The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Format: eARC, 464 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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 . . .
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…
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
**STOP NOW if you haven’t yet read The Edge of Never, the first book in this series. There will be spoilers for that book in this review.***
“Things didn’t quite turn out how we planned them, but then again, things rarely do. And neither of us would change the way they turned out even if we could.”
I fell in love with Camryn and Andrew in The Edge of Never. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started to read that book. I thought it would be another stereotypical road trip book, which I love, don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. It was an emotional journey from beginning to end. I laughed. I blushed. I cried. I totally connected with these characters and had the worst book hangover almost ever after finishing this one. I was desperate to know what happened next. A couple months later, when I first read the blurb for The Edge of Always, I was equal parts thrilled and terrified. I needed to know what happened, but I was so worried what tragedy would befall two of my favorite characters. I had a pretty good idea what it would be, and unfortunately I was right. I knew this book would make for another mentally and emotionally-draining journey. But I couldn’t wait to read it. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, I got my hands on it early!
“You’re the world to me. 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.”
After finding each other and overcoming his health issues in The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are ready to get on with the rest of their lives. They’re engaged. They’re expecting a child. Then, the unthinkable happens. A couple that’s already endured so much, both separately and together, have to deal with more. It broke my heart. It broke both of them. They were surrounded by family and friends, but it wasn’t what they needed. Though Andrew was dealing with his own feelings and issues, he was more concerned about fixing Camryn.
“I feel free with you. I feel like I can do anything. Go anywhere. Be anything I want. We’ll settle down soon, but I never want to settle down forever. Does that make any sense?”
It seems fitting that once tragedy strikes and everything goes to shit, that Andrew and Camryn take to the road to try to figure out how to put themselves back together. They both have wandering spirits. They met on the road. They fell in love on the road. What better place to heal and grow? The time spent together on the trip, along with the music they immersed themselves in again, was the perfect cure. I don’t know that anything else would have made any sense with these two. Camryn helped Andrew to embrace life and fight after she found out about his brain tumor in the first book. Andrew helped her fight back and move forward in this one. They’re so perfect for each other. Their love jumps off the page. Their passion is intense and the sexy scenes are very, very steamy, just like they were in the first book.
“Some believe that when you die, your afterlife is reliving the happiest moments of your life. One of mine will be the day I marry you. Might as well take the dress with me.”
I was a little disturbed with the amount of discussion about death and the number of promises they made to each other that were death-based. I’m not big on the morbid stuff. But, I can’t really blame them. With his medical history and the other tragedies they’ve dealt with, it’s no wonder. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a turnoff, it was part of who they are. The promises were sweet and swoon-worthy. Heartfelt. I got a little teary-eyed. (Ok, a lot teary-eyed, if I’m being honest.) I adore these two so much. I desperately wanted to see them get their happily-ever-after. They had a long, hard fight. They earned it.
“Life is a mysterious, often unfair, thing. But I think I’ve learned in my time with Andrew that it can also be a wonderful thing, and that usually when something happens that seems unfair, it’s just life’s way of making room for better things to come. I like to think that. It gives me strength when I need it most.”
I want to shy away from anything spoilery, so let me just say that The Edge of Always was a beautifully-written book. It took me through the entire gamut of emotions. It was a story of love, of moving on from tragedy and learning to live again. It was often sweet, sometimes seriously sexy – and naughty, and it also had a lot of angst. But, it wasn’t unbearable angst. I cried more happy tears than sad tears in this one. I was left with a smile and a tear in my eye, hugging my iPad because a beautiful, though sometimes sad, journey had come to an end. I will miss Camryn and Andrew. A huge thank you to J.A. Redmerski for writing characters it was so easy to fall in love with.