Thursday, January 8, 2015

Edge by Tiffinie Helmer- An Audiobook Review


He’s lost his edge…

Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He’s just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a “Where Is She Now” Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career twenty years earlier, he packs his bags.

She lives on the Edge…

Mel Bennett’s carefully maintained control unravels the moment she meets Cache Calder. Attraction flares for the man who seems to really “know” her. No one at the Edge of Reason Lodge is aware she was the young teenager who’d survived one of the most publicized kidnappings in recent history, and she wants it to stay that way. But she starts to question her heart and her sanity when unexplained incidents begin to happen and a deadly threat returns to finish what he’d started so long ago

Audiobook Review: 

Edge (Romance on the Edge, #1)Edge by Tiffinie Helmer
Narrated by Mia Chiaromonte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars overall

Cache is a photojournalist who has recently returned from the Middle East where he survived a suicide bombing that caused him the loss of two friends and a pretty serious leg injury. His editor informs him that they are going to the wilds of Alaska so that he can do a "where are they now" story about a girl whose photograph jump-started his career 20 years ago. Mel Bennet survived a horrendous kidnapping and attempted murder 20 years ago and after some years of self-destructive behavior and rehab, she has finally found a place she would like to call home. Living secluded in Alaska at a small lodge where no one knows that she is the famous victim. Cache and Mel experience a strong attraction to one another, but Cache knows that the moment Mel realizes who he is, their relationship will be doomed.

I found this to be a really engaging story. I had no problem connecting to the characters, and found myself more and more interested in some of the peripheral characters as the story continued. Mel has been through a lot, not only through the actual trauma she suffered, but also through the crazy media exposure she had to deal with in the aftermath. I was frustrated with her at times, because while her determination and stubbornness had helped her survive and gotten her to a much better place in her life, it was clear that the walls she put up were also keeping her from finding the connections and relationships that she deserved. Cache was an easy character to root for, even though it was tough knowing that he had information that was going to be hurtful to Mel. The chemistry between them was very hot, and I was really hoping that they would be able to open up to one another and find happiness together.

I loved the wilderness and survival aspects of this book. The location of the Edge almost felt like another character int eh story. The beauty and danger provided an interesting back drop for all the action in the story. There is a lot of suspense, and some action but what I enjoyed most was the relationships. Aside from the budding relationship between Cache and Mel, seeing Mel and her sister start to reconnect after a rough childhood was something I enjoyed a lot.

The one thing I struggled a little bit was with the choice of narrator.  While she was very articulate, and I felt she would be great for a number of books, I didn't feel that she was the right voice for this one.  She was a little too perky for some of the characters and subject matter, and I was aware at all times that I was being read to.  I struggled with some of her male voices as well.  The narration didn't affect my ability to enjoy this story, but it was hard to feel like the potential for this audiobook to be even better with just the right narrator. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot I would gladly read more by this author in the future.  I would also recommend this to anyone looking for a good romantic suspense.

*A copy of this audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review

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