New York Times bestselling author J.A. Redmerski brings us a stunning and heart-wrenching new novel about a couple who find each other in their darkest moment.
Since they were kids, Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable. When Bray moves to South Carolina, separating the two for the first time, they both at last realize that their innocent childhood friendship has developed into something much more. So when Bray finally returns to Georgia—and to Elias—things between them couldn’t be more perfect…until one fateful night changes everything.
Desperate not to go to prison for a terrible accident, Elias and Bray decide to run. As they try to make the most of their freedom, the two find themselves relying on a rebellious group of people who tempt the duo into a wild and daring new life. But they can’t run from their troubles forever.
As the consequences of their past catch up to them, the couple must finally face reality. Even if they can make it through the unimaginable, Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…
When I first started reading this book, I was really confused on where it was going. It was really different from The Edge of Never, which to me, was a good thing because why would I want to read the same storyline with different characters??
Brayelle and Elias are two adults who grew up together, and has loved one another since the very first kick in the hip.
Bray is a very dark character with secrets, ghosts, pain, and emotional instability that is enough to choke an elephant. But with Elias, she's whole and the cracks within her psyche are filled but she also needs to be complete within herself, even when Elias is not around for her.
Elias is the good guy who would do anything for Bray, no matter the consequences. His love for her is tested over and over again but his love for her never fails, even when most people would have given up and found someone else. Everyone needs a person like that in their lives. Bray never received it from her parents or sibling so she found it in Elias, but it also scared the shit out of her too. She didn't know how to handle the love that was given so freely from him because most people only loved her out of obligation, not affection.
There are several up and down moments in this book and once you are ok with where the book is going, Redmerski would drop you off the cliff and you'd nose dive straight down onto your face! I kept wondering if the ups and downs were intentional, so it would be parallel to the way Bray lived her life? But that is just my observation, I have no idea if that was intentional or not.
J.A. Redmerski does something mesmerizing with her books. She takes you on a journey and uses the combination of traveling and drama to do it. This book has all that and the drama is real, raw, scary, and it is not a neat little book with happy-go-lucky characters. She takes the flaws of one particular character and exploits them throughout the book to show you what a real person in that kind of mental state goes through.
If you are expecting to read a book like The Edge of Never series, you will be disappointed. If you want to read a story that is raw, passionate, painful, heartbreaking, but comes to a conclusion that almost leaves you in unimaginable pain, before leaving on a high note... then this is the book for you.
I promise this book will not be easy to read and you will want to throw it a few times and stop reading it all together but I promise, you will get to the end and say it was one hell of a ride!!
I give this book between 3.5-4 roller coaster ride-stars and I cannot wait to read more from this FABULOUS author!!!
About the author:
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 and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.
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