Friday, January 18, 2013

~Book Review and Giveaway: Edge of the Past~

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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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Life On The Edge is a wonderful story about Emily.  She loves to skate and along with her partner Chris and new coach Sergei, they dream of Olympic gold.  Emily and Chris have not been skating together that long.  Their coach Sergei is young, having left Russia to coach in America.  They have many obstacles in their path including Emily's stage fright.  She can't seem to calm her nerves when she is on the ice.  Emily has always thought that Sergei is too young to coach but he never talks about why he left Russia and his own skating partner so suddenly.  The line between coach and student start to blur when Emily and Sergei start getting close.  When Sergei reveals his feelings for her, what will happen to their professional skating relationship?  With no rules in place with coach/student dating, it is still frowned upon by the stiff judges.  How will her parents and skating partner react to their new found love?  Is it even worth it?  They will have to find out the hard way when a jealous coach gets wind of their feelings for each other.

First, I love figure skating.  I have always enjoyed watching it on television.  It amazes me the strength and sacrifices these young people have to make to do what they love.  I really enjoyed reading this book because even though fiction, it gives us an inside glimpse into the life of a figure skater.  We see them skate through the bad times and the good.  It is such a sweet romance.  Something so good and clean that you won't mind to share this book with someone.  I can't wait to read the sequel to this book.  Be sure and read my review for the second book, Edge Of The Past.

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.



Whew!  After everything Sergei and Emily went through in Life On The Edge we can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  They are busy making plans for their wedding, Emily's mother has finally accepted their relationship and Emily and Chris are skating better than ever.  When they travel to Russia for a competition, Emily will finally get to meet Sergei's parents.  Things start to fall apart quickly.  Chris injures his shoulder and they have to pull out of competition and while showing Emily his old skating rink, Sergei runs into someone from his past, his old skating partner Elena.  Elena has been keeping many secrets from Sergei; more than he thinks.  And who is the little girl with her that looks just like Sergei?  Elena has a lot of explaining to do.  What secrets will she tell them?  Are Emily and Sergei strong enough to deal with this or will it rip them apart?

There is not much skating in this book due to Chris's injury and the storyline.  This book explains why Sergei left Russia and Elena to move to the United States.  Emily knows about what happened but when her family and friends find out, they are not going to be very happy.  I have to admit that Emily put up with more than I ever would have.  She loves Sergei and trusts him completely but sometimes love is just not enough, especially when you have as much baggage as Sergei does.  Once again Jennifer Comeaux has a written a winner.  I love watching the romance between Emily and Sergei blossom.  Even with all the new stress they really love each other and will fight for each other.  I disliked the character of Elena and did not feel sorry for her at all.  You make your own decisions in life and should not punish others for your mistakes.  There is an open window at the end of this book for possibly another in the series.  I hope so.  Read this wonderful series. I recommend it for all ages.

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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  1. I'm a huge figure skating fan so I'm sure I'll love the book.


  2. Thanks so much for the awesome reviews and for hosting me on the tour!