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I Belong

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never

AuthorJ.A. Redmerski

GenreNA Contemporary

Series: The Edge of Never (Book 1)

Publication DateJuly 2, 2013

Format: Paperback, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455548987 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455548989 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed byBridget


Sometimes life takes you off course . . .


Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

Quick & Dirty: A beautiful love story full of fate, steamy romance, heartbreak, and hope.  I loved every minute of this book and would highly recommend it to any fans of NA contemporary books.

Opening Sentence: Natalie has been twirling that same lock of hair for the past ten minutes and it’s starting to drive me nuts.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong in your own life? That every day you do your ordinary routine is a day you have wasted.  That is how 20 year old Camryn Bennett feels.  Over the last few years everything that she ever cared about was destroyed.  The love of her life died in a car accident, her parents got divorced, her brother went to jail, and to top it off her best friend just stopped talking to her because of a stupid boy.  Cam decides that she needs a change and she needs it now.  She spontaneously goes to the Greyhound bus station and buys a ticket to the first place she thinks of, Idaho.  At first the excitement of doing the unexpected lifts her spirits tremendously, but then the fear of having no plan and nowhere to go starts to settle in until she meets Andrew.

Andrew’s father is dying of cancer and he really doesn’t want to have to deal with it.  His brothers said it is getting close and if he wants to say goodbye he needs to come now.  Andrew needs time to think, so instead of flying to Wyoming he decides to take the bus.  At first he starts to regret taking the bus, but then he meets the beautiful Camryn and his life changes forever.  Andrew didn’t know that he had a big hole in his life until Camryn filled it. As the two travel the country together they discover that some things are just meant to be, and love comes when you’re not expecting it.

The story is told from a dual point of view between Cam and Andrew.  First you meet Cam, she is a very depressed young woman that can’t seem to get out of a rut.  Everything in her life seems to be unraveling at the seams and she needs to get away from it all.  Cam was easy to connect with, because I feel that most people are in her shoes at one point or another in their lives.  They feel stuck and don’t really know how to go forward.  The great thing about Cam is she finally does something about it.  She takes a step in the right direction, even if it’s not the most safe or realistic thing to do, at least she is doing something.  She is a very passionate girl that doesn’t want to open her heart to anyone ever again.  But as her relationship with Andrew develops you slowly see her change and become a whole new better person.  She is shy to be herself because she is afraid that others won’t accept her, but with Andrew’s help she is able to overcome her fears.  I loved that she could be so honest and open with Andrew about anything and everything.  She discovers so much about herself on her journey.  I loved Cam, she was relatable in so many ways and her story is encouraging.

Andrew is very different from Cam.  He is confidant, charming and of course gorgeous.  His story is very heartbreaking as well, his father has cancer and the end is coming.  Andrew has always looked up to his father, he taught him to be a strong person and to never let others tear you down.  You don’t let others see your emotions and you never give up.  Andrew has a lot of anger in him and he doesn’t know how to express himself very well.  He has a quick temper and he is very protective.  Once he notices Cam, he is instantly intrigued by her.  His relationship with Cam makes him come to peace with a lot of things in his life.  She fills holes he never knew existed, and she is a constant strength in the hard times he is experiencing.  Andrew is very sweet and I adored him. He and Cam complete each other and together they make each other a better person.

In The Edge of Never you have two young people who felt completely lost until fate brings them together and they become complete.  This book was so beautifully done; it is hard to put into words how wonderful it was.  There were moments that made me blush, moments that made me laugh, moments that made me cry, but best of all, it gave me a resounding sense of hope.  No matter what the situation is you’re going through in life you can always get through it if you have the right people to help you.  The love story was beautiful and watching it unfold through the pages was an unforgettable experience.  The characters were amazing and I can’t wait to see where there journey takes them in the sequel to this great book.  So suffice to say, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to fans of NA Contemporary books.

Notable Scene:

The day when everything changed was yesterday.

That itch in my brain compelled me to get up. And so I did. It told me to put on my shoes, pack a small bag with a few necessities and grab my purse. And so I did.

There was no logic or any sense of purpose except that I knew I had to do something other than what I was doing, or I might not make it through this. Or, I might end up like my parents.

I always thought that depression was so overrated, the way people toss the word around (a lot like the Lword that I will never say to a guy again for as long as I live). When I was in high school, girls would often talk about how they were ‘depressed’ and how their mom’s took them to a shrink to get on medication and then they’d all gather around to see whose pills they wanted to try out. Depression to me meant three words: sadness, sadness and sadness. I saw those stupid commercials with the cartoonish figures moping around with black clouds constantly raining on their heads and thought to myself how people are really laying this depression stuff on thick. I feel bad for people. I always have. I never like to see someone hurting, but I admit whenever I heard someone play the depression card, I’d roll my eyes and go about my business.

Little did I know that depression is a serious disease.

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 Never. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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