Friday, January 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Edge of the Past by Jennifer Comeaux - Review and Giveaway!

Happy Friday!


Welcome to my stop at Edge of the Past Blog Tour! My stop includes a review, an excerpt and a giveaway. The blog tour is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Let's start with the review!


Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Title: Edge of the Past
Publisher: Astrea Press
Publishing date: 27th of November 2012
Pages: 269 pages in e-version
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Source: By the tour organizer

Summary:



Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.









My review:

I truly loved Jennifer Comeaux' first book about Emily and Sergei! You can read my review of Life on the Edge HERE.

I am so happy that I read Edge of the Past because it gave me a tremendous reading pleasure! i am a big fan of Jennifer's writing because she is very good at plotting and also character creation! It was well written, quick paced and a page turner! Like with her previous book, I could not put it down before I turned the last page!

Plot:

Emily and Sergei have had lots of challenges with participating on almost every skating competition, but nothing prepares them when they travel to the country where Sergei is from - to Russia. Only little time before Emily and Sergei are getting married, Emily and her skating partner Chris need to go Russia.

Russia brings out the worst and also the best in Emily's and Sergei's relationship, because Sergei's past hits them both harder than they thought. Their relationship gets even harder when they are back and trying to put their lives together.

I am not going to add any further plot spoilers here, but more pointing out why I loved Edge of the Past. I can't help comparing Life on the Edge and Edge of the Past. When the first book in the series concentrated on the blooming love story and had equally on-and-off ice drama, then Edge of the Past focuses more on the relationship which is threatened by family dramas, Sergei's past and how do you find a way to your happy ending in the mid of heavy emotional challenges.

I loved Jennifer's writing! It was an emotional reading, where I cried, I laughed and I cheered and I hated! It dealt with broken relationships, jealousy, insecurity, priorities between professional and personal goals and family dramas. I absolutely loved how Jennifer's writing captivated me, because it was so real and the main characters dealt with issues like usual couples do.

Characters:

Emily was great, even though I did get annoyed by her. I understood her choices and decisions and first of all her emotions, but there were times where I wanted her to get out of her insecurities. I can honestly relate to what she went through and I admired her strength while dealing with Sergei's past.

I hated Elena and not because I did not understand where she was coming from, but because she was right out mean. She did not really want to get Sergei back, but she realized and understood what she had lost and she did not want Emily to be happy and she did everything to stress on Emily's insecurities.

I felt for Sergei. it was definitely not easy to be him in this novel, but I loved how he did his best to convince and show Emily how he loved her. I admired that in him.

Generally:
The dialogue and the dynamics between the characters were brilliantly written! Jennifer did absolutely amazing job with that! I also loved that the novel was a clean romance. It is quite rare in the contemporary literature where you see a novel which is a clean romance and which is also very captivating. I loved Edge of the Past! Buy it!

Both Life on the Edge and Edge of the Past can be read as stand alones, but I highly recommend both books! It's really very good series!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!


Excerpt

Mom’s eyebrows were still raised as she returned to her seat. I stayed standing and tapped Sergei’s arm. “Can we talk for a sec?”

I led him away from the table to a quiet spot near the entrance. A couple of Canadian ice dance coaches passed us, and we swapped brief hellos. I retreated further into the corner and looked up at Sergei.

“What was your dad angry about?”

Sergei rubbed the back of his neck and let out a frustrated sigh. “He wasn’t happy that he left work and now you’re not skating.”

I laughed dryly. “So, now he has something else to hold against me.”

“No, it’s not you.” Sergei touched my cheek. “He doesn’t even know you. It’s just him… and the way he is.”

“When you said he’s not a ray of sunshine, you weren’t joking. He didn’t even shake your hand.”

“He’s never been good at expressing emotion.”

“I’m sure glad you got your mom’s personality.” I tugged on the end of Sergei’s purple tie.

He smiled and wrapped his arms around me, but I could feel the tension in his body. What else could go wrong on this trip? With two days left in St. Petersburg and three more in Moscow, I was almost afraid to ask that question.

 
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Life on the Edge

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.

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Edge of the Past

Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.


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Author Jennifer Comeaux

Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working in the corporate world, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life On the Edge, her first published novel.


When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see a different side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.



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3 comments:

  1. Excellent review, I can't wait to read the book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Thanks for much for the great review and for hosting me on the tour, Inga!

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  3. I enjoyed the review and the excerpt. This sounds like a tension filled book and I look forward to reading it.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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