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The Edge of Always (#2) – J.A Redmerski

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He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS

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…

4 out of 5 stars

My Review of The Edge of Never

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My Review

For those of you who know me, The Edge of Never is my favourite book ever. Give me a book about roadtrips, finding yourself and finding love and I am so there, but the thing that I loved the most was that I related to Camryn, and when that happen to me, when I can see myself in a character, I am won over. So when I found out that J.A Redmerski was writing the sequel, I was pretty much ecstatic. Although the ending of TEON was pretty much perfect and it could have just been a standalone, I was happy to follow more of Andrew and Camryn’s story, and see how they were getting on in life.

Those of us who have read TEON know what went down and how much we all sobbed and how our bins were filled with tissues, but we also know where it ends. The Edge of Always continues where The Edge of Never ends. Andrew and Camryn are head over heels for one another, they have shared and gone through a lot in the 5 months they have known and been together but you can see that they really are whole together – the missing piece to each others puzzles.

Camryn and Andrew go through a heartbreak a few chapters in and you really feel for them. Camryn withdraws herself, tells herself and everyone else she is fine, for them to stop fussing, that she doesnt want to talk about the loss and you can see just how much she is hurting, yet she puts up a front. At 20, she has lost so many people in her life, she is scared Andrew is going to be another, so she withdraws so if it does happen, it be potentially not hurt as much…but of course, it will shatter her world and thats all she can think about now.

Andrew is hurting too, but hes hurting for the loss and for Camryn. He loves her so much and its killing him that shes not opening up to him, so he is at a loss over what to do. He isnt the Andrew we know and love and that hurts to read too. He is pussyfooting around Camryn, but really, you can see why. He’s scared that she’s not herself and he wants to take the pain away, so he thinks of the one thing that they both experienced together….their road trip.

Andrew, bless his little heart, spends a week planning out their roadtrip, hoping it will heal Camryns heart and heal her past. With the help of Natalie, despite not being her greatest fan, he learns things about Camryn’s past and he wants to help her through it. His love is stronger than ever, he wants to let her grief for everyone in her life whom she has lost one way or another and she is petrified that she is going to lose Andrew too. He wants to make her see that she will never lose him, ever.

The roadtrip brings them together again, they visit old friends, old cities and discover new things too. We see the overpowering love the both of them have for each other – Andrew helps Camryn grieve, he gets her back to her old self, and really, the road is where they are meant to be. And it makes them realize that they can do anything and be anyone with each other, that they have their whole lives ahead of them and there is this whole world out there waiting to be discovered by them.

We watch Andrew and Camryn grow up, we see them settle down, and seek happiness for what they have together. What started as a roadtrip, ends as one too, and although I liked this book, The Edge of Never and Camryn (and Andrew) will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope one day that I will be as brave as both of these.

The perfect way to end the series. I loved seeing just how happy Cam and Andrew were.

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MANCANDY MONDAY – The place where the hot guys go!

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Every Monday, Blame It On The Book Lovers will be discussing their favourite book boyfriend of that week in a meme called MANCANDY MONDAY!

We all love book boyfriends, so Man Candy Monday is all about sharing the love…and the hot guys around by letting everyone know the book boyfriend you have been swooning over this last week, and why!

Once you’ve posted your mancandy on your own blog, come back and post the link. We all want to know WHO your mancandy is this week and swoon right along with you.

This week The Book Lovers is featuring Andrew Parrish – The Edge Of Never by J.A Redmerski

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I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Andrew Parrish. I freaking well adored him from the first moment he arrived on the page and how much he protected Camryn right from the start, even though he didn’t know her, he felt drawn towards her.

Andrew and Camyrn spark up a friendship and he teaches her how to live when they go on a roadtrip around the USA, not wanting to return back to their hometowns and wanting to forget everything in the real world for a little while. Andrew teaches Camyrn to live, to own her sexuality, to conquer her fears and her past and come out of her depression and confide in him about things she couldnt with her first love. He brings out things in Camyrn that makes her better. But Camryn does the same for Andrew too; they both push each other to be the best they can be and in turn, they both fall for one another.

I loved the closeness, the banter, the friendship that they both had together and then how they fell in love. They were made for each other and Andrew really lived for the moment and if you have read this book, you will see what happens in the end. You will sob and see exactly why Andrew wanted to spend time with Camryn and didn’t tell her what was going on as he didnt expect to find love.

Andrews tattoo and the story behind why he had it is amazing and i loved that he bared his soul about it and how he wanted his soul mate to have the missing parts tattooed on them so when they touched, they were in perfect sync.

