June 17, 2013

NEW ADULT MONDAYS: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)

The New Adult genre - their bad boys and big problems and epic loves make them engrossing tales that are so easy to lose yourself in. What's not to love about that? And, now, thanks to the cool chicks at Bewitched Bookworms, we can show these books the love they deserve in a weekly feature - New Adult Mondays.

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1), by J. A. Redmerski
Published November 15, 2012
Publisher:  Createspace
Format: e-book - obtained from NetGalley
Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance
To Buy:  Amazon  * Barnes & Noble * Book Depository

Rating:  4 STARS

(From Goodreads) Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

I am not a spontaneous person. I like a plan. In fact, before big trips, I make plans to make plans. I love lists. Should it be any surprise that I spent six months obsessing and planning for my trip to New York City for BEA? Crazy thing is, I wish I wasn't this way. I think there's a certain thrill to being spontaneous and unafraid of the unknown. You know - throw your crap in the trunk on a whim and take off for points unknown to do God knows what. And that is why I love books so much. They can take you on journeys you don't have the courage to go on yourself in your real life. This is why I loved The Edge of Never.

Fed up with her life, Camryn gets on a bus and decides to go to Idaho when she sees the woman behind the ticket counter eating a baked potato. On the way, she meets Andrew, a guy on his way to see his dying father. They become friends, and decide to jump in his car after seeing his dad and take a trip. Their road trip is one for the record books - something I could only dream of. 

Honestly, Cam annoyed me for, like, 75% of this book. She was cranky and extremely introverted and sometimes even downright mean. And, not just to Andrew. And, really, her life hadn't been that bad up until then. All things considered. And, when she finally realized that she was in love with this man, she refused to tell him so, and didn't tell him that she didn't want to be apart when their trip was over. 

Conversely, Andrew was patient and encouraging and got Cam to do things that she never dreamed she would do. He talked her down and out of her shell, and as a result, they both had the time of their lives. Even though he was hiding a huge secret too, he pushed it aside in an attempt to help Cam get over her own fears and inhibitions. 

The road trip was truly EPIC. The things Cam and Andrew did - lying in the middle of a cow pasture to look at the stars, singing in a bar on a whim, laying on your car in the middle of a rain storm - it's like the craziest bucket list ever. And it brought these two people together faster and made them more connected than anything else could've in their lives. It was kind of inspiring. 

The ending was a complete roller coaster. Redmerski put me through hell for a few moments there! But, it ended up being totally worth it. I hope there are more road trips in this couple's future. Because they're REALLY good at them.  


Danny said...

Loved this book! This road trip definitely was just epic and I LOVED these two exploring everything! I agree, Cam sometimes was hard to love, but .. I just loved Andrew a little more for it :))
The ending was shocking and I found myself weeping until the very last page! lol

Krista said...

Me too, Danny! I cried like a little baby!