Sunday, February 18, 2018

1 star-- The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by J.A. Redmerski

Well, this was unfortunate. The Edge of Never has been sitting on my review pile since ,well, forever. And I finally dove in. And, yall. Ugh. It definitely landed on my "did I read a different book than everyone else" shelf.

The Gist: Camryn can't deal with her life so she's running away. Yup. Packed a bag and booked it to the bus station picking a random spot across country based on what the ticket agent was eating. And she meets a guy.

So I'll start with the things I DID like:
1) A road trip! I love the adventure and seeing where the road takes you. I wanted to love this book just for that. I do wish they'd done more than just drive hotel to hotel and done some more sightseeing, though.  
2) Andrew was a good guy. He's sexy, goes with the flow with a little aggressive edge. He's an easy guy to like. 
3) The sex scenes were seriously steamy. There were no problems in that department at all. 
4) The cover is amazing.  
Which leaves pretty much everything else on the meh side of things. 

Over the top dramatic, multiple inconsistencies, a heroine who acted closer to 15 than 20, drama on top of drama that popped up out of nowhere, constant idiotic behavior.

Camryn was difficult to like or root for. She complained about everything down to breakfast at a fast food joint when traveling, thinking any man who even glanced her way planned to rape, kill and dump her body. She was irresponsible and had no common sense. She's so fearful of being hurt yet lies and tells her mother she's in Virginia when she's really in Wyoming. Decides to road trip with someone who she's known for 2 days, has unprotected sex and insists he comes inside her, gets sloppy fall down pass out drunk. She was just ridiculous. Everything was blown out of proportion. For example. This is over the guy sitting near her in the bus for 20 hours actually being friendly and social...
So this 'friendship' is going to take a lot of work on my part. I want to be nice, but not too nice. I want to smile when necessary, but I have to be careful and measure the level of the smile. I want to laugh if something he says is funny, but I don't want him to think it's an I'm-so-fucking-into-you kind of laugh. Yeah, this is definitely going to take work.
There were also weird turns of phrase and continuation blips that made for awkward reading.

And, seriously, the idea that they're doing something new or outside the box is fairly laughable. They want to travel the world and backpack and go with the wind. Yeah, that's not an original thought at all. Pretty sure most college age kids have that notion.

Honestly I don't know why I kept reading. I'm a masochist, I guess. Things did improve after the hero showed up and I kept thinking there must be something people saw in this to give it such glowing 4 & 5 star reviews but for It had so many issues and too few redeeming qualities to make it worth the read. I won't be reading this author again.

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Amazon | Goodreads | Redmerski on HCBS
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