Sunday, April 24, 2016

{Book Review} Edge of Chaos by Molly E. Lee

Edge of Chaos by Molly E. Lee
Published: March 30, 2016 by Molly E. Lee
Series: Love on the Edge #1
Source: Bought
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 229

Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather.

Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado.

With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn't know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all.

This book is everything that I look for in a good NA romance!  I cannot believe that this was Molly Lee’s first book.  I think that this book was pretty balanced when it comes to plot elements.  It was fun, but still talked about darker topics.  It was cute, but it had a plot with substance.  It was romantic, but also focused on great friendships.   

I really liked the writing in this book.  It was fun and fluffy, but it had some amazingly deep quotes.  I also thought that the pacing for this book was perfect.  Its flow was steady, but it was also filled with intense moments as well.  I also liked the storm chaser aspect of this book.  It added a quirky quality that made it stand out over other NA books.  This book would be perfect for any readers interested in NA who don't not want to jump in with both feet.  It has some steamy scenes, but it is not overly descriptive. 

I really liked the characters in this book!  I thought Blake was a great female protagonist.  She is very relatable, but I can see how some people might find her decisions regarding Justin frustrating.  All I can say is that Lee did a great job portraying their unhealthy relationship very accurately.  The things Justin said and did might seem over-the-top and the way Blake justified it hit the nail right on the head.  I also thought that Justin was an interesting character.  Although he was horrible, Lee somehow made me want to know more about him and sad that he had lost his way. 

Of course Dash was amazing!  It was so refreshing reading about a male lead in a romance novel that was not a bad boy.  Dash was the good guy, but just as swoon worthy as the typical bad boy.  I liked that Dash let Blake make her own decisions, but stood by her side through it all. 

I liked the friendship that started between Dash and Blake first and then slowly bloomed into romance.  I also liked that this book does have some drama and angst, but is not over-the-top.  I loved the friendship between Blake, Dash, and the other storm chasers.  I am interested to see if there will be some spin off books about Dash’s friends. 

Overall, I would defiantly recommend this book for new and advanced readers in NA.  This is a perfect summer read! 

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