The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by J.A. Redmerski

2-stars
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

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 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?

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Review

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: I typically share the opinions of the majority when it comes to books.

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Favorite Author Spotlight: Trisha Wolfe

Favorite Author Spotlight is a new series on my blog in which I highlight my current favorite authors and their books.

Today’s spotlight is focused on Trisha Wolfe.

Trisha Wolfe
“From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.”

I may as well call this blog The Trisha Wolfe blog considering how many times I’ve mentioned her and her books, so I figured, who better to kick off this series with than Trisha?

I’ve mentioned the story of how I discovered Trisha in my review for Born, Darkly (which was, of course, the first book I’ve ever read by her.)

In short, I bought Born, Darkly on a whim after reading a 1-star review of the book. In that (really well written) 1-star review, the snippets of writing that was shared and the premise of the book (a serial killer and a criminal psychologist fall in ‘love’) reeled me in.

And I didn’t stop reeling as I read several more of her books.

I have a HUGE amount of respect for independent authors and I love supporting them. In fact, most of the authors I’m obsessed with are independent.

I also had the chance to chat with Trisha with my book club a few months ago, and she answered my silly questions (such as, “Are you a serial killer, because you’re REALLY good at writing serial killer POVs?”) and her thoughts on writing and her commitment to researching topics was so admirable.

I’m a member of Trisha’s Facebook group, Trisha Wolfe’s Lair, and she’s great about interacting with her fans. I loved fangirling over the audiobooks for With Visions of Red when they came out with her and her other fans.

Most of all? The books of hers that I’ve read are haunting and beautiful and despite being incredibly dark, they are absolute comfort reads that I find myself re-reading over and over again.

Favorite Books by Trisha Wolfe

I can’t just pick one book, I have to go with series. My favorite series by Trisha is a close call between the Darkly, Madly Duet and the With Visions of Red series.

My Previous Blog Posts About Trisha Wolfe

OMG, I’ve mentioned Trisha in so many posts!

Reviews
Born, Darkly
Born, Madly
With Visions of Red Series
With Ties That Bind Series
Coming Soon: Mini Reviews July 2018

Favorites Posts
Favorite Quotes from the Madly, Darkly series: in which I obsessively shared all of my favorite quotes from this epic duet.

Favorite Reads from March 2018: in which two of Trisha’s series made it to my Favorites of March.

3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 1: in which I share one of my favorite Grayson quotes.

Current Auto-Buy Authors and My Favorite Books They Wrote: in which Trisha easily made this list.

Reading Lists

Reading List: March 2018: in which I was planning to read my very first Trisha Wolfe book! Eek!

April 2018: in which I’d just finished two series by Trisha and wanted to read With Ties that Bind.

Reading List Wrap Up: May 2018: in which I read and loved With Visions of Red.

Reading List Wrap-up July 2018: in which I reread Trisha’s books.

Discussion Posts
Things I Thought I Hated in Romance Novels and The Books That Proved Me Wrong: in which Trisha made me love suspense and mystery despite thinking I didn’t like those things.

Meet My Book Boyfriend: Colton Reed: in which I confess my obsession with Colton from With Visions of Red

Book Hauls

Book Haul: February 2018: in which I bought my first Trisha Wolfe Book!

Book Haul: April 2018: in which I preordered the With Visions of Red audiobook

Book Haul: March 2018: in which I’d immediately bought Born, Darkly after reading the first book

Tags
The Goodreads Tag: in which I list Trisha as a favorite author

I Dare You Book Tag: in which With Visions of Red was my current read.

TeaChats
TeaChat: Misogyny and Book Clubs (Unrelated): in which my “obsessing over” of the month is Trisha.

TeaChat: Playing Hooky: in which I had just started reading With Visions of Red and had no idea how it would rock my freaking world.


Connect with Trisha Wolfe

Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Facebook Group | Website

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren *Favorite Read*

5-stars
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

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Review

Christina and Lauren knocked it out of the park with this one. Out. Of. The. Park.

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Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Us
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

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Review

It was so nice being back in Wes and Jamie’s world again

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The Wicca Series (aka The Sweep Series) by Cate Tiernan {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Complete Wicca Series/Sweep Series
Author: Cate Tiernan
Series: Wicca Series

Synopsis:
Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

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Review

15 book later, there is a review!

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Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber *New to Me Author*

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

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Review

Easy was one of those audiobooks I’ve had sitting in my Audible Library and kept avoiding. Maybe it’s the cover… yeah, it’s probably the cover. My being-in-love-with-emo-boys expired a good decade ago, so I’ve been a bit deterred.

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Raising Little Readers: How I Instill a Love of Reading in my Kids

It’s 12:30pm on a Saturday and my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo) is napping with her dad in my room.

Vsleeping

I’ve been sitting and reading a book for about 20 minutes when I notice that my oldest daughter, Roree (5yo) has been extremely quiet for most of those moments.

Feeling like an awful mother, I decide to see what she’s up to, fully expecting that she has fallen asleep herself in the middle of the playroom floor, which wouldn’t be the first time.

Instead, I find her lounging on her bed with a book in her lap and two piles of books on either side of her.

My heart absolutely soars.

Roree

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