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Title: The Edge of You
Author: Theresa DaLayne
Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: New Adult, Romance
He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.
Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.
Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.
I really enjoyed this book. The story development was really well done.
Jake is determined to go to school, work, and get money to take care of his mother. He’s sensitive, sweet and loyal, and I absolutely loved him.
Maya and her family are recovering from a family tragedy that she feels guilt over. It took me a little longer to take to her, as she just sounded like one of those spoiled kids, just thinking like, I’m missing out on all these parties and hanging out with my Cali friends, blah blah blah. But as the book went on, I started to like her character. She cared for her family and worried over them as they all tried to get over the past. Then again, she was also selfish at times, but overall, a good character.
Something that I really liked about this book was that there was a connection at the beginning between Jake and Maya, but then the author allowed them to go their separate ways for a while. We get to see what their every day lives are like for a while prior to being a couple. I really liked this, because there was no instant obsession or a quick hop into a steamy romance. It was sweet, it was gradual, and it was perfect.
This book was very satisfying and it’s great if you want to take a break from all the fast paced action, dystopian, or even steamier romance novels. Well written, and well executed, I really enjoyed this one.
GoodReads Rating: 3.61/5
Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.
Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.
- A signed “I Love You From Here to Alaska” framed wall art (US only)
- 2x 5$ Amazon Gift Cards (INTL)