Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Launch Day Blitz: The Edge of Always, by J.A. Redmerski

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...

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I turn to Andrew again, waiting for him to spit it out. A cold breeze rushes through my knitted sweater, and I hide my hands inside the sleeves.
“You have five minutes to throw all of your stuff in your bag,” he says, and my heart is beating erratically before he finishes the sentence. He taps his wrist where there is no watch. “Not a second more.”
“This isn’t up for debate,” he says. “Go get your stuff.”
I just look at him, face blank.
My theory was right, but I didn’t want it to be. I don’t want to go on the road…I mean, I do…but it’s not right. It’s just not right.
“You have four minutes now.”
“But we can’t just leave like this,” I argue. “It would be rude.” I point at Asher. “And Asher just got here. Don’t you want to visit with—”
“I can visit my big brother anytime,” Asher counters. “Right now, I think you better do what he says or you might end up on the road wearing the same panties for a week.”
A few more seconds pass and I still haven’t moved. I’m in a state of mild shock, I guess.
“Three minutes, babe,” Andrew says and is looking at me with a serious face. “I’m not kidding. Get up there, throw our shit in our bags, and get in the damn car.”
Oh hell, he’s back to his old self again
When I start to argue again, Andrew’s eyes get all feral-looking, and he says, “Hurry up. Time’s running out!” and he points to the house.
Finally, letting down my guard and going with the moment as much as I can allow myself, I glare at him and say, “Fine.” I’m only agreeing to it because I know he’s trying make things better. But I feel guilty as hell.
Disregarding his playful five-minute demand, I turn on my heels and walk very slowly back toward the house, purposely taking my time, partly my way of silently arguing the situation.
I push open the bedroom door, set my bag on the bed, and start stuffing everything inside of it. Then I go into the bathroom and grab our toothbrushes and various bathroom necessities. I yank our phone chargers from the wall and then my phone from the nightstand and chuck it all into my purse. I make my way around the room, hoping that I’m not missing anything.
Looks like Andrew already packed his stuff at some point and I never noticed.
Then I just stand here, scanning every inch of the place around me but not really seeing any of it. I don’t want to do this, but maybe it’s the right thing.

I hear the horn honk three times, and it snaps me out of my thoughts. Grabbing my bag, I swing it over my shoulder and grab my purse from the bed.

About Author J.A. Redmerski
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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3.8 out of 5 stars

We received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review...
Last December we stumbled across The Edge of Never and immediately fell in love not only with the book and Andrew and Camryn, but also with J.A. Redmerski.  She has this knack for sucking you completely into a story.  We both picked up the Edge of Never and read the entire book in one sitting.  To say we loved the story is an understatement (in fact it was the catalyst to our renewed book obsession and eventual creation of Romance Rewind), so when we learned Andrew and Camryn were getting a sequel we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy and see what was in store for one of our favorite book couples. 

This story begins exactly where The Edge of Never left us, so if you haven’t read the first book please don’t read any further in this review or both books will be spoiled for you.

Andrew is tumor free, Camryn is expecting a baby and the two are living in Texas.  In any story there has to be some form of drama and it doesn’t take long for the shit to hit the fan in this sequel.  For Andrew and Camryn, when it rains it pours and with the fallout of tragedy Andrew realizes the only way to save Camryn from herself is a much needed and over due road trip.

While we absolutely loved their road trip in the first book it was as if something was missing this time around.  Maybe it was because there was no mystery of secrets between the two or maybe it was too just too much like déjà vu.  Either way it left us wanting more. 

Some of the things we really enjoyed from this book journey were seeing that no matter what life throws at them these two always stick together and you never for one second doubt their love or dedication.  They are a team for better or worse and honestly its even more clear now that together they make the perfect couple.  We loved their conversations, quirkiness, and the promises they made one another throughout their journey. We refuse to give specific details because we really don’t want to give away the whole story.

We have struggled with this review because our hopes for this book were exceptionally high and truthfully we were somewhat disappointed.  Maybe if it had been a short novella stopping at the end of their road trip with an epilogue of their promising future we would have felt more satisfied.  But honestly parts of the book just felt forced, and sometimes if felt as if the story was just dragging on.  There were a couple of incidents we still are scratching our head over, wondering what impact they really made on the overall story.  We totally hated the beach party scene and felt it was completely unnecessary and out of character for both Camryn and Andrew.  In addition we really didn’t enjoy the change of perspective in the epilogue mainly because we didn’t really feel any connection to the character telling it.

We absolutely love J.A. Redmerski, she is still one our favorites, and we do think this book is worth your time to read because it truly is the conclusion to Andrew and Camryn’s love story.  No questions in regard to their relationship or life are left unanswered.  Everyone has different ideas as to how a sequel should turn out and just because we didn’t love it doesn’t mean you won’t.  

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