Book Review – The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

by Maryse on November 7, 2013 · 22 comments

in My Book Reviews

The Edge of Always - SPOILER ALERT!!! Not really spoilers for THIS book, but for book #1 (The Edge of Never). If you haven’t read it yet, my suggestion is to read it ASAP (it’s one of my fav books ever) and THEN come back to this review, once you’re done. :)

<—- This was so good!!! To tell you the truth, I actually wondered where the author could take a second book , considering just how BIG the first one was. I mean, she wrote an actual full sequel to the first one, (not a different character’s POV, or a book about supporting characters). She actually went there. She took our very delicate HEA and she shook that sucker up! And she did it well.

Now, there comes a time in a person’s life when you have to face something so horrible that you feel like you’ll never be the same person again. It’s like something dark swoops down from somewhere above and steals every shred of happiness you have ever felt and all you can do is watch it, feel it go, knowing that no matter what you do in your life that you’ll never be able to get it back. Everybody goes through this at least once. No one is immune. But what I fail to understand is how one person can go through it enough for five people and in such a short time.

I enjoyed (well, saying “enjoyed” makes me feel bad considering the characters additional hardships ;) ) but yes… I enjoyed the direction the author took with this sequel, considering the first book really didn’t even… need one. But when you think about it, were they really already at their HEA at the end of book #1?

Because, you see, even though we jumped over a huge hurdle in the first book, and even though they found themselves in each other, and in their freeing road trip, once they were back on “solid ground” it meant that they were dealing with “regular” life again. Back to life as it was before they met each other. And there was a reason Camryn took off in the first place.

YES, they found their happiness on the road, playing life by ear, living life a little differently with each new place they visited. But… emotionally… what if they lose themselves again, now that they’re living life like they used to? Like everyone “expects” them to. Sure, at least they have each other… but will things between them change now that they’re standing still?

I was afraid that everything would end in Texas, that the exciting life I was living with Andrew on the road would become nothing more than a memory once we made it to our final destination. And in a way… it has…

And this (along with a few other eeeeep!!! surprises) is what the author explores in the second installment. Not only is Camryn coming to grips with (and privately stressing over) being stationary, but now that she’s pregnant, their responsibilities take precedence. They need to start mapping out their future… like everyone else. How will they ever live out their dreams of exploring the world and taking on new experiences? Of never letting themselves get complacent, and eventually, regretting life.

What Andrew and I have been slowly doing without realizing it is what shatters dreams: we’ve been getting too comfortable.

Andrew… he’s solid. Grounded. Healed in more ways than one. He’s amazing, hilarious (birthday suit scene, anyone? eek LOL!!!!!!), he’s hot and I bet he smells soooooo good! Er… what? lol *blush* Tee hee! *whoops* I got away from myself, there. But yep. I love him!!

But Camryn’s not quite there yet, and he sees it in her eyes. She’s stressed about… everything. Her pregnancy, their lives becoming stagnant, Andrew’s condition returning, where to live now… where to live… forever. She’s thinking so far ahead, she’s missing every stop along the way.

“Promise me we’ll get back to normal. That’s all I ask, Andrew. I miss the way we were before. I miss our crazy times together and our crazy sex and your crazy dimples and your crazy, vibrant, life loving attitude.”

“Do you miss the road?” I ask, and the light snaps out of her face as if I’ve said something horribly wrong.

Her eyes stray from mine and she seems lost in some deep, dark moment.

“Camryn… do you miss the road?” I need the answer to this question now more than I did seconds ago, because of her unexpected reaction to it.

After a long, silent moment she looks at me again and I feel lost in her eyes, though in an uncomfortable way.

She doesn’t answer. It’s like… she can’t.

But with Andrew’s help (he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve), she (and we) get to live, and love life again (and recognize it’s constant potential, even with responsibilities). It’s quite the journey! But not without a few hitches along the way.

This story picks up immediately after “The Edge of Never” and takes us through roughly a year (or two?) of their continuation. The scary health issues haunt us (I mean, them), along with painful revelations, shocking coping mechanisms, moments of “almost there”, and then back to the drawing board. Amazing feelings, stuff that were SO fun to experience with them again… and then scary moments of “OMG!!! What were they thinking!?!”

