Over The edge
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Pub Date: May 9 2013
In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.
Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.
Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?
I really liked this book which you probably have already deducted from my rating. It wasn’t the usual light-hearted romance, there was some real substance in this book. There are just so many things in this book that makes it so great that it’s hard for me to single things out. Let’s just say I like everything about this book and this is what romance novels should be like. So if you were aspiring to become an author in this genre, pick up this book and take note.
Zoe was a great main character, Dan Costi is a douche if there ever was one and Angus is perfectly dreamy. But none of these characters were perfect, they were all very well rounded and weren’t over the top. Especially in romance novels this is something that can happen with the characters which makes it sort of boring at times. But not this time! And though they played a smaller part in the book, I really loved the mix of co-workers in the book. they each had their role to play in the story and did it well.
The main thing that just hooked me on this novel is that it’s not about a girl/woman who drops everything for a guy. It’s a story about her finding out who she is after getting out of a relationship. Yes there’s a guy involved, but I think she goes about it pretty smart, or at least as smart as you can be when there are loving feelings involved. Another thing that made me happy is that she breaks up with her fiancé without having met Angus.
In Short: A refreshing romance that is centred more about finding your own centre before you focus on love. It was a great story precisely because of that. It was nice to read about a girl who didn’t just upturn her world because of a guy. She made the smart move and gave herself enough time to find out what she really wanted from life. And we all know it’s easier to do that when you are not deciding how you feel about a certain someone.
Let me tell you a bit more about the author:
Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children.
By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles
plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t
accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.
One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.