4 December 2013

Fighting For The Edge Tour + Review



fighting for the Edge tour






Fighting for the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux:


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 received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



What I say: I hadn't read the previous books in Jennifer Comeaux’s Edge series before starting this one, but I had no problem keeping up with Fighting For the Edge. Yes, there is obviously a lot of back story but the main element is the ambition and dreams for Olympic glory. 

The book is told from the POV of Emily and Aubrey who are both female female figure skaters hoping to win an Olympic medal. Emily is married to her coach Sergei and is partnered with Chris, whilst Aubrey skates with her friend Nick.

I have always enjoyed watching the ice skating/dancing but wasn't entirely sure whether I'd enjoy a book series based around it. I needn't have worried because it didn't take long for me to get sucked into the world of high drama and professional skating. 

In my head Sergei is like Dimka from VA and not just because he's an older Russian  but because he's both a caring instructor and immense supporter of Em and her skating. Chris was my favourite character and not because he's an old romantic at heart. He was a wonderful friend to both Em and Aubrey and when Em faces a potentially dangerous situation he instantly puts her above his own needs.

I had expected Em and Aubrey to be interchangeable but thankfully they were very different characters. I liked Em's drive and dedication and loved Aubrey's vulnerability and strength.

The ending was similar to my expectations but Fighting For the Edge is a sweet, fun contemporary romance with an 'edge' (sorry I couldn't help myself). I also now know what a kiss and cry or cry and kiss is!


4 Stars in my Sky!




Excerpt:


Sergei nudged one leg between my knees, bringing our bodies closer. I tilted my chin up, and he brushed a long curl away from my face.
“Winning is very sexy,” he said.
“Yes, it is.” I nodded slowly and fingered one of the buttons on his shirt. “You know what would be really sexy? Winning an Olympic gold medal.”
He chuckled. “It always comes back to the Olympics.”
“I know, I know. I shouldn’t obsess. But it’s getting so close that I can’t stop thinking about it. And lately I’ve been thinking about all the freak things that could happen in the next eight weeks.”
“Like what?” Sergei arched an eyebrow, seeming afraid to humor me.
“Like… I could step off a curb wrong and break my ankle. Just walking down the street and BAM! Olympics are over.”
“I could carry you everywhere,” he said with a smile.
“That sounds very appealing. Or I could get one of those motorized scooters old people use. A Hoveround!”
He rubbed both my shoulders and then cupped his hands under my chin. “Em, you can’t live in fear that something terrible is going to happen. You’ll drive yourself insane.”
“More insane than I already am?” I asked with a laugh.
“I want this dream to become reality for you. I want it even more than I did for myself. But whatever happens in Torino, it’s not going to define you. What will define you is how fearless you’ve been, how hard you’ve worked, how much you’ve inspired young skaters.”

There was so much love and sureness in his eyes. I reached up and caressed his stubbly cheek, and as I touched my mouth to his, I let my palm trail down his chest. His warmth always gave me such comfort, and being in his arms made me feel totally at peace. I might need to take up permanent residence there the next eight weeks.



Praise for Fighting for the Edge

"Emily and Aubrey's final challenge is Jennifer Comeaux's greatest victory. Both touching and suspenseful, Fighting for the Edge is a game changer that will have fans of the series giving both the characters and the author a standing ovation once they've turned the last page. If I could pass out medals, Jennifer would earn gold for writing my favorite romance of all time." - Jenna at Jenna Does Books

"Jennifer Comeaux puts you in the action, makes you smell the ice and hear the roar of the crowd during the nail-biting competitions, and she's a master at creating first love jitters in your stomach from the steamy scenes that are so hot without being explicit." - Christina Jean Michaels, author of Epiphany.




Life on the Edge (Book 1)

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.








Edge of the Past (Book 2) Summary:


Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.









Author Spotlight:

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.


Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 12/19/13





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