Life on the Edge
Published January 3rd 2012
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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.
About the Author
Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working for a Fortune 1000 company, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life on the Edge, her first published novel.
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.
All Emily wants to do is skate and win Olympic Gold at the Winter Olympics - that's not too much to ask for, right? She has everything set in motion with her nerves of steal ice-skating partner, Chris, and her kick arse coach, Sergei. But things take a turn down Complicated Drive when things begin to develop Emily and her young and oh-so-hansom coach. But can they make it work? They must find a balance between their personal lives and their lives on the ice, all whilst keeping their relationship a secret.
Comeaux throws you into the world of ice-skating in her novel, Life on the Edge. The language used in the novel created a flow between scenes and even jumps in time. I felt the novel lacked some description though that my be due to my total lack of knowledge on ice-skating and geography of the USA. The twists and events in the plot line kept me turning those pages wanting to see what predicament Emily will manage to get herself into next.
The only major fault that I had with this novel is the lack of build up in Emily's and Sergei's relationship. It goes from admiration of Sergei as a wonderful coach, to her having serious feelings from him after conversation of a few cups of coffee.You would think, given the predicament of their situation, Emily - and Sergei - would be more reluctant to accept and allow themselves to have feelings for one another. Because of this, what they seem to have is more lust, than love, so I wasn't completely sold on their relationship.
However, from about the middle of the book, I did get to see the development of the relationship which had me cheering for them in the end.
I liked the buildup and contrasts on the characters. The character's have flaws and strengths that balance one another out, like Emily and her nerves with Chris's easy going and laid back nature that keeps her calm and centred. I liked Emily as a character and MC, she looked at things in both a objective and passionate way that has you agreeing with her decisions, or at least understand them.
I know I was probably meant to like Sergei and his relationship with Emily, but there was just something lacking between them that didn't completely sell me on the idea. I think that I would've been happier with Emily and Drew together, because he was far less serious and is always laughing and telling jokes - my kind of guy.
My overall feeling for this book is that its a moderate read that is entertaining and is a good fluff novel to get you though those long days.
3 out of 5