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

The Edge of Never by J.A. Radmerski
Series: Edge of Never (# 1)
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher:  Hachette
Pages: 496
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review
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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?

 

Review: I had to sit back and wait a few days before writing this review. This book was really….different. After reading as much as I do, and reviewing I get in the habit of putting books into categories. When I started this one I kept telling myself it was New Adult, but then it started reading like Women’s fiction, and then it felt like YA. Soon after, I was so immersed and emotionally involved I didn’t really care, and then of course I stared bawling, so let’s just start at the beginning shall we?

Blindsided. I was completely blindsided by this book. I thought it was a simple story about girl meets boy, but it’s so much more! I want to say it’s unrealistic, because let’s be honest, no girl decides she’s fed up with life and goes cross country on an ugly, smelly, greyhound bus. But that’s exactly what Camryn does. It’s like she needed to pull away from everything she’s ever known in order to find herself.

Interesting way to find oneself, but I went with it. Soon she meets Andrew, and this is truly where the book turns into a masterpiece. He is the ultimate Alpha male. The author pulls off his character so beautifully that a few times I had to just sit back in awe over the character development. He was controlling, but not too controlling; he was sweet but he was also protective, and in the end he couldn’t stay away from Camryn even though he knew it would be what was best for both of them.

The author foreshadowed a lot when we were in Andrews POV. I kept trying to figure out what his big deal was. I mean, why couldn’t they be together? Silly me, I assumed it was his own personal baggage. After all, his father is lying in a hospital dying of cancer, I mean that would be enough to send anyone over the edge. I thought perhaps he was worried about commitment? Or loving someone and losing them?

Yeah. That wasn’t true at all. I was so far off track that I had to re-read pages and then smack myself in the face when the ball dropped.

Incredible ending. I will admit, it was a bit fast for my taste. As a reader you are happily taking this awesome journey and then all of a sudden it’s like you crash into a brick building. Your entire world shatters and you wonder what the heck just happened?

I really don’t want to give away any spoilers. Just know, if you are looking for a really good read that deals with basically every spectrum of the human pysche and emotion. This is the book for you. I probably wouldn’t read it again only because once is enough, it stays with you for a while.

All in all, a fantastic book with great characters.