Book Review: Edge of Never by JA Redmerski

426 pages
Released Nov. 12, 2012 Self-published
Romance, Contemporary, NA/YA

Sometimes life takes you off course . . . THE EDGE OF NEVER 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? Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James

530 pages
Published May 25, 2011 by Vintage
Romance, Contemporary, Erotic
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. This book is intended for mature audiences.

Apparently, I have lived under a rock for some time, because I knew ABSOLUTELY! POSITIVELY! NOTHING! about Ms. James, Christine Grey, or Ana Steele for what seemed like forever. The first person to recommend FSOG was my god mother ( of all people) tells me I should read this book. "Yeah Right" More time goes by then I hear about this book on the news, everyone is talking about it on Facebook. Finally my sister and a co-worker bring the subject of this book up and I knew that I had to ultimately take the challenge IS THIS FSOG really everything that everyone says........



Christine Grey he's young, sexy a business mogul that demands recognition and lets not forget A BILLIONAIRE. Of course, with this many positives there has to be a negative. Which so happens to be the fact that he is a tad possessive and had border line stalker tendencies. Honestly, I was able to look past all of that and fall in love with him.

Ana Steele currently in college finishing her degree, works part-time at the local hardware store. She likes to go unnoticed and on some level has self esteem issues. She's pretty, has a small group of friends.

On one fine day after agreeing to help out a sick friend; Ana has fallen over herself at the feet of Christine Grey literally, things are never the same after that moment. Instantly there was unspoken chemistry between the two. Like most they attempt to deny the force and play a game of cat and mouse. Over dinner Christine propositions Ana into being his "sub for x amount of time half way agree, but one small problem....yes you've guessed it she still has her V card. So before she can truly be all that he wants her to be, he has to give her a few lessons, not to say that he doesn't learn some of his own.

FSOG what can I say I loved it. I devoured it. The pace was very fast. I couldn't wait to get to the next page. I liked the pace, the butterflies, the angst, I was in for a ride.

After reading this I learned that it was a fan fiction and honestly I'm glad that I didn't know before reading this because I probably wouldn't have given this a chance. After giving it more thought this story did feel like something else I read, but obliviously this was more Rated R. So if you are a fan of "mommy porn" and love to have a smutty good time then definitely read FSOG.

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Book Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

So keep your ocean ...I'll take the Lake

 Slammed Series #3
Released April 30th 2013 by Atria Books
NA/YA, Romance,Contemporary

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Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met. In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

Words can not convey
how This Girl made me feel
heart racing, happy tears, and butterflies
ultimately made it more real.
What I thought I was going to receive
was a repeated version from a male's POV.
Surprising, what I acquired was a deeper understanding
of the love this boy had for This Girl.
True they had their ups and downs
And just when you thought things were falling apart
something magical happened
giving them a new start.

Ok, so I'm not that great at doing a Slam and I'm ok with that. Ms Hoover has truly out done herself. I am soooo in love with Will and Lake. They have the most purest love for each other. Even tho, its been years since I've read Slammed or Point of Retreat once you start This Girl all of those same ooey gooey feelings immediately comes right back.

While on their honeymoon Will decides to give Lake his version of events. Which gives them a small break in between their "marriage consummation marathon" This Girl was so much (still looking for the words to articulate this feeling) but not over the top. Having to recount  some of the moments when they had to fight the urge of being together was so hard to bare. My heart broke for them. I squeeeeeed. I found myself very often smiling like an idiot. I was embarrassed for them ( the pool incident and Lake's mom walking in on them).  I enjoyed all of the emotions that This Girl allowed me to feel and would do it 100 times over.

One of the most heartfelt moments for me was the epilogue Lake's mother who has now past away left Will a letter to congratulate him on a special occasion for him and Lake.

My suck: That the Slammed series is over, I will honestly miss Will, Lake, the boys, Gavin and Eddie.

My sweet: That I had the chance to read this This Girl, and I loved it so much.

Honestly if you have not read Slammed or Point of Retreat ( why are you denying yourself) I still think that it would be simple enough to get through This Girl and love it just as much.

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***I recieved an Arc copy from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not compensated in any form, this review is of my own opinion***