Series: The Edge of Never #1
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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 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?
First and foremost, I absolutely love this book. I have read a bunch of new adult books but they never really seem to fit the new adult genre, either they are too YA or they are two adult, they just can’t seem to find that sweet spot. That was in no way a problem for this book. This is, quite literally, the perfect example of what a new adult book should be.
Without a doubt I love this book. Completely and without reservation. All of the components were there from the very beginning to make a fantastic book, but more than that they all worked together in harmony to create this fantastic adventure that sucked you in and that you couldn’t put down.
Andrew and Camryn are both dealing with some pretty heavy life events, and when the story starts out Camryn is ready to check out, to get away from her life, and she does this by jumping on a random bus, just ready to go anywhere. Personally, I have thought about that a time or to in my life, how awesome it would be to just pick a destination on a whim and go, so it was really cool to see Camryn just go for it like that. On the bus she meets Andrew who is on the way to see his dying father. Somewhere along the way the start to become friendly, although in the beginning it is mostly a great back and forth between them. I loved watching them together, developing as friends first, and then moving into something more. Sometimes being around a stranger, someone who literally knows nothing of you or your past, can really allow you to open up, and I think this is especially true for the two of them. These two have great chemistry and it is written so well. The sex scenes are even written really well, and in my opinion that’s a pretty hard thing to accomplish.
As characters I have to say I liked Camryn and Andrew on their own as people. Camryn had a lot of things go wrong in her life, but she keeps plugging away. She doesn’t really have a sense of direction, but I don’t think she was really ready for one anyway. In spite of all that she is really able to open up to Andrew and what’s more is that she has a pretty impressive inner strength that I don’t think she is even aware she has.
Andrew as a character I also really enjoyed. It’s clear early on that he has a bit of a mystery behind him or some kind of secret (and believe me I wish I could tell you about it, but I try really hard not to spoil books for potential readers), and eventually I figured it out before the author revealed it, and I was really nervous about how the author was going to handle it, but I feel really good with where the story ended up. I like that Andrew is protective of Camryn, but that he is not controlling. I like that he’s sweet but sometimes more demanding. In general I just like him.
Overall, I would without a doubt put this book in everyone’s to be read pile. I recommend it highly, so much so that it is going on my All Time Favorites list and my 2014 Top Books List. Anyone who liked romance or is looking for a new adult book I would suggest you get to the nearest book retailer and purchase a copy immediately, you won’t regret it.