Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.
Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .
I am big fan of Ms. Redmerski; In the Company of Killers is one of my favorite suspense series and The Edge of Never will always have a huge piece of book loving soul. I have been shying away from most Contemporary NA over the last two years. The genre has become overloaded with weak heroines, over the top angst, and recycled stories. However, after reading this synopsis, I was intrigued and immediately knew this was going to a refreshing change. This book is a reminder about what is best about NA and why I fell in love with it long ago. It is a beautiful and heartwarming story about love, loss, and learning to conquer the things that scare you most.
“Whatever it is, just let it go. You’ll feel better a lot sooner.”
The story begins with Sienna’s point of view, but I was thrilled after a few chapters to have Luke’s as well. Learning his “secrets” right away and not having to guess added so much depth to the overall story. You are given a front row seat to both characters true feelings and inner dialogue. From the moment these two meet, their relationship was interesting. While there is a connection, this is far more than an “insta-love” story. For being a vacation story, it is a slower burn.
“…she just looks at me, I look at her, and I never imagined that so much could be said between two people without a single word.”
Yes, there is angst, what’s an NA Romance without it? However, it is balanced with many sweet and sexy moments. Sienna and Luke share a genuine friendship and have real life moments too. The background of Hawaii was beautiful and having visited Kauai before, I really enjoyed all the local tidbits. The supporting case is top notch, especially Seth. The Epilogue was simply amazing and it gave a perfect ending to the story.
If you are looking for an “old school” NA Romance, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you have given up on the genre, I recommend giving this book a try. It’s one of my favorites read of the summer!
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Then he gets up and grabs my hands from the tops of my bare knees, pulling me to my feet.
“We’re going swimming,” he says. “And we’ll talk more about this later…like on the day your vacation is over and you’re standing at the gate in the airport about to kiss me goodbye.”
“Wow, you really think highly of yourself, don’t you?” I can’t keep the laughter from my voice.
“Damn straight!” he says and pulls me along beside him. “Before these two weeks are over, I can guarantee you three things.” He holds up three fingers as we continue onward toward the water. “One”—he holds up one finger—“you’ll never want to go back to San Diego once Hawaii is done with you.” He holds up two fingers. “Two—that photography love of yours will start to take the place of everything else in your life. And three”—he wiggles three fingers and we stop on the beach where the water can pool around our feet—“you’ll kiss me at least once before you go home.”
I blush hard and it feels like my eyes are bugging out of my head. “I might peck you on the cheek or something, but—”
“No,” he says, smiling and quite serious, “it’ll be a full-on, tongue-dancing kind of kiss.”
I smack him playfully on the arm—something is fluttering around inside my belly.
Luke grabs my hand and pulls me out to the water with him, where we swim and hang out on the cliffs until late in the afternoon. People come and go throughout the hours, sometimes leaving us with Alicia, Braedon, and a few of their close friends to have the area to ourselves for a while before more people show up in intervals.
“Backflip!” someone says just before Luke jumps into the water for probably the twentieth time.
And every time he does it, it ties my stomach up in knots. But there’s something about him that I can’t quite figure out when I watch him leap off the edge of that cliff; it’s not overconfidence or showing off or recklessness, but something deeper, more profound. Maybe it’s a sense of freedom, or a natural high that consumes him while he’s in the air, as if he had been born with a pair of wings that only he can see. But the more time I spend with him, the more intrigued I become. Sure, he’s gorgeous and funny and polite and all the kinds of things—so far—that would make my mom love him to death. But what intrigues and excites me more is how he kind of makes me want to jump off that stupid cliff regardless of how scared I am of it.
J. A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries.