Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski: Paperback Release Launch with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway


The Edge of Always
by K.A. Tucker
Paperback Release Date:  1/14/14
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing/Forever

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS

 (Trade Paperback; $14.00)
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...

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I turn to Andrew again, waiting for him to spit it out. A cold breeze rushes through my knitted sweater, and I hide my hands inside the sleeves.
“You have five minutes to throw all of your stuff in your bag,” he says, and my heart is beating erratically before he finishes the sentence. He taps his wrist where there is no watch. “Not a second more.”
“Andrew—”
“This isn’t up for debate,” he says. “Go get your stuff.”
I just look at him, face blank.
My theory was right, but I didn’t want it to be. I don’t want to go on the road…I mean, I do…but it’s not right. It’s just not right.
“You have four minutes now.”
“But we can’t just leave like this,” I argue. “It would be rude.” I point at Asher. “And Asher just got here. Don’t you want to visit with—”
“I can visit my big brother anytime,” Asher counters. “Right now, I think you better do what he says or you might end up on the road wearing the same panties for a week.”
A few more seconds pass and I still haven’t moved. I’m in a state of mild shock, I guess.
“Three minutes, babe,” Andrew says and is looking at me with a serious face. “I’m not kidding. Get up there, throw our shit in our bags, and get in the damn car.”
Oh hell, he’s back to his old self again
When I start to argue again, Andrew’s eyes get all feral-looking, and he says, “Hurry up. Time’s running out!” and he points to the house.
Finally, letting down my guard and going with the moment as much as I can allow myself, I glare at him and say, “Fine.” I’m only agreeing to it because I know he’s trying make things better. But I feel guilty as hell.
Disregarding his playful five-minute demand, I turn on my heels and walk very slowly back toward the house, purposely taking my time, partly my way of silently arguing the situation.
I push open the bedroom door, set my bag on the bed, and start stuffing everything inside of it. Then I go into the bathroom and grab our toothbrushes and various bathroom necessities. I yank our phone chargers from the wall and then my phone from the nightstand and chuck it all into my purse. I make my way around the room, hoping that I’m not missing anything.
Looks like Andrew already packed his stuff at some point and I never noticed.
Then I just stand here, scanning every inch of the place around me but not really seeing any of it. I don’t want to do this, but maybe it’s the right thing.  
I hear the horn honk three times, and it snaps me out of my thoughts. Grabbing my bag, I swing it over my shoulder and grab my purse from the bed.

My Review:  I fell in love with Andrew and Camryn and their story in The Edge of Never and have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Edge of Always, which picks up shortly after The Edge of Never ends.  Everything seems to be going well.  Andrew and Camryn have made it through a really, really tough time after Camryn almost lost Andrew, and they are planning a trip back to Raleigh to see her mom, considering possibly moving there for a while.  After arriving in Raleigh a series of events unfold and Camryn sustains another devastating loss, one that almost destroys her.  She has endured so much grief and loss over the last few years and her coping mechanism has been to try to push it all down and forget it, burying the hurt and the pain.  Andrew is hurting to, but he is more concerned about Camryn.  The girl he managed to uncover on that road trip 5 months prior is slowly disappearing inside herself once again.  He's been kind of walking on eggshells around her, a fact that bothers Camryn even more, even though she doesn't say it.  That combined with the concern of her best friend Natalie, and her mom, drives Camryn to do something she never thought she would, which eventually blows up in her face and causes Andrew to realize just how damaged Cam is from the series of tragic events that have occurred over the past 3 years.  With the help of Natalie and his brothers, Andrew devises a plan to help Camryn face and deal with her grief, with the goal of reviving the person who is the other half of his soul, as they go back to the place that they both feel most at home, on the road.  

I really enjoyed The Edge of Always.  It is told from both Camryn and Andrew's POV, which I enjoyed also.  I have to say that Andrew Parrish is an amazing man and I am totally in love with him.  I don't think they make them any better than him, seriously.  He could be considered a modern day Prince Charming with a sexy alpha side hiding underneath all that hotness.  He and Camryn go through a lot in this book, but the one thing that impressed me so much was that their love for each other never failed.  It was solid, like a rock, and when life's circumstances threatened to crush them on more than one occasion their love was the one thing that never wavered.  Sure, they may have had a questionable moment or two, but inside they both knew what they had in each other, were secure in it, and knew that their's was a relationship that was meant to last for a lifetime, and even beyond.  I admire Redmerski for not throwing in a love triangle, cheating, or the like for dramatic effect in this novel.  The romance and passion between Andrew and Cam was like a blazing fire and continued to be so, despite any circumstance they faced, growing brighter over time instead of slowly burning out.  I loved being a part of their journey on that road trip called life, and being able to see the events that transpired in the process.  Though they may live in one place for a season, the place they feel most at home is when they are on an adventure, exploring the world has to offer them.  The Edge of Always was not  as intense as The Edge of Never and had kind of a different feel to it, but it was also very satisfying and sweet, and I especially enjoyed the way J.A. Redmerski brought closure to Andrew and Camryn's story with a wonderfully satisfying epilogue. 
    
About the author:
J.A. Redmerski, New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little The Walking Dead.
Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's

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4 comments:

  1. I agree, this one was awesome, this whole duology was.

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  2. I honestly only skimmed your review because I plan to start this soon, but I'm very happy to see you liked it. :) Looking forward to more Camryn & Andrew!

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  3. I still haven't read this! I'm glad to see you were happy w/how Cam and Andrew's story wrapped up.

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  4. I have the first book, I grabbed it AGES ago but still haven't read it. It sounds like I need to get busy and read it already!

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