Edge of Glory By Magan Vernon
Publisher: Victory Editing
Release Date: July 20th 2016
* E-ARC Provided by Net-galley in exchange for an honest review.
“Welcome to Conti’s. I’m Lia and I’ll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh”.
I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.
The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team… they didn’t say anything, they didn’t even blink.
“Uh… I mean…”
I couldn’t even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it’s just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?
Edge of Glory is a Contemporary, Sport New Adult Romance, I myself am a fan of Sports Romances however this was my first experience with Swimming as the sport. Up until this point I had only experienced books which featured sports such as Baseball and American Football therefore it was a nice change to see something new.
I personally would give Edge of Glory 3 stars, I struggled to get into the story and I found a lot of the characters rather annoying, Lia’s family was very overprotective to the point she doesn’t have any choices whereas her brothers can do whatever they wish. Lia herself was constantly scared of what her family would think, I initially thought this would be endearing but I found myself getting annoyed with Lia’s character because I really wanted her to stick up for herself. It isn’t until past the half way point that she finally does when she has a moment with Jay’s ex. I won’t reveal what happens because I don’t want to spoil it but it’s a point where it’s great to see her get a backbone… I only wish she had kept it.
I also wasn’t really a fan of Jay either, the way he acted at his sister’s wedding was horrible and I personally would of liked to see a bigger fall out from the way he acted.[SPOILER MAYBE?] It seemed really unrealistic that he would invite Lia to his sister’s wedding then she ends up at a table surrounded by strangers and ignored for the entirety of the event. Would this really happen? Surely your ‘boyfriend’ would come speak to you at some point? Again I think if Lia and Jay had been sat together and had some interactions then he went off and left her on her own, it would have been more realistic for me then there could have been room to see a fall out and add tension for the couple.
Overall the book is a satisfying sports romance, it just didn’t work great for me because I was unable to feel a personal connection with the characters, although at times I did find the book funny in places it just wasn’t realistic enough for me. Additionally to this the writing of the book itself was easy to follow and would have been easy to get into if the plot incorporated more tension between the characters. Lastly I do want to mention that I am a fan of the cover, I really like the typography for the title against the swimmer in the background and it would most definitely scream ‘PICK ME UP’ to me.
Have you read a Sports Romance focused on Swimming Before? Let me know in the comments, or let me know what your favourite Sports Romance read is!