Over the Edge by Suzanne Carroll
Release date: May 9, 2013
My rating: 5 over-the-edge stars
In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiance, and his mother--who has joined the fight via conference call.
Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no relationships. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.
In six weeks Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is, the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicised failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realises where her heart lies, will it be too late?
|Could it be a nerd alert or just a love of books?|
If she were to pick a book off of her shelf and read it again, what would it be and why. What draws her to a good book?
I re-read a lot of my books. If I were to pick just one, um, I really don’t know. Maybe The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I love that whole series and I’ve read it over and over. Makes me laugh every time. A great read for days when life is a bit blah. Also, maybe The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Love the history and the intrigue in that one and being told from the perspective of Anne Boleyn’s sister gives the story a whole new spin. And the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Gorgeous story. Set after WWII and written as a series of letters, the love story is so subtle in this book, but the scene where things finally come together is so sudden and unexpected, it’s incredibly satisfying. Oh, and Harry Potter. Love Harry, Ron and Hermione. Love ‘em. And the whole world that JK Rowling created – it really is a spectacular escape. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. I laugh every time and think “well, it’s not just me, then.” That’s more than one book, isn’t it? Maths never was my strong point. What draws me to a good book? If it will make me laugh, keep me in suspense, or give me a romance with lots of small moments rather than grand gestures, those are the main draw cards for me. I think. Oh, and I love Agatha Christie. Her mystery, And Then There Were None, is probably the best “whodunit” I’ve ever read.
And now the fun part.... THE REVIEW....
Well, like I said up at the top, I gave this five stars. There are many reasons why I gave this five stars. If you follow my reviews and ratings anywhere, you know I don't just hand out five stars to just any book. There has to be something very special about the book. It needs to really jump out at me. So, yes, you are assuming right. This book jumped.... right over the edge!
Where to start.... What I loved most about this book is the fact that this 317 page book is a slow and grueling story of two people falling in love. Yes, there is an attraction towards the beginning, but there love develops. And guess what.... They NEVER have sex.... As a matter of fact, their first kiss.... Well, I won't tell you about that. That will be something you will have to find out yourself. Back to their love story. They aren't just attracted to one another, they fall for each other, in a somewhat conventional yet unconventional way.
I both laughed and cried. I swooned for Angus. His broken soul screams out to be put back together. Zoe, in her quest to start her life over for herself, is afraid to find out what has broken him, and more importantly, she doesn't think she is the right one to put it back together.
This is a more realistic (but still unrealistic) story of loss, love, and finding yourself in others. It is heart warming, sad, and happy all at the same time. I could go on for hours about what I loved about this book, but I won't. I don't want to give the story away. It is something everyone needs to find out on their own!
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