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The story of Edge takes place at the Edge of Reason Lodge in picturesque Alaska near Homer. Her Mel Bennett and her motley crew of trusted staff entertain a limited amount of guests with whale watching, hiking, kayaking and wildlife. New guests are arriving along with her recently divorced and estranged sister, along with her two teenage children. Life is about to get complicated for Mel and she does not handle complicated. Something else has come to her quiet little sanctuary and she will need to have her wits about her. The story is delivered in multiple perspectives and drew me right in.<br/><br/>Helmer kept us on our toes with twists, fear and a few near death scenes. She allowed the tension to build, weaving in the scenery, background information on Mel’s prior kidnapping and the remote setting only ramped up the suspense.<br/><br/>The romance felt genuine and had a nice mix of banter, humor and complications. There is heat, but it is fade to black and perfect for a larger audience.<br/><br/>Mia Chiromonte made me a little nervous at first, but once we left the darker beginning, her voice as Mel kicked in strong and I connected. While I was not overly pleased with Cache’s voice. She nailed Tom’s preening beautifully and the Russian accent of Sergei. My issue with Cache is one I have with female narrator’s capturing the male voice. It sounded horse, but eventually grew on me.<br/><br/>Helmer paints a three-D picture not only with the beautiful lodge, ocean and woods but also with her characters. She gave them depth and I can close my eyes and bring forth an image of each of them. The tale hooks you from the onset as we travel back to Mel’s abduction and with our time spent at the lodge. The author even weaved in facts about wildlife, fishing and nature in Alaska. I loved all of these little details.<br/><br/>Edge is the type of romantic suspense that stays with you and had more substance than your typical escape book placing it somewhere neared to a thriller or mystery novel.
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Amelia (Mel) Bennett was abducted by a cult when she was 12-years old. Her suffering was further exacerbated by the media. Cache Calder was the photographer for the article that exploited her story, creating an indelible image of her that no one's forgotten. It's 20 years later and he and his editor are off to Alaska for a follow up interview with the reclusive subject. Cache believes he has her consent...not.
What I enjoyed
Alaska is one of those places that is both fascinating and terrifying to me. This story elevates both my fascination and fear as Helmer does a great job of bringing to life the awesome beauty and the rawness of the state. It added to the suspense and the romance. Mel's story slowly unfolded throughout the story, which normally doesn't work for me but the setup of the prologue laid the foundation perfectly. Her romance with Cache seemed to develop a bit quickly but it took a hard hit later, forcing them to take a step back that made it even better.
The mystery and suspense was very well done. I honestly didn't figure out who was after Mel until it was revealed.
While the narrator enunciated and paced the story flawlessly, her tone wasn't the best for the suspenseful aspects. She was a bit too sweet and upbeat for the tense moments. Otherwise, she was fine.
The bottom line
I enjoyed this story, especially it's Alaskan setting. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
(I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
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