I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Edge of Reason by J. Saman
Series: The Edge Series #3
on November 4, 2019
Cover Design: Shannoff Designs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Doctor Romance, Friends-to-Lovers
Format: Digital, Paperback
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I have a certain set of rules I try to live by. Rules that have always served me well. Until now…
Rule one: Don’t have sex with someone you work with.
Rule two: Don’t have sex with your friend’s ex-boyfriend.
Rule three: Don’t have sex with your best friend who also happens to be the same ex-boyfriend of your friend.
Rule four: Don’t ever, under any circumstances, fall in love with your best friend.
I guess it’s safe to say, I officially broke all four of my rules.
Doctor Andrew Albright. Sexy, arrogant, insanely gorgeous, and eternally off-limits.
Not only is he still in love with my friend, his ex, but he’s my rock. My perfect best friend.
The one person I cannot lose under any circumstances.
Especially when my life has a habit of falling apart on a regular basis.
But one mercy kiss later, to save me from an awkward situation, and suddenly everything changes. He flirts relentlessly. Corners me in dark hallways. Throws me panty-melting stares that render me helpless.
I crossed the uncrossable line. Broke every damn rule.
Now our perfect friendship is falling apart.
And he’s doing everything he can to keep it that way…
THE EDGE OF REASON is a funny, sexy, and emotional best friends to lovers, STANDALONE romance
Contemporary Romance, Adult, Doctor Romance, Friends-to-Lovers, Light-BDSM
First Person, Dual-POV
This is book #3 of the Edge Series, but they can be read as standalone. I haven’t read the previous two books and I have understood everything.
That question, my name on his lips, is everything. The line in the sand. The divide between sense and chaos. It’s the edge of reason. If I say yes, that’s it. We jump.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t let go. It was a one-sitting read for me. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters that had lot of layers and wonderfully written backstories.
Drew was a wonderful hero. Yes, I haven’t read Luna’s book, and I imagine if I had, I probably wouldn’t like him that much. But I can only judge this book, and in this story he was the perfect best friend and a splendid boyfriend. Drew was a doctor at a hospital’s ER and he worked best with his best friend, Margot, as the nurse helping him. Like his mom said:
You’re his yin and he’s your yang. You work as hard as he does, but you counterbalance each other.
by Drew’s mother
When Margot started working at the hospital Drew used to date Luna, but he became best friend with her. Now, he was ready for more, but Margot was really stubborn. He was very patient and worked a lot to get their relationship working. He, of course, had a TSTL, but we all have those in life.
Margot was a great heroine. Yes, she had lots of fears and hangups from her past. She had a horrible family and had never been really loved before. She was a fighter and had overcome a lot to become herself. Like she described herself:
I’m many things-a girl who knows her limits and frequently blows right past it, emotionally immature, a hot mess of a chick, a little wild and a lot outspoken-but I am not a liar. I’m honest. Always.
Margot had a wonderful growth during the book. She changed a lot. Became more certain of herself. Drew, his family and their wonderful group of friends helped her see the real warrior she was. They showed her that with them she had a chosen family, that was stronger than blood.
Margot was a wonderful friend and it took a while, but when she jumped she became the best girlfriend.
Secondary characters… if I named them all it would take me a while, there are too many. The entire group of friends is alluring. Drew’s family is fantastic and I hope his brothers get their own book. I’m certain next book will be Luna’s brother with the other friend.
Villains.. antagonists… there was one clear and unexpected villain and one antagonist.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This cover is fantastic. The couple could definitely be Drew and Margot. They are sexy and the picture in black & white gives a classy look. The title and subtitle are impeccable and play with the reader imagination. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb.
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 A extremely believable plot, with very well written conflict and great dialogues. Excellent opening to a splendid ending. Ideal pace, good setting, interesting subplots and wonderful twist. Highest level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This was true love. They were made for each other, but took several years to really notice. Their love story was beautiful, painful, poignant. As Margot said:
How sad all that time in between must be for missing out. And yet, I know it’s not. Without all that, we’d never be here. We’d never be us. Drew and I are not the stuff of happenstance or new encounters . We’re the trust that is forged in fire. Nothing less would do for our damaged souls.
Love for us was simply not enough.
Their chemistry was undeniable, they are really hot together. The smut was tastefully described and all pertinent to the story. Unforgettable love!!!
Writing Style: 5/5 This was my first book by the author and I’m already in love. The author played with my emotions like I was a set o piano keys. The writing was beautiful, touching, real and daring. Plot, characters, romance and smut were all fantastically written. Writing of a wordsmith!!!
Freshness: 3.5/5 This is a contemporary romance within the friend-to-lover trope. It is hard to write something completely original, it has all the usual clichés. But the author was smart and added a nice unexpected twist that gave the story a fresh vibe. As fresh as mentos!!!
I don’t really know what I was expecting out of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. First, because the book became an obsession. I was so hooked that I ended up missing a wonderful night of sleep because I couldn’t stop it. Second, because I haven’t read the previous books of the series and I usually avoid reading series out of order. But I love friends-to-lovers romance and I chose to read this one.
This book was really emotional and the characters were easy to connect. Everything felt too real, and very believable.
A true love story with everlasting feelings!!!
33/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Action 4/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Definitely! I believe this is a must for everyone that likes romance!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes! In fact I believe I will when I start the series from the first book.
Would I read more from the author? Yes, I will be on the look out for more.