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Posted January 15, 2013
his was a great sequel! I think I liked it a smidge more than the first story. The characters were nicely described, very in depth. I liked all the different themes going on: romance, danger, success, fear. I liked how the Edge of the Past came and tied up loose ends that I was having problems with from the first story. It was nicely written and flowed logically.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2013
Emily and Sergei's love story continues in Edge Of The Past, the second book in the Edge series. When Life On The Edge, book one in the series ended, Emily and Sergei's relationship had finally worked itself out after they had endured an emotional roller coaster ride of challenges. Now they are engaged and finalizing their wedding plans that will take place in four months. Before their nuptials, they travel to Russia for a Grand Prix competition and to meet Sergei's parents. When Emily's partner Chris injures his shoulder during the competition and they have to withdraw, things go quickly downhill for Emily and Sergei, when secrets from his past catches up with him and threatens to change their future plans in a very big way.
Edge Of The Past is an enchanting sequel that easily draws the reader back into Emily and Sergei's story. Author Jennifer Comeaux weaves an emotionally dramatic tale that focuses more on the off-ice life issues and relationship challenges that Emily and Sergei must work through as their wedding approaches, rather than on the riveting skating scenes that was prominently described in Life On The Edge. Nonetheless, this story seamlessly picks up where it left off in the first book and engages the reader with some more enticing page turning roller coaster ride full of dramatic twists and turns. And if that isn't bad enough, the romantically sweet ending leaves the readers begging for more from Emily and Sergei, only to make us wait for the upcoming third and final book in the series!
Written in the first person narrative, Emily takes the reader along for the ride as their journey to the altar takes some very interesting and dramatic twists and turns when Sergei's past takes its place front and center, threatening to cause life-altering changes to their future plans. With an ex-girlfriend/skating partner and a love child thrown into the mix, Emily not only has to contend with preparing for the upcoming World Championship, but also the drama surrounding Sergei's past and the affect it may have on their nuptials. You can't help but get emotionally invested in Emily and Sergei's story and ache for them as they navigate through the maze of challenges they must overcome as they figure out how Sergei's daughter and ex-girlfriend will fit into their relationship.
With an intriguing cast of recurring and new characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; a richly detailed description of Russia and it's beautiful historic buildings; and a riveting storyline full of drama, suspense and romance; Edge Of The Past will leave you believing that the power of love can overcome any challenge!
Posted January 12, 2013
I loved it!!!
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. In fact, I loved this book. It was a good sequel and it did something that most books do not do...it made me cry. Seriously. Very rarely do I cry during books or movies. When I do, I'm usually pregnant. I'm no longer pregnant and I was moved to tears. So many emotions were brought out in me. I was giddy, happy, and excited. I was sad, devastated, and angry. I was in love and I was heartbroken.
I do not want to spoil anything in this book. It was that good. With that being said, the following review of the characters may seem vague but will make sense once you read this wonderful book.
We meet Elena and Liza in this book. I really didn't like Elena at all but I felt for her and the position she was in. I thought she was mean, rude, and arrogant but I found all of this understandable and excusable. Liza is a sweet girl whose world is shaken to its core. She is tough and resilient.
Emily and Sergei are still in love and their relationship is accepted as they move towards marriage. However, they face some tough challenges leading up to the wedding. Emily is still kind of immature but her feelings are completely valid. Sergei is so loving and devoted. He makes some tough choices but is still so loyal and in love.
Skating kind of takes a back seat in this Edge of the Past. That is okay. There is enough skating in the book but the relationships take center ice. I want more from this series. I want to "see" more of Sergei and Emily skating together. That scene and the explanation later...WOW! I want more.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Definitely read Life on the Edge first. (See my review here.)
Will I read it again: After reading this book, I will read this series again, especially when the third book comes out.
Posted January 11, 2013
Emily and Sergei are mere months away from saying ‘I do’ and things are going great for the couple. That is until they go visit his parents in Moscow and are slammed face first into Sergio’s past. Right away the things that are hidden in his past begin to show themselves…and some of those things are weighing heavily on Emily. Does she have what it takes to stand by her man and be the woman he needs her to be as they face an uncertain future? Can she let go of the jealousy that seems to be rearing its ugly head at every turn? Is this relationship even going to survive turmoil leading up to their wedding?
