Monday, September 29, 2014

The Edge of You Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the The Edge of You book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for 2 $5 gift cards and wall art. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Edge of You
Release date: September 25, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: New Adult Contemporary 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.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet New Adult read that had lovely romance and deep emotions, The Edge of You was a wonderful read. I really liked this book and I definitely enjoyed reading it.

I really liked the setting. It was well described and had enough detail that I really felt immersed in the setting, without being overloaded with details. I've only read one other book where the characters lived in Alaska (Winter's Longing, which is really good if you want to check it our) so it was nice to see this one.

Maya was a good heroine. Stifled with guilt over the death of her sister, she moved to Alaska with her parents to help support them, even as she struggled with her own grief. At first, she had a habit of being a bit passive but, as the book went on, she became determined to change things for herself and her family. My one issue with her was that, at one point, Jake had to leave Kodiak to take care of his sick mother during her surgery and it made their relationship uncertain. Rather than be understanding of Jake's need to care for his mother, she almost seemed to blame him for leaving. She made him feel guilty as if he was leaving on a whim and not for something very important to him. He had to justify himself several times and I didn't think he needed to and I didn't like that he felt that he had to. It wasn't a single instance either. Another time, it was possible that he would have to leave if he didn't find a job and she seemed resentful of him about it, like it was within his control. It just made me annoyed with her. Not enough to dislike her but enough that I wanted give her a lecture on not being selfish. Overall, though, she was a mostly likable character.

Jake was simply wonderful, though. He was caring and very loyal to his loved ones. I really liked how protective he was of his mother. Even when he was struggling to support himself, he was preoccupied with his mother's well-being, especially because she was in ill health, and would have dropped everything to care for her if it was necessary. He was very sweet and I really liked him.

The romance was nice. I liked how Maya and Jake helped each other become stronger people. The heat level in this book was fairly low, with it being a fairly clean romance. But, the attraction between them was still obvious. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was well-paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a few instances where there were plot holes (like how Maya's parents seemed remarkably uncaring that she left and didn't take to them for a few days), but they weren't enough to ruin the book. I still really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

The Edge of You was an enjoyable New Adult romance. It had a few faults, but it was still an overall lovely read that I did like. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a signed "I Love You From Here to Alaska" framed wall art (US only) and
2 $5 gift cards (INT).
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About the Author:
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.


  1. Great review, Farrah! This sounds like a really good NA romance story. Maya sounds like a good characters, even though she gets a bit selfish at times. Jake sounds like a great love interest, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Farrah! And I'm really happy you enjoyed the read. :)