Even though The Edge by Tiffinie Helmer came out in 2013, I didn’t have the pleasure of listening to it until this year, so it’s my pick for Best Romance Novel of 2014. I’m glad I listened to the audiobook edition because with talented Mia Chiaromonte’s narration, I felt transported to the wilds of Alaska.

The Edge captures the longing, the yearning, the building of an attraction, in a poetic way that propels it from a good romance to a spectacular one. Amelia, nicknamed Mel, has exiled herself to a lodge in Alaska and a vibrator she calls “Mr. Happy” after surviving a cult kidnapping twenty years ago. Cache carries his own deep psychic wounds after living through a Middle East bombing that killed his best friends.

They meet when Cache, who has returned to civilian life as a photo journalist, accepts an assignment to write a “Where are they now?” story about her. He’s a tough guy who gets seasick while fishing. She does not. And as he falls in love with Amelia, he becomes conflicted about his assignment because she cherishes privacy most of all. His instinct to protect her brings a sweetness to this suspenseful story. When Mel discovers his agenda, she wishes she could hate him but still wants to kiss him.

Tiffinie Helmer has a fabulous sense of humor about unexpected attractions. Since The Edge is only Book 1 of the Romance on the Edge Series, I can’t wait to listen the whole series.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Edge from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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