Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Title: Life On the Edge
Release date: 3rd of January 2012
Published by: Astrea Press
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Romance, Sports, Contemporary
Pages: 314 pages in eBook
Source: Received from the publisher and author for reviewing
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
WOW! I have always said that I am not into sports books and now I need to reconsider it seriously. At least when it comes to sports romance books I have changed my mind. Especially when it comes to ice skating romance books! Life On the Edge was an experience to me in so many different ways. Firstly, one of the few sports I am following and watching in TV is ice-skating. I grew up with it and I knew all the big names in ice skating, also the ones mentioned in Life On the Edge! Ice skating was the sport which was always broadcasted during the Soviet times because Russians were very good at that and I always was glued behind the TV because ice skating is one of the most beautiful sports in my opinion.
With that said, I loved Life On the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux. It was a beautiful book which showed the daily life of ice skaters and forbidden romance between the coach and the student. It was well written and easy to read and I could not put the book away – I read it in one standing!
Regarding the plot:
The reader is brought into the world of top level ice skating where Emily and Chris are fighting for their place for the Olympics team. Emily is new to the pairs skating but she has all what it takes to reach the top of pairs skaters – she is technically strong, competitive and an eloquent dancer. Emily and Chris are training under a Russian Coach Sergei who has a strong belief that these two can make their dreams come true!
Emily realizes that she is drawn to Sergei and that they have so much in common besides ice skating: music, books and that brings them too close to each other. What starts out as a friendship is quickly developing into something more; something more which is ethically wrong and forbidden – being in love. The results of that love can be devastating for both – it could end both of their carriers.
The ultimate aim for Emily, Chris and Sergei is to win the gold medal at the Olympics, but when Emily’s and Sergei’s relationship is coming out it can endanger everything for them. Besides that, Emily finds out about Sergei’s past and the reasons behind him topping his ice skating carrier so abruptly and these facts can put a stopper to the otherwise strong love.
I adored the writing which the author did with Emily’s and Sergei’s relationship. It was so intense, sweet, aching and at the same time real. It was not a fluffy-buffy love story, but a story where there were serious obstacles which usually happen in the real life and which were real due to Emily’s daily life described.
I also enjoyed the peek into the ice skaters life with lots of training, efforts, personal problems, competitions. Even though I do love ice skating, I do not know about the details behind the screen and I was glad that the author brought it closer to the reader.
Regarding the characters:
Let me put it that way – they seemed real and believable and that made them reliable as characters.
Emily was written as a strong personality who also has issues – insecurity, anxiety before the competitions, jealousy. I liked that Emily was not perfect, but she had a will as strong as hard metal and she was sweet and loyal.
Sergei balanced her very nicely. He was supportive to Emily and Chris, never gave up on them. He leaded them towards reaching their goals. Sergei has some secrets which he is trying to hide from Emily and that almost broke them apart, but he is consistent!
Chris was adorable! I think having a support from him was essential to Emily. Their relationship was heartwarming. Besides Chris there are many important supportive characters like Emily’s parents, her friends, Viktor, young skaters etc. Everybody fitted into the book and created a wonderful story around Emily and Sergei.
Besides telling a very good story, the author gives reader so many positive emotions while reading. Life On the Edge was like a fresh breeze which brought warmth, energy and positive feelings to the reader. Absolutely loved it!
Thanks goes to Astrea Press and Jennifer Comeaux for providing me the book!