My Review: The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen

My Review:  The Edge of Us by Veronica LarsenThe Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Love Triangle, Romance
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Synopsis

Eight years ago, Cole Van Buren left me at the altar without a single explanation. My heart’s been at a standstill ever since, the anger keeping me from moving on. Keeping me from seeing the man who’s been right in front of me all this time.

Andrew’s been the friend I needed, the one constant through the hardest times of my life. But one night, the lines blur and we’re tipped into something more. Just when I’m ready to explore what we could be…

My ex comes back.

Cole says he didn’t come to get me back, but I should know better. The answers he dangles overhead are the ones I need to finally let go.

Except there’s no such thing as closure, only a past that wants to pull you backward.

My Review

The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen is my first novel by this author and an intriguing take on a love triangle that was never meant to be.

“Oh, to live in a desert of resentment. And to be its queen.”

Oh, what a tangled web we weave. One woman forced to erase love and start over. Two men. Both fierce in their loyalty to this woman.

“if you really knew Mila, you would know she’s not the kind of woman you claim. She’s the kind of woman who claims you.”

My first impression of this novel was that I would love Mila, the heroine. She was strong and independent, brazen and bold. She had well-defined thoughts and dreams. These were qualities that made me immediately connect to her. Andrew made my heart flutter with excitement. It was like he had awakened from a long sleep, and finally SAW Mila. The intensity with which he cared for her was enough to make me throw my hands up in willing surrender to him. He was the liberator, the one to refocus Mila to the future, and I was their biggest fan.

“Things with you are never easy, Mila. I get that, but I don’t care. I don’t care if I’ve got to walk uphill the whole way to make it work. I want you.”

Enter Cole. The man I wanted to throttle. The one who made my blood boil. He was introduced as the enigmatic jerk who single-handedly altered Mila’s perception of herself and love. But I soon found that I may have been a bit harsh with these thoughts.

“It seems we can’t ever get it right, chance and circumstance intent on keeping us apart. Intent on proving what we might feel for each other pales in comparison to situations that hamper our growth. As though all we’re ever meant to do is miss each other. A cycle we can’t break. A story without an end.”

I was consumed by this novel, and needed a claw to extricate me from the grasps in which these characters held me. The Edge of Us had a level of intrigue and temptation that made me salivate, and an escalating pressure that left me immobile, trapped in a cocoon of love, lust, lies, and what-ifs.

“There’s no real logic to loving another person. No sane reason in surrendering your heart and mind to what cannot be seen or measured. To allow such a volatile force to reign over you. Love is neither patient nor kind, because love can’t be tepid. It’s unrelenting, all consuming, and unreasonable.”

The foreboding and buzzing energy held me right on the edge of a steep and narrow precipice, daring me to move. The flow of the story was one that caused me to stand still in awe. No beat was missed in the rhythm of this story. Every line was written with well thought out purpose and plan, complete with so many “what the heck?”, “no way!”, and “somebody is going to die!” moments. I begged for clarity, searched for it at every turn of the page, hoping for the anxiety to decrease. But, it was non-stop, present and past colliding, mayhem, as each tier of this story was revealed.

“You are…everything I don’t deserve. But I still want you…so damn much.”

The Edge of Us was an exquisitely written unconventional and unpredictable romance novel. Was it friend-to-lovers or second chance at love? Well, you’ll just have to read it to discover this gem for yourself.
5 Stars

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