January 8, 2014

Review: The Edge of Always by J. A. Redmerski

January 8, 2014
Cam and Andrew's story continues in The Edge of Always by J. A. Redmerski, out on January 14! It is told in both Cam and Andrew's POVs, just as the first book. 

Contains sexual content and mild language that may be inappropriate for readers under the age of 17.

Title: The Edge of Always
Series: The Edge of Never #2
Author: J. A. Redmerski
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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.

I really liked Cam and Andrew's story in The Edge of Never. If you read my review for the first book, you can tell that I have a passion for road trips that had resonated in me. The ending in the first book got me so excited to see where they go from there. The possibilities are endless, especially what they went through.

It starts off right where they left off in the first book, and things are going well until a loss sends Cam withdrawing from life and Andrew. Heartbreak strikes the couple a few chapters in and it puts a strain to their relationship. Cam is coping. Or at least she likes to think of it that way -- the only way she knows best. Emotionally and mentally withdrawing herself from those she cares about most, because she has lost so many people in her life in the past, and finds solace in avoid feeling that hurt again. Those defense mechanisms are futile, because if she loses Andrew too, she knows that will ultimately break her. You really feel for them in how this thing that affected not only their relationship, but their lives as well. I felt like I would ugly sob again, just as I had near the end of the first book. And I was thinking, "oh, not again, Redmerski, don't do this to me. What did Andrew and Cam ever do to you? Just leave them be." They've endured so much in the past five months together, and beforehand also. To have another thing throwing them through a downward spiral adds more weight on their tender hearts. It's hard not to empathize with them, whether you're a woman, man, mother, or not.

Andrew is hurting too, for the loss, and for fear of losing Camryn too. Cam isn't opening up to him, and he can tell that she's not herself no matter how many times she says she's fine. He knows that things are anything but fine. She's losing bits of herself while mourning for the loss, and it's gotten him scared and driving him insane. Andrew wants her to see that she will never lose him, and fusses up a bit to find a way to convince her. So, Andrew takes it back to where it all started -- on the open road. He takes the time to plan a road trip in hopes of getting his Cam back. A road of healing that connects them again as it once had the day they met and fell in love.

The road trip is even better than their first. I thought that Walmart scene in the first book was hilarious, and it was, but the scene with the cows and Cam almost taking off without Andrew in his car took the cake and ate it. It was fun to see them fall back into themselves and into each other again. The Edge of Always was a wonderful conclusion to their story. They truly do belong together. They fit like puzzle pieces, just as their tattoos complete each others.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

5 Reasons To Read The Edge of Always
  1. Road trip. Always a fun time on the road, especially to those that means so much a person. One can find themselves and discover who they are along the journey. And Cam and Andrew's road trip is even better than their first one. I found myself laughing. They have great sense of humor and banter.
  2. Emotional punch. Boy does Redmerski know how to inflict emotions in you as she does with her characters.
  3. Andrew. We see him hurt in this one in a different way than in the first book, and in that pain does he grow in a sense. 
  4. Growth, strength, and healing. The characters deal with great hurt, but they don't stay down for long. We watch them find strength, heal and grow.
  5. Love does conquer all. The things Andrew had done to keep Cam in his life and bring her happiness and back to herself again was prime example of how powerful love can be. I guess this could be a continuation of reason #3, but whatever. I'm talking about love itself here.

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About the author 
Born November 25, 1975, J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She 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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