Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley - Release Day Review

Author: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date:  6 June 2017
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Series:  The Honey Series, book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 5 Stars

Book Description:

Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…

Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.

After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.

My Review:

What to say about The Farthest Edge.  Well, I loved it.  I went into it with a little trepidation after The Deep End, which I did enjoy but some how just kind of missed the mark, but it is like Kristen Ashley found her way with these two characters.  There was no longer the unsure feeling in the words, the 'scenes' were smooth and tied wonderfully into the story.  The Alpha-Sub, which is who these books are really all about, really shined through in this one.  Branch's two sides were so evenly matched that he came across as much more believable and Evangeline, well she knew exactly how to work him.

The Farthest Edge is a story of two people who have removed themselves from the world, who are essentially lost and no longer living, just ghosting (Branch a bit more literally than Evangeline) through life.  It is the story of how through patience, understanding, and ultimately love they bring peace to each other and allow each other to open themselves fully to their family, friends, and most importantly one another.

I loved that as opposed to Amélie and Olivier's showiness, with Branch and Evangeline we get a soft, quiet, private couple.  Don't get me wrong there is nothing terrible about putting it all out on display if that's what you want to do and or see but it was nice to go from one side to the other in these two books.  It gives a total different feel which as a reader we are grateful for, you don't want the same book over and over.

As with all Kristen Ashley books, she excels in story telling, in crafting a believable while still outlandish story that will have you flipping pages and gripping your e-books.  I love that she stays true to that in these stories.  As a reader of all genres I have read a number of erotica/BDSM books in the past and sadly more often than I would like I find the books to be jus one 'scene' after another, the substance lacking to make room for more 'steamy' moments and while those books can be a quick enjoyable read the best kind is one that is based on a believable story, with a relatable couple, and has the steamy moments woven through out and Kristen Ashley hit it perfectly with this one.

I am really looking for more from this series, I have so many questions about all the different players and I can't wait to find out what happens next.  I loved that Amélie and Olivier were involved in this story as well as several of the other characters we got to know in The Deep End with the addition of a new character that I am really curious to see if something happens with.

Keep in mind this is a BDSM storyline and one that Kristen Ashley has taken a chance with since it isn't your typical dynamic.  You may be a huge Kristen fan but this may not be the series for you and that's okay.  Make sure you know what you are going into before you get there though.  This book is an Erotica, it is a balance between the Hero being a Sub and an Alpha male, while the Heroine is the Domme with the ability to understand the Alpha in the Hero. There is a beautiful story but there is also sex, sex that may not be within your comfort zone.  If you find that this story isn't for you but you love a good romance let me suggest any of Kristen Ashley's other books, she is an amazing author who has taken a huge leap with this series and you will find it to be a really great series if you know what you are about to read and you go in with an open heart and mind!


About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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