I had a hard time reading this one. Not because it was horrible and the author did a terrible job writing it. In fact, it was just the opposite. Comeaux did an amazing job writing this book and giving it so much emotion and love that the story just comes alive and affects you so deeply. Emily was definitely put through it all in this one, and the reader will experience all that hurt right along with her. I am not kidding when I say I was in a perpetual state of grief 95% of the book. But it was so worth it in the end.
I cannot say that I loved this book more than LIFE ON THE EDGE because they are both that different. In the first one we see the relationship bloom and grow and come together. It even nearly fell apart. But thankfully it worked out for them and and us. Because there would be no EDGE OF THE PAST if it didn't. So yes, both books are different but both books rocked it!
Without giving much away, I will say that I loathed a certain character: Elena. I don’t care if the girl felt threatened…she was absolutely horrid and nasty to Emily and I didn’t like it one bit. And there were times I wasn’t too fond of my sweet Sergei. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt, cause some guys just have no clue when it comes to women. ;) Emily on the other hand was my favorite character and I was just so darn proud of her throughout the book. She didn’t have to be nice and invite this lady into her home but she did. She took the high road several times when I would have punched her in the throat. Seriously…right in the throat. Yet, there were times I wanted to smack her upside her head. She really needed to voice some opinions and not hold back so much. But I still loved her.
This book was all kinds of awesome and all kinds of emotional. I believe I was crying, yes ugly crying, the whole last part of the book until the end.Yeah, this book affected me that much. So I would most definitely recommend this read to anyone out there looking for a fantastic, well written romance. It's clean...it's romantic...and I am in love with the series. And I know I said this in my review of LIFE ON THE EDGE, but it seriously needs to be a movie...like yesterday. (Yeah I think I said that too.) Oh, oh I also just read on Comeaux's update on goodreads (from this past November) that she is working on the next book in the series. I about fainted. Pssh, I could use a little more of Sergei.
Funny Fav Line:
"Excuse me, I have to go skate with imaginary you."
Chris smirked. "He's not nearly as funny as me. Or as good looking."
I let out a little laugh. "Or as humble."
Fav Sergei line that got me flustered & made me want to scream at Emily to listen to him:
Sergei shook his head as he advanced nearer. "I can never move on from you."
Sigh! I love that man!
Posted December 4, 2012
I was so looking forward to reading Edge Of The Past and I was so no disappointed!!
This story doesn't focus as much on the skating and competitions like Life On The Edge did. The main focus here is more how a certain situation from Sergei's past affects him and Emily after they return from Russia.
This is not the fun easy read that Life On The Edge was but it does have a HEA that I just loved. Although this story has love and romance it also has more than it's fair share of tears and heartache. Sergei and Emily are battered in this book as well. But besides that or maybe because of that, I think that this is my favorite of the two books so far. The flow of the writing and story sucked me in right from the start and wouldn't let go. I didn't want to leave Sergei and Emily at the end, even though I LOVED the ending. So sweet and definitely left a smile on my face.
I love how Sergei tried not to exclude Emily from his dealings with Elena. He may have been distracted while struggling with all of the changes to their life but he tried hard not to leave her out and he constantly tried to tell her as well as show her that he loved her. Sergei *sigh* He is definitely not the ALPHA male type but I fell in love with his character right from the start. I thought he handled the situation as best as he could~considering. But I also felt for Emily's character and I thought that Jennifer wrote her feelings and emotions so well. I totally understood why she acted the way she did. And I even felt a little sorry for Elena. (just a little) lol Again not one ounce of sex in this book either but as with Life On The Edge, I didn't feel that the story lacked because of it. Edge Of The Past definitely was not lacking in anything!! :)
Great addition to the series. Definitely a keeper to be reread. I have become a HUGE fan of Jennifer and I am not-so-patiently waiting for the third book!! lol
LOVE the covers for this series!!
BEST OF THE BEST rating!
***ARC provided by Jennifer Comeaux and Astraea Press~Thank you!! :) Mariann at Belle's Book Bag
Posted December 17, 2013
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Posted July 8, 2013
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