Author: Tiffinie Helmer
Series: Romance on the Edge #1
Received for review from Audible
Summary (from Goodreads)
He’s lost his edge…
Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He’s just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a “Where Is She Now” Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career twenty years earlier, he packs his bags.
She lives on the Edge…
Mel Bennett’s carefully maintained control unravels the moment she meets Cache Calder. Attraction flares for the man who seems to really “know” her. No one at the Edge of Reason Lodge is aware she was the young teenager who’d survived one of the most publicized kidnappings in recent history, and she wants it to stay that way. But she starts to question her heart and her sanity when unexplained incidents begin to happen and a deadly threat returns to finish what he’d started so long ago.
The premise of this book is so ridiculous it’s almost laughable. The idea that a photojournalist could take a prize winning photo of a young, abused girl and later fall in love with her seems utterly ridiculous to me – wouldn’t she always be that young girl in his memory? Isn’t it almost a little disturbing?
Which is a lot to be going against the book from the outset, but the fact is, I really quite enjoyed this. It was daft, and a typical romance storyline, but there was enough to keep me listening, and not just during my usual commute listening time.
The setting made the story much more interesting – I don’t know a lot about Alaska, but the idea that some people choose to survive at the edge of the world, and what those sort of people might be like was something that kept me glued to the pages. It’s clear that Helmer has a great love of Alaska and the kinds of people who live out there. The characters that populate the Edge of Reason lodge are all very fondly drawn – no nonsense types that you get the sense are all hiding from something. I really liked spending time with them and trying to get inside their heads.
The romance was just the right combination of almost/nearly moments and conflicts and barriers being thrown between Cache and Mel. Despite my misgivings about the set up, I could get behind the characters as a couple. They had good chemistry together, and I like a good old fashioned ‘out stubborn’ contest.
The narrator, Mia Chiaromonte, did a good job of bringing the characters to life, though there wasn’t anything particularly memorable about the performance. Listening to the book didn’t really bring any extra depth for me, but then it’s not the sort of book that has a great deal of depth.
If you like romance and all it’s cheesy tropes, definitely check out Tiffinie Helmer. This was an enjoyable read, despite my misgivings, and I’d pick up another Helmer book to satisfy my occasional desire to read romance novels.