ROMANCE ON THE ROAD!
Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett has always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growning old with the same repetitive life story. And she throught 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 deppest, 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?
If the idea of hitting the open road thrills you as much as a steamy between the sheets session, J.A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never is a must read. This is a story of two heartbroken twenty-something’s desperately trying to evade the next painful hand of fate. The main characters; Camryn Bennett and Andrew Parrish alternately narrating in first person, guide the reader along a journey of broken relationships, new beginnings, super sexy romance and the growing pains that pave the road to adulthood. While Camryn and Andrew are both avoiding a relationship at all costs, as they come to discover, some people are placed on your path for a reason and some feelings cannot be denied. When the truth is finally revealed will love prevail or will fate deal a hand that will force all the players to fold?
While The Edge of Never is a novel that entices the reader with its sweltering romance scenes, there are other elements of intrigue that capture the reader’s attention. In between excellently descriptive, sultry moments that leave the reader blushing, Redmerski engages the reader’s mind with questions that haunt new adults of today. The underlying factor which gives the characters their purpose speaks to a generation’s fear of the obligation to devote their life to a passionless career. A career with one purpose: to fund materialistic pursuits, which in the end the all-consuming career refuses to let actually be enjoyed. Neither of the main characters wants to engage in this soul sapping, repetitive 9-5 work week trap and it is their shared abandonment of this societal norm that drives the plot.
To say that Camryn’s character was mildly melodramatic would be a sweeping understatement, however, her character is still relatable. Every young woman can share Camryn’s desire to simply be cut off from everyone solely to elude the devastating pain that comes from losing someone you love. In complete contrast to Camryn’s brick wall of a character is Andrew , the quintessential perfect hot guy – plays guitar, great body, protective to a fault, always aims to please, pays for everything – how do we find this perfect man?? The negative aspect of his character, his explosive temper is disconcerting throughout the novel but as tensions reach their peak near the end of the book the reader can understand where the frustrations of this young man are founded.
For the most part, The Edge of Never is an enjoyable read offering relatable characters, satisfying moments of enviable intimacy, along with a slowly evolving love story. Unfortunately, the conclusion leaves the reader wanting just a little bit more. Ultimately there is a lack of balance in the story – it had all the legs to be great but it felt like all of the attention was focused on growing the love story and not so much on polishing its ending into the gem it could have been. The reader is left feeling satisfied but a little bit like their lover got the job done, rolled over and fell asleep.