So that is why Andrew is my mancandy this week. He isn’t perfect, he’s got a massive secret but he shows Camryn how to live and in turn, finds his soul mate.

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If you join in, leave your link in the comments so we can all see who you picked for your Mancandy 🙂

Posted in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Edge of Always – J.A Redmerski

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly event that allows all us book bloggers and lovers to talk about what upcoming book we’re most looking forward to reading.

17374029Synopsis

He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS

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…

Release Date: 5th November 2013

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Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Oh gosh, this is actually quite hard because most females in books, they annoy me but I think I’m picking this lady because she literally did what I have been wanting to do for years and that is

Camryn from The Edge of Never

(I know I keep banging on about this book, but get reading it.)

She was stuck in a rut and in the end, packed a bag, got a bus ticket and left. If only for a few days, but then it turned into a trip of a lifetime, where she learned to live, learned to love and just experienced so many things, so yes, i can relate Camryn in the sense that i want to do what she did, i want to live life to the fullest and just jump on a bus and go.

I’ve posted this before, but it truly embedded in my head:

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to backpack across the world? Just you and a backpack with a few necessities. No bills. No getting up at the same time every morning to go to a job you hate. Just you and the world out ahead of you. You never know what the next day is going to bring, who you’ll meet, what you’ll have for lunch or where you might sleep.”

Yes, every.damn.day.

 

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*The Edge Of Always Cover and Excerpt*

So I know we have ALL seen the new cover of The Edge of Always on USA Today, but what they didn’t give you was a excerpt from TEoA. Oh no they didn’t. And guess who has one? Oh that’s right- ME.

Yes we get a sneak peak into just what Andrew and Camryn are up to, and its hella funny. So just scroll down, like I know you want to, and go check it out!

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Author: J.A. Redmerski

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Expected release date: November 5, 2013

Pre-order on Amazon  |Pre-order on iTunes

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Synopsis

He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to THE EDGE OF NEVER, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test.

As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they’ll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure—and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Sexy. Daring. Dangerous. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS takes you on a ride you won’t forget .

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS Excerpt

Camryn shrieks and I start laughing as we dash away from the cows and toward the car.

“Awww, shiiiit!” I yell when I step in a huge pile of it.

Camryn cackles with laughter and we both practically stumble the rest of the way through the field, me trying to scrape the shit off the bottom of my shoe while running at the same time and Camryn’s flip-flops getting caught on the ground trying to keep up with her feet.

“I can’t believe that just happened!” Camryn laughs as we finally make it back to the car. She arches her body over forward and props her hands on her knees, trying to catch her breath.

I’m out of breath, too, but I still relentlessly scrape the bottom of my shoe on the asphalt. “Dammit!” I say, rubbing my foot back and forth.

Camryn jumps up on the hood of the car, letting her legs hang over the front. “Can we finally say that we did it?” she asks with laughter in her voice.

I stand still finally and catch my breath. I look at her, at how beautiful and bright that smile of hers is and I say, “Yeah, babe, I think we can safely mark it off our list.”

“Good!” she says.

Then she points behind me. “Do it on the grass,” she says with one side of her mouth pinched into a hard line. “You’re just spreading it around doing it like that.”

I hop over into the grass and start rubbing my foot back and forth again. “Since when did you become an expert on shit?”

“Better watch your mouth,” she warns, getting into the driver’s seat.

“What are you going to do?” I taunt her.

She starts the Chevelle and revs the engine a few times pressing on the gas. There’s a cruel gleam in her eyes. She props her left arm across the top of the open window and next thing I know she’s driving slowly past me.

I give her the warning eye, but her grin just gets bigger.

“I know you won’t leave me here!” I shout as she goes past me.

Surely she wouldn’t….

She gets farther away and at first I call her bluff and just stand here, watching her get smaller and smaller…

Finally, I take off running after the car.

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About the Author

J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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Day 01 – Best book you read last year

In 2012, there were a hell of a lot of books I read and absolutely loved. But one that really pulled me in, made me want to be on that road trip, pulled and pushed my emotions in all different directions and made me sob my heart out at the end, was The Edge Of Never – J.A Redmerski. You can find my review HERE

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“For the first time in my life, I’ve felt whole, alive, free. You were the missing piece of my soul, the breath in my lungs, the blood in my veins. I think that if past lives are real then we have been lovers in every single one of them. I’ve known you for a short time, but I feel like I’ve known you forever.”

THIS QUOTE! I absolutely love it. Andrew and Camryn were really meant to meet. They brought out the best from each other, taught each other how to live and also how to love.

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to backpack across the world? Just you and a backpack with a few necessities. No bills. No getting up at the same time every morning to go to a job you hate. Just you and the world out ahead of you. You never know what the next day is going to bring, who you’ll meet, what you’ll have for lunch or where you might sleep.”

