The synopsis: 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 Raleigh, 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?
My review: I feel super lucky lately. Not only have I been on a roll as far as reading great books, but I’ve met and loved some incredible heroines lately. I’ve never had a problem admitting that it’s usually more important that I love the guy in the story…and I’ll get to him later, but it’s really nice when the female is someone I like instantly as well. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski provides me with both a guy and a girl who are utterly captivating.
Camryn Bennett is someone I loved immediately. She’s got an independence and a thought process that’s a little outside of the box. I thought that was refreshing. She reminds me a little bit of a younger me…unafraid, and wanting to meet life and what it has to offer…in a more unconventional manner than most. I get that she’s running away from things kind of, and I understand the need she has to do that. Sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed to figure things out. I have to say that anybody that uses a baked potato as an inspiration for where they decide to go…is someone I like.
Meeting someone while traveling on a bus may not be the norm, but that’s how Camryn meets Andrew. Is it love at first sight? Nope…it’s actually irritation to begin with. I loved Andrew right away. There’s something different about him as well although it’s not something I can pinpoint until later on. They begin to talk, and then to really talk, and to begin a friendship. Is there attraction? Yes, but that comes on slowly and builds very nicely. There’s nothing that feels rushed, or too soon to me, but when the attraction is finally acknowledged? WHOA! and lookout! Andrew, I want to plant big sloppy kisses all over you… and more 😉
Andrew and Camryn begin on a separate journey which eventually becomes a shared journey…of beginnings, of discovery, of loss, of love, and so much more. This is a journey you will want to go on with them. You will laugh, cry, swoon, rage, and everything in between. You will be glad you did. I have to note that I was freaking out at what I thought was an inevitability, but J.A. Redmerski is brilliant in how she crafts an unforgettable ending.
I highly recommend you read this book.
My rating for The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski:
4 glorious, life affirming hearts