Friday, March 31, 2017

Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux

Title: Life of the Edge (Edge #1)
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publisher: Astraea Press
Genre: Sports, Romance, Contemporary
Publication: January 3, 2012

My Rating: 3/5

Source: NetGalley

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 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.

**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I was really excited about reading this book, since (as far as I remember) I've never read a book about sports, and ice skating has always had an appeal to me, it's not only very demanding, but also incredibly beautiful.

And who didn't grow up watching movies like Ice Princess starring Michelle Trachtenberg?

Emily and Chris always made me feel like I was right there with them, feeling nervous just before every competition, and getting a smile on my face when they succeeded. You really feel their emotions, and I actually felt like crying once, it was very exciting.

And Emily and Sergei were adorable. Sergei actually seemed too perfect to be true! He was such a sweetheart, and he respected Emily very much, which I really liked. I don't think I have anything bad to say about them. Although we start to notice that Sergei doesn't share anything about his past with Emily, but when it all finally comes to the light, it's something that, being Emily, I would've liked to know from the start, and wouldn't have liked to be kept in the shadows like that, so I completely understood her reaction and the way she handled things.

Even so, I really liked Sergei, he's an admirable guy. Where are all the Sergei's at?

Once people start finding out about their relationship, they share their opinion with Emily, and what they all say is actually pretty understandable! If you're finally making your dream of competing in the Olympics come true, it's only natural that others will freak out if you start dating your coach. What if you have a fight and it affects your performance on the ice? What if you break up and don't want to see him again? What if the federation find out? Emily obviously doesn't see this, since she's very much in love, but I did understand others people's worries.

And I hadn't realized this was taking place in 2001! The attack to the World Trade center is included here and it's really well done, it brings people together and makes them realize what's actually important. I thought this was very beautiful.

Another thing I hadn't realized at first was Emily's faith. She's a religious girl and has very strong beliefs, which Sergei respects.

I enjoyed this book very much and hope I get the chance to see what happens to Emily's career in the future, and also to her relationship with Sergei, since they're oh so adorable.

Have you read any books about sports?

Thank you for reading! ♥


  1. This seems like an enjoyable read, glad you enjoyed it Carla! :)

    Happy Reading,
    Miranda @ Miranda's Book Blog

  2. Hey, this sounds like such a WONDERFUL book!! I LOVE watching the Winter Olympics, specifically because of the ice skating. Those couples perform such BEAUTIFUL moves on the ice! It's just breathtaking!

    From your description, it does sound like Emily and Sergei are a very cute couple, and I like the drama created by their 'forbidden' romance.

    It does sound like this is a book to read by a cozy fire, with a mug of hot chocolate, even though summer is almost here! Lol. (Well, here in Miami, we really have summer all year long, lol. We just have a few days of 'cold' weather!)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm adding this book to my Goodreads shelves!! <3 ,3 :) :)

    1. Yes!! Ice skating is really beautiful! And those people make it look so easy...

      Sergei and Emily are definitely an adorable couple, I had fun reading about them.

      Haha it's exactly that! I hope you get the chance to read it then! ^-^

  3. Huum, watching real iceskating shows or exhibitions is more fun, I suppose.
    Loved you review!

  4. Yes, that's a lot of fun :) Thanks!

  5. Oh wow, this sounds like a really interesting story actually. I mean, not only the ice skating and the competition aspect, but then that she is dating her coach. A lot of people find this to be a danger zone when it comes to relationships. I am interested to see how this all plays out.

    1. The competition part is actually quite good, I enjoyed that a lot :)
      Haha yes, and they're adorable! :3

  6. Thank you so much for reading and for the wonderful review, Carla!

    1. Thank you so much!! I really enjoyed reading the book ^-^


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