Audiobook Review: Edge (Romance on the Edge #1) by Tiffinie Helmer
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Edge by Tiffinie Helmer
Series: Romance on the Edge #1
Published by: The Story Vault on 3/16/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Audible for Review
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About the Book:
He's lost his edge....
Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He's just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a "Where Is She Now" Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career 20 years earlier, he packs his bags.
She lives on the Edge....
Mel Bennett's carefully maintained control unravels the moment she meets Cache Calder. Attraction flares for the man who seems to really "know" her. No one at the Edge of Reason Lodge is aware she was the young teenager who'd survived one of the most publicized kidnappings in recent history, and she wants it to stay that way. But she starts to question her heart and her sanity when unexplained incidents begin to happen and a deadly threat returns to finish what he'd started so long ago.
Edge is the first book in the Romance on the Edge series by Tiffinie Helmer, while the audio book is narrated by Mia Chiaromonte. Edge tells the story of Mel Bennett, a woman who was kidnapped as a child and who managed to survive her terrifying ordeal. Years later, she lives in Alaska, where she runs the Edge resort. Mel prefers being on her own out in the wilderness where people don’t know who she is. All of that could possibly change when Cache Calder travels to the Edge to do a follow-up “Where are they now?” piece.
Cache launched his career when he wrote the story on Amelia Bennett, the young teen who was kidnapped by a cult group called the Ascension. However, when Cache loses two of his best friends while writing a story in a war zone; it takes him a while to get back to his old self. That is, until he gets the opportunity to do a follow up piece on the woman who made him famous. The only snag? She doesn’t know he’s coming, and she certainly didn’t authorize a follow up story. Now Cache has to figure out how to convince her that doing a follow up would be a good idea.
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about Edge. One thing being that while it was a romance novel, the romance didn’t take away from the other things that were going on. Mel’s sister shows up at the resort with her two kids and nowhere else to go, and this plays a pretty big part of the novel. Mel and Nicole have never exactly gotten along, and that provides quite a few issues along the way. Watching the two sisters attempt to become a family again was one of my favorite parts of the novel.
There’s also a suspense aspect to the story. Mel continues to get the feeling that she’s being watched, and she keeps getting cryptic reminders of her kidnapping. She knows it can’t be her original kidnapper, but Mel wonders if there are other members of the ascension who have somehow found where she lives.
The book is well written, but it did feel slow in some places. The plot just takes a while to build up, which isn’t a really bad thing, it just takes some getting used to. In addition to feeling a little slow, it took me a while until I was 100% on board with Mel and Cache as a couple. Not that I didn’t like them as a couple, but it took me a while to buy the chemistry between them. Before that, it just seemed like a somewhat creepy obsession.
One of the other things that kind of bothered me a little was that there was a lot going on in the book, and it almost felt like too much. There was Mel and Cache, who were clearly the main focus of the novel, but then there’s Mel’s relationship with her sister, Nicole, there’s a plot with Emily, Nicole’s daughter, who lives to drive her mother nuts, and there was a side plot with Lynnette, who works at the lodge with Mel. It all just seemed like a lot to fit into one novel, and it made it a little difficult to keep track of what was going on.
I am giving Edge 4 out of 5 controllers. I think that the story is worth the patience it takes to read it and get through it, and I think the characters were really interesting. Mia also did a wonderful job narrating; I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook.