The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne
He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.
Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.
Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.
Publishes in US: September 25th 2014 by Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: NA contemp
Source: Bloomsbury via Edelweiss
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I wanted to read The Edge of You because the male main character seems like such a caretaker and loves his mom. She is sick, which is something that I am also drawn to in books, usually it really catches my eye if it is the main character or their girl/boyfriend, but seeing it from a different angle, where the child is becoming the caretaker is def a part of being in college or working professional because the parents who started late are coming to an age of vulnerability.
I was also attracted to this one because of Maya and her family's grief. I know that Maya's younger sister passed away, but wanted to know why Maya felt so guilty and hopefully see her learn to forgive herself and that grieving is okay, but so is letting change happen, and making good decisions for yourself and still considering your future.
The Alaskan setting is something that I haven't seen very much and it was refreshing to see the small town taken in a whole new way.
They had some great chemistry and I enjoyed getting to know Jake and Maya both individually and as a couple. They have their own share of hardships that they're already dealing with as well as some that take them by surprise during the book. It was such hard choices that they had to make and on top of that dealing with Maya's absent dad and drinking mom as well as her feelings of guilt over what happened to her little sister. Jake has the weight of his own job and finances on top of those of his mom who needs surgery.
I liked how things turned around for them and I thought that it was a good fix and I had been hoping that something similar would happen to wrap things up. I did think that a few things were a little too easily tied up and then a couple of others that didn't get quite the amount of closure I would have liked, but I enjoyed it and would read more about them if another story was written.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been to Alaska?