on August 1st,2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Eight years ago, Cole Van Buren left me at the altar without a single explanation. My heart’s been at a standstill ever since, the anger keeping me from moving on. Keeping me from seeing the man who’s been right in front of me all this time…
Andrew’s been the friend I needed, the one constant through the hardest times of my life. But one night, the lines blur and we’re tipped into something more. Just when I’m ready to explore what we could be…
My ex comes back.
Cole says he didn’t come to get me back, but I should know better. The answers he dangles overhead are the ones I need to finally let go.
Except there’s no such thing as closure, only a past that wants to pull you backward.
Every single one of us, that read Romance novels, has a favorite subgenre. One of my favorites is Second Chance novels. I love the history involved between the characters in these books. There must be a reason they broke up and are no longer together, usually it’s a painful one, and more than likely there’s a chance meeting that will bring them together unexpectedly. It’s the uncertainty of the love story I look forward to. I have to admit the more painful and angsty the story is the more I enjoy it. Because you just know that you’re going to be rewarded, at the end, for having gone through an emotional wringer. I’m happy to say that I was at DEFCON level 5 while reading The Edge of Us. Don’t be afraid this is one that, I promise, is worth it. One more thing….it’s a Slow Burn, too. Oh, but it’s so worth the wait! Sometimes the only thing a dying fire needs is a spark on an ember to burn bright again.
Mila Zelenko is the CEO of The Zelenko Agency, a PR and consulting firm. Her mother supported them by working in a hair salon and reading Tarot cards. As an uneducated, Ukrainian immigrant, she wanted Mila to be successful. And she is, in everything except for love. Mila was engaged 8 years ago, to Cole, and he left her at the altar. Her mother told her, holding her beloved Tarot cards in front of the bridal party, there would be no wedding. And she was right. He left her there, without a word, and she hadn’t seen him since. Didn’t she deserve an apology, at the very least? For eight long years she’s been consumed by hate.
“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
Andrew Pearson is Mila’s trusted employee and friend. She met him, at a bar, soon after that horrible day. They’ve been friends ever since.
“I don’t think I actually ever thanked you for that night.”
“Thank me? Thank me for what? I didn’t do anything. I just sat there trying to hide my boner while patting your head from an awkward angle.”
“You didn’t judge me.”
“Oh, I judged you.”
“I don’t know, I think meeting you was just what I needed at that exact time in my life. I thought you’d be a one-night stand but…eight years later and we’ve fucked everyone in Manhattan but each other.”
I lift my glass. “To irony.”
For some reason Drew’s been thinking, after all these years, that he might be interested in more than friendship with Mila. When he asks her, if she’s over Cole, he’s surprised by her answer.
“Are you over him?”
“Okay. You want to know the truth? I still think about him. I do all the time. Eight years later. And the truth, Drew? It’s not because I’m not over him, it’s because I’m not over what happened. It still hurts I could be so stupid. It hurts I didn’t see a single red flag. I grew up with everyone telling me how bright I was and how far I’d go, but when it came to Cole, everyone looked at me like I was the biggest idiot on the planet. I thought I could see things no one else could, I thought I knew him better…I…I was just a stupid little girl caught up in a cliché with the tattooed bad boy.”
Cole Van Buren comes from a very wealthy family. He sowed some wild oats when he was younger and had quite a reputation before meeting Mila. He’d settled down and was ready to marry the love of his life. So he must’ve had a good reason for leaving Mila at the altar. Too bad he never told Mila why he left her; he’s never reached out to her. There were a handful of people who knew the reason and no one ever said a word to her.
Camille, his half-sister, was Mila’s best friend and maid of honor. Unfortunately, she was caught in the cross fire. If Camille knew the reason for his disappearance, she never told Mila, and it drew a wedge in their friendship. After receiving an invitation to an art exhibit, that Mila has no intention of attending, Camille contacts her to insist she attend it. Why? Why is it so important that Mila go? And who sent her the invitation?
“Why didn’t you tell me he was back in the city?”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t say anything because he asked me not to.
You couldn’t say his name for months. I honestly thought the only way we would remain friends was if I pretended he never existed. But he’s my brother, Mila. Every once in a while I’d get the stray email, and without fail he’d eventually ask me if I’d heard from you. He’d ask what you were up to.”
“So all this time, you’ve been keeping tabs on me for him?”
“It wasn’t like that.”
“Tell me what it was like then.”
Maybe Camille knows more than about Cole than she’s willing to tell Mila. More denials, or more lies. Mila can’t be sure anymore.
So many questions that have been left unanswered for far too long. So many lies told that have caused so many so much pain. When the truth finally comes out it’s nothing that I could’ve imagined. It’s so much worse and even more painful.
This story was amazing! There are more characters that have a pivotal part of the story; I just don’t want to give any more away. Just a warning…. there are jaw dropping and grab-a-few-tissues moments throughout the story. Thankfully, because it would just be too heavy, not everything is Sturm Und Drang! There are moments the witty dialogue made me laugh out loud a few times. And, not to worry, the huge sigh at the end makes it all worthwhile!