and it doesn’t look like she is going to come back this time.

Andrew Parrish loves Camryn more than life itself and he will do everything in his power to help her deal with her pain. He is hurting to, but the only way he will be able to heal is if he has Camryn by his side. To prove to her that love can withstand anything, he decides to take Camryn on a new journey. A new beginning filled with hope and forgiveness is just what Camryn and Andrew need to become whole again.

I love that the book was told in a dual POV, you get to see inside both their heads, and it added so much to the story. Camyrn is the same beautiful spontaneous girl that we met in The Edge of Never.  She does go through some depression problems but she works through them and grows so much more as a character.  Andrew is still just as charming and gorgeous as ever.  You get to know him better in this book and I fell even more in love with him. He is such a strong person; even through adversity he holds his own and is a comfort to Camryn. The one thing I loved about them in the first book was their beautiful free spirits and their love of traveling. They still have those wonderful qualities and you discover so many more about them throughout the story.

The Andrew and Camyrn love story is epic and one I will never forget. It is full of so much passion and hope. They aren’t perfect but their imperfections make them so much more relatable and realistic. They lean on each other and get through some really hard times. Together they grow and learn about love, life, loss, and happiness. I loved them and while I am sad to see their story end it was time. They will be characters I will never forget and I will continue to read their stories many times in the future.

The Edge of Always was a wonderful touching read that I really enjoyed.  But with that being said, I do have to say that it wasn’t quite as good as the first book. The Edge of Never was a phenomenal book that warmed my heart and kept me guessing the whole way through the book. This plot was a lot more predictable and I felt there weren’t as many significant moments. The tone is a lot more serious in this book, which made it a more emotional read. While it didn’t have quite the same effect on me as the first book did, it was still a wonderful story and a beautiful ending to Camyrn and Andrew’s story. The message portrayed in the story is very profound and heartwarming. Redmerski really knows how to write in a way that pulls at your emotions. She makes you feel like you are a real part of the characters lives. I have become a huge fan of Redmerski and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a touching new adult series.

Notable Scene:

I nod, smiling back at her, and then I squeeze her hands and pull her down toward me again.

“You’re the world to me,” I whisper onto her lips. “I hope you never forget that.”

“I’ll never forget,” she whispers back and moves her hips very subtly on my lap. Then she nudges my lips with her own and says just before kissing me, “But if I ever do, for whatever reason, I hope you’ll always find a way to remind me.”

I study her mouth and then her cheeks resting underneath the pads of my thumbs.

“Always,” I say and kiss her ravenously.

The Edge of Never Series:

1. The Edge of Never

2. The Edge of Always

FTC Advisory: Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Edge of Always. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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