Series: Love on the Edge #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 28, 2016
Format: eBook, 229 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather.
Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado.
With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn't know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all.
I’d seen this book around quite a bit and, I can’t lie, the cover is what first drew me in. It’s intense and gorgeous. It didn’t take long for me to start reading what others were saying about this book and, when several of my most trusted recommendation sources started suggesting it to readers, I decided to buy it and take the leap. Of course, as is common with me, it sat on my eReader for quite awhile before I actually opened it and started reading. Just a couple weeks ago, I decided to take the leap and I’m not exaggerating when I say I read it from beginning to end in one sitting. I ignored my phone and the TV as I plowed through this book. I couldn’t get enough.
I was admittedly a little concerned after the first chapter. I knew Blake was in an emotionally abusive relationship but my god. I was almost sick to my stomach with Justin and his actions. I can’t deal with people that manipulative, especially when they claim to love the person they’re manipulating. It was only the knowledge that his time in the book would be (relatively) short term that kept me reading. I knew Molly wasn’t going to attempt to redeem him, necessarily. I don’t think I could’ve handled that. Blake getting out of a toxic relationship and finding something real with someone else? That, on the other hand, was well worth reading.
I liked Blake a lot. In the beginning, I had to stop myself from judging her for staying with Justin. It wasn’t a question of being weak or being disillusioned and believing he was something he wasn’t. She cared about him. They were part of each other’s pasts. She was honestly afraid he would follow through on his threats to harm himself if she left him. That’s a lot of responsibility to put on someone’s shoulders. At the same time, I loved seeing her come more out of her shell and make friends with new people. She deserved so much more than the life she had with Justin. Dash was only the start of it, too.
Dash was amazing. Sure, he was in a relationship with someone else when he and Blake met. They had tons of chemistry and, being that they had so many similar interests, it was easy to get behind the idea of them, even as they were with other people. I should be pretty clear, this isn’t a love triangle. This was a friendship forged between two people who deserved something real in their lives. Yes, there was an attraction, but it was tamped down until they were available. Whether as friends or more, I was solidly behind Dash and Blake. Naturally I wanted them to end up together because I adored them each so much.
I admire anyone who would chase tornadoes (even if I think they’re a bit out of their minds) because I’m terrified of the mere thought of them. Edge of Chaos was fantastic. From the romance, which it’s pretty clear I loved, to the action and the moments that kept ME on the edge (of my seat, that is), I couldn’t get enough of it. It was like the movie Twister’s sexier, swoonier book cousin. Molly definitely has a new fan right here!
“I know you, Blake,” he interrupted me. “I know that you can’t stand tomatoes but are too nice to ever ask the waitress to leave them off. I know that the only other artist you blare as loud as Blue October is Elvis. I know the look in your eyes when you see the sky darken and you hear that first clap of thunder. And I know that every time he hurts you, I want to introduce his face to the curb.”
My heart swelled and then instantly deflated. The nicest and most sincere thing anyone had ever said to me in my entire life came from someone I’d only known a month. Not from the man I’d been more or less dating for eight years. The reality of that hit me like a punch to the chest, and what happened earlier tonight replayed in my head all over again.
Dash and I were the same, pulsing with a calling in our blood to stand on the edge of chaos.
My heart threatened to fly out of my chest and present itself to Dash, but I slapped the bitch down, reminding her it was still broken.
Have you read any of Molly’s books?