Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Astraea Press
Series: Edge #3
Review Source: eBook from publisher; also purchased a copy
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Two friends. Two dreams. One night that changes everything…
Ice dancer Aubrey London scoffs at romance. She’s focused on winning a medal at the upcoming Olympics and uses that as her excuse to avoid serious relationships. But when she and longtime friend Chris Grayden are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, Aubrey finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known about love, complicating her life both on and off the ice.
Pairs skater Emily Petrov embraces romance. She and her husband Sergei still act like honeymooners two years after their wedding. As Emily’s coach, Sergei provides constant support while she prepares to challenge for gold at the Olympics. But Sergei’s support might not be enough to help Emily overcome the one challenge she never saw coming.
With the Games only weeks away, Emily and Aubrey are on the verge of realizing their dreams. But one snowy, stormy night sets in motion a series of events that will test them in ways they never imagined, giving them more to fight for than Olympic medals.
I really, truly adore these books. I loved delving back into the story of Emily and Sergei once again in this third volume of the Edge series. Since these two are solidly together we also get involved in the story of Aubrey and Chris. Jennifer Comeaux flawlessly weaves in Aubrey's perspective in the third person (Emily's POV is in first person), giving us the romantic drama that would otherwise be missing. I loved getting to know Chris even better, and seeing Aubrey stay true to herself while also growing in the romance department.
While Emily and Sergei’s relationship is solid we still get a bit of romance from them. It was nice to read about their life as a married couple. Not everything is completely perfect, though, as we see the pair dealing with the stresses of marriage, such as temporarily living with Emily’s over-involved mother or being at a turning point with Emily’s skating career close to the end.
A big part of Fighting for the Edge is the lead up to the Olympics and how the characters are preparing. I love how neither of the pairs (Emily & Chris, Aubrey & Nick) are perfect: they have fears and they make mistakes. Jennifer Comeaux doesn't make her characters perfect or guarantee that they’ll always win the top prize, and that makes things all the more realistic. It’s a rush every book figuring out how the characters will do at their big competitions.
Overall I thought this was such a fabulous conclusion to Emily and Sergei’s story as a couple, and to Emily and Chris’s story as skating partners. Jennifer’s writing always draws me in to the emotions of her characters. I finished this book with a giddy smile on my face, feeling so warm about the characters and where they ended up. I’m thrilled with the conclusion of this series, and even more excited that Jennifer’s next project is a spin-off with Courtney, a minor character in this series, as the protagonist.
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Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren't any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she's a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.
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 another 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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