At times I felt as if they were running away again, and yet… I got them. And am quite in awe of them and of everything they experienced (in book #1 and in this one). Maybe even a little envious. ;)

Where some need to lay “roots” and dig in deep, surrounded by family, familiar routines and/or aspirations of wealth and success, others are natural nomads. Motivated and fulfilled by experiencing and seeing… everything else. Their wealth and success is just as attainable, but… it comes from a different place.

“You think we’re lost?”

I tilt my head back a little and look up at the stars behind her and say, “In society, maybe. But together, no. I think we’re right where we need to be.”

And I’ve got to stop there. I knew this one would be difficult to review in terms of “what’s it about?” because it’s about SO many different things… but pretty much, the focus is on keeping their happiness alive.

Sure, it’s not the crazy, intense angst-fest that book #1, “The Edge of Never” was (that book was just… HUGE, to me). And maybe we’re not necessarily experiencing that awesome “falling in love” feeling that we loved in #1, but that’s ’cause we’re already there! But! This book certainly throws it’s characters quite a few curveballs. Stuff that had my adrenaline racing, and my heart skipping beats. At times in trepidation ( I was worried for them, and with every reason!) and at times in sheer love and adoration (as these characters continued to grow).

Once upon a time, they met at the worst time in their lives, but together, they discovered that life could be SO much more, and it’s that one true thing (other than their love for each other) that keeps them alive. Not just alive. Happy.

And in the end (not of this book, just in “general”), it’s all about finding your bliss, so that you can be, and stay happy, no matter what “life” throws your way. And I loved seeing life through their eyes, and living it through their hearts. *sigh* The wonders that await us, if we’d just take the chance to live them!

But don’t go thinking the worst is over (’cause of book #1) and that this book will be an easy joy-ride. ;) There was plenty yet to come. Just as in all things called “life”.

“You’re the world to me,” I whisper onto her lips. “I hope you never forget that.”

“I’ll never forget,” she whispers back and moves her hips very subtly on my lap. Then she nudges my lips with her own and says just before kissing me,

“But if I ever do, for whatever reason, I hope you’ll always find a way to remind me.”

4 stars!

P.S. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with the review copy! J.A. Redmerski rocks!

P.P.S. Not a cliffhanger, and is complete BUT!! There will be a book #3 coming out and it WILL be about characters from this book. I already have a feeling I know who.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole November 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

This book was truly unbelievable. I read it in one sitting. I loved these characters and the author did not disappoint. What a fabulous conclusion to this amazing love story.

Jen November 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I actually teared up near the end of the book and it had nothing to do with the story. I knew I was just going to miss Camryn and Andrew so much! Great book!

Michelle B November 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Loved this book, and you did an awesome job reviewing it without giving anything away.

Maryse November 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Thank you Michelle!! *phew*

I swear it takes me a couple of hours to write reviews, and then at least another hour after I hit “post” while I stress and re-read/re-word stuff that might be “spoilerish*… hehe. You just helped me a ton!

*hug*

J.A. Redmerski November 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Thank you for that wonderful, thought-provoking review, Maryse! I’m glad you liked it. :-) I did want to let everyone know who might be wondering, that the third book will not be about Camryn and Andrew and I have no intentions in writing about the surprise characters readers meet at the end of THE EDGE OF ALWAYS. The third book will be a spinoff *standalone* about the people Camryn and Andrew have their ‘incident’ with on the beach. That book is already written, titled SONG OF THE FIREFLIES, and will be released in February. :-)

Again, thank you! And for participating in my release! :-)

Sherry :) November 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I’m reading it now….so happy!!!
Love your books J.A. :D

Amy November 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I finished it last night, and I’m even more in love with Andrew and Camryn than I was at the end of the first book. :) I’m raising my **firefly martini** to this one and book #3. Fitting, huh? Um, so…yeah. I’m gonna go now before I make a fool out of myself even more…

Lindsay November 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

As always, awesome review! The Edge of Never was one the most beautiful books I have ever read, with he most HEA ever. I need to make time to read this one ASAP.

Daniella November 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

The Edge of Never was one of best well written books I have come across. The story was so unique I wish every book could make me feel like this one. The Edge of Always was just as good. I’m so glad I read these books.

Maryse November 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Lol Amy! Cutest martini toast ever!

Maryse November 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Ahhhhhhh J.A. Yesssssss! That scene was crazy (one that induced some heart palpitations), and I wondered about “them” afterwards. Thank you. And I was wrong in my original guess. ;)

Yvette November 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Havn’t read the book yet, but it’s on my list….just had to say how hot that guy on the cover is!!