This book made me think about my life. How it’s really not going anywhere and that if given the chance – and the money – I would get on the first bus/train/plane anywhere and have my own adventure. (And hopefully bump into my own Andrew Parrish along the way!)

I literally cant say enough about this book because you really do go on a journey with these characters. You feel everything they do, you think about your own life when they think about theirs. It such an amazing, emotional and passionate book that if you haven’t read it, where the hell have you been? And why haven’t you fallen in love with Andrew Parrish yet?!

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The Edge Of Never – J.A. Redmerski

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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 Raleigh, 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?

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

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My Review

“For the first time in my life, I’ve felt whole, alive, free. You were the missing piece of my soul, the breath in my lungs, the blood in my veins. I think that if past lives are real then we have been lovers in every single one of them. I’ve known you for a short time, but I feel like I’ve known you forever.”

Twenty year old Camryn Bennett has always been different to her friends. She’s been one to over think her life and she knew that she wanted more; more than just a repetitive lifestyle. She had her life planned out with her boyfriend Ian, until an accident took him away from her. Since then, she hasn’t been herself and a black cloud has overtaken her.

One day she just decides to pack a few essentials in a bag and get on a bus. She’s fed up of everything happening in her life, from her brother in prison, her parents’ divorce, and her best friend accusing her of being a lying bitch. She decides to start living for her, hence setting out on a road trip to Idaho, even though nothing is really there for her. You’ll see why she picks that place when you read this book.

When she steps upon the bus, little does she know everything is going to change and her life will turn upside down for the better.

Andrew Parrish is 25 and on a trip from Texas to see his dying father in Wyoming. It could have been easier to get on a plane but he decides to get the bus instead. He’s in the same mindset as Camryn where he needs time to think about everything that is happening in his life and what he’s going to do. You will definitely fall in love with Andrew. I want him to take me on this road trip and show me everything that I am missing in my life!

When they both meet, its obvious Camryn doesn’t want to speak to anyone. She’s there for herself, to travel alone and when she gets to her destination, she’ll turn around and go home. She only wanted this trip to discover herself and sort out her thoughts and feelings. Little does she know, but Andrew’s protective instinct takes over when a man is constantly checking out Camryn, not to her knowledge, and he does everything to make sure the man stays away, which leads to small talk and then they slowly build a friendship spending the trip together and even beyond that when they decide to just drive anywhere, to really live on the wild side without any planning or thinking about where they are going.

They were both characters who were amazing together. They both pushed each other to be themselves, especially Andrew, who makes Camryn come out of her depression and her shell and admit things she wouldn’t even dream of to Ian. He makes her push past her past, makes her be fearless and to own her own sexuality. In turn, they fall in love and it was like they were truly meant to be and truly be on the same bus together. The banter and flirting made their friendship all the more important to me, and with the alternative POVs from both characters, you begin to see them falling for each other but because of their own personal trauma’s they just didn’t want to admit it, thinking it was easier to keep at arms lengths. But love concurs all in the end.

This book and their journey really made me think about my life. If I could, I would pack my stuff up in my duffle bag, go to the airport and get the first flight out of Wales and just live my life to the fullest. You see the pain from both of them, but together they manage to make each other come alive and slowly the pain simmers away until love overtakes and they both feel alive being together. Meeting one another on the bus was definitely fate; to bring them back to life with the help of each other.

I have to say, when I finished this book, I was walking around my house like a zombie. I didn’t know what to feel because so many different emotions were pulsing though me. I was happy, sad, and distraught and all these feeling were swished about together that I was going “I don’t know how to feel.”

I had seen so many people raving about this book and I just had to download it right away. Sweet baby Jesus, this book did not disappoint at all. I was captivated by the synopsis, then every single scene that occurred throughout the book. I do have to say; I’ve never cried so hard or so much reading a book as I did with The Edge Of Never.  My mother even asked me who had made me cry and I had to tell her it was this book, which made her laugh. My heart was breaking at what I was reading and I kept throwing my Kindle down and taking deep breathes throughout one particular event because I couldn’t handle it. When books turn me into an emotional wreck, you definitely know it’s a great book to read!

Seriously, you HAVE to give this book a read. I know I say it about many books I read but when you feel so passionate about a book, you really need to make other people read it and see why you love it.

“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to backpack across the world? Just you and a backpack with a few necessities. No bills. No getting up at the same time every morning to go to a job you hate. Just you and the world out ahead of you. You never know what the next day is going to bring, who you’ll meet, what you’ll have for lunch or where you might sleep.”