Monday, February 26, 2018
Edge of Glory by Magan Vernon
"Welcome to Conti's. I'm Lia and I'll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh".
I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.
The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team... they didn't say anything, they didn't even blink.
"Uh… I mean…"
I couldn't even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.
What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it's just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Recently I've been in a weird reading mood. All I've wanted to read was romance, which is slightly unusual for me. I really like the genre, but over the past couple of years I've been reading epic fantasy instead. I have a lot of Magan Vernon's books on my tbr, and have heard great things about them. I decided to start with Edge of Glory, and I'm so glad I did. I greatly enjoyed the book.
From the first chapter, I loved the main character, Lia. I found her to be very relatable. Personally, I had a strict parent growing up so I was easily able to place myself in her shoes. When she was heartbroken, I was able to sympathize with her a lot. She was very awkward and kind of nerdy, which I could also relate to. I loved her sense of her humor, and her storyline. It was great to finally read a book where the awkward, nerdy girl gets the guy. I loved that.
There were a couple of issues that I did have with the book. At times, it seemed like the author was trying to force funny scenes, and it just came out awkward and unauthentic. It pulled me out of the story. Also, other than Jay and Lia, I didn't connect with any of the side characters. They seemed like they were there just to be there. They didn't add anything to the plot. Lastly, what Jay does in the car near the end of the book, while original, was a complete jerk move. That automatically took it down a star rating for me. It wasn't cute, or romantic. If I was Lia, I'd be mad that he put my sister-in-law in that position. If I was Dana, I would have strangled him then and there.
Even though I had a couple of problems with Edge of Glory, I really did enjoy this book. I ended up finishing it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down. It's rare to find a book with a main character that is relatable on so many different levels. I didn't connect with any of the side characters, so I doubt I will continue this series. However, I definitely plan on reading more of Magan Vernon's books in the future. I enjoy her writing style, and the way she tells a story.
I give Edge of Glory: 3.5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.