Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title:  The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publisher:  Hachette Book Group
Published: November 15, 2012
Source:  Publisher
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

 From Goodreads: 

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .

 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?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction.


“I’ve broken every rule… Every. Single. One.”

When the opportunity to read and review The Edge of Never presented itself, I didn’t check out the synopsis, didn’t investigate any Goodreads reviews – I just took one look at the gorgeous cover and started reading.  This review is difficult because parts of the book are so different that I feel as though I need to write two separate reviews and give two different ratings.  The beginning of the story was a struggle for me.  It felt a bit adolescent, and even though I wasn’t yet connecting with the main character Camryn, it was her best friend Natalie that made me cringe.  Natalie represents a particular type of female that I strongly dislike, one who is not my idea of a friend at all.  I feared The Edge of Never would become my first DNF, but fortunately, my curious nature and obsessive compulsive book-reading ways would not let me quit on this one… and I am so happy that I didn’t because once Camryn stepped onto that Greyhound bus, she left behind everything that was wrong in her life – and, ultimately, all of the things that were frustrating me.  A road trip to nowhere quickly led to somewhere and someone… Andrew Parrish.   

“I was taking the long road and Camryn was taking the road to nowhere and it just so happens that they led to the same place.”

Andrew is dealing with his own demons, and my heart broke for him at the same time I longed to understand him and, most importantly, longed for him and Camryn to heal each other.  Their journey together was fun, emotional, and beautiful. 

What really made an impact on me was the musical aspect of the story.  I tend to be a bit of a sucker when it comes to musicians in books, but it was so much more than that for me this time.  Not only were some of my favorite songs sung by these characters; but also The Civil Wars, whom I happen to be obsessed with, were given a huge nod.  I thought the author nailed the description of stage fright and all the feelings that accompany a first time performance.  I’ve been there, and I thoroughly enjoyed this portion of the story. Andrew singing “Laugh, I Nearly Died” moved me more than words can express.  I’ve always loved that song, but I will never hear it again without thinking of him.

the music picks up and Andrew’s soul comes out with every word.”


“I just stare breathless across the space, letting Andrew’s voice course through every loft and bone in my body.  It’s like irresistible poison:  I’m mesmerized by the way it’s making me feel though it has the potential to crush my soul and I drink it down anyway.”

Another fantastic part of the book is the inclusion of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.  I love Greek mythology, and I love the way the author worked their story into her story.  It was such a lovely addition! 

There were several moments that crushed my heart, and I was extremely impressed with the endearing and beautiful passages the author wrote.

“The heart always wins out over the mind.  The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.”

 There were certain things that felt as though they were written just for me, even in minute details like the fact that Camryn was born in New Bern, North Carolina – the very town I just moved away from.  The musical details reached me on such a personal level, and I truly believe it will reach other readers who are passionate about music. The time spent in New Orleans was wonderful – I love that city, and through the author’s vivid descriptions, I felt as if I were walking those streets with Andrew and Cam.

I experienced something with this book that was entirely new to me.  I had already begun to suspect there was a secret and what that secret might be.  For two days, I danced around this book, reaching for it only to withdraw, as though it might bite me.  I would read a chapter and then stop – one reason being fear and the other, wanting to simply savor and prolong what was happening between Andrew and Camryn.  When all was revealed and my assumptions were proven correct, it hurt every bit as much as I thought it would… maybe more.  I have to hand it to an author who can stir that much emotion inside me and conjure up so many feelings. 

There were definitely some steamy moments in The Edge of Never, so this is not for you young’ns – but while these scenes were hot, hot, hot, I do have a gripe with the characters’ irresponsible lack of protection.  This really bugs me when it happens in NA, and I have a hard time letting it go.  For me, the beginning and ending of this story were not perfect, but that cannot blind me to the in-between – that’s where the true beauty is.  It’s where I fell in love with Andrew and Camryn and when I knew I would be remembering them and their journey for a very long time.

“‘I think that if past lives are real
 then we have been lovers in every single one of them.’”

The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never, #2)
 Although I had my above mentioned issues, I’m so happy I read this one.  It was more than worth it, and I will definitely be picking up a copy of The Edge of Always to see what is in store for these characters next.  I can’t wait to get back on the road with them – the part of the story I never want to end. 

“Maybe if I keep it within me, just never say the words, then our story will never be over.”

My Rating: 

Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read The Edge of Never in exchange for my honest review.