Romancing the Weekends: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
PJV Quickie: Although this book could use some tightening and an editorial eye, I was swept into the story and enjoyed it immensely. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Type: New Adult
Published: November 15, 2012 (Self-Published)
Source: Personal Copy
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Camryn Bennett is going through a rough patch – her boyfriend died in a car accident, her mother is distant and racing through boyfriends, and her brother is in jail for drunk driving. Her BFF Natalie talks her into going out for a night of fun, and Natalie’s long-term boyfriend hits on Camryn. When she gets up the courage to tell Natalie, she calls Cam a liar and tells her she never wants to see her again. Cam decides she needs to just get away for a while and hops a bus to the first place she thinks of – Idaho.
Andrew Parrish has just received word from his brothers that his terminally-ill father is on his deathbed. He’s not ready to face it yet so he takes a bus instead of driving. He instantly notices the cute girl who is traveling alone; he also notices the creep a few seats up noticing her. While he’s lost in his own thoughts, he’s also aware of the girl and the creep. Wanting to keep her safe, he gets to know her on their bus journey and they become something like friends. When he gets to his destination he can’t forget about her.
What happens next involves a road trip, some soul-searching, a pretty awesome little bar, and a HEA that will turn your tears to smiles.
I have mixed feelings about this book but overall my recommendation is: read it!! As I mentioned in the PJV quickie, the story needs a little tightening up; it’s a bit rambling and some scenes could be shortened or omitted, there are some misspellings, and in one glaring error the author mentions the characters headed towards the ocean while they’re in New Orleans (we have the lake or the river, no ocean). BUT…and that’s a big but (I like big butts and I cannot lie…oops, got carried away there)… the story is good. Really good. I can’t get into too much without spoilers, but I will say this book is well worth the $3.99 price tag.
Camryn is a sympathetic heroine – she’s having a rough time and apparently stopped taking her medication for depression (please do not use a fictional book to make your own medical choices) and this trip is how she’s decided to work things out in her head. Meeting Andrew turns out to be a life-changing experience – for both Cam and Andrew.
Andrew is a sweet guy, although I think the author tried to pile too much into his character (there’s a quick mention of a modeling career, and she also tries to give him a sexually dominant streak which didn’t really work for me). The anguish of his father’s death, and the reasons behind Andrew’s actions were gut-wrenching and had this reader almost in tears.
I also have to add: Several scenes in this story take place in a little bar on the West Bank of New Orleans called the Old Point Bar. I’ve been to this bar several times and my BFF used to work there. The author might have missed with the bit about the ocean, but she got the bar right.
Fans of emotion-filled stories with internal-conflicts will enjoy this rambling tale of predestined lovers. If you’re a fan of “New Adult”, give this one a try.
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