Book Review: The Edge Of Darkness by Melissa Andrea

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Book Review: The Edge Of Darkness by Melissa Andrea Title: The Edge Of Darkness
Author: Melissa Andrea
Series: Darkness Duet, #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: January 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
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I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore.
I was in an accident I don’t remember… or maybe I don’t want to remember.
Either way, every day since, has been… an adjustment and I’m left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

Now, my life is a tangled web of darkness filled with deceit, hate, betrayal and lies. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember… I survive. But then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything. He reminded me that life’s worth living and that remembering isn’t always a bad thing.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

On the outside looking in, some would say my siblings and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends? Yeah I have one of each. Then Araya Noelle comes along and shows me what I’ve been missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.

At the edge of darkness, you must DARE to HOPE. DARE to LOVE. DARE to LIVE

Melissa starts this novel in an interesting yet heart wrenching way; with dual memories over lapping, the joy and possibilities as well as the tragedy that brought the fall.

“I wanted Juliard to be proud they chose me.”

This back and forth builds you up makes you feel good and proud… Then rips it away tearing your heart and breath with it.

“Our screams were the last thing I heard.”

When the prologue is done you feel as broken as Araya, wrenched from your body, only to start the story in a calm, beautiful park with a girl you’re not sure has an disability and a gorgeous, confident guy.

It’s so easy to fall in love with Araya she sweet, yet strong and determined. Ryland has a bit of bad boy, but mostly charm, he’s so sweet and considerate right when its needed and strong and hard headed as well.

It’s amazing the way Melissa has shown the journey of both Ryland and Araya allowing you to discover things through the other character’s POV as the character discovers it about the other. For example, Arayas disability, that you can sense, doesn’t get revealed until Ryland uncovers it. It brings a depth I haven’t read until now.There are some PG steamy bits but the story cuts around the really explicit details. There’s curve balls you don’t see coming till they smack you in the face but like a train wreck you can’t stop watching (or reading in this case). There’s a sense of danger at times and some melt your heart moments.

This story leaves you craving more, with kind of a cliff hanger ending.

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About Melissa Andrea

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try. Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series was my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance, The Edge of Darkness. The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy and independent, girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans and my every inspiration. I live, breath and would die for them! I’ve been married to one of the greatest men in my life for 7 years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake andFriday’s. Without him my website would be a mess and I would probably being paying more taxes than I should be. He is a jack of many trades and this is just my opinion but I like to think besides my daughters, I’m his second biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?) I was born in Denver, Colorado -but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I’m lucky to have her on my side!

6 things you should know about me:
1. I’m a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
2. I adore the color pink!
3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!)
4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5)
5. I’m loyal to a fault but I like to see the good in everybody. Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :))
6. I don’t like calling readers ‘fans’. When it come down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH! I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published but I will try every chance I get. Y’all are the reason I am here and every comment, every message, every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU! Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.