Michelle M November 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Great review Maryse! I love how you can suck me right back into that magical feel of Camryn and Andrew without really giving away anything about this story. I’m so excited to start this book and continue their journey with them. J.A. Redmerski is such a gifted and insightful writer. Edge Of Never really is one of my favorite books ever. :-)

Ashley B. November 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I have to say that I might read these books, but they look a little bit too angsty for me! Ladies, I need something new to read! I feel like I have read ABSOLUTELY everything and cannot find anything that really tickles my fancy. ;) I love my Christian, Gideon, Travis, Colton, Ethan, Jack, Matt, etc. and cannot find another one! I am holding off on some trilogies until more books come out, but I NEED some new amazing bad boys! Please recommend!!! BTW, I can’t wait until the Tangled sequels come out in the spring – none too soon I might add! :)

Leslie H November 8, 2013 at 8:24 AM

First time writing….
Loved this book. Loved them both! I am still thinking about it the next day – but possibly not for the same reasons everyone else is. For as much as I loved them both – and loved wehre the writer took this one because she did have to go there — what happens when one part of our journey ends and another begins….. and loved the intensity of the relationship and just how wonderful Andrew is, it made me sad as well. And maybe it is because I am past my 20s where I truly lived life to the fullest… no regrets…..every day/every night was an adventure… I can honestly say I have no regrets about that time and really lived life as if every day was the last! I mean REALLY! Now every night is taken up by middle school and elementary school homework. I think I am just in a different place and while I love my life, I cant help but think back that those feelings, that rush, that intense way about life and everything in it is gone – at least for a while. And yes these are choices I made for myself – and like I said no regrets, but I do miss that part of my life – the part we were experiencing with Andrew and Camryn. Don’t get me wrong I loved the books and will read them again, I think the impact they had on me was a bit different and I wold love to know if any other early 40 year old/late 30 year olds are feeling the same way.

Danette November 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Yes, the first book was “huge” (to quote your word) and it consumed me. This one was more … comforting. To me, it was more of a settle in with a cup of cocoa, warm blankie and visit with my old friends kinda way. I kept finding myself nodding my head, saying to myself: Yes, yes, yes… It wasn’t the same story, and yet — it was. Andrew so “got” her. And the story matured just as our characters did. This wasn’t the same all encompassing angsty story the first one was, but it was somehow the right one. I liked it. A lot.

Melissa November 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The Edge of Never is one of my favorite books! I think the author is amazing. I loved The Edge of Always too. I love Andrew even more if that’s possible. My stomach was uneasy the whole time reading though. I was so worried for Camryn and Andrew. I kept feeling like something bad was going to happen with every new adventure they went on or that one of them was going to die and we would have to deal with that heartbreaking event. I was wrong-whew! I was so sad at the end and not because of how it ended, just that it ended.

Lauren November 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Question..Same author, different series..does anyone know when Reviving Izabel will be released? The sequel to Killing Sarai? Author says, “before the end of 2013″ but I want to know WHEN!!!! Can’t wait!!

Annie November 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

OMG OMG OMG…I am in serious need of an intervention- can one can totally stressed over the fact that TOO MANY releases occurred in one week? I am in the middle of Mine by Katy Evans and CANNOT wait to dive into this one- oh, and that review Maryse! Now I am having that nervous fluttery feeling that only reading this book will heal! I knew I shouldn’t have read this review because it would send me over the edge (hee hee- no pin intended!) of anticipation!!!!! The Edge of Never sent me over the top it was soooo good! I can’t rush through Remy but now all I can think of is Andrew and Camryn! I think I need a drink to get through the afternoon!
Despite my apparent lack of control over my book habit and obsession with fictional characters I am a sane person–really!!!!!

Anna November 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I loved spending more time with Cam and Andrew, even though there were definitely some parts that were tough to experience. This one didn’t quite give me the same level of punch to the feelings that the first one did, but I don’t know if any book ever could hit me quite as hard as the first one did. I’ll definitely read anything this author puts out in the future!

Avery November 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Can’t wait to start this one after I finish Convicted!

Dana November 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I went back and re-read EON before diving into this one and I’m soooooo glad I did since its been awhile since I read it the first time. And while I remembered the feelings and how much I LOVED the book, it was a lot like reading it the first time because my memory sucks, apparently. So I read them both back to back and it was a glorious couple days :) I’m gonna miss these two….

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